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Can someone please explain to me why anyone would ever purchase a tablet over a laptop/netbook? For the life of me I just can't figure out a single circumstance where a tablet is better then a laptop. Not one.

What the heck are they for?
    
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Browsing the web, games, basic office work, watching tv shows + films, really long battery life.

They're ridiculously portable, boot up a lot faster than laptops and its just quicker to do those sort of tasks.
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Coz people who make use of them don't use half the stuff a full netbook would have and you can easily pass them round etc.

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It's easier to surf the web(OCN)@home for me and watch TV/Films in bed with my ipad.
 
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Try using a laptop while standing up. I dare you.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ESP;13330255 
Can someone please explain to me why anyone would ever purchase a tablet over a laptop/netbook? For the life of me I just can't figure out a single circumstance where a tablet is better then a laptop. Not one.

What the heck are they for?
more graphics power for gaming, and a faster processor then any netbook or laptop in the tablets price range. more portable.

Well i'm thinking about getting the asus transformer. nvidia tegra 2 baby!
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theory 1: they are for people who like to build computers, they buy a tablet and a keyboard and then have to assemble it to use it!

theory 2: they are thin and light and used for tiny apps, and will be taken away from existence in 5 years, just like palm pilots...

theory 3: get a netbook since they have the same/better battery life and have a keyboard, plus they can be cheaper and more powerful and contain a full OS

to the guy above me, tegra 2 is nice!!!, but i rather have it in a phone than a tablet since it's more portable, does the same things, and has a lower resolution.
    
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Well, If your whole house is wireless, there are apps where you could control your TV, Play games on the tablet on your PC, play music remotely while walking around, watch youtube vids anywhere in your house, post, read stuff on OCN while of course, walking around or lying in bed, its alot lighter, bigger than a phone, and completely portable. You can store pictures and videos in them, bring them to people, show them stuff, without the hassle of opening up a laptop and booting from it, there's many applications, of which I can think of. =D


Currently, they have better battery life, and dont require that much maintenance as its good enough for the basic, a laptop honestly, you have to sit down, find a table, or your lap, put it on and such. I wouldnt mind having a tablet, i wouldnt mind having a laptop, its all on the usage and how you see it useful.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyph3r;13330270 
Browsing the web, games, basic office work, watching tv shows + films, really long battery life.

They're ridiculously portable, boot up a lot faster than laptops and its just quicker to do those sort of tasks.

Wouldn't it be better if we just had a mobile/laptop OS or dual boot Full Win/Mobile OS so that we don't have to use a bloatware OS to run the hardware of a laptop/netbook. The labtop/netbook has far superior hardware, its the software bogging it down. But instead of writing a better OS, they just start making these dumb as nails useless picture frames with touch screens...

We're using a complicated solution to a very simple problem...
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I'm waiting for the Lenovo tablet, which has native stylus support. Until then, I personally regard every tablet by itself (so no keyboard dock accessories) as an awkward touchscreen laptop with limited usability.
    
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