Are Tablets A Green Option?

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Greentech Advocates. Author credit goes to Steven Castle.

Tablet computers like the Apple iPad are gaining more and more market share. And let’s face it: They’re convenient and fun to use. Sitting in front of the TV with a tablet is much easier than parking a notebook computer in your lap.

But are they green? Tablets can certainly consume less energy than PCs and laptops. Their greenest benefit may be consolidating several functions: game player, book reader, contact manager, home controller, music player, video player.

But are tablets replacing these other electronics and personal computers yet—or are they additional items in our electronic arsenals to be charged and recharged and later discarded? And, of course, how are they made and how will they be recycled?

Check out the infographic below from OnlineClasses.org, for some tablet facts and figures. Tablets may be taking over, but they probably can’t be considered a completely green option until they replace PCs and laptops—and that could be just a year or two away.

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