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Boricua
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Sacramuerto
reply to cob_

Re: I don't get why people want Tablets

said by cob_:

It's small and light, so I just set it on an end table or toss it on a couch cushion. It's the convenience factor.

I use mine to surf the net and read books on my bed. It's a little difficult using a laptop in bed especially when you have to be worried about covering any vents for it to overheat. Having the HP TouchPad is so convenient and light weight. The only thing you have to worry about a tablet is sitting on them.
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krazyboi
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reply to cob_
said by cob_:

Tablets are one of those things you either see the value in or you don't.

Personally, I don't think calling people idiots because they want tablets is constructive at all. That said:

I have an iPad 2. I have had an MSI Wind netbook, and use laptops and desktop computers nearly all day, and have an LCD in front of my face nearly every waking hour.

The iPad is effortless, lightweight, quickly accessible, always on, and has phenomenal battery life. I think of tablets as the next generation's newspapers, books, and TV. You just pick one up and do what you want, no opening a lid, turning it on and waiting for it to boot up, logging in, and having something sit on your lap. It's the convenience factor.

+1.

On mines I have ebooks, games, apps for whatever I want to search (news, movies, weather, etc), and can quickly sort through my email. I can take the iPad just about anywhere and do-school, work, anytime I know I will be faced with a wait (waiting for car repairs, hospital, events, etc) and don't have to worry about plugging it into an outlet. I am using my desktop much less now because of the tablet and my wife will grab it too, unless she really needs her laptop.


darcilicious
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I've pretty much quit using my laptop (which I used in the house and when out and about) in favor of the iPad. The only time I find myself using the laptop is when I have some serious writing to do and don't feel like being tied to my desk/desktop... If there were an OpenOffice/LibreOffice app for the iPad, I'd give my laptop away.


disconnected

@snet.net
reply to Reno7
Here is my reason for wanting a tablet: so I can browse the net at the kitchen table and not have to worry about my two parrots prying the keys off a laptop keyboard. If you've every tried to put laptop key caps back together, you know what a headache it can be..


signmeuptoo
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reply to Reno7
I don't own a tablet or ereader, but I inherited an iPhone and before I had it, I was bewildered by why people would even CARE about them.

Now I watch TV (Cablevision) since there is no cable to my room yet, I'm reading a book (great book), do OCCASIONAL web surfing, mostly for information, a Tiny amount of texting (I don't care for on screen typing, it is too slow and cumbersome for someone that knows how to touch type), check the Huffington Post, keep an eye on craigslist (there's an app for that), listen to iHeart radio and about 3 other radio links, let's me listen to my liberal content since no local stations provide that, and so very much more.

So I figure if I had an Android tablet, or even a kindle or nook, I'd be as happy as a kid in a candy factory now.

No, they won't take the place of a computer, but recently we went without power for over 8 days here due to storm Alfred, and I was sick with a fever at the time (sick again, now, BTW), and while we lost cell tower for about half that time, I was able to yahoo messenger (yes, there's also an app for that) my sweetie overseas so I could know she was ok and so that she could know I was ok. I ADORE my iPhone, its sole annoyance, other than battery life, is that when I try to hang up up on a call, the screen goes black EVERY time, and when the screen finally reappears, the moment I try and end the call, it disappears and it keeps cycling that way, until, after 5 cycles, I can finally hang up. Weird bug.

I have hopes I might get a Kindle for Christmas, I really really want one, primarily so I can read books. I have lost several thousands of dollars of books over the years to flooding, emergency moves, and lack of space. The thought that maybe I wouldn't have had to lose those books (many of them school books, so many, very expensive ones).

I don't want to see libraries go out of business, but to be frank, I've always been very bad about getting books back within 2 weeks, and one thing I liked about netflix was that there was no fine for returning late because there was no late, there was the incentive of getting something new, instead.

Since I was a very vocal opponent who was bewildered by the iPhone craze, but now a big convert, I would suggest to the OP, you won't know what it means to you until you get something and the conditions for it to prove its value present themselves. For me, being able to go online even with the power out for over a week was a big bonus. I went somewhere to charge it up, and I could do a little bit of necessary online stuff.

