Living Life on a Tablet
With the launch of the iPad, Apple finally took the tablet computing genre into the mainstream; it was not the first tablet ever designed, but it incorporated the necessary features to gain widespread approval from casual consumers.
If you’ve invested in one – or a tablet from any other manufacturer, for that matter – you might rapidly be realizing that it’s able to do all of the everyday activities you need, and that other computing equipment in your home is now just taking up space.
With that in mind, it could be time to sell your obsolete MacBook Pro or desktop PC/Mac, and make the move to computing solely on your tablet.
A good tablet is akin to a laptop in many ways; Microsoft’s Surface even comes with a detachable keyboard, making it a good option if you do a lot of typing and don’t fully trust a touchscreen keyboard to meet your needs.
The Surface keyboard is still extremely slimline, and when closed, this tablet-laptop hybrid takes up little more room than an iPad.
Both offer the benefit of a single compact unit that can be stored almost anywhere, from your desktop to your magazine rack.
Significantly, they don’t need a separate keyboard and mouse, or an external monitor, which should save substantial amounts of space in even the most compact of offices.
Like smartphones, the functionality of tablets can be expanded quickly and easily by downloading and installing apps – a much more convenient option than installing unwieldy applications from multiple CDs or DVDs on to the hard drive of a desktop PC or laptop.
Apps are usually very small, requiring just a few megabytes of data to be transferred and stored on your tablet, yet they can enable you to carry out almost all of the traditional activities you might normally use a PC or laptop for, from internet banking to word processing.
Generally speaking, any brand-name app should also come with some applications already installed, and these should cover the basics like writing brief notes, calendar entries and so on.
Protecting Your Tablet
If you’re committing to using a tablet as your primary computer system, you’ll probably want to make sure it is well protected.
Remember, the screen is even more important than on previous devices, as if it is cracked, you may lose your touchscreen control of the device, or at least encounter problems when using the keyboard.
You can get protective cases for the brand-name tablets from all the major manufacturers, and these can also give your tablet a stylish appearance; nothing says ‘executive’ like carrying a leather-clad tablet in a leather briefcase.
Find a protective cover that suits your tastes and your tablet, and fit it according to the instructions – and remember, that does not give you free rein to physically abuse your tablet.
You may also want to purchase a separate screen protector; you can get thin stick-on films that will help protect against scratching, and which must simply be replaced every so often, as they themselves become scratched and scuffed.