A comment at Micropad to kill iPad? turned into an unfriendly discussion about the inability of Microsoft fan boys to understand why nobody needs or wants a Windows OS tablet device.
Well, nobody but Microsoft fan boys, of course. They want a Windows Tablet.
I should mention that the person who made the comment claims not to be a Microsoft fan boy. He is, though.
Let's just see the comment that aroused me:
Well, maybe. It certainly is true that current tablets are limited by hardware and that they will improve. Eventually (though not next year) it will be possible to do everything a "real computer" can do.
The reality is that very few people need those real computers.
Oh, I do. The person who left that comment does. Maybe you do. But most people do not.
Even I don't need any of it very often. I can often go days using only my iPad. Even when I do return to my computer, it might only be because something is marginally more convenient to do there: I could do it on the iPad if I had to.
And of course there are things I think could be improved. Apple's handling of keyboards is notably unintelligent and there are certainly other areas that need improvement.
Windows OS would not be an improvement, but Mac OS X might be, right?
I don't really think so. Yes, certain aspects could help. but neither of those operating systems were designed with tablets in mind. IOS (and Android) were, and that makes all the difference. Touch screen matters and so does screen rotation. Battery life matters too and big, clumsy operating systems suck power greedily.
For most computer users, tablets are quite sufficient even as they are today. Only the slightest of improvements is needed to make that an incontestable statement.
I'll say this: if by some miracle tablets such as we have today had existed in 1991, there wouldn't be a "real computer" to be found anywhere outside of businesses. No consumer would bother, because tablets do all that ordinary users need.
Of course we geeks need more. We'll get it, too. But it won't be by way of bolting on Windows or Mac OS X. Nobody needs that on a tablet, and only very foolish people wish for it..
More power? Yes, certainly. But shoehorning either Windows or Mac OS X into tablets is a bad, bad idea.
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