Posted Aug 25, 2011 7:56 UTC (Thu) by ebassi
In reply to: Same interface?
Parent article: The year of the Linux tablet?
I disagree. Tablets seem to be optimized for content consumption, not creation.
that's what people in the industry kept saying when the ipad came out, and I used to believe in that. "it's for consumption on the sofa". which is definitely true, media consumption on a tablet is an incredible experience; people should just try it it's awesome.
this stuff, though, was also said of the personal computer thirty years ago (except not with the "consumption/creation" terms): "it's too small, not powerful enough, not connected enough to do real work on it. at most you can play with some game".
let's just remember that the tablet market doesn't really exist: right now, it's the ipad market; and Apple has released media creation applications on it, with different user interaction models. others will start copying them soon, and miss the point by about a thousand miles: it's a new device, and it's finding its footing, and exposing new interaction models along the way. copying Apple, or trying to port desktop applications as they are to it it's not going to work.
you cannot write an Excel sheet on a tablet. only Microsoft thinks you can, but they also thought that the biggest appeal for Windows Mobile 6 was being able to edit a spreadsheet on a QVGA 2.4" phone screen (according to their adverts), so they don't really count.
the fact that you can't edit a spreadsheet on a tablet could mean that you just simply won't be able to do it, or (and I believe it's more likely) that the spreadsheet user interaction model has to be changed to take into account a touchscreen and direct manipulation of data. what we call a spreadsheet on the desktop might be a completely different experience on a tablet and you could still transparently migrate documents from one device to the other.
so I don't believe any more to the "it's a media consumption device" mantra. it's just what people say before others come up with something really cool.
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