Over the years, we’ve seen a significant decline in the market and the general popularity of tablets. But before we dive deeper, let’s first define tablets.
Of course, we have iPads and Android tablets, but there are also 2-in-1 PCs like the Microsoft Surface Book and HP Spectre x360 Folio. However, since 2-in-1’s generally run Windows, they’re under the PC or laptop umbrella.
For today, we’re focusing on traditional tablets, namely iPads and Android tablets. Between these two, it’s clear who’s been winning. Sure, there are still a lot of Android tablets out in the market, but they’re out of fashion, and Apple has been driving more innovation towards their iPad. In the last 12 months, Apple still has the highest market share for tablets in the Philippines at 53.35%, with Samsung at 24.67% and HP at 10.62%.
While the overall market and their general popularity have been on the decline, these things are still very much relevant. To this day, they still don’t do as much as a laptop could, but you could make the argument that smartphones have surpassed tablets in capability, especially in terms of raw performance and cameras. But they do hold a significant advantage over both smartphones and laptops. Here are some of the reasons why:
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Tablets are still the best devices for media consumption.
Size matters, and yes, while laptops still have bigger screens, watching a movie on a tablet is much more convenient.
They are portable.
If your daily use doesn’t require a lot of computing power, and you’re set with watching movies on Netflix, web browsing, and even office applications, then tablets are the way to go if you want ultimate portability.
However, on the subject of content creation, you can use a tablet for that too. The iPad Pro, while expensive, is an excellent option for creatives nowadays. You get that slim form factor, the Apple Pencil for artists or graphic designers, and since it’s a pretty powerful device, even for video editors.
Gaming is better.
Playing games on tablets are better since the bigger screen makes the experience more immersive.
They’re also pretty good for reading. While they’re not as good for the eyes as an e-reader, you can read in the dark with a tablet, and since the display has color, you can easily read manga, comic books, and graphic novels as well.
It may seem like tablets are now a thing of the past since there isn’t as much noise compared to smartphones, but hey, they are still relevant. Still, there’s no denying their decline. According to International Data Corporation, the end-user demand for these devices has slowed down in the last few years at 7.6% in 2017. But if Apple continues to do its stellar job with their iPads and Android at least tries to keep up a little bit more, we think tablets can change their relationship status with consumers from “still relevant” to “we’re back, baby!”
So that wraps it up. Do you think tablets are still relevant? Leave your comments down below.