Different Styles of Tablet PCs
There are many manufacturers that produce the Tablet PC which can differ in many aspects such as the
size, the design, the processing speed, and so on, in order to meet individual requirements. Basically,
Tablet PCs are available in three styles:
The Convertible Style Tablet PC: This model looks a lot like a regular laptop computer because of the
keyboard attached to it. However, the screen can be rotated and 180 degrees and can be placed flat on
the keyboard, which makes it better for writing and reading.
The Slate Style Tablet PC: Since this model does not have the size and weight of a permanent
keyboard, it is an ultra-light and slim design. Some slate type of Tablet PCs do have keyboards that are
detachable, but all of them have innovative solutions for docking, thus offering access to a mouse,
keyboard, and a full sized monitor.
The Sturdy Style Tablet PC: This is a rugged little mobile computer with a shock-proof hard drive and a
shell that is of industrial strength. These sturdy models of Tablet PCs are ideal for those who need to use
their computer in rough conditions, such as for military duty, during patrolling duties, in construction
areas, or just used by people who want a mobile PC that is hardy and durable
Putting a tablet to use
Tablet PCs have a number of features that make them especially appealing and useful to
physicians: portability, wireless capability, handwriting and speech recognition capability and security
options. Of course, any new technology also comes with its own set of problems. Here’s a
discussion of some of the tablet PC’s benefits and drawbacks:
Portability. When most people envision a computerized office, they probably think of a big PC in
every room. However, that PC will not budge when you want to take a trip to the sample closet or
leave the room to confer with a consultant. The tablet PC gives you the portability of a PDA and the
increased screen size and power of a desktop PC. Although some tablets can remain unplugged for
as long as nine hours, most will need to be recharged within four hours. All-day portability can be
maintained by charging your battery at lunch or carrying an extra battery with you. Depending on
how much you carry your tablet around (and especially if you carry an extra battery), the weight can
become burdensome at times. However, the average weight of a tablet, which is only about three
pounds, is smaller and more manageable in many cases than that of the equivalent paper charts.
The portability of a tablet can also be a drawback since it has unique pieces, slot covers and pens
that can be broken or lost. The hinge on a convertible tablet that allows the screen to swivel may be
especially prone to wear-and-tear, depending on how well it’s made. You can provide some general
protection for your tablet by using a portfolio or sleeve case, which is usually made of nylon, leather
or neoprene, depending on which tablet you have. There are also “ruggedized” tablet PCs available
that are covered with external casings to protect them from falls and external elements. Though
ruggedized tablets are intended mostly for use in outdoor industries, such as telecommunications,
utility work and emergency services, and are heavier, they may be worth considering if your tablet
gets damaged often.
Wireless capability. Tablet PCs can recognize and connect to wireless networks with no added
hardware required. This allows physician users to quickly and easily access the Internet or their
network, for example to review patients’ EMRs, research a particular drug or look up ICD-9 codes.
Of course, this capability is only useful if you have a wireless network in place in your practice or
hospital. (For more on wireless networks, see “A Primer on Wireless Networks,” FPM, February
2004, page 69).
Handwriting and speech recognition capability. With digital ink technology, a tablet PC uses a screen
digitizer to turn your print or cursive handwriting into text that can be inserted into documents. This
can be especially useful when you’re taking notes at a meeting or filling out a documentation
template at a patient visit. Since the digitizer will only respond to the proprietary pen or stylus, resting
your hand on the screen does not interfere with the digitizer and is, in fact, encouraged for writing
stability. Tablet PCs perform handwriting recognition quite well and are even better at converting
cursive than print. The tablet also gives you the option of inputting text using the PDA block letter
Of course, even a perfectly functioning screen digitizer, which is likely the most sensitive part of a
tablet PC, may have some minor problems. For example, the cursor may “drift” when the pen is
hovering near the edges and corners of the screen to close applications or manipulate scroll bars.
Fortunately, this and other similar problems can be minimized by calibrating the digitizer and
increasing the size of buttons and bars on the screen.
Speech recognition is another feature of a tablet PC that may be appealing to physicians. The tablet
takes the user through a speech-training module and then allows him or her to easily activate the
speech-recognition feature with the touch of a button. While speech recognition may still not be good
enough to serve as a complete replacement for your medical transcriptionist, it can be useful,
especially if you are using a template-driven medical record in your practice.
