Will the Tablet Defeat the Mobile Phone?

The iPad has gained rave reviews from all over the world, and many people are planning to enhance their mobile communication experience by investing in an iPad. When Apple first launched the iPad, it was a novelty that everyone wanted, but with the launch of the iPad 2, the tablet has become the hottest electronic gadget in the world today. This has made some people wonder whether the tablet will finally knock down the mobile from the post of being the most useful communication and electronic gadget ever. Here is an insight into why the tablet, any tablet, will not be able to do so.

It is Expensive:

The mobile is many things for many people. Some use it to communicate, some to entertain, and others for data consumption. While all these categories of people exist, a large chunk of people still use the phone for a simple ‘take call, end call’ usability, and would not be comfortable with paying such a ludicrous amount for this service. Therefore, unless the Tablet market does not see a huge price cut like what happened with the touch phone market, it is difficult to think that the tablet will topple the phone.

It is Bulky:

There was a time when people did not buy a mobile because it was bulky, which gave rise to the sleek and small mobile phones. Of course, with the mobile having more uses, features and services, the average size of a mobile phone has increased, but it is nowhere near size of an average tablet – which can be compared to a square brick. Therefore, unless they do not come out with a tablet that is sized like a mobile phone – with all the features, the tablet does not provide much of a competition to the mobile phone.

It is an Everyday Expense:

Even if the tablet makers shout from the rooftops about how they have one lakh or two lakh applications, one should understand that using these applications would either require GRPS connection once, or GPRS connection forever. While GPRS connection and even 3G is becoming predominant in the first markets, these are still some markets that are content with the prepaid plans and have to invest in a 3G or even a GPRS connection. This takes out a chunk of the usability factor out of the tablet, and makes the costs almost illogical.

These are the three important reasons why the tablet will not defeat the mobile phone for at least some time to come.

Source by Roy Daniel Dsilva

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