To fully appreciate these things, you need to see the number of apps for them and see how they revolutionize life. Imagine going to college and only having to carry books occasionally. When I went to school, I had not one, but TWO book bags, I had to carry as much as 8 HUGE books at a time. Oh what a joy to have it all on a tablet! Kids today are so lucky!

EDIT: Ever seen a Floyd's electronics book?, they are so heavy they'll put a dent into the floor!

My auntie is a librarian, so these devices worry her. But I don't see libraries disappearing, sure, there may end up being less of them, but if they adapt to new technology somehow, they might even thrive.

Anyone think of the talking disks in The Time Machine? Luckily, no Morlocks to worry about.
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Alpha Phoenix
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Great post.

ke4pym
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Charlotte, NC
reply to Reno7
If you're an orangutan, you Skype with other orangutans!

»www.extremetech.com/extreme/1111···th-ipads


signmeuptoo
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NanoParticle
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reply to Reno7
Well, an adendum to my post above: I now have, not a tablet, but a cheap eReader, an original (version 1) nook and I am absolutely in love with it (sorry Alain, there's another woman in my life now, hah hah). I named it "nookie" (I know, TMI).

As I implied in my previous post, you don't know what you'll want until you really have it and try it.

I've lost so many books over the course of my life, thousands of dollars of them, do to the fact that I've had to scramble from home to home, state to state, all over the USA in persuit of jobs and security. During each move, I shed more and more valuable possessions, including all my hideously expensive and irreplaceable college textbooks that I miss horribly. Rare books you cannot buy today.

If they had been electronic as well as print, maybe I'd still have them.

Also, I can't explain it, but I much much prefer opening my eReader and reading over the cumbersome opening of a book and turning pages. And my eReader uses eInk so, just as would be the case with a print book, I need a booklight still for it as it is not backlit.
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tablet_user

@comcast.net
reply to Reno7
I got a 7" tablet because it is very portable and small in size, more so than a laptop (can be put in a pocket & battery lasts longer than my laptop too ). And because it is very versatile - can be used to go online, play movies, listen to music, play some games, read ebooks, video chat, take pictures/record video, act as gps unit, etc... all in one small unit. So, I don't have to buy one of each of these devices separately and pay a lot more. But it still has a big enough screen so I can use it to watch movies and read ebooks.

I like the idea that we have a lot of choices these days like larger laptops, medium sized net books, 10" & 7" tablets and even the smaller tablets and other smaller devices. The more variety, the better if you asked me. One size does not fit all.

Also, I got my tablet for a very good price - around $250 and it is fast and works great for my needs.


tablet_user

@comcast.net
reply to Reno7
Oh, and I forgot to say I use my tablet as an on the go/travel device for the most part. When at home, I still prefer to watch movies on my regular tv and do online business on my desktop pc with larger screen, but for travel, the tablet is a great portable device.


Subaru
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reply to Reno7
I don't mind tablets.. however I really don't like the ipad.. reason is like what is it every two years it's outdated.. I don't follow the apple stuff like I use to but do they do trade in's or recycle? It's seems like a short life cycle.. then it's in the trash


Gomez
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Atlanta, GA

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said by Subaru:

I don't mind tablets.. however I really don't like the ipad.. reason is like what is it every two years it's outdated.. I don't follow the apple stuff like I use to but do they do trade in's or recycle? It's seems like a short life cycle.. then it's in the trash

I've never understood the concept of "outdated".

Regardless of the platform, if you have something that works, it does not get obsoleted by a new release. I doesn't start moving slower because something bigger/faster/better/WOW is available.

The notion is a mindset, driven by good marketing. In reality, the 'need' to upgrade, rarely exists.
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Subaru
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yeah I understand that's why I still have my powerbook G4 I just don't like the way they seem to make people think they need a new one because the ipad 2 is going to die the day the ipad 3 comes out.. And from what I hear it's coming out later this year?


