The tablet PC (personal computer) is a ‘must-have-item’ for university students. ST provided tablet PC reviews from users and introduced its pros and cons. ........................ Ed
The tablet PC boom is on the rise. If you look around in the classroom, you can easily find students taking notes on a tablet PC, not on paper. Meanwhile, the iPad, one of the tablet PCs, has become increasingly popular and the buzzword ‘iPad Disease’ is often used to describe a situation of wanting to buy it and searching for it all day long.
Why is the tablet PC so popular? A tablet PC is a mobile Internet device that can run a program by using a touchscreen that allows the users to write directly on the LCD screen using their fingers or electronic pens. Connecting a keyboard and mouse to a tablet PC makes editing documents as convenient as conventional computers. These advantages are attractive to students because they can place several e-book versions of their heavy textbooks in a light tablet PC and even take notes directly on it.
When students were asked why they bought tablet PCs, not laptops, 4 out of the 11 students chose weight, 4 out of the 11 students chose convenience in taking note, and 1 out of the 11 students chose portability. They also mentioned that tablet PCs are more affordable than laptops, and they have both the advantages of laptops and smartphones. When 14 students were asked who among them did not buy a tablet PC and their reason, 6 out of the 14 students chose price. Others said they have no need for them because they already have laptops.
When students were asked about the actual support of tablet PC in college life, 47 of them answered in duplicate, with 35 students saying that tablet PCs are “comfortable to write on,” followed by 30 students saying that they “don’t have to carry around heavy textbooks” and 28 students saying that they “can use multiple apps.”
So, how satisfied are these people with their tablet PCs? Out of 47 users, 38 of them answered that they are happy with their tablet PCs according to the satisfaction survey. The majority of the students said they are satisfied with their devices. Those who are dissatisfied mentioned that it was purchased a long time ago, that it had a smaller screen than the recent ones, and that it did not work properly. Also, writing on the screen was not as easy as they thought it would be and there were noises. Further opinions about the tablet PC stated that there were incompatibility issues with various applications, and it hurt the eyes if used for a long period of time. When 47 students were asked if they would recommend the tablet PC to others, 41 (87.2%) responded that they would recommend it, 2 (4.3%) said they would not, and 4 (8.5%) said that they are undecided, thereby indicating that the advantages of using tablet PCs outweigh the disadvantages.
There is an increasing demand for tablet PCs, as students use them for video conferences, telecommuting, and online lectures in recent years. In the US and China, the iPad 7 has sold out through online shopping, while Korea’s G-market has revealed that the sales of tablet PCs had risen to 33% as compared to last month. The reason for tablet PC’s popularity is clear, even though high-performance and lightweight laptops are released. The weight of a tablet PC is still around 500 g considering its increased production. A 12-inch to 13-inch tablet PC weighs 700 g, in addition to a 300 g keyboard cover, which makes it similar to the weight of a laptop. Moreover, tablet PCs simplify printed materials and books into documents, which makes it more convenient to carry around. The touch function saves the necessity for other devices. Students took advantage of iPencil’s function in note-taking.
On the other hand, tablet PCs still do not exceed the limitations of electronic devices. Tablet PCs have a lifespan of up to three years. Older devices are prone to malfunction than laptops. There were unexpected comments that it would be better to buy other drawing devices, since the capacitive touchscreen of a tablet PC can sometimes have poor detections and responses. Many non-purchasers said that high prices were unreasonable if they were to own a laptop and another device. Unlike laptops, tablet PCs have incompatible programs, thus making it difficult to handle professional programs.
Out of the 47 respondents in the survey, 41 (87.2%) expressed their willingness to recommend buying tablet PCs. It seems that the tablet PC fad emerged because it has satisfied consumers, particularly college students. The number of tablet PC users and their interests have increased within a few years. The urge to buy tablet PCs also seems to have a psychological reason. The pros and cons of the tablet PC shown in this article will help you in making a wise decision before you buy yourself a tablet PC.
Jeon Seo-yeon (ST Reporter)
Ahn So-yeon (ST Cub-Reporter)