But in the workplace, how are tablets regarded as 2012 arrives? TechRepublic’s Patrick Gray sees two competing schools of thought:
First, tablets are shrunken desktop PCs:
They should have similar capabilities as the average desktop, with a smaller form factor and a longer battery life than the average laptop. This school of thought carefully reconciles the inevitable trade-off of portability and longevity for computing power and features, immediately dismissing tablets as “underpowered” for some applications or classes of users. Here, tablets—especially in the case of non-Windows tablets—seem more of a distraction. They’re essentially incompatible devices that will require software rewrites and deliver more hurdles than benefits.
Or, tablets are a different class of computing device.
Tablets are more of a personal assistant or information delivery device. Here, information and data gathering are a priority, and since applications require different design and data, incompatibility with existing applications is less of a concern than how to most effectively present enterprise data on the device.
Gray says that those in the first school of thought must eagerly await Windows 8 to see how it truly behaves on tablets, but he puts himself in the second school, saying that a tablet “scratches a different itch than a highly portable desktop.”
How does your organization regard tablets today?