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I'm still kind of wondering... what's the point? Is it just a way to sort of get rid of the bulk of a laptop? I'm trying to understand the use here. I mean, smartphones are basically little tablets, so why do you need a bigger one? I guess I just don't get it.
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I'm still kind of wondering... what's the point? Is it just a way to sort of get rid of the bulk of a laptop? I'm trying to understand the use here. I mean, smartphones are basically little tablets, so why do you need a bigger one? I guess I just don't get it.
Smart phone isn't that enjoyable of a web surfing experience - especially for extended periods of time.
A laptop is, but if all you're doing is surfing the web it's MUCH more comfortable to kick back with a tablet just as you would with a book.

I practictly look at my ultra portable laptop with disdain now lol...I want a tablet
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Smart phone isn't that enjoyable of a web surfing experience - especially for extended periods of time.
A laptop is, but if all you're doing is surfing the web it's MUCH more comfortable to kick back with a tablet just as you would with a book.

I practictly look at my ultra portable laptop with disdain now lol...I want a tablet
$599 for a slightly better than cell phone web experience....bold
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$599 for a slightly better than cell phone web experience....bold
Not really bold, considering they don't have contracts.
You'd pay just as much if not more for a smart phone without a contract.

$499 would be my price limit (iPad 2 / 10.1" Galaxy are right there)
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Not really bold, considering they don't have contracts.
You'd pay just as much if not more for a smart phone without a contract.

$499 would be my price limit (iPad 2 / 10.1" Galaxy are right there)
You are missing one big point...your phone is a phone...
Name one thing that a nice phone can't do that a tablet can (or one thing a tablet does better). The only thing is, make things bigger.

Now the things that a phone can do better...be a phone, be portable, be less expensive

So unless you need a visit to the eye doctor or are elderly, there is no reason to get a tablet.
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You are missing one big point...your phone is a phone...
Name one thing that a nice phone can't do that a tablet can (or one thing a tablet does better). The only thing is, make things bigger.

Now the things that a phone can do better...be a phone, be portable, be less expensive

So unless you need a visit to the eye doctor or are elderly, there is no reason to get a tablet.
Well I think we both went a bit off track actually in hindsight - this isn't meant to compete or replace a phone (we're comparing apples and oranges here).

It's meant to susbstitute the use of a laptop/netbook, and again while both are far more powerful - they ease of use / comfort level is the appeal
(at least to me anyway - though I'd think that's a pretty general consumer consensus).

EDIT:

It's really not a replacement for that either - it's its own niche market (love it or hate it - that's not going to change)
Edited by candy_van - 3/25/11 at 9:42am
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You are missing one big point...your phone is a phone...
Name one thing that a nice phone can't do that a tablet can (or one thing a tablet does better). The only thing is, make things bigger.

Now the things that a phone can do better...be a phone, be portable, be less expensive

So unless you need a visit to the eye doctor or are elderly, there is no reason to get a tablet.
Actually, the bigger screen does not only mean things are bigger.

There are other advantages of a bigger screen that you are downplaying:
1) More viewable area which is not the same thing as things being bigger. Things could stay about the same size but you can fit more into the screen. Think about reading a newpaper on a phone vs tablet. Or how about widgets? On a phone you can fit only few on a screen at a time... you can fit more on a tablet.
2) The display is also the user input device. How many fingers can you use on a 3.9" display... 2-3 simutanously? How about on a 10" display?

Now the things that a tablet can do better... usability, performance, and battery life.
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Is there a tablet that has all 3 major internet connectivity options? I want one that has 3G, 4G, and a wifi card. If it had all that, I can see getting a tablet, for one single purpose. Riding in the car on long trips and having a bigger screen to read, without having the bulk of a laptop on me. Other than that, I'd have to say a laptop is better cause it has a keyboard. I'm not a huge fan of all those little touch screen keyboards and I'd wager you guys aren't either.
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You are missing one big point...your phone is a phone...
Name one thing that a nice phone can't do that a tablet can (or one thing a tablet does better). The only thing is, make things bigger.

Now the things that a phone can do better...be a phone, be portable, be less expensive

So unless you need a visit to the eye doctor or are elderly, there is no reason to get a tablet.
This, I would have to disagree with. I believe that you could get a lot of utility out of this device from a business/work stand point. I would much rather use this than the ancient PalmOne that I use currently. In stead of using a stylus, I can now use my stylus like fingers.
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Actually, the bigger screen does not only mean things are bigger.

There are other advantages of a bigger screen that you are downplaying:
1) More viewable area which is not the same thing as things being bigger. Things could stay about the same size but you can fit more into the screen. Think about reading a newpaper on a phone vs tablet. Or how about widgets? On a phone you can fit only few on a screen at a time... you can fit more on a tablet.
2) The display is also the user input device. How many fingers can you use on a 3.9" display... 2-3 simutanously? How about on a 10" display?

Now the things that a tablet can do better... usability, performance, and battery life.
I guess we will agree to disagree. Portability = phone. Screen size = Tablet. Uses = phone.

You mention it is easier and more convenient to read a newspaper on a phone yet it is ridiculously inconvenient to fit a 10.2 inch tablet in my pants.

I think netbooks are ridiculously dumb but are still better than a tablet - at least they have a physical keyboard.

But honestly, if you say that you will actually use it for more than just the occasional game + web browsing AND that portability doesn't matter to you...then go ahead and buy one
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