by Julie Zellman, Marketing Communications Coordinator, LifeSize
If we were to bury a time capsule of technology news in 2011, hundreds of years from now, the people of the future would read about one singular device that changed how people communicated back then: tablets.
There is no doubt about it; the rapid rise of the tablet has been truly remarkable. In fact, some tech leaders were caught completely off guard with its sudden popularity. “I didn’t completely see that coming,” said Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell, Inc.
Though many manufactures have attempted to produce the latest and greatest tablet on the market (cue the Samsung Tab 10.1, Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad, and BlackBerry PlayBook), it seems that there is only one that is and remains king: the Apple iPad.
First announced in April 2010, the iPad sold 3 million devices in the first 80 days. Seems like a lot, right? That number later jumped to 15 million before the iPad 2 was announced on March 2, 2011. Now, there have been over 28 million units sold, and that number continues to rise daily. Frost & Sullivan predicts that there will be 300 million tablets in use by 2015. If you thought they were a big deal now, just wait.
Though the iPad might not have the biggest screen, best resolution or the largest available built-in storage, it doesn’t have to. Apple’s marketing ingenuity continues to amaze consumers all over the world, enticing even the most skeptical tech critics.
The tablet has truly revolutionized the way we communicate. Sure, laptops are portable but for the most part, they are thicker and heavier – a common annoyance for the average road warrior for whom effortless mobility is essential. Tablets also have a variety of features, including GPS, gaming, e-reader functionality, and TV and media playing capabilities. You do not have to rely on elusive “Wi-Fi hot spots” or expensive air cards. 3G or 4G mobile networks can work in their place. Finally, the user interface is a breeze, design is simple and they are just so cool. (There, I said it.)
A study from the Nielsen Company in Q1 2011 outlines these benefits (and others) in graphical form:
You may find yourself wanting to use a tablet in the workplace, especially those of you who are extremely mobile and travel from city to city at a moment’s notice. It is encouraging to know that new products are coming out every day to help enhance this experience. For example, Logitech’s ZAGG keyboard case works as an iPad case and mobile keyboard. There are a number of cases that can prop up your screen to help prevent neck strain. There are even apps, like LifeSize ClearSea, that can go beyond a tablet’s innate video chat capabilities and allow you to have a video conference with almost any other smartphone, tablet, desktop PC/Mac and conference room system on the market. Here’s a demo of how LifeSize ClearSea works on a Galaxy Tab, watch the video below:
As tablets continue to revolutionize the tech world and the way people communicate, the simple question remains. Will the late Steve Jobs’ prediction be correct? Will PCs “become like trucks”? Will they simply gather dust in the corner as tablets and smartphones take over? Comment below and let us know what you think.