Have a tablet? Want a tablet? For what? It’s a question that I’ve had on my mind for many good years, and that also crossed my mind when Samsung announced its first Galaxy Folda smartphone that, of course, turns into a tablet.
There are several reasons why the tablet almost died in the Android world before the onset of COVID, and despite an oxygen bubble, and the return of several manufacturers to this space, the truth is that these reasons are still valid, with a few exceptions. as is the Apple iPad.
Let’s go by parts?
(Analysis) Tablets are useless, change my opinion!
Therefore, it is undeniable that the tablet has its uses for some special cases, be it a content creator on the internet, or a parent with restless kids who need a small rectangle full of technology to settle down for a good while. But, for the vast majority of the most common mortals, what you do on your tablet, you can do, almost always with better quality, on your smartphone.
Especially because your smartphone is always connected to wireless networks, while, in the vast majority of cases, consumers almost always opt for Wi-Fi models of any tablet that looks interesting. (Because is cheaper)
The tablet is not, nor has it ever been, and probably never will be, an alternative to a laptop. Especially in the Android world, where its capabilities are much more limited, and in truth, it’s more of a toy than anything else. In my use, I only use the tablet when I travel somewhere, to watch series or movies on the plane/train. It serves me absolutely nothing else.
But it is possible to connect a keyboard and a mouse to a tablet!
Okay, but my laptop already has a keyboard and mouse. While offering a (VERY) superior user experience.
It’s cheaper than a laptop! No, it’s not!
A good tablet is not, nor has it ever been, cheaper than a good laptop. Just look at the best tablet on the market, the iPad Pro M2 Pro (12.9”), which with all the extras costs as much or more than a MacBook Pro based on the same processor.
My friends, a tablet is almost always a smartphone with a bigger screen. Is it of any use? Yes, of course, especially in the times of teleschooling and teleworking, when it was not possible to get a laptop for everyone, and the tablet had to do the trick. But these days? The tablet again lost power, and again fell into oblivion.
It is no coincidence that Samsung postponed the launch of its new tablets, and of course, we started to see a new and renewed focus on the lower ranges, and therefore, more wallet-friendly. The tablet is a kind of portable TV and nothing more.
But hey… Convince me otherwise!