Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Let’s get one thing straight: while a tablet is the new Jeeves and meant to get a lot of stuff done, its is not meant to re­place your lap­top. Yes, tablets are in­cred­i­bly com­pact, more con­ve­nient to carry, per­fect for me­dia con­sump­tion, are get­ting af­ford­able, and make fab­u­lous travel (and bed) mates. Yet, buy­ing one doesn’t mean you can dump your lap­top. Pe­riod. Ask us why, and we’ll say just one thing: work pro­duc­tiv­ity. There are those who think that sim­ply yok­ing a fancy, por­ta­ble, wire­less key­board to a tablet will be suf­fi­cient to mit­i­gate those in­fa­mous typ­ing-on-a-fid­dly-touch­screen woes. True, if it’s just word pro­cess­ing tasks you’re look­ing at. But try work­ing numbers on a spread­sheet and you’ll re­alise what we are talk­ing about. Or try mak­ing a slightly com­plex pre­sen­ta­tion, for in­stance. While you can ac­com­plish both tasks on a tablet, it is not as easy as you’ll find it on a lap­top or PC. Not yet.

So where do these slabs— unar­guably the most lustedafter ob­jects of geek­i­ness in the world to­day—fit into your scheme of gad­getry? Dubbed “more in­ti­mate than a lap­top and so much more ca­pa­ble than a smart­phone”, these edgy game chang­ers give you on-thego web brows­ing, e-mail, e-book read­ing, au­dio-video mul­ti­me­dia play­back, gam­ing—and fringe, if-you-must com­put­ing.

Tablets also work per­fectly for so­cial net­work­ing, IM and video call­ing/chat­ting. You can eas­ily do with­out the lap­top for the afore­men­tioned. There’s no deny­ing that backed by lon­glast­ing bat­tery life tablets—lead pri­mar­ily by Ap­ple ipad—have man­aged to cre­ate a whole new gad­get par­a­digm for them­selves in a short span of un­der two years. But a lap­top still re­mains the more com­pelling and ver­sa­tile op­tion when it comes to work...

That, at least is the story so far. There is no say­ing how soon in­no­va­tion and in­ven­tion changes all this and lap­tops go the way of the dino.

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