Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Tablets › Is tablet worth it? What do you guys do with it?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Is tablet worth it? What do you guys do with it?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hey guys. As you all know that we just had MWC and they showcased some good gadgets. 1 of it that got my attention a lot is Sony Xperia z2 tablet. I am not much of a fan of tablet before. I always thought that it is just a useless piece of hardware. However, it looks like that they are now more customizable compare to they were before? A little bit about me. I am a full time worker in commerce and starting to study part time for my post graduate. I enjoy browsing and lately into movies or tv series (does anyone watch house of cards?? that series was great! biggrin.gif). Will it be worth it to get the mentioned tablet? What do you guys do with yours? The tablet probably won't reach Australia for another month so still have some time. Any input is appreciated.
post #2 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mozz13 View Post

Hey guys. As you all know that we just had MWC and they showcased some good gadgets. 1 of it that got my attention a lot is Sony Xperia z2 tablet. I am not much of a fan of tablet before. I always thought that it is just a useless piece of hardware. However, it looks like that they are now more customizable compare to they were before? A little bit about me. I am a full time worker in commerce and starting to study part time for my post graduate. I enjoy browsing and lately into movies or tv series (does anyone watch house of cards?? that series was great! biggrin.gif). Will it be worth it to get the mentioned tablet? What do you guys do with yours? The tablet probably won't reach Australia for another month so still have some time. Any input is appreciated.

It depend on what you'll be using the tablet for it.

For me, I have an iPad 4 with Retina Display, and I enjoy using it for my basic needs such as surfing, music, emails, messaging, games, putting due dates on my calendars and getting reminders, and few other things.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K  P8Z68-V LX Galaxy Geforce GTX 670 Kingston 8GB RAM  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 OCZ Vertex 450 128GB WD 1TB HDD 5400 RPM Windows 8 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM Storm Enforcer Logitech G700s Logitech Soft Cloth Mouse pad Sennheiser HD 558 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster Z 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7 3630m NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660m 2GB 6GB RAM MyDigitalSSD mSATA 240GB 
Hard DriveOS
750GB HDD Windows 8  
  hide details  
Reply
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K  P8Z68-V LX Galaxy Geforce GTX 670 Kingston 8GB RAM  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 OCZ Vertex 450 128GB WD 1TB HDD 5400 RPM Windows 8 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM Storm Enforcer Logitech G700s Logitech Soft Cloth Mouse pad Sennheiser HD 558 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster Z 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7 3630m NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660m 2GB 6GB RAM MyDigitalSSD mSATA 240GB 
Hard DriveOS
750GB HDD Windows 8  
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 19
I purchased a tab for use in my grad work. It's worth it alone just being able to sift through the hundred of pages of articles, highlighting or annotating what I need, while I work to construct my research proposal.
I've found myself using it quite a bit to stream video on my home network (watching meh some star trek, whenever I'm washing dishes/cooking dinner hahah)
It's my first real tablet, a galaxy note 8 that I got last year. It's definitely been worth it. The use of writing with its stylus is very nice and accurate if you have even marginally neat writing. However, it's best to write on it with the tablet in landscape mode - don't try to sit back and write on it like it's a notepad in an awkward position... It's much more receptive when you place your hand onto it in the most comfortable way possible for your wrist and side of your palm, just as if you were writing a letter on a desk with paper. I imagine most stylus pens with limited screen space may behave similarly.

Much like phones, I guess it's convenient to view my email on a mobile or tablet. Since I have no phone, I use my tablet more so to check on such things.
I believe at first if you were to get one, you may not find quite so many uses right at once. But give it a few weeks and you'll find yourself consistently reaching for it for tasks that otherwise would've been time consuming to check up on prior. I love being able to dictate to the tablet, whether it's a web search, note taking, etc thumb.gif

I don't really game on them. Mobile games tend to bore the living ***** out of me wheee.gif
Recording class meetings is a convenience. I'd be better off with an actual field recorder tho.
Goes double as a car navigator if you choose a model with gps. Sygic has been good to me wink.gif I've used it while traveling in Morocco and the US, their maps are well detailed enough if used for driving nav. Since GIS is my forte, I appreciate the use of gps to make my tracks and poi's for some lite-gis data cap. I would be wary of tablets in metal casing if you choose to go for a gps enabled unit. My father went for the transformer primes when they released and the gps is horrible with its casing type... but my galaxy note is excellent given its plastic housing (which doesn't feel all too cheap, in fact I appreciate how light it becomes in turn. Plus most put their tabs in a case anyways).

Mobile app shopping, is usually kinda meh for me... I prefer just going onto the full website most of the time.
Edited by redoubt9000 - 3/1/14 at 8:48pm
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 AsRock 890FX Deluxe5 Radeon R9 290, Radeon HD 4850 12 GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCaseAudio
OCZ Agility 3 Sunbeam 750w Xlcio WTBK Advanced Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 AsRock 890FX Deluxe5 Radeon R9 290, Radeon HD 4850 12 GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCaseAudio
OCZ Agility 3 Sunbeam 750w Xlcio WTBK Advanced Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 19
Reading... if you read anything, books, magazines, comics, a tablet is an amazing tool. I went from bookcases full of books to a single device that holds my entire library, weighs less than a paper book, is backlit and does a variety of other things to boot.

