Everywhere I look these days someone is showing off a new tablet; in the media anyway. Out in public I typically see mostly iPads with the Galaxy tablet coming in a distant second. Iâ€™m not sure that this will change anytime soon, but itâ€™s clear to me that tablets will become mainstream devices for many people over time. The technology is simply too good to ignore. No one knows if the tablet will ever replace desktop machines, but I have an idea that they will for many, especially as the tablet market matures and hardware vendors begin to meet the needs of consumers. Case in point is the growing number of iPad keyboard cases you can find floating around on the internet. People want the iPad experience, but they also want a solid keyboard to work with so vendors obliged consumers by creating things like the ClamCase.
To the best of my knowledge the next twelve months will bring tablets of all shapes, sizes and OS flavors to the market. Iâ€™ve seen information on tablets with screen sizes ranging from 7-inches to just over 10-inches, and operating systems including Android, Windows 7 (8?), WebOS, BlackBerry, and of course iOS. Did I miss any? Itâ€™s possible that I did as Iâ€™ve seen a few others thrown in the mix over the past several months, but I believe these constitute the bulk of what weâ€™ll see.
With that said, what impact do I think these devices will have on pharmacy practice? Thatâ€™s a good question. Because Iâ€™m a tablet enthusiast Iâ€™d like to think they will revolutionize pharmacy practice as we know it, but in reality it probably wonâ€™t make much difference at all. Why? Site back and I’ll tell you.
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