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Originally Posted by Sohryu76 View Post
portability isn't actually a function. it is a convenience. I don't have the need for a tablet personally... but my wife gets a ton of use out of her ipad. All she does is google, facebook, youtube, listen to music, the e-reader portion of it, which she can simply do while sitting on the couch.

she had a laptop and when it died she got an ipad 2. For what she does, it was just as easy to have a slightly larger purse for her this weekend to take it flying for use on the plane and in the airports than it would have been to have a laptop.
Sounds like all she needs is a smart phone.
    
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Tablets are a money dump. Everything they do can be done by a smart phone.

They are useless, and a laptop is always better. Too often you'll get tired of smashing a touchscreen instead of pushing real buttons.
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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?
Either they dont have cash to buy a fast netbook/laptop or they dont know that netbook/laptops are faster

Only idiots would buy a worthless useless tablet
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I like my tablet because it costed me very little, runs Windows 7 just fine with no aero, and I can always go on Hulu or youtube with ease. I also like to doodle in photoshop
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the things i would use a laptop for i would rather do on a less bulky tablet. I mostly use my mytouch 4g like i would a tablet. Although when im lying in bed i would rather have a tablet just for the screen size. Simple.
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Originally Posted by ESP View Post
More functional as far as portability goes? Well, it can fit in a pocket and that about sums it up. With a tablet you might as well be carrying around a netbook/laptop. Unless for some reason you have to do what ever it is you're doing while standing...
There is a big difference between lugging around a laptop and a tablet. For most laptops you would need to bring the charging brick along with the laptop.

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Tablets are a money dump. Everything they do can be done by a smart phone.

They are useless, and a laptop is always better. Too often you'll get tired of smashing a touchscreen instead of pushing real buttons.
You could say the same thing about smart phones. A lot of people lug a laptop or netbook along with their smart phones. Why even have a smartphone if you are going to always have a laptop with you? Most "dumb" phones today can bring up email / basic web browsing.

It seems that most people buy smart phones because it's the cool thing to have.
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I love these "Why would anybody...." threads, in like 10 hours you write 10 pages why anybody would on every topic
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Why get a toughbook or a tablet when you can just get a Dell Inspiron Duo for about the same price as a tablet????


Because its a Dell, they catch on fire literally. I really want a tablet but so many choices out there. Thinking between the Asus ewe skate and the transformer right now
    
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Going to copy my own quotes from an iPad thread:


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Meh, I'm suppossed to be studying, but why not jump in for a bit.

Advantages the iPad 2 has over my laptop for my uses:
  • Simple + easy to use
  • No physical keyboard to add to the weight/size
  • Great for reading notes, papers, articles, lecture slides
  • Can read while walking easily
  • Sometimes I just want to crash on a couch in the library and still be able to study
  • Excellent for use in the lab to quickly pull up info + reference
  • No distortion from viewing the LCD at an angle
  • Can tether my camera to an iPad for studio shooting

So yea, I definitely don't fit into the whole "hipster" tag people are throwing around in here, but the iPad definitely suits me well for my school, laboratory, and photography needs, hence why I really want one of my own now.

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The laptop is too bulky while my phone's screen is much too small. My BB can display only one molecular structure or two-three lines of a protocol at once, which given the volume of my work is not acceptable. The laptop on the other hand is just too plain bulky to use when on the move. I have it at my desk at all times, and it's great for use in the office, but when I'm moving about or when I'm in the lab, it's a no-go for me.

The iPad is a great middle ground between the two. It has a larger screen than the phone while being much more portable than the laptop. The mobility is a must because I'm always moving between my office, the fume hood, the work bench, and the live animal testing lab. The large screen and easy to use UI is also a must because I often have to refer to multiple molecular structures, compounds, info on media, different lab protocols, etc.

Honestly, going into detail probably won't work. It's just one of those things where you have to have lab experience to really understand why the iPad is a perfect medium compared to a laptop or smartphone.

If it's not for you, then honestly, it's not for you, but it's a different thing entirely to knock it completely esp when there are tons of users out there with different needs/requirements/wants.
I've used a smartphone and I've used a laptop for my labwork, but the tablet still beats the both of them. If anyone wants to call me an idiot for not wanting to use a laptop or a smartphone for this purpose, feel free to get a job working in a lab and see how much of a hassle a full sized keyboard + touchpad or how inconvenient a smart phone's small screen really are.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 4/30/11 at 5:39pm
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Going to copy my own quotes from an iPad thread:

I've used a smartphone and I've used a laptop for my labwork, but the tablet still beats the both of them. If anyone wants to call me an idiot for not wanting to use a laptop or a smartphone for this purpose, feel free to get a job working in a lab and see how much of a hassle a full sized keyboard + touchpad or how inconvenient a smart phone's small screen really are.
Yes, a tablet is good for doing some stuff while standing, but seriously how many people need to do that. Even in a lab a large portion of your time will be spent sitting, where a laptop/netbook would be much more useful.
    
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