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8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
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jzbak
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3/22/2012 | 3:38:00 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Tablets, in my opinion, are an extension of a PC, making these points moot. People will always have some type of laptop or PC. Odds are that most people who have a tablet also have invested in a PC/laptop.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/22/2012 | 6:34:42 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Agreed... is IW unaware of the 'cloud'? Nearly all tablet users are using them as extensions or for mobile purposes, while still having a desktop for more 'power' tasks, or to be a local cloud. For the people who use a tablet exclusively (non-power-user), they probably also don'd need the several things mentioned anyway.
Sam Iam
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Sam Iam,
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3/22/2012 | 11:44:04 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yes, as with PCs, any application which requires serious processing power, memory or storage will reside on the server. The application will be processed on the server and the data will be stored on the server. If the internet doesn't exist, iPad is going to be worthless. If the internet continues to exist, it won't be a problem.
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3/22/2012 | 3:44:54 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Or you can own a Real Tablet PC and by Motion Computing's solutions- use as slate and desktop.... as I have and love it
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hlubinv8l,
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3/22/2012 | 4:37:17 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Corrections:

1) Yes you can expand the storage space on the iPad! Using an external hard drive, like the Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wireless, you can add another 500 GB of storage to your iPad. The drive works wirelessly and fits in your pocket.

2) Security is measurable in real-world data. There have been zero viruses for iOS (even though there are currently a half Billion iOS devices in use.

3) Burning DVDs is as antiquated as writing floppy disks. Nobody wants to burn DVDs from an iPad, or even from laptops, when using USB to transfer files is much more efficient, faster, uses less power, and less costly.

All of the other "points" given are just as questionable, and seem contrived and subjective in nature.

iPads are replacing notebook PCs for good reason. People buying the iPad consider it the optimal choice for themselves.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/22/2012 | 6:41:55 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
#1 - or, as I pointed out above, the 'cloud.'
#2 - Agreed. There are a number of very secure apps for the iPad which specifically address the types of attacks the hackers used. Just make sure you pick a good app.
#3 - No kidding! I haven't used a DVD on my computer for probably a year or two. I'm even using them way less for archival (for which I have a burner/reader available on my desktop). That's why Apple has started leaving them off of their laptops as well. They are, essentially, like a floppy anymore (outside of home entertainment).
Sam Iam
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Sam Iam,
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3/22/2012 | 11:48:10 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Agree, the DVD item just points out the lengths they had to go to find problems for the iPad. New products commonly don't support antiquated storage methods.... The PC doesn't support tape cartridges, the tablet doesn't support DVDs.
Sam Iam
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Sam Iam,
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3/22/2012 | 11:45:53 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yes, or don't manage the external storage at all, just store it on a file server in a data center somewhere.
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KenXo,
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3/22/2012 | 6:24:41 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Something I never thought about when using the iPad: My sister in-law was visiting and brought her iPhone and iPad, but not her PC, with her. Inexplicably she lost access to her Hotmail account when it was locked out due to suspicious activity.

Because the MSN Live ID site is incompatible with the iPad and iPhone (Flash based?), she could not unlock her Hotmail account without a PC. Luckily I was able to access it from mine and reactivate but if she didn't have one available she would have been completely cutoff from her hotel, car and flight information.

Long story short, the iPad is a wonderful and wondrous tablet device for cloud computing, until the cloud stops playing by Apple's rules...
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/22/2012 | 6:37:58 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
There are several solutions to this available on the iPad, for example, virtual browser apps like CloudBrowse or VM type sessions. But, the most simple solution to this particular problem would to be avoiding M$ stuff. What kind of idiot developers would use a Flash interface to something that is core functionality?
EVVJSK
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EVVJSK,
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3/22/2012 | 7:05:16 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
One that still supports Flash ? ;-)
Sam Iam
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Sam Iam,
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3/22/2012 | 11:50:36 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yes, or just don't use Hotmail... forward all e-mail to Gmail. This probably isn't a Flash issue. Microsoft probably uses their Silverlight competitor to Flash for Hotmail. It is more likely Microsoft just deciding not to support iPad because they don't like iPad.
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3/22/2012 | 6:40:39 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Heaven Forbid you try to create (not consume) business documents like spreadsheets. I can't imagine even trying to use a tablet for ANY kind of serious computer work like most businesses create on a daily basis. Even doing Excel on a Mac Laptop is twice as much work as a PC.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/22/2012 | 6:46:23 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yep, the big problems on a tablet are screen realestate (which, as you noted is also a problem for laptops). It's basically a tradeoff that there is no way around unless you have incredibly good eyes (the iPad3 has more rez than your desktop most likely).

