‘My iPad has Netflix, Spotify, Twitter – everything’: why tablets are killing PCs
Tablets have exploded in popularity in the last 3 years. What’s most surprising about this is that tablets were around for a good deal of time prior to this but it wasn’t until the release of the iPad that they become popular amongst mainstream consumers. Tablets now enjoy such popularity that many people are now opting to buy one in place of a laptop. The Guardian covered this very thing recently. Read more below -
Stephen Bernasconi walked into Trafford shopping centre on 25 November intending to buy a laptop for £800 or so. His three-year-old Dell Inspiron had broken down and he wanted something to keep up with gaming. Instead, the 23-year-old walked out of PC World with aniPad Air. “I decided that this would be a more effective purchase as it allows me to do everything I require – Netflix, Spotify, Twitter, good games. It’s light and can run loads of apps at once and doesn’t slow down.” He’d considered buying a Google Nexus 10 tablet, but having recently switched to an iPhone he decided to stick with Apple.
Emma Gilliam, meanwhile, hasn’t replaced the Toshiba laptop she used at home since it died in June 2012; she also bought an iPad. A lecturer at Cardiff University, she has a PC for work, but says “I don’t need more than a tablet for domestic or social use.” She says a big benefit is that because the iPad doesn’t run Microsoft programs: “I keep work and home separate. I don’t bring PC-crucial work home now, so I’m far more disciplined about finishing tasks rather than letting them spill over.” She’s using the iPad to learn Greek (“using a Greek keyboard has been great”) and watch iPlayer.
In other tablet-related news, the world’s cheapest tablet has been released this week, costing just £30. Read more below
A tablet computer originally made for an educational scheme run by the Indian government has launched in the UK for only £30.
Starting at £29.99 the self-proclaimed “world’s cheapest tablet” theUbiSlate 7Ci significantly undercuts the competition on price including the £119 Tesco Hudl, £80 Aldi Lifetab and the £200 Google Nexus 7, but does not compare favourably on specifications.
The UbiSlate features a low-resolution 7in touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 4GB of storage with a microSD card slot, and runs a modified version of Android 4.0.3 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. It comes bundled with a series of apps for education, entertainment, gaming and productivity, aiming to bring computer and internet access to everyone.
“With recent ONS figures showing that in the UK, 29% of the poorest households have no computer and 36% no internet, we’re working to bring affordable technology to the hundreds of thousands of households excluded from the digital revolution”, said Datawind’s chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli.