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Op-Ed: How tablets are replacing several everyday use electronic devices

Posted Jul 5, 2013 by Milton Este
Internet tablets actually existed for quite a while, but only recently gained popularity. On a retail level, one of the first tablets introduced was the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (IT) in 2009.
The new iPad s most attractive feature is the  retina-quality  screen  which is supposedly the same ...
The new iPad's most attractive feature is the "retina-quality" screen, which is supposedly the same resolution as the human eye.
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While the bigger players including Microsoft, Apple, and Google concentrated on smartphones, this small French company first fully utilized Google's Android platform. Of course, this is just the first tablet worth considering. Archos has been making handheld tablets specializing at 5-inches and 7-inches for quite a while, but running on their own operating system. Their tablets were brought to the market as early as 2004.
Only a few years later, more and more companies began shelling out their own tablets in 2010. Since then, we now have the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus, HTC Slate, and the list just goes on and on.
In terms of the tablet popularity, there have been various surveys and research projects set forth to fully determine the tablet users versus personal computers. However, these researches fail to take into account of interest and the fact that one or more of these devices may be used.
One of the easiest ways to really see tablets at work is at tourism capitals. More and more people are choosing the bigger, tablet solution to take photographs and videos compared to the digital camera counterparts.
However, in terms of where tablets will go in the future, there really is no telling. With Google being the dominant search engine, the Google Trends tool provides the easiest way to monitor consumer interests through searches.
A quick search of 'tablets versus digital cameras' reveals that the popularity or the interests of consumers lie greater with tablets than digital cameras. The daily search behavior for tablets have crossed and now exceeded digital cameras:
*Blue marks tablets while red marks digital cameras
However, a more accurate measure would be comparing mobile computer with the traditional personal desktop computer and laptops. Here are two graphs for the search popularity and interests for laptops, desktops, and tablets:
The latter reveals a predicted future trend. It looks like tablets won't be replacing desktops and laptops any time soon in terms of general interest. The main reason is still the lack of performance and usability. As tablets become more user friendly and inputs become much faster, there will no doubt be a much higher demand for tablets and mobile computing. Also, it is important to note that this is a very informal predicament of the tablet's future.