Should I buy a tablet?

Written by Johann Taylor Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:00

This is another question that I hear on a fairly regular basis in my shop.  It’s no surprise, since tablets seem to be popping up everywhere these days.  Unfortunately, like most new technologies, tablets are shrouded in myths, mystery, and misconceptions that can make buying decisions difficult.  Should you buy a tablet?  The answer? It depends.
For the purpose of this article, I am making the assumption that we are discussing iOS or Android powered tablets, not their big brothers that are simply convertible laptops.

Tablets can be quite useful when used for their intended purpose.  Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages to help you make an informed decision.

Ultra Portable



To answer the question “Should I Buy a Tablet,” the answer is maybe.  This will be a very personal question that will depend heavily on your individual wants and needs.  Where a tablet is a great idea for a salesman or even a doctor making his rounds, it would probably drive an accountant nuts.  Some students love taking notes on a tablet; I got sick of mine after half a semester.  If you are looking for something simple, portable, and low-cost, a tablet is the right choice for you.  If you want power, compatibility, customizability, and don’t want your hands tied, then a computer may be the better choice.  It is really up to you.

DISCLAIMER: Use the information in this article at your own risk. CompuClinic LLC takes no responsibility for any damage to hardware, software, or data as a result of following the advice above. While we do our best to be thorough, if you are not comfortable with anything described above, please contact a qualified technician for help.