Originally Posted by tiger187126
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.
All in all it really depends on your choice of tablet. Me, I got an 8" Chinese import (see sig). Nice in that it now has third party Android 4.0 support among other things. I prefer it over an HP Touchpad which I also own (but my family mostly use it now and at home, I rarely use it; I didn't fund it anyway). The size and portability are great - great as in, usably great. I can hold it and carry it around without it being a distraction on my hands and watch media on it without having to hold it close to my face and/or squint. The 1280x768 screen and 1080p media playback support really helps as I can drag and drop files I retranscoded myself from blu-ray discs onto the tablet and watch on the go without any re-encode, as needed for, say.... watching on my phone (won't play >480p).
They also offer increased web browsing functionality. I can actually make good use of full OCN on my tablet due to the larger, better resolution screen and faster A9 processor over my phone. Gaming is also a winner with the Mali-400 GPU, if I were to ever care about gaming so much; also more immersive on a larger tablet screen.
One of the great features of my tablet? Built-in stand! I can extend it and prop it up on a desk and browse without having to worry about holding it, or a keyboard getting in the way of what I'm doing as in the case of my laptop. I browse on the tablet while I'm eating my meals now, LOL.
I guess the real killer winner for me (killer for others?) was (is) the cost. Netbook functionality (better, the average netbook currently does not have a 720p screen nor can it even play back 720p...) for $150 shipped for me. Winner. Too bad most tablets in America that we consider (i.e. higher end tablets from ASUS, Acer, etc - although they probably were built with better quality parts among other things) aren't this cheap.
When the iPad first came out I had several reasons to deem it useless. A bigger, more expensive version of the iPhone with a bleh 4:3 screen, no multitasking, no flash.... things have certainly gotten better since, that's for sure. I'm still not a a fan of it though and I can list some personal reasons. Being an owner of an HP Touchpad, I also find that the larger 9.7" size is just appalling for something that you carry around... alongside that, the use of a 4:3 aspect ratio on a next-generation device is also quite appalling to me, although that might be because I'm a big watcher of HD 16:9 media nowadays. Millions of apps? My thought: who needs most of those redundant apps anyway? I'm fine with Android's smaller but still awesome market because it has everything for what I need it to do - and actually has a few things I need that Apple's App Store doesn't have, like Obenkyo and KanaQuiz - useful Japanese study tools.
By the way, you can turn tablets - even the iPad - into netbooks/mini laptops, farily easily, with the purchase of a physical keyboard. I'm doing that soon with a leather flip-book case with integrated keyboard for $17 shipped for my Novo 8, for the better typing productivity - when and if I need it.
Edited by xd_1771 - 2/19/12 at 3:00am
My consensus: iPads are meh. But tablets in general can be useful if you have the right one suited to your needs - hopefully for a good price. As the price of technology drops and as Chinese tablets can and will come to dominate over Apple's anti-productivity, standard-setting high price tactics that bring these devices away from people by not making them an option, it will slowly become an option for even more people.