Tablets changed the way I read, saves me money on books, andbis a nifty device for Web browsing and video playback.

I also watch tv shows on a regular basis on it as well.
Murder Box II
(18 items)
 
Home PC
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 6800K Asus X99-A II Zotac 1080Ti AMP Extreme Edition G. Skill Trident Z - 32GB/ 3200Hz/CL14/Quad  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Corsair H100i V2 - w/ML120 Pro Fans Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Acer Z35P 1440P G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Steelseries Merc  EVGA Supernova G2 1000W Corsair 450D Mionix Naos 8200 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
Inwin Batmat Aluminum Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z906 - 5.1 Maxnomic Commander S-III Gaming Chair 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G3440 Asus B85M-E/CSM EVGA GTX 950 Patriot Viper 3 - 2x8GB 1600hz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB + 4TB/3TB x 2/2TB WD Green LG CH12LS28 Bluray Scythe Big Shuriken 2 w/Corsair SP120 Fan Windows 10 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 75" TV.... GooBang Doo MX3 Corsair CX430 V2 NMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B w/ Pro LCD Module 
Mouse
GooBang Doo MX3 
  hide details  
Reply
Murder Box II
(18 items)
 
Home PC
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 6800K Asus X99-A II Zotac 1080Ti AMP Extreme Edition G. Skill Trident Z - 32GB/ 3200Hz/CL14/Quad  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Corsair H100i V2 - w/ML120 Pro Fans Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Acer Z35P 1440P G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Steelseries Merc  EVGA Supernova G2 1000W Corsair 450D Mionix Naos 8200 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
Inwin Batmat Aluminum Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z906 - 5.1 Maxnomic Commander S-III Gaming Chair 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G3440 Asus B85M-E/CSM EVGA GTX 950 Patriot Viper 3 - 2x8GB 1600hz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB + 4TB/3TB x 2/2TB WD Green LG CH12LS28 Bluray Scythe Big Shuriken 2 w/Corsair SP120 Fan Windows 10 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 75" TV.... GooBang Doo MX3 Corsair CX430 V2 NMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B w/ Pro LCD Module 
Mouse
GooBang Doo MX3 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for the reply! thumb.gif So far, the reply has been what I have in mind. I do read books even not a lot at the moment. Emails and calender are done through my phone. The thing that I've been wondering. Can a tablet stream videos over wifi to your pc? Has anyone heavily use their tablet for basic word or excel docs? How does it compare to using a proper pc or laptop with physical keyboard and mice? I changed my laptop to a pc 2 years ago and I'm going back to uni so I probably think that I can replace laptop with this? Gaming probably the last thing that I have in mind on what to use my tablet for.
post #6 of 19
Yea streaming is a breeze on my end, with dual band wifi. For reading yes, but actually dealing with spreadsheets and word docs is a bit of a pain (unless you're dictating, in the end you may still want to bring it to a desktop for final edit).

EDIT: sry I just realized you asked for tab -> pc strreaming. Can't say I've tried. May I mention there are also apps/software that allow you to take remote control of your pc, or extend its desktop biggrin.gif In the meantime I'm gonna see if I can do what you're suggesting... would be interesting to see. I suppose media center software on your desktop would allow for remote devices to connect and allow you to pull items from said mobile device?

Quick google-fu reveals...
http://www.imediashare.tv/

But it appears this may only be applicable to smart tvs and console devices. I'm not sure about a PC without buying some sorta peripheral.
Edited by redoubt9000 - 3/1/14 at 8:57pm
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 AsRock 890FX Deluxe5 Radeon R9 290, Radeon HD 4850 12 GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCaseAudio
OCZ Agility 3 Sunbeam 750w Xlcio WTBK Advanced Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 AsRock 890FX Deluxe5 Radeon R9 290, Radeon HD 4850 12 GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCaseAudio
OCZ Agility 3 Sunbeam 750w Xlcio WTBK Advanced Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by redoubt9000 View Post

Yea streaming is a breeze on my end, with dual band wifi. For reading yes, but actually dealing with spreadsheets and word docs is a bit of a pain (unless you're dictating, in the end you may still want to bring it to a desktop for final edit).

EDIT: sry I just realized you asked for tab -> pc strreaming. Can't say I've tried. May I mention there are also apps/software that allow you to take remote control of your pc, or extend its desktop biggrin.gif In the meantime I'm gonna see if I can do what you're suggesting... would be interesting to see. I suppose media center software on your desktop would allow for remote devices to connect and allow you to pull items from said mobile device?

Yeah I know that I will always need to do the final touches of docs with pc so that's not a big deal. I think as long as it is easy or intuitive enough to make notes or simple spreadsheets in uni would do. For the streaming part actually I have no idea about. I mean I read random articles saying it is possible to stream from your pc to a tablet over wifi with some software help but not sure about the software. I can stream a video saved in the public folder and play it onto my tv in my living room over wifi with a media player and that doesn't require any extra software installed at all. All I need to do it to connect the player to my router with a cable and voila. If it is that easy to that, it might be a big reason for me to get the tablet biggrin.gif.
post #8 of 19
FWIW I have an iPad 4 and if I get another tablet, it will definitely have a cellular data plan. I find the tablet to useful only for media consumption. It's great for reading ebooks (overpriced most of the time) and facebooking etc.

