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Dr. K- There’s a lot of discussion about PC’s vs. Tablets. What’s better? What’s your opinion?
Like many of you, I’ve spent a lot of time adapting myself to the ever-shifting personal technology landscape. I’ve just about had it. I find myself carrying 3 devices wherever I go, and a pen and paper just in case. Many years ago when all of this started I recall using an HP handheld running Windows Mobile, a Palm PDA, and a Samsung Blackjack (also Windows I recall). At one stage I also had an Apple product based on the Newton OS- but I’ll remeniss another time. All of these devices were toys compared to the power of the devices in our arsenal today.
That brings me to your question- “which is better?” and the answer isn’t so simple. Better, is merely a term used to describe what tool fits your needs. In many cases the desktop power and flexibility is not replaceable. If you’re thinking “but everything can be accessed in the cloud, Dr. K” – sure, you’re right- nearly everything you’ve built infrastructure and subscriptions around can be interfaced remotely. If you have achieved the Utopian world where you never get into a disconnected state, and all infrastructure is totally safe, secure, stable, and foolproof- I want to live with you! For the rest of us, we’re constantly changing locations, we see glitches and outages happen, and we still have things that just need to happen regardless of the cloud- so I’ll remove it from the decision process. It comes down to convenience for me when deciding between PC & Tablet. I don’t see myself ever committing to one or the other. My PC is a powerful beast (Dell Precision fully spec’d out), but it’s not exactly airport friendly, so if I am going on a short meeting trip I’m taking my tablet, or even just my phablet (Yes- I bought one of the ridiculously over-sized phones that nears tablet proportions.).
In conclusion- Use the right tool for the job; Wrenches are still easier to use than hammers to remove bolts, but when I need to crush something- nothing’s better than a hammer! By that same thought process- Angry Birds is still easier to play with a touch device than with a mouse, but I’m not about to write the HTML for a website on a 10″ display. Hopefully one day we’ll all reach nerdtopia and the perfect platform will present itself with all the power, flexibility, and interface comforts of a full PC, and the portability and simplicity of a tablet. The debate will just have to continue for now- sorry. I guess even Dr. K can be stumped from time to time.
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