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Why do people like Tablets so much?


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#1    Kaikou

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:03 PM

I know so many people who own Ipads and other such tablet devices, yet I could never understand the attraction to them.
Eventually I brought a cheap one to read ebooks with, but after I finished my books I was left with a device that held little meaning.

I can't use it for work purposes as I require something more powerful and Every other task is handled by my laptop/desktop or phone

What do you use your tablet for?
Do you prefer it to other devices?


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:11 PM

I'm in the same boat as you, I much prefer my laptop and phone for media purposes and my desktop for gaming purposes. I guess that leaves tablets out of the equation for me.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:23 PM

A tablet is the prefect gateway to a narcissistic world of self-indulgence.

No finer tool has ever been crafted that allows a person to exist in 2 separate worlds at once.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:37 PM

View PostCuriousRey, on 27 August 2014 - 10:11 PM, said:

I'm in the same boat as you, I much prefer my laptop and phone for media purposes and my desktop for gaming purposes. I guess that leaves tablets out of the equation for me.
Yeah, that's the same with me. My argument is: For music I use my phone, for work I use my desktop, If I want to stream a movie or show I'll use my tv. For playing games I use a console.
The only other social media I use is twitter and my phone is fine for that.
I guess the good side is that we'll save a bit of cash. :P


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:39 PM

View Postbubblykiss, on 27 August 2014 - 10:23 PM, said:

A tablet is the prefect gateway to a narcissistic world of self-indulgence.

No finer tool has ever been crafted that allows a person to exist in 2 separate worlds at once.
That sounds about right haha.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 11:56 PM

Tablets seems to be attractive in terms of portability. People can carry them around in waiting rooms, café or in their own living rooms for browsing the web, reading books or newspapers and playing a few game, instead of using a ( perhaps more cumbersome) laptop for these basic tasks. Not everyone has a smartphone and tablets have larger screens, usually from 7'' to 10'' which can make it a good compromise.

At least that's as far as I can see.

Edited by sam_comm, 28 August 2014 - 12:08 AM.


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 01:51 AM

Basically what sam_comm said. I own an iPad Air and i carry it around everywhere. Even around my house. I can lay down with it, walk around with it, pull it out while standing etc. I don't have a smartphone but even if I did the ipad screen is bigger.


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 08:32 AM

I never thought a tablet would be useful to me just like I never wanted a laptop as I did not see the point in needing my computer to be portable. Or the need for a smart phone. Smart phones I am still to be convinced about. But like everything once you get one of the devices you get used to it and accept it in your life.

As for tablets its no good for long typing sessions or doing work on. They were never designed for that. The design is for social and portable use.Even though microsoft are trying to change that with there pro surface range.  I use mine for going to my local cafe and watching movie shows through amazon prime. I also use tenori-on as I did not was to shell out £300 on the actual device as I did not know how much I would use it. Do not really use many apps. But do read digital magazines on it. Skype on it sometimes when I am out and about.

I prefer a tablet to mobile phone and carrying it around is not an issue as I nearly always have a bag with me. I just have a cheap mobile which does the basics well.

I think where it comes into its own is for older people. My parents who are now elderly fear using computers because they are always worries about virus or doing something wrong. But with a tablet after just a few lessons they were surfing the net and playing on some games and skyping for the first time. It has opened up a whole new world to them.


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 11:38 PM

View Postdryrain, on 29 August 2014 - 08:32 AM, said:

I never thought a tablet would be useful to me just like I never wanted a laptop as I did not see the point in needing my computer to be portable. Or the need for a smart phone. Smart phones I am still to be convinced about. But like everything once you get one of the devices you get used to it and accept it in your life.

As for tablets its no good for long typing sessions or doing work on. They were never designed for that. The design is for social and portable use.Even though microsoft are trying to change that with there pro surface range.  I use mine for going to my local cafe and watching movie shows through amazon prime. I also use tenori-on as I did not was to shell out £300 on the actual device as I did not know how much I would use it. Do not really use many apps. But do read digital magazines on it. Skype on it sometimes when I am out and about.

I prefer a tablet to mobile phone and carrying it around is not an issue as I nearly always have a bag with me. I just have a cheap mobile which does the basics well.

I think where it comes into its own is for older people. My parents who are now elderly fear using computers because they are always worries about virus or doing something wrong. But with a tablet after just a few lessons they were surfing the net and playing on some games and skyping for the first time. It has opened up a whole new world to them.

I always love seeing the reactions of those whom have just discovered todays technology for the first time, my mother got her first smartphone last year. I don't really do the facebook thing unless I feel like contacting family in other states and i'm not big on social media, but my mom was like oh oh add me on facebook, let's skype, I downloaded a new app today. She was computer illiterate for a long time, after the smartphone she had to have a touchscreen notebook with windows 8, now I can't stop her from trying to skype me all the damned time.


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 11:55 PM

Love my iPad for convenience, portability, and it's awesome!

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:48 AM

For me, a phone is too small and while a lap top is nice ( I have a netbook) the tablet is nice and portable for WiFi around and outside of the house. I'll watch movies on it, listen to music,watch music videos/concerts, post on message boards. For instance, I'm posting from my 7" tablet while watching a movie on the netbook.

The tablet I have is the google 7". The keyboard sucks and it likes to shut off and turn back on all by itself which I attribute to google updates. Eventually I will replace this turd burglar with a Samsung 7" but for now it will do. Nevertheless I will stick with a 7" tablet but that's just me. :)


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:49 AM

I agree there, no practical use for them! I have this xbox for video games+my phone for work related purposes,i never saw the appeal of being able to play angry birds on just a marginally larger screen.... :-*

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 01:00 AM

I've been using mostly Windows desktops and laptops.  I did have a chance to try out an iPad for a few hours.  It was good.  Mostly I just surfed the web and read articles.   A lot of web pages are now being updated to use this touch-type interface.  

Probably most people use them for web surfing, movies, and social media.

Some business that would use a clipboard and paper can use a tablet for note-taking, inventory.  Easier to walk around with a tablet than a laptop.  But probably not much good for typing or things that require precise control (graphic design).

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 01:34 AM

for me.. it has to do with being  visual. Cell phones are to small. I hav issues with finger hitting right keys, plus screen being small.

I like 10 inch tablets.. perfect size for visual and hitting right keys. It is portable.

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 03:21 AM

I like super big laptops, but for mobile-on-the-go I have a 6" windows phablet--the best of both worlds.





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