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Try using a laptop while standing up. I dare you.
Not sure why you would want to stand up with a 10 inch tablet.

90% of the things I would do with a tablet over my laptop, my phone can do and is better at it.

Movies is the biggest argument for support of tablets. I have a small 13 inch laptop that fits my netflix needs and has hdmi out for home use.

Here is what it would take for me to get a tablet:

1. Drawing via stylus support with great software to match.

2. Easy notetaking via stylus and audio recording.

3. Sd card and usb support is a must.

4. A price that is less than 500.

5. Built in kickstand.

Those are the things that would make me interested.
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I can't say whether tablets are useful to me because mine has been in the mail for over a month now, but I can say why I would rather have a tablet than a smart phone:

Compromise.

A tablet is a dedicated device. Whether that device fulfills a need obviously depends on who you are talking to, as is in evidence here in this thread. But it more or less serves the same function as a smart phone, except that it does not make calls.

And that appeals to me.

I have a phone. It serves a couple of purposes, but mostly I need it to do one thing well: it needs to be able to make and receive phone calls. The other functions that I bother to make use of are nice little bonuses. But only because they do not detract from my phone's primary purpose. And that is where, to me at least, smartphones fail.

Smart phones generally need to be in a form factor other than what I would find comfortable to hold up to my head for any length of time. The use of a smartphone takes away battery power from the device's primary purpose. Neither of these are acceptable design compromises for me. And so I would rather have a dedicated device to handle any on the go computing that I might require.

As for why I would rather get a tablet than a netbook... well a lot of it has to do with my distaste of laptops in general. It's mostly an input thing. I don't like touchpads and I find it awkward to type on undersized keyboards. Sure, the tablet still has the typing issue, but I find it much more palatable to carry a thin tablet and a thin bluetooth keyboard than to get a netbook, a full sized keyboard, a mouse (trackball, actually)... may as well get a full sized laptop if I'm going to lug all that around. Of course then there would be the battery life issue...

I have a desktop for use when I'm home. I don't need another device that mimics that functionality. We will see if the Xoom I have on the way meets the needs that I do have, but I can tell you that, if it does, I will feel fully justified in my purchase as it is the least inconvenient portable option I can think of.
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Tablets are toys.

They're fun to play with, but not for $500.
    
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For me it would be for the better web experience over a smart phone, more real estate, better hardware (some tablets) form factor and battery life over a notebook.
    
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When I get really bored, I might read the 14 pages of this discussion thread so far up to this point. However, the OP does have a legitimate question. Millions of other people are asking the same question. I'd say get whatever fits your life style. I am not going to judge whether you're right or wrong.

However, I must admit that being more of an old school guy and a self-styled PC "power user" who has been in the game of computing since the days of MS-DOS, Norton Commander, and Windows 3 running on PCs with 386 processors and Debian GNU/Linux 1.3 running on the original Pentium MMX, I feel like I am not quite ready to give up my keyboard yet, even on the go. But then, I also prefer to read printed books instead of e-books and I prefer PC gaming to consoles. Moreover, I also feel like the tablets are a bit overpriced, with the current crop of manufacturers chasing mainly the stylish techno gadget obsessed yuppie crowd. It's all about clever marketing. Tablet PCs have existed since like forever, may be as far back as 10 years ago, yet almost nobody wanted them. Then suddenly, Apple decides to make one and everything changes.

Walk into a Best Buy and look around in the PC laptop section. I am pretty darn sure that for about $500 you will find a laptop with a decent screen and keyboard, ginormous storage and all that. So why am I supposed to pay at least as much for the same with a smaller screen, less power, and no keyboard? (Don't answer, it's a rhetorical question ;-) I know it's heavier, but I am already used to carrying my backpack wherever I go (remember the printed books). I am sure that all these iPads and Galaxies generate a very creamy profit for their manufacturers. I'd be surprised if building an iPad costs more than an iPhone. The complexity, etc is about the same, but they fetch $500 and more a piece.


PS: I did ask advise about buying a tablet PC on a different thread. But that's because I need to give advise to my technology challenged parents.
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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.
This plus less heat than a laptop.
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This plus less heat than a laptop.
+ better battery life...

On another forum, there is a member that has the new Asus Transformer with the dock and got somewhere between 40-50 hrs on a single charge with moderate use (internet browsing, emails, word processing etc...).

Show me a laptop or netbook for that matter that can get more than 40 hrs of battery life, heck, even 15 hrs.
    
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+ better battery life...

On another forum, there is a member that has the new Asus Transformer with the dock and got somewhere between 40-50 hrs on a single charge with moderate use (internet browsing, emails, word processing etc...).

Show me a laptop or netbook for that matter that can get more than 40 hrs of battery life, heck, even 15 hrs.
15hours= the new thinkpad X1 with the slice battery IIRC
but it'll cost you significantly more

but i'm still all for tablet/net book convertible (eepad transformer) myself....if only i was allowed to get one :/
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In this thread:

"People don't think what I think. Therefore they must be idiots."
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