'The Tablet is the New General Purpose Computer'

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

It’s not as if laptops (or desktops) are going to go away over night, but they’re definitely going to fade in importance as new general purpose computers like the tablet and smartphone grow bolder. And they’ll work in concert to allow us to do stuff better — I wrote this piece on a combination of phone, tablet and computer as I’ve been traveling.

There will always be things that will be accomplished more efficiently with a dedicated keyboard and a device that allows us to perform several tasks ‘simultaneously’. But neither of those are sacred cows limited to laptops. If you pull the thread a bit technology-wise it’s not hard to see machines that run off of the power of our phones or tablets without having to have dedicated CPUs. Just flip open your display and keyboard and start typing, with your pocket computer doing the calculations.

Matt’s line about the irony of Microsoft’s vision for tablets is fantastic; great insight. While the iPad is certainly leading the charge, it’ll be interesting to see how and if Android tablets can continue to find their place in the market.