Security options. As with any computer, appropriate use of passwords and data encryption
technology can help to protect personal and patient information on your tablet. Because device theft
may be a concern with this type of portable computer, one of the tablets currently on the market
comes with a movement sensor that can be used to trigger an alarm and another comes with an
integrated fingerprint reader for enhanced data security
The Tablet PC intro starts with the huge success of the Kindle eBook reader and the mobile
phone revolution, which was initiated by the release of the iPhone that triggered the
development of Tablet PCs in the first place.
Most of the technology and core processing that is done in Tablet PCs is being made on
proprietary processors that were developed with mobile technology in mind, but further
developed to accommodate Tablet PC requirements.
Tablet PCs vs Netbooks, a comparison that really
shouldn't even be made
It is not Plants vs. Zombies, but it is a fierce battle, Tablet PCs vs Netbooks. Not a cute and
addicting cross-platform game, but serious business, which may mean the ruin, or at least
serious loss of business, to established IT industry behemoths, such as Intel, AMD, Acer,
ASUS and many more.
After the iPad got released by Apple in 2010 and the Tablet PC frenzy took off with a
vengeance, particularly after Google’s Android operating system boomed onto the stage,
many people from the IT sector started predicting that the time of personal computers as
we knew it was over.
Headlines like “PC is dead” by major players starting with Mark Dean from the original IBM
development team to the Forbes Magazine, but also current developments like Windows 8
going Metro seem all to point to the almost obvious outcome of the Tablet PCs vs Netbooks
Will Tablet PCs oust the need for desktop computers of yesteryear and what will happen
with laptop and netbook computers in years to come?
A little help with the definition
While the battle Tablet PCs vs Netbooks is far from over,
an apparent winner may be perceived if you know a little
bit about what Netbooks actually are. Many do confuse
Netbooks with Laptop computers, but despite the
similarities in design, there is a remarkable difference.
Namely, a Netbook is supposed to be a portable computer
that is geared towards casual Internet use, network
connectivity included, with little or no intention of
replacing your main computer, or rather desktop and big
laptop, whichever applies.
The idea was to provide a small, lightweight, cheap, even
stripped down version of a laptop, which can be outfitted
with a less power consuming CPU and less RAM in order
for the battery to last longer. Additionally, such mini-
laptops were supposed to have smaller display screens, preferably no optical drives, but
Several instances of such devices were popping up ever since 1996, but it was not until
2007, when Asus came out with the Asus Eee PC concept that the netbook idea took off.
Why is there a fight at all?
Tablet PCs vs Netbooks is an inevitable clash of similar ideas that resulted in completely
different solutions, with some technology developments and consumer requirements thrown
in for good measure. In plain English, this means that originally, both, Tablet PCs and
Netbooks were supposed to be “the toy on the go”; or simply following the consumer
preference developments, people wanted a computer that was usable everywhere, without
the device having to weigh a ton.
This also had to do with the popularity of broadband internet, Wi-Fi, development of 3G,
internet availability in almost every restaurant, coffee shop, gym, hotel and wherever, the
end of paper based business requirements, development of electronic communications,
video conferencing and so on.
The list could really go on, but ultimately encompasses everything that is only about ten
years old, but is nevertheless being taken for granted by the modern culture.
This device on the go used to be a fully-fledged laptop computer (also called notebook), but
because of the size, weight and power consumption it was deemed impractical.
Perhaps unbeknownst to most, the Tablet PC idea is not a new one, in Star Trek, the
original series from the sixties, there is a tablet device handed around which was used as a
log device, but also for handling electronic documents, signing orders and much more. It
was named PADD, short for Personal Access Data Display.
If you think that the name familiarity with Apple’s iPad is sheer coincidence, think again.
Steve Jobs himself verified the homage at the introduction if the original iPad, alleviating
any and all speculations.
A Tablet PC is a curious mix of an eBook Reader and a netbook computer, with advanced
media player abilities and smartphone attributes added. In a direct comparison Tablet PCs
vs Netbooks, tablet devices will always have the upper hand because of a few simple facts:
Tablet PCs have entertainment value, are sleek, lighter, thin, have a cool factor and fun is
the main objective, while Netbooks thrive towards simple functionality.
More plainly put, Tablet PCs are grown-up toys, while Netbooks are a portable internet
access device and not much more.
Netbooks not dead yet, or are they?
Interestingly enough, Asus, for instance, added
their line of tablet devices to the Asus Eee line
of products, where also netbooks are located.
