"Tablets are no longer just metal slabs for Netflix and e-reading."
Since the introduction of tablets to the mass market, tablets never really had a "purpose". When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on stage people wondered what they would use iPad for. He went on to exclaim that iPad will bridge the gap between the iPhone and the Mac. That couldn't be truer today. Even if you don't carry iPhone in your pocket, iPad in your bag, or a Mac on your desk, the industry has paid attention to the tablet space.
I find it interesting where the industry has taken the tablet. At first, it was just a media consumption device. I considered a tablet digital entertainment device. A device that which you swipe through digital pages in a digital book. A device that immerses you in a film, be it Netflix or Youtube. A device that....you get the point.
I believe that is why the upgrade cycle in the tablet industry is so slow. No cemented vision. That's all changing with whats out now.
The shift has been made to productivity and it's sticking. I know at my workspace, we are migrating to the Surface Pro 3s and 4s for the majority of our employees. As Steve Jobs introduced iPad, tablets bridge the gap between a smartphone and laptop. How did we finally get here though?
Windows 10, iOS, and Chrome OS has a lot to do it that.
The software has finally caught up to the hardware of tablets. Just take a look at how iPad operates running the upcoming software update iOS 11. The same can be said for Windows 10 and Chrome OS/Android. I believe in tablets so much now, I've recently purchased the Samsung Chromebook Plus. Though it has an attached keyboard, touch capabilities and additions of Android apps added to Chrome OS, it gives me the best of both worlds. In fact, I wrote this on the Chromebook Plus.
So now that software has caught up to the slab of glass and the occasional attached keyboard or 2-in-1 functionality, do you see yourself using a tablet as your primary computer?