The Future of the Tablet
When it comes to crystal-ball gazing, the sky seems to be the limit for tablet. Apps like Zite, Flipboard, Early Edition, NYT as well as TV broadcasting and a host of news and information sources have already shown us how amenable the form factor of the tablet is to portable reading and viewing. As these slabs get skinnier and skinner, they will also gain flexible displays. So one fine day you could find yourself carrying merely a lightweight foldable screen that you tuck into your pocket but replete with all the functionalities--nay, more--of a tablet.
Just when everyone had written off the the pen stylus on touchscreen devices, it seems to be making a return. Cases in point: The monster screened Samsung Note ‘smartphone’ and, of course, the HTC Flyer. As hardware, operating systems and user interfaces get more and more refined it may soon be possible to write on the screen virtually as comfortable as you scribble on paper.
As they get more and more common place, you should see tablets also getting more durable and rugged. Or at least the availability of protective cases that prevent them from damage if you drop them.
What about tablets that never run out of battery juice? Why ever not? We’ve all heard of harnessing solar power, have we not? So it’s not at all an unfeasible thought. And then, it is also possible that in a few years time you could be assembling your tablet—just as you can a PC.
As Lenovo has shown us with the Ideapad U1 Hybrid and Motorola with the Atrix smartphone, the chances are high that the tablet could be a detachable component of your laptop. So don’t be surprised if you see an Macbook Air with a detachable screen that works as an ipad.