The other problem, similar to the lack of workspace, is working between two applications with data. For example, write a document where you have to do a bunch of calculation with a calculator. On a tablet, it's rough, on a desktop, no problem. There are a few solutions, but this is overall, an efficiency killer in the tablet world. But again, there are some fairly substantial efficiency/convenience gains that many (including myself) are willing to trade for that when mobile (such as battery life, portability, easy of getting to a task much more quickly, etc.).
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EVVJSK,
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3/22/2012 | 7:06:45 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Bigger problem for me on tablets is keyboard (which CAN be augmented). I can touch type on a keyboard. Tablet for anything fairly serious, even email if you have to type more that about 15 words, starts to get laborious.
Sam Iam
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3/22/2012 | 11:53:51 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
You can plug it into a docking station at your desk with a monitor and an external keyboard.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/23/2012 | 8:38:37 AM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yes, I agree that it isn't nearly as nice typing on a tablet screen as it is on a physical keyboard (as you noted, one can be used, and I do take a BT keyboard with me if I envision any serious typing in my workflow). That said, the iPad isn't THAT bad (15 words), as I often type much more than that in answering an e-mail or responding to a blog post, etc.

I can type about 30 wpm consistently on the iPad, which isn't that horrible (my speed on a physical keyboard is consistently 50-ish), well at least when copying stuff for a speed test... I think I'm considerably faster on either when just typing my thoughts. But I do find the task more tiring on the iPad and more frustrating.

But, the plus side is that I can pull out a tablet and be in a program, entering data or using the UI much more quickly than I could get out a laptop, open it, wait for it to be ready, find a place to set it or try to hold it for typing, etc. In those moments (which actually happen quite often when I'm mobile), the speed of entry usually isn't as key as the speed of being ready to use it.

If I'm in a meeting or lecture, etc. where I know I'll be taking notes, or doing research/writing type work, I just use the external keyboard. With the external keyboard added, its only slightly slower to work than with a laptop w/ trackpad (a trackpad, IMO, is still superior for text selection and positioning, etc. but not by nearly as much as a mouse on a desktop box.).
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1/30/2014 | 6:07:51 AM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Agree with Stevew928, it starts to be complicated to use tablet when you need to type a lot. On phisical keyboard you can finish your task 2 times faster. As for 2013, average typing speed is 41 wpm (source) and it's quite enough for every day typing tasks.
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3/22/2012 | 7:04:37 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
One thing I'd still love -- and really need -- is to split the screen between 2 apps (no more than that, though; space won't allow) so I can see things side by side or move data between two apps. I *THINK* that there's a tablet that does this -- maybe it's the new Tabs from Samsung.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/23/2012 | 8:44:24 AM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yes, that would be really handy! There are some apps that allow you to do some of that functionally. One I use is "Side by Side" which allows you to split the screen by up to 4 sections, where any of the panes can be browser, notes, or a file (from, say, Dropbox). It's a bit confusing to use at first, and could have better Dropbox support, but the concept is solid and solves a lot of issues in my workflow when I need to reference another document while I'm researching/writing.

But, having iOS actually allow 2 apps side by side would be awesome. I suppose it would be a bit of a UI nightmare though... but maybe this could be solved by each 'pane' being either scrollable for apps with a fixed size, while some apps (like a browser or text editor) could easily be 'pane' aware. It wouldn't be super elegant, so I'm not sure Apple would go that route, but I'd find it quite useful.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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2/1/2014 | 2:41:17 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
I just wanted to report back that I've found a pretty good text editor/browser combination. It's called Editorial and is insanely more powerful than I'm able to use, but makes an excellent text editor, with a quick side-swipe access to built-in browser. It also has Python fully integrated, so it's incredible for automation and expansion.