Gomez
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said by Subaru:

yeah I understand that's why I still have my powerbook G4 I just don't like the way they seem to make people think they need a new one because the ipad 2 is going to die the day the ipad 3 comes out.. And from what I hear it's coming out later this year?

Every industry does this.

Your camera, car, dishwasher, phone, modem, water heater, ac unit, [...] [...] [...] are all obsolete, or soon will be, in the eyes of someone who wants to sell you a new one.

Ignore it.
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usa2k
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Re: I don't get why people want Tablets

Is that the same with Android Tablets? So many are 2.x for Android while others are cutting edge 3.x

They just don't underscore 2.x as being yesterday's news.

(Caveat - not really sure of the OS subtleties, Ive just started looking at them.)

I did envy one in this post:
»[Chat] Wish I could aford it!
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Gomez
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When you use the phrase "cutting edge", you've answered you own question.


usa2k
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said by Gomez:

When you use the phrase "cutting edge", you've answered you own question.

But it seems from some reviews, that apps are more limited in the older Android too. Not sure what prevents 2.3 from becoming 3.1?

Its also interesting how many have cool things like G-Sensor, E-Compass, GPS, Light Sensor, and Gyroscope, that a desktop or laptop would often lack. Some of these are in older tablets too, so these are really potentials of the tablet versus the alternatives.
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usa2k
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This app would draw me towards 3.x apps
»www.quickoffice.com/quickoffice_···android/

Especially after seeing this video:

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Ms_OWWpvU


They must have some legal arrangement with MS? Or are they part of MS?

EDIT: Never realized »Android forum existed.


Paolo
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canada
my friend moses had a pair of tablets, i'll ask him why, but he keeps telling me something about 10 commandments?
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Grail Knight

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reply to Reno7

Re: I don't get why people want Tablets

I would rather sit in my recliner surfing or reading a tablet then my use my desktop replacement notebook.

There is a place for any electronic gizmo it is just up to the person to pick what meets their needs/wants.
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Hel
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reply to Reno7
I have a nook color that I rooted and installed cyanogen on. I love it. I was going to write a whole thing about all the awesome stuff, but it all really boiled down to one point. A tablet, especially one small enough to hold in 1 hand, is the perfect size compromise between a phone that even with a 4+inch screen is too small and the awkwardness and bulk of even the smallest laptop. My tablet fits in my bag and only weighs a few ounces, so I can always have it with me, unlike my laptop.

More detailed breakdown of what I do on my tablet-
Reading ebooks-the screen size allows a good amount of text, as much as a dead tree book page or more, without the bulkiness of a laptop.

reading my rss feeds-I prefer my tablet or phone over reading them on the computer, because it's easier and quicker to scan the headline, decide I don't care to read the article, and flick to the next article, instead of having to scroll to the next article like on the computer. Sure, it's maybe a half second or second saved per article, but with hundreds of articles in my reader a day, that adds up. And between the tablet and the phone, I prefer the tablet, again because it's got more room for text over the phone. Most rss headlines don't wrap lines on my tablet, they don't need to. On the phone, they'll be 2 if not 3 lines. Plus if I do actually want to read the article, again, more room for text and bigger picture display on the tablet over the phone, and more portability for the tablet over the laptop.

Trying to do any serious amount of text entry on my phone is just annoying. On the tablet it's fine. The tablet on screen keyboard in portrait mode is bigger than the phone on screen keyboard in landscape mode!

Gaming wins on the tablet over the phone, again because of the larger screen size, and over the tablet for the portability.

But again, this is all on a tablet that's sized such it can comfortably be held with one hand. I haven't yet bought a new tablet, as much as I'm drooling over all the tegra3 ones, because they're pretty much all 10 inch tablets. I want a 7 or 8 inch tablet with a tegra 3. (And yeah, I heard about the one Asus is supposedly releasing for $250. I'll believe it when I can buy it.)

So, yeah, a tablet is a giant cell phone, more or less, which is the point. Everything that's too small to do well on a cell phone works great on a tablet. Everything that even a small laptop is too big for works great on a tablet.