Asus, being a true IT industry behemoth, can
afford to produce netbooks, even if sales are
dwindling. Other competitors are starting to
lose faith, but Intel came up with an idea that
just may give the netbook the much needed
prolonged life expectancy – the project
Ultrabook. Intel started the Ultrabook idea once
the outcome of the Tablet PCs vs Netbooks
battle seemed clear, i.e. that Tablet PCs will
prevail. Their Atom series of processors, mainly used in lower class laptops and netbooks,
did not sell as expected, and while AMD will always have a competing product, in this case
the Fusion processor, AMD has never really pushed the netbook solution.
Unfortunately for Intel, the Ultrabook movement which was supposed to provide high end
ultra-light but extremely powerful netbooks that should be actually classified as laptop
devices did not end up with a price tag that was hoped for. There is no Ultrabook available
that is even close to the selling price of a netbook or tablet PC, for that matter, which
makes the whole idea completely useless.
It does compete with the MacBook family of products by Apple, particularly the MacBook Air
range, but new Air models have not even been announced by Apple.
To put it mildly, in the Tablet PCs vs Netbooks race Netbooks are at least once-lapped
second. Since that several tablets are now being delivered with at least a Bluetooth
keyboard, Netbook sales are seriously dwindling. In comparison to the Asus Eee PC boom of
2008, the sales are almost disappointing.
Nevertheless, not a single netbook manufacturer has yet given up on the concept. It may be
the time to rethink the pricing of such netbook computers in comparison to the bigger
laptop cousins, a price drop significantly below the pricing range of a comparable Tablet PC
with a Bluetooth keyboard might make the race more interesting in future.
This seems to be of particular importance after the newly presented availability of Android
powered netbooks and furthermore after the introduction of less resource-hungry
new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, which just may extend the power-struggle
Tablet PCs vs Netbooks for a while longer.
The tablet computer idea is nothing new,
ever since the turn of the century there
were several incarnations of the Microsoft
Tablet PC, even earlier, in the cult TV series
“Star Trek” crew members can be seen
using some sort of Tablet PC that is being
operated through a stylus pen, an electronic
clipboard if you like.
First devices that resemble the Tablet PC
were available since the late eighties – early
nineties. The first patent for something that
can be referred to as an electronic tablet
stems from the late nineteenth century.
But just like it was the case with eBook readers
and Kindle, it was not until the release of the
iPad that Tablet PCs became popular and much
sought after devices.
The development of the iPad started way back
in 2007 and it took until 2010 to finalize the
concept that was derived from a symbiosis of
the iPhone, an old fashioned Tablet PC, an
eBook reader and the latest mobile computing
The idea to make the screen multi-touch capable is said to have originated with Steve Jobs
himself, implementing all possible already popular Apple product technologies rounded up
the deal and the iPad was launched.
The parallel developed devices, which at that
time were mostly based on the very young
Android operating system, gained immense
popularity in a very short time span.
The Android platform was originally a Linux
based operating system that was developed for
use in smartphones, but now powers Tablet PC
devices as well, a more Tablet PC oriented
version being the latest Android 3.0.
It is interesting to note that while many perceive Android as a copycat of the iPhone
operating system iOS, the development and initial patents were filed and created way
before the original iPhone was even released.
Additionally, there are Tablet PCs that feature other operating systems, even Microsoft
Windows. Asus, for instance has a new tablet PC device out, which is actually a fully fledged
PC computer, Intel i5 processor, 4 GB RAM and all.
Not to mention Dell, which has a laptop that can be folded and thereby morph into a tablet
PC, with capacitive multi-touch screen and handwriting recognition. The HP Tablet PC is the
TouchPad, a tablet that has been developed and manufactured by the newly acquired Palm,
Inc. It will feature the proprietary webOS, which is, according to HP at least, is going to be
the next iPad like sensation.
In the decision which Tablet PC to pick is also crucial to reflect on what such a device is
supposed to do for you. Some devices, like the already mentioned webOS powered
TouchPad, or the BlackBerry Tablet PC PlayBook, will not have the same kind or amount of
applications like the Apple iPad, or any Android powered device. The Apple Store and the
Android Market have such an abundance of applications and games on offer, it is truly hard
to compete with such an overwhelming competition. On the other hand, Windows based
Tablet PCs are capable of swallowing most of the existing games and apps that are already
available, making this a very interesting alternative.
From the spaceship Enterprise to the reality of today, tablet PCs are the ultimate fun. With
limitless entertainment as the main prerogative, these devices of today compete not only
against the iPad, which had a bit of a head start, but also against each other for the favor of
customers. In the sheer countless supply of new and exciting devices, TabletPC-Zone.com
will attempt to provide necessary information and advice, helping you all the way towards a
decision, which of the tablet PCs may be the right choice for you.
