Tablets are extremely powerful computing devices which have been improving over the years, becoming comparable to many computers sold nowadays. However, after a big volume of sales in previous years, 2014 was a bad year for tablet sales, with sales figures going down significantly. Now for 2015, the situation is getting worse and an even bigger collapse in sales of this type of device is projected.
With such powerful hardware, better portability compared to a computer (and even to a laptop!), how can the tablet market share be going downhill? Truth be told, a tablet cannot replace a computer to do our daily work, and that’s what most people who buy tablets end up saying after a while (myself included!).
In my humble opinion, my tablet cannot replace my computer for a very simple reason, there’s not enough space on the screen when I’m trying to write an article for Android Emotions website, for instance.
On a 10.1 inch tablet, like my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, when you’re typing something the on-screen keyboard tends to take up half of the screen, only leaving the other half for you to actually see what you’re typing. To me, that doesn’t feel like enough space because, in comparison, on my computer I can see the entire screen and easily have a better idea of what I’m typing up.
Another con is the actual typing. The keyboard works well but it’s only good to type small pieces of text. Physical keyboards allow for much faster typing and fewer mistakes. In short, I think the underlying problem with tablets is the text input method, since there’s not enough space for fast typing. That’s why my tablet is often left on the side and I rely on my good old computer when I have to write articles.
Here at Android Emotions, we took advantage of having a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.1 on hand and decided to try the Rapoo TK310 out. The TK310 is a Bluetooth keyboard equipped with a built-in battery that is estimated to last about a month with moderate use. For more intensive use, you should expect its performance to be cut in half. Regardless, it has excellent battery life even if you end up using it for work.
This keyboard also offers our tablet the necessary protection by coming with a case. The case is designed to fit three Samsung devices:
- the aforementioned Galaxy Tab S 10.1;
- the Galaxy Tab 4 and;
- the Galaxy Tab 3.
You can adjust its size by handling its inner case’s replaceable fixed mounts, which will provide a perfect fit and ensure your tablet’s safety.
The wireless transmission between keyboard and tablet is guaranteed by the Bluetooth 3.0 technology, and there are no cables nor any kind of receivers needed. Thanks to an automatic sleep and wake function, there’s no need to always turn the keyboard on and off to save power.
You can say that working with this keyboard is extremely pleasant. The soft feel of the keys closely resembles that of a desktop or laptop computer. However, despite this similarity, the keyboard layout isn’t what we’re used to, leading to some unnecessary typing mistakes (you’ll easily overcome this as time goes by).
The TK310 also comes with some multimedia hotkeys that allow us to execute standard tasks in a simple touch of a button:
- adjusting the volume;
- going to homepage and;
- accessing the media player.
This is undoubtedly a must-have accessory for those wishing to use a tablet over a computer, seeing as it offers a pretty interesting and reliable solution. If you have a Galaxy Tab S 10.1, a Galaxy Tab 4 or a Galaxy Tab 3 laying around in some dusty corner because you can’t use it to replace your computer in your daily work, then you should maybe consider investing € 49.99 (recommended price by Rapoo) in this keyboard and breathe new life into your tablet.