The Problem with Tablets: 10 Things They Can't Do

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    Don Reisinger

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1. Where's the Physical Keyboard?One of the first issues consumers and enterprise customers might find with tablets is the lack of a physical keyboard. Unlike standard laptops or netbooks, tablets come with virtual keyboards. That helps reduce the devices' footprints, but it also means typing on them is more difficult. Companies like Apple offer keyboard accessories, but it's always nice to have a physical keyboard built-in.

Tablets are all the rage in today's tech world. Both consumers and enterprise customers are buying the devices, and the vast majority of analysts believe that the popularity of tablets will only grow over time. But is all that excitement over tablets a little bit too much? Are consumers and enterprise customers jumping on the tablet bandwagon without recognizing that those devices might be more about fun and games than about actual productivity? It's certainly possible. See, tablets are fine products that can do quite a bit for any kind of user. But they're also potential productivity killers that can have a negative impact on the enterprise. And there are several things that people can do with traditional computers that they can't do with tablets. Simply put, tablets have limitations. And it's important for everyone to keep that in mind before they opt for the iPad 2, the Motorola Xoom, or any other device they might come across in stores. Read on to find out what kind of limitations tablets have:

This article was originally published on 2011-03-15
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.