A major revolution in the consumer electronics markets in India came with the launch of the
OlivePad by Olive Telecom in mid 2010. This was followed by the entrance of Samsung, Apple Inc
and host of other national and international players during the period October 2010 to March 2011.
In 2011, the global Tablet PC market reached USD 35.3 Billion, which is expected to grow further till
2016. The India Tablet PC’s market is anticipated to grow at the CAGR of around 50.96% with the
wide acceptance and increased demand from Enterprises. Tablet PC’s have filled the gap perfectly
between a notebook computer and a smart phone. Global and India Tablet PC market are growing
at the much faster pace than anticipated initially. Till end of 2011, Samsung is leading the market
with its Samsung Galaxy Tab followed by Blackberry, Reliance and Apple. Interestingly, the global
market leader Apple Inc. has not been very popular with the Indian masses. However, the market
share trends are expected to encounter strong changes from the current trend by 2016 which would
lead the market dynamics to new heights.
According to “India Tablet PC’s Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2016” India as a tablet PC
market has a huge potential. The outlook for the Tablet PC’s market in India seems very promising
as the overall consumer spending and acceptance is increasing in the country. Ease of use, long
battery life, mobility, ability to multi-task, instant on/off and substantial breadth of applications
available have caused rapid growth and change in demand patterns. The ease of use and multi-task
ability is driving enterprises to experience Tablet PC in workplace rather than traditional PC’s or
notebooks. “India Tablet PC’s Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2016” discusses the following
aspects related to Tablet PC’s in India:
Low-Cost Tablets Take the India Market by Storm, Significantly Altering the Dynamics in
2012, According to IDC
10 Jun 2013
Bangalore, 7 June, 2013 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker data for CY 2012,
the overall tablet market in India has reached approximately 2.66 million units, a whopping 901%
year-over-year growth from 2011. The tablet market exploded from a fledgling niche category into a
thriving and intensely competitive market within a span of 12 months with cheaper and smaller
screen-size form factors leading the charge in the second half of 2012.
Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker 2012
"The unprecedented growth was fueled by 6-8 local and top international vendors, namely Samsung
and Apple, ramping up shipments and aggressively launching new models, especially in the 7-inch
device space, to meet the growing consumer demand in the low-cost tablet market in India,"
said Manasi Yadav, Senior Market Analyst in the Client Devices team at IDC India.
Low cost (<$250) Device Traction
Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker 2012
The low cost 7 inch tablets made up for close to 78% in the total volume shipments for Q4 2012, the
growing contribution of local vendors and the increasing Chinese imports in the Indian market can be
attributed as the primary reasons for this trend.
Android was seen as the dominant OS choice in the market, owing to the Chinese imports and local
vendors who together comprise close to about 70% of the total tablet market in India. Chinese
unbranded/Whitebox market took up a sizable chunk of the tablet market as well. Most of these
vendors operate on a "fly by night" model, wherein they flood the market with low-cost tablets and
vanish within 2-3 quarters.
Vendors Ranked by Unit Shipments, India Tablet Market CY 2012
1. Samsung outperformed the local vendors by ramping up its 7 inch device shipments and driving the
prices of their tablets down.
2. Micromax entered the market only in Q2 2012 and cornered a significant shipment share owing to
its value for money portfolio in tablets.
3. Apple, came in third with its range of niche iPad devices. The 7 inch iPad mini was launched in Q4
2012 and helped the brand reach out to the more "price-sensitive" audience as well.
According to IDC's forecast estimates the India tablet market is expected to reach a total of close to 6
million units in 2013, driven not just by the low-cost tablet space but also a slew of public sector
projects that have been announced recently. Several state governments like UP, Rajasthan,
Meghalaya, Chattisgarh have already announced plans to deploy tablets for school and college
students with an aim to improve the digital literacy rate among students. IDC expects these projects
to have a snowball effect as other states will also look to replicate these initiatives.
"The growth in the India tablet market is expected to slow down and become more stable in 2013.
However, mobile operators can play a bigger role in better adoption of tablet devices among
consumers with complementary data plans, better - wider 3G connectivity and local content
availability," added Yadav.
According to Kiran Kumar, Research Manager at IDC, "We anticipate business adoption to beef up the
overall tablet market too. We see integration of tablets in enterprises as a natural evolution. Also,
government initiatives and low cost tablets may drive initial adoption, but vendors' ability to transition
these users to better devices will determine the long-term growth potential for this market."
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