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Are you a tablet skeptic?

  1. #21


    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    While you can generally connect most Windows based tablets to a larger screen, keyboard, mouse etc, it really isn't an ideal solution. Anyone who uses large/multiple screens on a regular basis would really want a dedicated workstation setup. And given that one would already have the main components in place, having a workstation is hardly an added impost and you get something far more powerful and capable. Tablets are not designed to replace a workstation.

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  2. #22


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    I was originally skeptical of them, as I had an early smart-phone (LG) and a 15.6" laptop which was, for its
    time, quite a good performer. It has all the connectivity one could desire and at 250GB, plenty of storage.

    At the time, I remember thinking what a royal PITA it would be, carrying a 10" tab around, especially one
    as limited as the iPad. I basically filed tabs under 'Nah, not interested' in my mental directory.

    Moving along a few years, and the LG is long gone (always wondered what LG stood for), it drowned in a
    toilet (???). And the 15.6" laptop's battery, never that great, has deteriorated to the point that about forty
    minutes is about all you'll get out of it.

    One year ago, I purchased my current laptop initially as a replacement for both the 15.6" laptop and my
    aging (but considerably hotted-up) Pentium 4 desktop. As it turned out, they were not replaced but merely
    assigned to other duties, but that's another story.

    Anyway, the upshot was that I had nothing that was readily portable (this laptop certainly isn't, see my
    System Specifications). My Android smart-phone is great, but at only 4" is a bit cramped for some tasks.

    My original aversion to 10"+ tabs remained (and still does), and I won't buy fruit at gunpoint, so I began
    looking at various 7" Android tabs. I wasn't looking to spend bags of money in case I found no real need
    for a tab. Anyway, I bought a cheap Chinese Android 7" with Ice-Cream Sandwich installed. It's not a fire-
    breathing dual or quad-core with 64GB of storage, it's a 1Ghz single-core with only 4GB internal storage.
    However, at only A$129, with a USB wireless modem thrown in, I wasn't expecting i7 quad-core specs or
    performance. It's more than adequate for my needs, though.

    Storage wasn't a problem as I installed a 16GB microSD in the slot provided, and so far it's proved to be
    more than adequate. MicroSD cards are super-cheap, so having two or more extra isn't exactly the end
    of the world. The tab has not had a major impact on my usage of the 'big' computers, and has not come
    close to superseding them for most of my computing tasks.

    It gets used mainly as an e-book reader, and for casual browsing/entertainment when I'm NOT around my
    primary machine. I can (and do) use it for basic computing tasks, but it is definitely an ADJUNCT to my
    'big' machines, NOT a replacement. I'm not disappointed with it, and would certainly miss it if I lost it or if
    it died. And it's WAY more portable/convenient than a 10" tab.

    But it wasn't, and isn't, a must-have. Far from it.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I actually like my 10" Windows 7 tablet and it's basically my travel PC, plus desktop backup. In no way could it supplant my desktop, nor could any other tablet out there at the moment; I can't see any tablet running two 24" screens at the same time. Sometimes I use the tablet to watch TV, while I'm doing other things on the desktop.

    My real problem is, if this tablet ever bit the dust, there is no other tablet with the features that it has, on the market, at the current time. It's physically no bigger than the Surface Pro, yet is as versatile as a desktop PC.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    I have a...
    desktop
    laptop
    tablet
    smartphone

    I very rarely use the tablet, although I can absolutely see a place for them. Occasionally I might bring the tablet with me to show a new batch of photos. Any other mobile need I fill with either the phone, or the laptop.

    That's just me though.
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  5. #25


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    @ Wenda LG = Lucky Goldstar

    My tablet, (a 7" Google Nexus 32GB), was quite reasonable at 199, and of course it's not a replacement for my desktop but is always on and within arms reach, and is an important part of my workflow.

