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What's the point in tablets?

Can tablets do anything that smartphones or laptops can't do? I don't see the point!

Most Useful Answer blizzard7  Mar. 5, 2012 at 21:50

For the smartphone vs. tablet argument, can a 42-inch TV do anything a 17-inch TV can't do? Nope, but you'd be hard-pressed to find living room with one of those these days. Simply put, that extra size and resolution, makes everything much easier and an overall nicer experience.

For the laptop vs tablet argument, this is a little trickier!

Right off the bat, you have simplification on-the-go. A laptop can't be used easily while you're walking/ standing around, trying pulling a laptop out of a bag, balancing the laptop in one hand then typing or using the mouse with the other. It's a recipe for disaster! A tablet on the other hand is a piece-of-cake to use while your standing up. No need to carry a mouse or a keyboard for a bit of casual browsing (which hey, let's be honest, is all that most people do nowadays on computers in their spare time).

A touch-interface is also arguably more intuitive. Gestures and swipes can do things that required mice that have been machine-gunned with buttons or wasting time trying to click a button with a trackpad. It kinda relates to what Microsoft mentioned while designing Windows 8 here and it also explains how small buttons can take longer to press, whereas a gesture is a simple fluid motion.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 5, 2012 at 21:33

Yes

blizzard7  Mar. 5, 2012 at 21:50

For the smartphone vs. tablet argument, can a 42-inch TV do anything a 17-inch TV can't do? Nope, but you'd be hard-pressed to find living room with one of those these days. Simply put, that extra size and resolution, makes everything much easier and an overall nicer experience.

For the laptop vs tablet argument, this is a little trickier!

Right off the bat, you have simplification on-the-go. A laptop can't be used easily while you're walking/ standing around, trying pulling a laptop out of a bag, balancing the laptop in one hand then typing or using the mouse with the other. It's a recipe for disaster! A tablet on the other hand is a piece-of-cake to use while your standing up. No need to carry a mouse or a keyboard for a bit of casual browsing (which hey, let's be honest, is all that most people do nowadays on computers in their spare time).

A touch-interface is also arguably more intuitive. Gestures and swipes can do things that required mice that have been machine-gunned with buttons or wasting time trying to click a button with a trackpad. It kinda relates to what Microsoft mentioned while designing Windows 8 here and it also explains how small buttons can take longer to press, whereas a gesture is a simple fluid motion.

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