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post #11 of 48
It isn't only the Ipad that's useless. Saying that is just one more slam against apple and I think I can safely say for many people on this forum it's getting tiring seeing. Tablets in general are useless to many people, not just the Ipad. They are high priced toys with very little real use (for most people). Doesn't matter if it's android or ios. Neither makes much sense except in the case of people who can't see their phone's screen very well.

For every person that goes on about how they can't live without their tablet (android or apple) there are at least 10 who have one but it just collects dust and was ultimately a waste of 300-700 bucks.

TLDR they are nice to have but are useless to conservatively, 80 to 90%+/- of the average home user.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 2/15/12 at 2:02pm
 
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post #12 of 48
We just got an iPad 2 for work and I have to agree they're fairly useless. However we're writing a custom app for it that won't be useless for our clients biggrin.gif. That said, iOS is the most difficult, frustrating, and needlessly-restricted platform I've ever had to write software for.

On topic, play Temple Run on it. That's about all I do with ours other than using it for app testing.
post #13 of 48
Watch movies or entire TV seasons or play turns-based strategy games on the 14-hour flight to Asia when you don't have an AC outlet for your laptop...also, watch TV episodes on stationary cardio equipment...those are my two primary uses.
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post #14 of 48
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Originally Posted by Tadaen Sylvermane View Post

TLDR they are nice to have but are useless to conservatively, 80 to 90%+/- of the average home user.

I agree with this post. I use the crap out of mine, and my girlfriend uses hers all the time as well, but I could easily see where a majority of people wouldn't have much use for one. It's a pretty niche piece of tech IMO.
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post #15 of 48
Only reason I've ever considered one for was to watch some sort of video on a treadmill at the gym...
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post #16 of 48
netflix, hulu, learning apps for my nephew (3 1/2 years old and loves it) youtube, killing time without a table to set up laptop on, computing in bed while laying down, portability, 10+hours battery life. Those are some of the things I use my ipad 2 for, as well as school work and such.
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post #17 of 48
i originally bought my ipad for travel, and i think that's what tablets really do best.

if you're in airports, planes, trains, and other forms of transit that don't require your attention they're a really nice distraction and much more comfortable for long use than a phone, not to mention saving your phone battery from video playback.

honestly for 9 to 5ers who drive to work and don't travel tablets don't really fill a need. they're not really something you want to lug around to an appointment and they're not powerful enough to replace your computer.

as many others have said light browsing, "hey it's that guy, what's his name again" while watching tv, and maybe bedroom streaming netflix.

i prefer it over my laptop because even though it's not as fully flushed out or easy to type on i can leave it out uncharged for weeks under this usage and my laptop only lasts a night being used like that.
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post #18 of 48
Well unless you're a kid playing games on it all the time or a travelling sales rep.... nothing most likely.
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post #19 of 48
I have an HP touchpad, and I find it useful, but I am a college student. Being in college it is very useful to get PDFs and put them on the tablet, and not spend over $200 a book in some cases. I don't use it for much else though.
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The thing is that iPad is more of a device you take in places you cant really use a PC or laptop. When i go to sleep i use it to watch movies, use Splashtop to check my PC and watch flash content, use it in the Gym when i am running. If you dont have a use for it its quite pointless. Apple right now its working on it to find a use for why should people get one.
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