More responsive touchscreens, more intuitive apps and faster data connections are all working together to make tablets even more important to our work and play. In 2010, Rogers hosted TabLife to explore how tablets were changing our lives. We thought it was time to revisit the technology. We checked in with Neil Shuart, Director, Wireless Internet at Rogers, to see what’s next for the tablet space.
“We have heard of companies using tablets as menus, as in-room control panels, in vehicles and in the hands of complete field sales teams. New and custom applications are constantly being developed,” says Neil. “At Rogers for example you can use our Rogers One Number application on your tablet to make calls and text messages from your tablet using your Rogers wireless number. You can also watch TV on your tablet using Rogers Anyplace TV or program your PVR with the Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition app and you can adjust your home security system with the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring application. There are literally countless examples of how consumers and business are integrating these products into their lives. “
Neil says there have been two surprising changes in tablets since 2010. “When the first devices came out, literally hundreds of companies were set to develop and launch a tablet,” he says. “This is not the case any longer, however, the companies that continue to play in the tablet space are making devices that are faster and more powerful yet simple to use. They have set a very high bar and the products are very impressive because of it.”
The other surprise is the creative ways individuals and businesses are using tablets. “I love hearing about a new end-user experience, whether it be as a remote control, a second computer monitor, a restaurant menu, a TV in the car for the kids … people are thinking of new uses every day and it continues to grow. “
Downtime, work-time and everything in between
In 2010, Neil says his tablet was primarily for email, games and other small apps, and quick web searches. “Today, however, things are much different – the devices these days are faster and more capable. They are enabled for LTE speeds, they have multiple cameras and there are more apps than ever,” he says. Now, his tablet is also picked up for video streaming, more apps and more work-related activities, including accessing cloud storage for documents and using Rogers One Number for conference calls. “The functionality in my mind continues to grow and I hope others have experienced the same.”
People are increasingly taking their tablets beyond home and office, says Neil. “As networks become faster and carrier offerings become more pervasive this trend is one we expect to continue. The days of using your tablet to check a website or a sports score ONLY are behind a good number of us already.”
Where have you used your tablet outside the home or office?
Starting today, the iPad and iPad mini will be available at Rogers retail locations. For more, visit www.rogers.com/web/content/ipad.
Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.