With Generation Z now entering adulthood, there is a growing range of everyday tasks and activities that are carried out on mobile devices. This is, after all, the smartphone generation, a demographic that has grown up around mobile apps, social influencers and the various other trappings of the internet age.
As a result, there is a genuine belief that laptops and PCs might soon follow fax machines and typewriters into obsolescence. It’s a compelling argument. Even a low-cost smartphone has power that is not far short of the average PC, and if you opt for a high-end model, it is likely to be significantly better. However, there is more to the question than processing power.
It’s not just about the processor
Anyone who spends significant amounts of time in front of a computer all day knows that a large screen can make the difference between a productive day and a splitting headache. Using your online banking app or checking your social media account is one thing. But what about more complex activities?
Trading on the Forex or stock markets is a perfect example. It’s an activity that has surged in popularity among amateurs in recent years, thanks largely to the wealth of both desktop and mobile trading apps. But most experts agree that while a smartphone app is fine for checking your trading account, you need a larger screen to get into the serious business of assessing the charts and indicators that will guide your trading.
A tablet provides the obvious solution
Professional traders are cautious about using mobile apps for actual trading, but only due to constraints of screen size and navigation from a phone. An iPad or similar tablet provides all the clarity of a laptop, but with the intuitive ease of use that comes with a touch screen – and remember, this is the tool of choice for Gen-Z, over and above a traditional keyboard and mouse. Whether you are looking to buy Ethereum classic in the crypto market, check the latest commodity prices, or maybe explore the world of binary options, a tablet presents the best of both worlds.
Not only is the screen size perfect, but traders are also presented with the flexibility that Generation Z has come to expect. The world is their office, and whether they are at home, in a coffee shop or sitting on a train makes no difference.
Choosing the right app
Many of today’s online trading apps provide mobile and desktop access. Traditionally, traders have used each of these means of access in different ways, with the mobile app for a quick check-in and the desktop for actual trading. When using a tablet, the trader will have little or no use for the desktop app, so it is essential to use a platform where taking a mobile only approach will not have a detrimental effect on functionality.
The simplest way to check this is to assess how well the mobile trading app replicates the desktop platform. There should be little or no difference – except, that is, for the enhanced convenience of being able to use charts and similar tools on a touch screen.
Markus lives in San Francisco, California and is the video game and audio expert on Good e-Reader! He has a huge interest in new e-readers and tablets, and gaming.