While I mentioned Side-by-Side, I don't really use it that much due to the horrible UI. But, at least it shows the possibility. I'm hoping iOS 7 opens up lots of better apps in this category. 
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3/22/2012 | 11:40:52 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
All of these "problems", apart from those that are ridiculous on the surface (e.g. tablets will hurt your neck), are only problems if you are not aware that servers/internet exist. PCs do not run software that requires serious hardware spec, they all run on a server and the client device (PC, tablet, smartphone, whatever) only exists to present data. That is why you can sort petabytes upon petabytes of data through Google from your tablet. The tablet isn't doing any of the processing, nor is the PC, it is just connecting to a server that does the processing. You are able to have boat loads of video and mp3 files, or any other file you like, on your tablet because nothing is stored on the local device, it is stored behind a server on a SAN at Apple or Google or your corporate data center.
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stevew928,
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3/23/2012 | 8:47:34 AM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yes. The biggest challenge to this is the connectivity to the cloud. It's just too darn expensive at this point for the average user, so most have to rely on wifi or be fairly wealthy to sign up to the services. Hopefully that will one day get better, rather than worse once the telcos figure out they are ISPs, not content resellers.
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3/26/2012 | 5:08:01 AM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Yes, use WiFi... or tether to a smartphone.
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3/23/2012 | 2:55:25 AM
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Stop trying to sell pet rocks (PC laptops) and come to the future. Slide 2 - cloud computing Slide 3-Security? There's probably an app for that. Plus PCs and Viruses are like pb&j slide 4- Post PC pain...ha ha have you ever lugged around a PC laptop for work. I'm sure there are millions who are shorter on one side of their body because of it. Yeah, an iPad causes more strain than crouching in at a laptop. I'm sure you've also got an ergonomic sundial to sell me so I don't hurt my eyes looking at my watch. Slide 5 - yeah iPads stink and gaming but so do laptops. You know what games look great on...my 50 in TV. Slide 6 - you put this in to make a deadline,right. You're telling me PC driver software for printing was a calming, easy experience. Are you serious? Slide 7- be a grownup and stimulate the economy. Have someone upload all that crap oh I meant important information stuff to carbonite and never look at it again. Slide 8-Power software is where we agree it sucks for the iPad. But that's where the money is...cloud software is what the iPad will do best. Product cycle folks are getting ready to start the carpet roll. Oh you PC people will need to own your software..hope you have a big cd rack ;) Slide 9- Jeff, Jeff, Jeff your hand on your coffee as you wrote this story was hotter than any iPad. They figured out swipe, touch screen technology, gorilla glass, but they won't solve heat dissipation. Well I'm off to the future you enjoy your PC paperweight and your AOL account.
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stevew928,
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3/23/2012 | 8:57:32 AM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
re: #4 - heh, no kidding. If you happen to work at a desk/desktop that is properly setup ergonomically, than their argument might be true. But, if you're comparing it to a laptop (or other mobile device), I don't see their point. Yea, good call!

re: #5 - I also just don't get gaming on tablets, phones, etc. If I'm going to waste time gaming (hey, I do it, love it, but it is rather wasted time... there are usually better things to do), I'll play real games on a console or gaming PC. I suppose with AirPlay and external controllers, it changes things a bit, but tablets will never match consoles or gaming computer setups.

re: #6 - People still print?!?! (That said, the iPad really does need built-in print to PDF)
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3/24/2012 | 2:32:58 AM
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Great article. The good news is, things are not as dire as they may seem when it comes to printing. EFIG«÷s PrintMe Mobile has done a lot to simplify mobile printing and address most of these issues. www.efi.com/printmemobile
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5/16/2012 | 4:05:38 PM
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Please - I'm still waiting for the one-click version of this article.


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