Originally Posted by Malcolm
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.
As I said, it's one of the problems of tablets here in America, thanks to Apple's standard-setting prices that put tablets at price ranges discouragingly high and closer to those of the iPad, bringing them away from people that could actually use them. This is why I love tablets from other countries, where profit margins are not set so high thus those tablets are affordable. If more people only knew of those tablets; they can actually offer pretty damn good quality for price.
There is one coming out for $215 shipped soon called the A15 that packs the latest Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich into a 9" form factor; with a 1280x800 IPS screen, a 1.2Ghz dual core processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB internal storage (alongside Micro SD card slot expansion, mini HDMI, etc. things that some American tablets don't even have unless you want to pay $400). $215. After a decent Micro SD card, and a case/keyboard combo you'll probably have spent closer to $275 - but that's still equivalent to what you'd spend on a less capable Intel netbook and less than what you'd spend on a functional AMD APU netbook. Plus it gives you better options - i.e. you can use it without the keyboard sometimes.
Tablets aren't bad, it's just that with what options are available, most of the time they appear to be just not good.
Edited by xd_1771 - 2/19/12 at 1:00pm