In the past few years, the world has witnessed a massive revolution in the ICT industry, with new and more sophisticated devices replacing the old ones. The rate of technological advancement has been so fast that devices hardly outlive their usefulness and relevance before newer, more advanced versions are released into the market. The ICT industry is bulging with great turnover as gadget-crazy people will buy any new product, even if it is a carbon-copy of what they have. But of course, gadgets are great addition to any colllection. Besides, their usefulness cannot be overemphasized.

The dominance of PCs in the computing world seem to be threatened by the resurgence of tablets. The history of tablets can be traced back to the 19th century. However, it has proven just lately a suitable alternative in so many ways to the PC.

A tablet is a mobile computer, larger than a mobile phone or personal digital assistant(PDA), integrated into a flat touch screen and primarily operated by touching the screen rather than using a physical keyboard. Often, it uses an on-screen virtual keyboard, a passive stylus pen, or a digital pen.

Microsoft’s unsuccessful attempt at maintaining a tablet PC product in the 2000s can be easily forgotten as Apple released the iPad in 2010 bringing the tablet PC to limelight. The success of Apple was not unexpected as the screen technology of a typical tablet PC is similar to that used in Apple’s iPod and iPhone. Apple’s iPad therefore became the first mobile computer tablet to achieve worldwide commercial success.

Having most PC computer capabilities has endeared the tablet to the heart of consumers. As if that wasn’t enough, tablets purchased in the last year include wireless internet browsing functions, potential cell phone functions, GPS navigation, and video camera functions. Tablet users are afforded the opportunity of having a gadget that does the work of a PC computer, a mobile phone, and a camera(whose resolution beats user’s imagination); and it only weighs 1-1.5Kg and typically have a battery life of 3-10 hours.

Erstwhile Apple executive, Steve Jobs(now late) referred to the iPad as a “post-PC era product”. Like the smart phone(another post-PC era product) seem to have eclipsed the GSM phones, the tablet PC seem to be providing good competition for the PC computer. Although many people still rightly believe that the tablet can never render the PC computer useless as there are so many difficult computing tasks that can only be done on the PC computer.

Rotman Epps once said, “computing has become more ubiquitous, casual and intimate.” That was the reason why smart phones sold well in the first place. Consumers’ appetite for portability, battery longevity, and a different computing experience seems to have been satisfied to a great deal by the tablet PC. There is no doubt this will take its toll on laptops and netbooks. At the end of 2012, it is expected that tablet and smartphone shipments combined would have trumped PC shipments; and will represent 64% of all computers by 2014. By 2017 however, roughly 2 tablet PCs will ship for every 3 notebook computers worldwide(Display Search).

Analysts have concluded that tablets are here to stay. Millions of consumers who have laptops would still buy a tablet. A chunk of the millions to be generated from the ground-breaking tablet sales seem destined for the coffers of Apple as most tablet consumers prefer Apple’s iPad. Samsung is one of the few companied that could challenge for a place with Apple on the best-seller list, at the pace they are going. Apple and Samsung have been slugging it out in the courts for months now. Apple had claimed Samsung “slavishly” copied the iPhone. Both companies have however agreed after several months of legal battle to meet out of court for settlement chat.

Best selling tablet makers seem not to matter to consumers in as much as they get what they want, but generally, most consumers prefer Apple’s iPad. Tablets signify a 21st century cutting-edge technology that consumers love and will enjoy for years to come. Tablets have made their way into the heart of consumers; tablets are here to stay.

Apart from Apple’s iPad, other tablets with value for the consumer’s money include;

COBY Kyros Internet Tablet MID7012 4 GB – Android 2.3 800 MHz

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 32 GB – Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi 16 GB – Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)