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My dad uses the one his IT dept gave him for Citrix, to tie into his work servers for modifying Office files and.. well.. doing work.

Though, as far as I'm concerned, tablets just aren't as useful as a laptop, just more convenient... usually. :\
    
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Citrix is the huge push behind tablets especially the iPad. Using it to access your entire environment is pretty cool especially when in doctors offices.

I did an install for a hospital that used them for the DR's to carry around and pull up CT scans for patients, use software to keep charts and everything organized, and so much more.

Still a niche market though
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The tablet is an interesting device...it is actually able to do 90% of what people need out of a laptop, yet it's still not good enough to do most of that, especially for anything that requires typing. It's main purpose is for a completely laid back experience: sitting on a couch, laying on a bed, standing on the subway. It's super light, easy to use, easy to share with friends, but it's still too big to intentionally carry it anywhere. Even though there are a few good reasons for businesses to adopt it, it's mainly a media consumption device and a glorified toy.
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you could use it as really expensive china.
 
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internet radio on a device whose battery lasts all day, plus the chance to take breaks and send notes like this one, for 250 dollars I'm very happy I got a tablet. I also catch last night's Daily show in bed on this pretty often.
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I use mine for browsing mostly, especially on the couch or laying in bed when I dont want to use a laptop, Its just nice to have.

Although I am interested in the Transformer Prime.
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post #28 of 48
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Originally Posted by tiger187126 View Post

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.


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.


Edited by xd_1771 - 2/19/12 at 3:00am
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Originally Posted by Tadaen Sylvermane View Post

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.

Agreed with this.

I was considering an Asus Transformer for awhile but eventually shelved the idea. Tablets are expensive as hell but offer relatively few features compared to a normal laptop computer (that's another thing that annoys me---people calling tablets "tablet computers", they're not computers.) I just couldn't justify dropping the cash on it that could buy a high-end GPU or IPS monitor or something else that I'd get far more use out of.
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i'm not trying to turn this into an ipad vs other tablets thing, i feel tablets are in their own market and if you don't have that niche in your life then i can certainly see why you wouldn't see a use for one. i know people who have touchpads/kindle fires/transformers of all kinds and honestly i do not feel compelled to play with theirs and they don't feel compelled to play with mine. it's no longer sacred technology to have some kind of tablet, the market is flooded with them now, but you basically have your tablet set up for whatever you need it for and it's not interesting to other people in general.

sure someone will ask to play angry birds or something if i have it lying around, but there's no must have functionality. they're just app platforms and based on what apps you use and the system on which you use them you might be more inclined to one version or another. if you have an android phone why get an ipad and pay for the same or similar apps all over again (like i did) and vice versa for the iphone.

like i said previously though, tablets are too big for me personally to tote around unless i'm traveling. i don't carry any bags regularly so if it doesn't fit in my pocket it's not coming with me. if i rode a train to work every day i would absolutely carry it then, but since i don't it's more of a web browsing machine.

and as for the keyboard attachment, i would much rather just pull out my laptop and type something as opposed to awkwardly typing on a less than stable format like my tablet leaning backwards on a flimsy keyboard.

honestly at this juncture i don't know when i would ever upgrade my ipad and it's not because it's perfect, it's just not such a mandatory thing in my life that i need it to be more than what it is.
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