    I will often have it next to my Main system, displaying a live feed of the posts on this forum, so it acts as a third monitor, my HTC Desire S is connected to the main workstation via USB and a copy of MyPhoneExplorer, which allows me to receive and reply to phone calls and text messages via the PC. When I'm not at home a similar link between phone and Tablet allows similar functionality.

    When I'm out in the wilds, photographing wildlife, my tablet becomes a useful backup Image store and more importantly a reasonably sized screen for checking image suitability.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    While you can generally connect most Windows based tablets to a larger screen, keyboard, mouse etc, it really isn't an ideal solution. Anyone who uses large/multiple screens on a regular basis would really want a dedicated workstation setup. And given that one would already have the main components in place, having a workstation is hardly an added impost and you get something far more powerful and capable. Tablets are not designed to replace a workstation.
    Obviously.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I literally can't even fathom why people legitimately spend 500+ dollars on something that literally, an ipod touch does but just four times bigger....
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I literally can't even fathom why people legitimately spend 500+ dollars on something that literally, an ipod touch does but just four times bigger....
    Because it's 4x bigger, easier to type on, easier to see and read. You aren't an Apple user and an Apple fan and fail to see any appeal. But millions upon millions of sold devices should clearly indicate to you that there certainly is appeal.

    The iPad's are trendy and there are a lot of add-ons for them (cases, covers, keyboards, etc). There is a lot of good app support from the iTunes store. It's a consistent experience with the cell phones that many of them already use (you have to see the appeal in this, as Microsoft is trying to create the exact same thing). It's the device of choice in my creative arts areas (like video, music, etc). While you can run things like Pro Tools on a PC, very few actually do.
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  9. #29


    I use my iPad when I want to futz. I use my laptop when real work needs to be done. But hey, that's just me. I'm more skeptical of an OS with a user interface that wants to make my laptop pretend its a tablet.

    -jeff
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  10. #30


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I literally can't even fathom why people legitimately spend 500+ dollars on something that literally, an ipod touch does but just four times bigger....
    Because it's 4x bigger, easier to type on, easier to see and read. You aren't an Apple user and an Apple fan and fail to see any appeal. But millions upon millions of sold devices should clearly indicate to you that there certainly is appeal.

    The iPad's are trendy and there are a lot of add-ons for them (cases, covers, keyboards, etc). There is a lot of good app support from the iTunes store. It's a consistent experience with the cell phones that many of them already use (you have to see the appeal in this, as Microsoft is trying to create the exact same thing). It's the device of choice in my creative arts areas (like video, music, etc). While you can run things like Pro Tools on a PC, very few actually do.
    Easier to type on is debatable. But I used to own an ipod touch, first gen. I saw appeal to that with it being a touch ipod, which was pretty awesome actually when it got ios 2 (after a 10 dollar fee). I just don't get that appeal for the ipad, I've always figured it to be an old man's ipod touch: bigger and easier to read, easier to touch, and simple UI design that is skeuomorphic. I see more older people with an ipad than I do younger. Maybe that's my area that I live in though...

    But the thing I can't get is why someone will legitimately spend over 1,000 dollars on an ipad and addons to get it to function halfway to a laptop or even tablet PC. Yet, when they do try to get it work like a PC, the simple fact there is no USB port means EVERYTHING has to be done and transferred over wifi or through cloud services. That's not always possible however.

    That's the other thing I don't like about how apple used ios on the ipad, things are constricted to what the iphone can do. If that were a Windows 8 tablet PC, such things wouldn't exist. What do can do on Windows 8 can't be done on Windows Phone 8 simply because Windows 8 supports an ideal form factor to do so, like running iTunes to resync an iphone. Also, the UIs of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 aren't the same, they adapt to the form factor they're used on. An example is how on Windows Phone, Start Screen scrolling is up and down, with All Apps being a side swipe. On Windows 8, that's side to side with All Apps soon to be bottom to top swipe. It's similar, but not exact. THAT is the somewhat key difference. Convergence over cloning.
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