Tablets have become one of the most popular computing devices across the world. These portable multimedia devices cater to the various needs of different types of users. Children, students, professionals, and even homemakers now use these gadgets to send emails, browse the net, create slides, video chat, play games, and also take photos. In the present scenario of high demand, the world of tablets is constantly evolving, with new features regularly being added to the device. Here is a look at the top five trends in the year 2013.
The hardware is obviously a very important part of a tablet, or any computing device for that matter. The latest tablets come with dual core processors, while the high end models feature powerful quad core processors. The current trend is towards a shift to multiple-core, faster clock speed processors that can run the latest apps available for the tablet platform.
Along with faster and better processors, the latest tablets also feature larger capacity RAMs. Most tablets now come with 1GB or 2GB RAM that enables you to make optimum use of better processors.
Increased storage space is another trend that is fast catching up. With many people using tablets as their main mobile computing device, the need to store more data, music, photos, and videos has made manufacturers come up with tables that have larger storage capacity up to 64GB.
Manufacturers are also working on improving battery life and circuitry in order to increase the time span between charges. In 2011, 7 inch and 8 inch tablets lasted for about seven to eight hours. In 2013, improved versions of these tablets last for about ten to eleven hours. Larger models have juice that keep them powered for up to thirteen hours.
The display is perhaps the most important part of a tablet. To keep with up customer demands, manufacturers are designing touchscreens that have high pixel count, and display sharp images. You can now even watch 1080p resolution videos on your tablet.
Another trend that is sweeping across the world of tablets is bigger screens. Apple’s iPad mini has a 7.9 inch display, as the company realized that a 7 inch screen was not suited for effective viewing web content. Therefore, Apple chose a 4:3 aspect ratio for its iPad mini because this is similar to that of a laptop or notebook screen. Rumour has it that Acer, Lenovo, Asus, and Dell will also soon be releasing tablets that have 8 inch screens.
Another interesting trend is that displays are not only getting larger in 2013, but apparently tablet makers are working on making them flexible. It is expected that by the end of this year, a bendable handheld device may be released in the market by Apple, Samsung, HTC, or Google.
Most tablets today offer Wi-Fi and 3G or 4G to connect to the internet. Tablets now also come with other features such as GPS, music player, and camera with a pixel count of 5MP to 8MP. Moreover, cameras in tablets come with options for panoramic shots, minor adjustments in exposure settings, and also include an inbuilt flash.
Most tablets also come with built-in eReaders. In fact, the present trend is that the devices which were purely e-Readers before have started to converge with normal tablets. Such devices allow users to turn on a backlit screen for watching videos, and shut it off for e-book reading. Similarly, improved LCD screens make it easier for users to browse through e-magazines as the font is sharper and the pictures are brighter.
Thanks to the trend of cloud computing, you don’t need to store all your data onto your tablet. Instead of saving your content on multiple devices, you can store everything on the cloud. Simply use any device to access information from that storage. Additionally, it is been predicted that soon a wide range of household products will function as per the instructions given out from your NFC-enabled tablet.
With the increasing demand for tablet PCs, developers are now concentrating on creating apps that are specific to tablets. This trend has peaked, thanks to Apple’s iPad. The Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted a survey of 8,119 ConsumerReports.org subscribers, out of which 66% of iPad owners rated the selection of apps for their devices as excellent.
Google Play and Amazon’s Appstore also offer a variety of apps for their tablet users. Kindle and Nook e-reading apps work across platforms, thus allowing you to continue reading your book on your tablet from where you stopped on your phone. Apple currently has the lead in terms of the most innovate apps. The list of Apps optimized for Android tablets is also increasing. However, no matter which company’s tablet you buy, you will find the most popular apps, like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Groupon and LinkedIn, available across all operating systems.
Ease Of Use
The tablet’s popularity comes from the ease with which it can be used. Tablet manufacturers are designing devices that come with build-in stands for easy viewing, and styluses for navigating.
Since desktops sales are plummeting down, more and more companies are starting to manufacture tablets. The number of tablets that were shipped in 2012 was 153.6 million, and that is expected to rise to 256.5 million by the end of 2013.
It was initially thought that tablets would only be popular in the professional environment. However, it has become evident that this computing device is apt for just about everyone. These five trends prove that tablets will continue to evolve, and though you may not see a lot of new dramatic trends, there will be many small but interesting ones.