WHY TABLETS DIDN’T REPLACE COMPUTERS

A few years ago when tablets were the next big thing, there were articles everywhere explaining why tablets would replace everything else. All the techno-pundits said no one would need a computer because everything would be done on a small, portable device.

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It didn’t happen. Everyone bought a tablet, but no one threw out their computer.

I don’t have anything against portable devices. I have a smart phone. Sometimes, I even use it. I have two tablets and had as many as four until I gave two away.

tablets kindle iPad

I have a terrific 14-inch laptop and a desktop with a big monitor. I rarely use the desktop, but I keep it because you never know. The big desktop monitor is actually a touch screen. It used to reconfigure itself when a fly or a mosquito walked across it. I turned the touch functionality off and use a mouse. If I hadn’t been able to get rid of the touch technology, I would have been forced to defenestrate it.

Warning: You cannot edit a photograph — or really, anything — using a touchscreen.

my office and desktop computer

I’m sure those who extol mini devices as a total computer solution have never designed a book, made a movie, edited a photograph, used Photoshop (or any Adobe product), converted a book to a PDF or edited a manuscript. I know this because it’s impossible. All other problems aside, little devices are too small. You can’t edit a big thing on an itty-bitty screen.

This is not my opinion. It’s a fact. Operating system is irrelevant. Mac, PC, Android or Linux, size matters. You can argue this until you’re blue in the face. It won’t change anything.

VIRTUAL KEYBOARDS ARE FOR VIRTUAL TYPISTS

I read an article that explained how you can type just fine on a virtual keyboard. No, you can’t.

IT’S A BIG WORLD

If I’ve got room in my house for every kind of device, surely there’s ample room in our world for everything. Personally, I like choice. I like using different devices for different tasks. You can’t replace everything with one thing  and there’s no reason you should.

An office

One size never fits all. Diversity makes life interesting. Let’s celebrate our differences. We don’t have to go to the same church, read the same books, believe the same stuff … or use the same computer

If everybody would quit trying to force their opinions on others, life would be better. For everyone. So live. Enjoy. Let everyone else do the same.

35 thoughts on “WHY TABLETS DIDN’T REPLACE COMPUTERS

  1. Pingback: HOW TABLETS DIDN’T REPLACE LAPTOPS. AND WON’T. | SERENDIPITY

  2. Tablets can’t replace computers and that’s for sure. I have a Mac air, an apple i-Pad and Dell desktop and all three are equally important for different task but I’m in love with my mac. Can’t blog without it.

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    • I’ve learned to work on a 14″ screen so I can use a laptop I can lift, but there nothing as good for any kind of design work than a big, high def monitor. Or two. And of course, small devices will never replace them. I have watched a movie or two on my Kindle when there was absolutely no other option available, but it’s a 9″ Kindle and I was half asleep anyway. Usually, we watch on the 60″ high def flat screen 🙂 Movies want to be shown on BIG screens 😀

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    • Most households are pretty high tech these days. Ours certainly is. Each of us has two computers, one or two tablets … and the phone. The only reason I don’t have an iPod is that I don’t listen to music enough to justify the cost. But we have enough camera equipment to outfit a whole squad of reporters! The whole “we should all use one thing for everything” is just nonsense.

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