Trying to create on a tablet is an exercise in frustration and is much more productive on a PC.

As long as you know the limitations going in, tablets are great.

They are also totally locked down for the most part so no browser choices or add ons like adblock or what-have-you.
Goliath
(13 items)
 
fBSD
(10 items)
 
pfSense Box
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4770 Gigabyte z87x-ud3h Intel HD4600 G.Skill Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M500 Pioneer Blu-ray Burner Swiftech Polaris Linux Mint 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Korean 1440p WASD 104 key v2 - mx Blue switches Corsair HX-650 v2 Lian Li pc-a05n 
Mouse
Logitech G600 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700k Asus z68 Deluxe Gen 3 Gt 610 8 Gb Samsung Magic Memory 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
WD Green WD Green FreeBSD 10 OCZ ModXtreme Pro 500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Celeron G1620 Asus z68 Deluxe 9500 GT Corsair Value Ram 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
OCZ Agility SSD pfSense / FreeBSD SSH via LAN Antec 520w Gamer 
OtherOtherOther
Intel PCIe Dual Gigabit LAN card. D-Link Gigabit 8 port Switch Apple Airport Extreme N - for wireless access. 
  hide details  
Reply
Goliath
(13 items)
 
fBSD
(10 items)
 
pfSense Box
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4770 Gigabyte z87x-ud3h Intel HD4600 G.Skill Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M500 Pioneer Blu-ray Burner Swiftech Polaris Linux Mint 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Korean 1440p WASD 104 key v2 - mx Blue switches Corsair HX-650 v2 Lian Li pc-a05n 
Mouse
Logitech G600 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700k Asus z68 Deluxe Gen 3 Gt 610 8 Gb Samsung Magic Memory 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
WD Green WD Green FreeBSD 10 OCZ ModXtreme Pro 500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Celeron G1620 Asus z68 Deluxe 9500 GT Corsair Value Ram 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
OCZ Agility SSD pfSense / FreeBSD SSH via LAN Antec 520w Gamer 
OtherOtherOther
Intel PCIe Dual Gigabit LAN card. D-Link Gigabit 8 port Switch Apple Airport Extreme N - for wireless access. 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mozz13 View Post

Yeah I know that I will always need to do the final touches of docs with pc so that's not a big deal. I think as long as it is easy or intuitive enough to make notes or simple spreadsheets in uni would do. For the streaming part actually I have no idea about. I mean I read random articles saying it is possible to stream from your pc to a tablet over wifi with some software help but not sure about the software. I can stream a video saved in the public folder and play it onto my tv in my living room over wifi with a media player and that doesn't require any extra software installed at all. All I need to do it to connect the player to my router with a cable and voila. If it is that easy to that, it might be a big reason for me to get the tablet biggrin.gif.

Oh yes, certainly you can do that wink.gif I'm doing it now in fact. The only additional software is a network file manager app on the tablet - otherwise that's it thumb.gif Simply having a shared folder on your desktop is enough for the tablet to read from it, when it's connected to your network.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mozz13 View Post

The thing that I've been wondering. Can a tablet stream videos over wifi to your pc?

^that's what confused me for a moment, as I never really considered whether one could stream from the TABLET to the desktop xD From desktop to tablet, definitely tongue.gif
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 AsRock 890FX Deluxe5 Radeon R9 290, Radeon HD 4850 12 GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCaseAudio
OCZ Agility 3 Sunbeam 750w Xlcio WTBK Advanced Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 AsRock 890FX Deluxe5 Radeon R9 290, Radeon HD 4850 12 GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCaseAudio
OCZ Agility 3 Sunbeam 750w Xlcio WTBK Advanced Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 19
I think you might be happy to get a Windows 8 Tablet.
I believe you can use Word, Spreadsheet and etc on it while iPad and Android has to use alternative version.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K  P8Z68-V LX Galaxy Geforce GTX 670 Kingston 8GB RAM  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 OCZ Vertex 450 128GB WD 1TB HDD 5400 RPM Windows 8 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM Storm Enforcer Logitech G700s Logitech Soft Cloth Mouse pad Sennheiser HD 558 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster Z 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7 3630m NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660m 2GB 6GB RAM MyDigitalSSD mSATA 240GB 
Hard DriveOS
750GB HDD Windows 8  
  hide details  
Reply
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K  P8Z68-V LX Galaxy Geforce GTX 670 Kingston 8GB RAM  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 OCZ Vertex 450 128GB WD 1TB HDD 5400 RPM Windows 8 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM Storm Enforcer Logitech G700s Logitech Soft Cloth Mouse pad Sennheiser HD 558 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster Z 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7 3630m NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660m 2GB 6GB RAM MyDigitalSSD mSATA 240GB 
Hard DriveOS
750GB HDD Windows 8  
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Tablets
Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Tablets › Is tablet worth it? What do you guys do with it?