Judging by your emails to me, many of you are thinking of swapping your laptop and desktop computer for a tablet. In fact, many of you have already made the switch. Is it the right choice for you?
The first question you’ll need to ask yourself is, “Do I have a good high-speed Internet connection?” A tablet is basically an Internet appliance, designed to communicate with the cloud. You’ll also need WiFi in your home.
If you plan to switch to a tablet, and that’s any tablet, you’ll need to get comfortable with the cloud. Tablets don’t have big hard drives unless you get an expensive model. It is expected that you’ll save things like documents and photos to your cloud storage service.
The switch to Android or iPad can be a big change for a Windows user. If you plan on using your device for e-mail, web browsing, social media. and games, you’ll find most of the same options available on a tablet. If there’s a particular app that you use on your PC that you absolutely need for your tablet, make sure that that app or a comparable one is available for the device you plan on switching to Microsoft Office users should be pleased to know that there are free versions of Office apps available for iPad, Android tablets, and even for Kindle Fire tablets.
The second question is how comfortable are you with touch screens? Tablets are designed to work with a mouse, you’ll need to be comfortable with the gestures required to navigate a touch screen. Most tablets will, however, allow you to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with them.
There’s no reason you can’t have both a tablet and a laptop while you get adjusted to the tablet. Have any of our readers made the switch from laptop or desktop PC to tablet? Share your experiences in the comments.