Here’s how I think the first tablet came into being: Jane Shmane was drinking her coffee at a You-Know-What Bucks, typing up a PhD thesis on the Zen benefits of caffeine when someone tripped over her power cord. This yanked her laptop from under her hands and brought it crashing into her coffee, spilling it all over the keyboard. Undeterred, raging, and suddenly empowered with superhuman strength, Jane Shmane unhinged the keyboard from the screen before remembering that tablets had not been invented yet, and she had just snapped her laptop into two unusable halves. Now she needs to go to HP for a new Slate.
But enough about origins. Let’s take a minute to praise the modern tablet for some of its advantages, and thank Jane Shmane for her accidental stroke of genius. Or perhaps she was an Ancient Greek, and knew of tablets intuitively. Who knows?
1. The Size Takes the Prize
That size! Oh! It’s a cross between a thin novella and an acceptance letter to college, with the thickness of a stack of twenty one hundred dollar bills. If you’ve got big pockets, you can easily slip it into one; and if you’ve got small pockets, you can easily hold it in your hand. It’s a win-win, for hands and pockets. It’s as portable, cuddly, intelligent, and attractive as a tote bag toy poodle. Don’t let the size fool you, though. The tablet packs a real punch of productivity. Comfortable consolidation is the catchword of the future: soon all your devices will unite into one mega-device, like, let’s say, a tablet.
2. They’re Presentablets
That means: you can run presentations on your tablets. Remember notecards? Neither do I. With a tablet, you have your entire presentation on what is essentially one sheet of paper you can hold in your hand. Look down: there are your notes waiting to help you. Look up: that’s the ceiling. The thing boots up in the blink of an eye. The app functions make finding documents childsplay (though you shouldn’t let your child sit in on your presentation – leave them in the office, or back at school). Bringing in a clunky laptop can be burdensome, and those plugs and wires can get in your way and gum up the works. So simplify. Tabletify.
3. Think of the Environment
Hardcopies. Files. Textbooks. Magazines. Newspapers. Comics. Sketches. Real work. Busy work. Doodling. All these activities have one attribute in common: WASTEFULNESS! In 2011, the United States used 70 million tons of paper, or 7 billion sheets. While using your tablet you can think of all the paper you’re not using while grading papers by hand instead of with a stylus, reading all your e-books instead of paperbacks, and doodling on those countless pages you just going to crumple up anyway. Tablets are very progressive: and they turn you into Captain America, a little known feature of these devices.
If you haven’t been persuaded to buy a tablet yet, you probably haven’t even picked one up. We know that once you do, you’ll have a really hard time putting it down – don’t worry, they’re not sticky or anything, they’re just fun to hold. They’re not even that expensive, especially with all the HP deals whirling around. Think of it like this: every time you tap the screen, you’re poking the future. Don't be shy, give it a poke.