Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?

Sara Peters, Editor in Chief | 10/17/2013 | 93 comments

Sara Peters
Ahh, tablets. Those plucky youngsters came on the scene in 2010 and almost immediately evolved from fashionable status symbol to mainstream consumer tool. Last year, Forrester estimated that tablets will outsell PCs by 2016 and OnlineClasses.org found that one in four people said they were already using tablets as their primary computing device... at home.

But what about at work? I won't rehash all the reasons we've all made for why tablets will never replace PCs in the workplace -- I said all those things on Tuesday, and we'll surely pick up that conversation again on tomorrow's video show. Instead, I'll simply ask: what are your plans?

In our new E2 Poll, we ask, "Will tablets become users' primary computing devices at your organization?" Your options are:

  • No
  • Yes, tablets are already our users' primary devices
  • Yes, within one year
  • Yes, within five years
  • Don't know

Take the poll now and then let us know why you answered in the way you did.

If your users are already using tablets in lieu of PCs -- or at least using their tablets more heavily than they're using PCs -- tell us about these users. What are their jobs? Does their work require them to travel frequently? Do they need to create a lot of content or do they mainly just use their equipment for content consumption and writing emails? What kinds of applications do they rely upon?

If you answered that you expect that tablets will become your users' primary device within the next five years, describe where you are in your deployment. Have you begun to research or test any specific devices? Are you waiting for certain applications to be developed for your tablet platform of choice (or developing your own applications for tablet platforms)? Have you selected which users will be your first test subjects? Are your users already using tablets, but only as a supplement to a desktop or laptop client?

Or are you no closer to issuing tablets, but are simply guessing that five years from now you'll have made the move?

And while we're at it, let's look into the future. Five years from now will tablets already be a thing of the past -- a dusty, crusty, artifact that's only charm is that it inspires techie nostalgia? Will we have already moved on to something else, and if so, what might that something else be?

We're looking forward to your take on tablets. Take the poll now and tell us your predictions in the comments below.

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Sara Peters   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/31/2013 1:21:47 PM
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
@shehzadi Haha! "making a call with holding tablet close to ear will give you a bit of shabby look. :)" That is a hilarious image.

Gigi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/31/2013 12:18:33 AM
Gigi
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
"thanks for correcting me and enhancing my knowledge. I am glad you clarify the difference between a phablet and a tablet. So simple  :)"

Shahzadi, glad to know that you got clarified.
Gigi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/30/2013 12:25:24 AM
Gigi
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
"I am myself a user of tablet and thinks that both audio and video calling can be done but making a call with holding tablet close to ear will give you a bit of shabby look. :)"

Shehzadi, you can use either hands free device like headset or Bluetooth devices. I had seen many peoples are using and even me too.
shehzadi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/29/2013 10:31:36 AM
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
@Gigi I agree with you there. I am of the opinion that Tablets are actually developed as a replacement for laptops and desktops so that same functionalities are available on the move and with much ease. I am myself a user of tablet and thinks that both audio and video calling can be done but making a call with holding tablet close to ear will give you a bit of shabby look. :)
Gigi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/29/2013 9:36:52 AM
Gigi
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
"I still have little bit of doubt about its calling facility. I know video conferencing can be done but pure voice conversation like a phone hmm let me think?"

Nomi, it's possible. Am using my 7 inch tablets for both audio and video calling.
eethtworkz   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/28/2013 11:12:47 AM
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
Shehzadi,

A Phablet is precisely that-Phone+Tablet.

I also share your Sceptism regarding coming failure of Tablets.
shehzadi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/28/2013 7:34:55 AM
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
@Gigi thanks for correcting me and enhancing my knowledge. I am glad you clarify the difference between a phablet and a tablet. So simple  :)

Thanks
shehzadi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/28/2013 7:32:14 AM
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
@eethworkz I till now fail to understand the reason behind the development of these tablets and now phablets. I think that smartphone are serving all the purpose and can be used in variety of situations where as tablets are made for particular situations as they are not that handy to carry along. I agree with you there that pure play tablets will not be a huge success under oresent circumstances.
Nomi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/28/2013 7:18:22 AM
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
@Gigi you might be right but I still have little bit of doubt about its calling facility. I know video conferencing can be done but pure voice conversation like a phone hmm let me think?
Gigi   Poll: Will Tablets Be Your Users' Sole Device?   10/28/2013 12:03:16 AM
Gigi
Re: Tablet gaining momentum
"phablet is a device having both functinalities of phone as well as tablet. I think that samsung glaxy note was the first type to be considered as a phablet. In phablet you can make call as well as browse the web easily due to its large screen size. I hope I am not wrong."

Smartphones above 5 inch screen are calls Phablet and those above 7 inches are tablets. So basically everything is tablet and only the screen size changes. Tablets also have calling facility.
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