justsayno

Anyone else think tablets are pointless?

I've been reading a lot about all the new tablets but I don't think I 'get' them. Why use a tablet? On the other hand, I think I'm just trying to talk myself out of buying one, argh!!! :p

Does anyone have a tablet? Do you use it much? Do you use it more or less than you thought you might?

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matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 7, 2012 at 15:16

Largely, yes.

B1zarr0Prim3  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:05

Personally I don't have much use for one to buy one.
If I was given one then i'd probably find a use for it. (Hoping for a free iPad as part of a deal with one of our suppliers)

bigmike20vt  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:16

I didnt think I would have much use for one, however I have fully U turned. they use so little power when asleep that mine is on all the time, so you can just grab it and surf as and when you want to, my laptop never gets a look in now.
the games, whilst not going to replace a games machine, are great for passing the time when travelling (world of goo, zuma, plants vs zombies are simply superb on touch screen)
Then there is the movie aspect, my last trip to Washington was a breeze the 9 hrs literally flew by as I could watch exactly the stuff i wanted to watch, and the 10inch screen blew the plane screen away.
Then, depending on the spec you also have the free satnav, ability to hook up to a TV and expand the memory with a mem card and skype people.

With the (excellent though screen too small for me) nexus 7 forcing the prices of many tablets down to under £150 (sometimes even for a 10inch screen) I would say most people would be able to find a use for a tablet and get their monies worth.
(and that is forgetting smartglass which may or may not be handy)
Most of the above can be done on a laptop, but they are just not as portable as my xoom, and it would be a hell of a laptop battery to be able to power a pc for the 10hrs+ that my xoom can go for between charges under heavy use (lasts a week easily on sleep mode).

universe1992  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:20

I've had 2 this last 18 months and I still go back to my laptop , think I'll stick to it from now on.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:25

I enjoy my better half's iPad now and again, but no, I wouldn't buy a tab/pad... Prefer a notebook.

dcx_badass  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:30

I've got a tablet, still find it pointless, it's ok for occasional web use or films when on holiday, but wouldn't pay more than £100 or so.

mrew42  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:43

I'm an avid reader, but I flit between books without finishing any of them (depends on my mood). So I wanted an rReader initially. But then I got to thinking that for a couple of quid more I could get something that had a lot more feature to it than just an eReader. So I got myself an el cheapo Chinese 7" Android tab. Yeah it was a bit slow, yeah the battery wasn't brilliant but it was a revelation to me. I had dozens (actually more like hundreds) of books to choose from to read on my daily commute. I had TV shows and Films to watch. I had near as dammit instant internet access without having to get my 17" laptop going. I could send emails, use my phone as a hotspot few news on the go.
Then the el-cheapo tab broke.
So then I bought another 7" tab (Archos this time) and it's even more of a revelation, runniong Honeycomb. It's a proper media centre as I can connect it via HDMI to my TV, and stream movies, iplayer and all manner of other catchup apps etc. etc. I read on it every day it's always 'on'. It's like having another PC, but I can (just) fit it in my pocket when I go out.
I still need my laptop for doing my finances, documetation, working from home (though I got Ciitrix client and managed that on the Tablet too) and photo editing and all the traditional stuff. But the Tablet gets picked up first if I need any info or go ebaying or Amazoning or googleing.
I won an iPad and yes it's slicker and bigger. But it's heavier and slightly less portable. My Archos wins for usability hands down, for what I use it for.
Could I lve without it? Yes, but I'd miss the flexibility it adds to my reading, viewing and general web experience.

randomise  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:46

Tablets are great for media consumption, just casually browsing the web, watching movie on a plane, checking/reading email, doing presentations - basically those basic in-between tasks. Just make sure you don't do any serious work with it - even typing on it is inferior to a 10 year old laptop.
Well executed, like iPad, make more sense than a hybrid device like win8 RT and their right place is a companion to your other media devices such as computer, phone, TV etc.

Pondlife  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:46

I've had 2 this last 18 months and I still go back to my laptop , think I'll stick to it from now on.

I've got a tablet, still find it pointless, it's ok for occasional web use or films when on holiday, but wouldn't pay more than £100 or so.

Which ones though as I think it could clearly make a difference.

decypher  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:50

I'm an avid reader, but I flit between books without finishing any of them (depends on my mood). So I wanted an rReader initially. But then I got to thinking that for a couple of quid more I could get something that had a lot more feature to it than just an eReader


err yes, but youve completely missed the point of an e-reader

which is , it is EASY on the eyes, uses paper-ink, it has NO LCD or backlight , it is like reading a paper book

e-readers are unbeatable for reading

u cant read on a lcd screen for more than 30 mins without some kind of eyestrain

2 totally different products

dcx_badass  Nov. 7, 2012 at 17:06

I'm an avid reader, but I flit between books without finishing any of them (depends on my mood). So I wanted an rReader initially. But then I got to thinking that for a couple of quid more I could get something that had a lot more feature to it than just an eReader.