Edited to add-Oh, and my husband and I got his 7&9 year old sisters a (crappy) tablet for christmas. They love it. My friend's toddler is OBSESSED with my tablet. Tablets are great connectivity/gaming/educational devices for kids.
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Alpha Phoenix
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said by Hel:

I haven't yet bought a new tablet, as much as I'm drooling over all the tegra3 ones, because they're pretty much all 10 inch tablets. I want a 7 or 8 inch tablet with a tegra 3. (And yeah, I heard about the one Asus is supposedly releasing for $250. I'll believe it when I can buy it.)

Samsung actually came out with a 7" Galaxy Tab model (»www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy···10MAYXAR), and an 8.9" Galaxy Tab model (»www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy···10MAAXAR) - both of them in 16GB and 32GB versions. You might want to take a look at those then.
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howardfine

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reply to Reno7
Just throwing my two cents in. We have two iPads that are in constant use. Being lightweight, they are far easier to carry around room to room or on roadtrips. I didn't think I wanted one either but, now that I have one, I'm glad I've got it.

As an aside, a client of mine just ordered 1000 of them for their employees.


Hel
Goddess Of My Own Little Universe
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reply to Alpha Phoenix
said by Alpha Phoenix:

Samsung actually came out with a 7" Galaxy Tab model (»www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy···10MAYXAR), and an 8.9" Galaxy Tab model (»www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy···10MAAXAR) - both of them in 16GB and 32GB versions. You might want to take a look at those then.

I've seen those, and I've got ebay alerts up for both sizes in 32gb. I'm just not convinced the hardware is worth the price.
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RayGeode

join:2004-07-21
Norwalk, CT

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reply to Reno7
Bought a nook tablet for my christmas present because my wife is an early to bed type, so now i can read which coincidentally , puts me to sleep. I've been sleeping great lately. Partly also due to the fact that i'm enjoying great literature during formerly wasted time.

I have always been an avid reader. Just hadn't been finding the time to do it in many years.
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gadgets

join:2012-04-11
reply to Reno7

Re: I don't get why people want Tablets

Replacing a laptop with a tablet
Pros:

Simplicity - Instead of lugging around a laptop, a camera, an audio recorder and an air card to connect with 4G wireless networks, I used one device.

Bulk - When negotiating large crowds, the lack of a bulky bag was especially noticeable. The tablet can fit into a small book bag or a large purse, saving you a carry-on when flying.

Weight - With its wireless keyboard, the tablet weighed well under three pounds. At conventions or events where you're doing a lot of walking and carrying, that's highly preferable to a heavy laptop and bag.

Battery life - I typically had to recharge the tablet once a day. When performing similar tasks with a laptop, I rarely got more than four hours.

Cons:

Compatibility - I had to test five Web browsers to find one that I could use to access my email and Cleveland.com's online filing system.

Interface - Touching a tablet's screen to select icons and text was difficult, especially when selecting small buttons. A computer's mouse does a much better job.

Lack of ports - Few tablets have USB ports or card readers. Getting information to or from the devices generally means using wireless networks or the Internet. If the network is down, the devices can't interact with other systems.

Cost - You can buy a good normal laptop or a stripped-down netbook laptop for less than most tablets. Even after figuring the costs of extra components, the tablet is often the more expensive option.


gugarci
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Lyndhurst, NJ
reply to Reno7
I'm not a fan of touch screens and I do a lot of typing in forums on the net. I really don't see a tablet in my future. I do own 2 netbooks which my kids use and I don't mind using them at all.

IanR

join:2001-03-22
Fort Mill, SC
I think that some of the new and very light Ultrabooks are a good buy these days. I think that Toshiba has one just under 2 1/2 lbs which is superb.
That said a nice tablet IS in my future as there are times when I want something very light and portable for everyday use like web browsing etc. Of course I would also prefer it to be a Windows 8 based machine so I have some months to wait.... Then it would integrate with my desktop and WindowsMediaCenter etc. For a weeks vacation this would hit the spot for me.

netsurfer1

join:2012-04-13
Atlanta, GA
reply to Reno7
Tablet is cool. It's very handy, I guess that's one of the reason why people like it.