As you browse today's technology, you might find yourself confused about tablet PC use. After all, isn't a laptop or netbook enough? What's the point of a tablet PC? Tablet PC use is actually very important in our society for a variety of reasons, which will be explained below.
What is a Tablet PC?Before you can learn about tablet PC use, it would be helpful to understand what a tablet PC even is. A tablet PC is a type of small computer that has a touch sensitive screen. Generally, people operate tablet PCs with a stylus. A stylus looks similar to a pen, and is used for communicating touch actions on a tablet PC screen. Aside from the touch screen functionality, a tablet PC is very similar to any other kind of normal laptop computer.
Tablet PC UseWhile many people assume that having a laptop or netbook computer is sufficient for portable computing, tablet PCs have a use that extends beyond simply being small and portable. Here are some of the uses that transcend other types of portable computers:
- Digital painting and sketching - Because of the touch screen, the user can draw with the stylus, a feature impossible on non-touch screen computers.
Gaming - Touch sensitive gaming is another popular benefit of tablet PCs.
- Presentations - The touch screen allows (with the tablet PC connected to a projector) the presenter to draw lines, arrows, and other shapes in order to give a more effective presentation.
Handwritten notes - In a classroom or business environment, those who enjoy taking handwritten notes but would like the ability to save them digitally without having to manually scan pages onto a computer may find this tablet PC use particularly helpful.
Which Tablet PCs are Popular?When it comes to technology, popularity changes by the day. However, here are a few tablet PCs that were popular during the time this article was published:
- Apple iPad - Although Apple doesn't specifically market the iPad as a "tablet PC," it contains nearly all of the same features (except a stylus generally isn't necessary). One feature that differs from other tablet PCs is the multi-touch ability, which enables a user to perform functions with multiple fingers (e.g. pinch or expand fingers to change zoom setting).
- HP Pavilion tx2500z - This tablet PC features a 12.1" display, a Windows Vista Premium operating system, 160 GB hard drive, and 2 GB of memory. For those who dislike Apple's operating systems (particularly that of the iPad), this is a nice alternative that may feel more like a "real computer."
- Archos 7 Home Tablet - This 8GB tablet PC features the Android operating system, and is a bit a smaller than the above two tablet PCs (only seven inches). While the smaller size (both in capacity and physical dimensions) may appear to render this tablet PC less powerful, it is extremely portable with nearly all of the same functions as other tablet PCs.