No Matter What Brand You Favor, the Tablet Will Rule 2012

For the past 20 years, I have owned various types of personal computers — from desktops to laptops. For the most part, my experience with these PCs has been positive as they’ve served my basic need for performing some type of business function or another. Since its introduction into my household as a useful appliance, the PC has been primarily used as a tool for me that has lightened my work load. Though I have done some game playing on my computers, the majority of my time on them has been spent working — which makes my traditional association with computers one of labor more than enjoyment.

But all of this started to change back in December of 2010 when I received the beta model, Cr-48, of the Chromebook computer compliments of Google. This was a lightweight machine that I could actually place on my lap without burning a hole in my trousers. With Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities, I could take this little notebook anywhere I wanted and stay connected to the Internet, receive and send email, and yes, play a few games. The Cr-48 has actually been fun to use and, even with its unpolished, quirky behavior, it’s still a great device.

No Matter What Brand You Favor, the Tablet Will Rule 2012In May of 2011, I bought my wife an Apple iPad, and it was love at first sight. She latched onto the tablet and I had to pry it from her hands just to get to play with it myself. The reason she loved it was because it was easy to use and fun to hold. No matter where she went, curious people would flock around the Apple iPad to see the new device. These folks were amazed at the ease with which they could use the device and were only reluctant to make a purchase because of the price.

A few weeks ago I bought an Amazon Kindle Fire, powered by a rendition of Android that Amazon modified to meet its needs. I really like the Fire and have thus far enjoyed using it. It is easy to use and I actually find it fun. I also did not — nor do I — expect the Fire to even come close to being an Apple iPad. It just isn’t going to happen. But I am sure of one thing. If you don’t currently own a tablet, the odds are that you may just be buying one in 2012 now that the pricing has fallen under $200. I believe that sales of the tablet computer will explode next year and some of you who are reading this may even be in for a surprise this holiday season.

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://about.me/kevin.mark Kevin Mark

    I’m not interested in a tablet until I see a production one running Windows 8. Having a full PC OS on a portable tablet sounds like a dream come true to me.

  • http://twitter.com/DaViLiVe Da’ Vi ( Da’ V )

    your a dick. your voice is so annoying. go take a bath!

    • HpWizard

      If you have that big of a problem with him then why are you here?

  • http://twitter.com/AlexTerek AlexTerek

    Tablet computerts won’t rule anything until it is the leading product in all areas of technology. So until someone makes a tablet that can do all the current things they can do now, BUT also do things like host web servers, control machinery play high end video games (which will never happen because people want a mouse and keyboard (which defeats the purpose of the tablet)) with good framerates and support online play. Another big thing that needs to happen is to be able to edit and render high end films. Oh, I forgot, you need to be able to support programming and CAD or 3D modeling…

    A tablet will never do all these things because for most, it defeats the purpose of the tablet (e.i, portability). And as I said, it won’t rule anything until it can.

    I’m not just saying this because I’m a windows/desktop pc fanboy, but because its true… Theres a reason people use work stations for most of what we end up taking for granted – smaller machines cant handle it.

  • http://about.me/hollywoodlights1992 Daniel Stransky

    I picked up an iPad 2 on black Friday from best buy. I’m noticing that I am tendinG yo use my laptop less, especially on the go. When I do use my laptop it’s for the 2 things that a tablet will never exceed a pc at: 1. Gaming. I admit that there are some really nice HD games on the iPad but none of them will ever beat out my ability to play games like GTA IV or Arkham Asylum (although I do admit I have to get a new laptop to play anything more recent and 2. Is playing blu rays and DVDs. I love being able to load DVD and blu ray rips on to my iPad for watching movies on the go, although nothing will ever replace being able to access all the extra features and commentaries as well as the beautifully designed menus. 

    For a casual user or someone in business, heck even a student I think that the tablet definitely has the power to dominate but for someone who’s particularly I to either gaming or film I don’t see the tablet fully taking over. 

  • Abel blackfield

    I look at the current market of tablets and so far I don’t see it expanding as much as people want it to. Why? Well, most of the people I interact with friends and family don’t seem particularly interest in actually getting a tablet but instead are more interested in their smart phones.

     I also feel if you buy a $500 price tablet you really are just buying an expansive toy which try to do everything but fails at basic tasks. Also the speed and storage of most of the tablet devices out there right now are considered “low standards” compared to their counterparts such as a laptop and net-book. The only real benefit you get from a tablet will be its portability and shiny designs.

  • Anonymous

    saw this video and i couldn’t agree more on this after using ipad

  • http://www.oddblogger.com Abhi Balani

    Inspiringly Logical.

    “USB port in ipad” LOL….. you are right about this.No,NOO,no,nOOOO,Nooooo,NNOOOOOOO,NO .

  • jmoss1613

    The Tablet market is really interesting. I do think it has  good chance within the next 12-18 months taking up a part of the portable scene. There still needs to be a decent jump in software, but that mostlikely will happen. With the Asus Prime shipping with a quad core and the graphics that are extremely close to consoles. I think its only going to be a matter of time till tablets are a serious competitor. There will be a perectage of people who will always need a more powerfull machine, but for a majority of consumers all they do is some word processing, surfing the web and what not. 

  • Reid Sprague

    I think you’re right! Got a B&N Nook Color earlier this year, and immediately realized that it wasn’t what I wanted – I wanted a full tablet, not just a reader.

    Fortunately, with the Nook, there’s an easy Cyanogenmod avenue using the N2A cards, that doesn’t hurt the original OS or void the warranty. Or you can buy your own blank SD card and make your own. Either way you end up with a full Android tablet, and for some reason it runs noticeably faster than the native Nook OS. It even unlocks the Bluetooth capability! Mine was the original Nook Color – the new one would be better still.

    I wouldn’t fool with the Kindle, even at a $50 saving – the Nook hardware (especially the screen) is better and, when rooted, it’s a very good unrestricted Android tablet. I’ve had my N2A card for about a month, but only booted back into Nook once, and then wondered why.

    All your bookshelf items are still there, in the Android Nook app, and you can run the Android Kindle app too so you have access to both stores. And ePub, and the library, and. . . you name it, it’s totally open and you have total control. I’m lovin’ it.

    So to get back to your point, I now can’t imagine getting along without it! Fun and useful, not a computer, but necessary anyhow. If it had better input capability, it could replace my netbook. I could see this lil’ tempter sucking me into a more powerful tablet later on. Maybe a Transformer?

  • TechMali

    I don’t have a tablet yet, but I want an iPad. I’ve done my research and it still seems the best bang for your buck so far. Maybe when I can afford it, lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rohan.swarup Rohan Swarup

    I am so sick of Angry Birds -.-