A tablet is not comparable to an e-reader. A tablet is terrible in comparison for reading (I've got both), my e-reader gets much more use.

Which ones though as I think it could clearly make a difference.
HP Touchpad running Cyanogenmod 9, which is ICS 4.0.4.

We've got an ipad 2 as well but that is much worse than the Touchpad.

bsy  Nov. 7, 2012 at 17:28

I got an Android tablet (Asus Transformer) free with a course I enrolled on. It's quite fun, but I don't find it particularly useful. I much prefer my netbook for actually getting things done. I hate typing on a virtual keyboard, and the hardware keyboard provided with the Transformer just doesn't have the same feel as a proper laptop.

ian2606  Nov. 7, 2012 at 17:34

Since I got my galaxy note phone I rarely use my computer anymore. I wouldn't get a pad myself as my phone does everything I want.

madstock  Nov. 7, 2012 at 22:19

Tablets - "A solution to a problem that doesn't exist".

Having said that, as soon as someone releases a decent Windows 8 hybrid (maybe the Surface Pro, maybe something else) I will be on it like a tramp on chips, as a laptop replacement.

mrew42  Nov. 8, 2012 at 09:20

I'm an avid reader, but I flit between books without finishing any of them (depends on my mood). So I wanted an rReader initially. But then I got to thinking that for a couple of quid more I could get something that had a lot more feature to it than just an eReader


err yes, but youve completely missed the point of an e-reader

which is , it is EASY on the eyes, uses paper-ink, it has NO LCD or backlight , it is like reading a paper book

e-readers are unbeatable for reading

u cant read on a lcd screen for more than 30 mins without some kind of eyestrain

2 totally different products


err yes, but you've completely missed the point of my choosing a tablet.
I have absolutely NO issues with eyestrain even when reading for a couple of hours, plus I get a whole host of extra functionality for a few quid more.
Yeah sure, single function devices are better at doing that single function, but that's not what I wanted and my personal preference doesn't make my choice invalid, thank you very much

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 8, 2012 at 09:42

Gotta agree - when I'm out of real printy stuff to read, I use my BH's iPad... have no problems with that indoors with the right lighting. It can be a strain outdoors, but hey...
To say they are practically unusable as reading devices is nonsense imho...
Convergence devices are obviously compromise devices.... get a real camera; get a real stereo; get a laptop; get some bush drums.... instead of Garageband form a band and buy a kindle from the royalties...etc etc....

Another thing is: how have 'you' tried a tab/pad, what mood were you in etc... I know a few people who were laughing about iPads until they actually tried one with an app that means something to them....

I don't own any tab/pad, by the way. Don't see myself buying one, either.

B1zarr0Prim3  Nov. 8, 2012 at 09:49

on it like a tramp on chips

Never heard this line before.
I'm gonna make it my mission to use it at least once today.

onlineo  Nov. 8, 2012 at 11:12

If reading a book I will always use my Kindle or Android phone with Kindle App as it is smaller and lighter. If I'm tired I will always use the Kindle as that is when the eye strain and head aches kick in for me using a non e-ink device. I have a 7" Playbook tablet and I find it too heavy to read books on, ok for pdf textbooks where there are multiple columns and I want to dip into it for 10mins. Too small to watch videos on and surf the web so it only really gets used when I want to play a game or we have guests to stay who want to go online or have long trips on public transport.

I have friends who swear by Ipads mainly for graphics, surfing and social media whilst watching tv. Also some of the teachers at my music school use the Ipad very successfully in lessons, although some of the apps are £30+ each.

Stelph  Nov. 8, 2012 at 16:08

on it like a tramp on chips

Never heard this line before.
I'm gonna make it my mission to use it at least once today.


So you could say about your mission to say this once today, that youre on it like a tramp on chips?

maheshkumarg2  Nov. 9, 2012 at 10:12

Why use a tablet?
its just an entertainment gadget to pass time similar to smartphones but with big screens. that's it in a simple word.

dcmcquade  Nov. 9, 2012 at 12:34

never saw the real need for one before and was reluctant to get into the whole apple thing and iPads etc. I then borrowed my mates iPad for a week and then liked it so much i bought one. I now use it 95% of the time rather than my net book. use it all the time for general browsing, email, flipboard etc and love it as its always on and ready to pick up rather than having to fire up the net book. think for casual use they are excellent so depends on what you intend to do on it - if it's word processing, I'd personally stick to net book.

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