A reader wanted to know if it might time to consider a less-expensive tablet instead of new PC. “I pay all the bills online so would a tablet work for that along with an occasional Photoshop job and Tabledit guitar lessons. I am a senior so I do like cheaper and tablets appeal to me just for the cost alone. will tablets run software programs?”
It depends on what type of tablet you have. The big three operating systems for tablets are Android, iOS (iPads all run on the iOS operating system), and Windows tablets. New Windows tablets run a full version of the Windows 10 operating system. Neither Android or iOS devices can run full desktop versions of programs like Photoshop. If a Windows tablet has enough processing power (and many of them do), they can run full desktop versions of programs.
A tablet should work well for email, web-surfing, and bill-paying. You’d only be able to run the full version of Photoshop on a Windows tablet. But if your photo editing needs don’t really require the full power of Photoshop, the free Photoshop Express app for Android and iOS can do a lot of photo editing tasks both basic and complex. Other apps, like Snapseed, can do the same.
A lighter version of TableEdit (a program for creating, editing, printing, and listening to tablature and sheet music) is available as an app for both Android and iOS devices. It doesn’t look as if you can create files from the app, but you can read and play them. If you were to get a tablet running full Windows, you should be able to use it.
Even if you can’t find the exact same program for a tablet, it’s possible there’s an app available that does the same thing. This is where research comes in. If there’s a program you must have, check to find out what types of devices it works with and what the system requirements are. If there’ a device you particularly like, check to find out what types of apps are available for it.