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(Tech Crunch)   New survey finds that one in four Americans now owns a tablet. The other three are still trying to figure out how to get their VCR clock from flashing "12:00"   (techcrunch.com) divider line 162
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2012-12-31 04:13:54 PM
When they combine an e-Reader with a 500GB external Hard Drive so I can have my entire RPG library on it, then I will buy one.
 
2012-12-31 04:14:51 PM
I fail to see the point in a tablet.

They are for casual use only, and everything they can offer that way is already covered by my smartphone. Quick surfing on the go, smartphone. Typing up a paper or doing real work, desktop.

I simply have no need for a bigger, clumsier version of tech I already have, or a smaller, weaker version of tech I already have.
 
2012-12-31 04:14:55 PM

dickfreckle: Igor Jakovsky: If I didnt get one of the firesale hp touchpads I probably wouldnt own a tablet. That said it replaced my broken laptop as my portable internet/netflix/other media device. I havent felt the need to replace the laptop since I got it.

That suggests that you have a desktop as your primary workhorse, though. That, or your needs are so small that a tablet fulfills them. Which is fine. A tablet is a great idea if you already have a desktop and just want something to play Angry Birds on while vegging on the sofa. But if the laptop is already your primary machine and you have a smartphone for looking up things when mobile, I just can't justify the expense. I mean, the laptop easily goes from the desk to the balcony, kitchen, whatever. And again, I can actually type quickly on it.


That is correct. Actually I have 2 desktops. As I said the tablet replaced the laptop as a portable media center. playing movies, music and internet is really all i want it to do.
 
2012-12-31 04:18:05 PM

Phaeon: I own a pretty good compromise: the Galaxy Note I. Works almost as good as an SIII but has a huge screen second only to the Note II, whose screen is .2" bigger. The Note also has a stylus, which while stupid sometimes, makes it pretty darn easy to swype quickly.


I've got one too. I use it to RDP into work when needed so the screen size is super useful. Portable yet easy to see stuff. And drawing and writing on it is a bonus

Lord Dimwit: In other words, I have yet to figure out what a tablet does for me.


The only thing I can think would justify me owning a tablet is watching tv shows on the toilet or on a plane. Everyone I've asked who owns one either says they haven't had much use for it or say they use it "in case my [TV|computer|cellphone|camera|etc] breaks"
 
2012-12-31 04:27:05 PM
I've got a Lenovo thinkpad, and I use it for school. I bought this tablet in particular because it comes with a stylus and the My Notes Mobile app, so I can write all my notes for college in one giant repository. Since most of my textbooks are also available as rentals through Amazon, I can use the Kindle app to read all my books for class on the tablet, thereby greatly reducing the load I'd have to lug around campus all day. Plus, when I have an hour between classes I can watch something on Netflix.

I also work as a T.A., so I can answer student questions while in class/in-between class very quickly in relative privacy since no one else can see my screen. I can access our schools' blackboard program, which allows me to reset quizzes and tests much more quickly than if I had to wait until I was at home.

I've also got a SketchBook Mobile app that is pretty powerful, so I can also do creative stuff on my tablet when I have the time.

I could do all this with a laptop too, but the tablet is much lighter and convenient. Plus, as I mentioned above it affords a larger degree of privacy in public settings than a laptop.
 
2012-12-31 04:29:39 PM

Crunch61: I still have a cell phone that's just a cell phone and all my TVs are CRTs. They work just fine. Why replace them?

/what do you do with a used 150-pound CRT TV anyway?


A nice open area, 2 pounds of tannerite and a high velocity rifle. That is what you do with a 150 pound CRT when it finally breaks down.
 
2012-12-31 04:30:04 PM

Imperious Rex!: I've got a Lenovo thinkpad, and I use it for school. I bought this tablet in particular because it comes with a stylus and the My Notes Mobile app, so I can write all my notes for college in one giant repository. Since most of my textbooks are also available as rentals through Amazon, I can use the Kindle app to read all my books for class on the tablet, thereby greatly reducing the load I'd have to lug around campus all day. Plus, when I have an hour between classes I can watch something on Netflix.

I also work as a T.A., so I can answer student questions while in class/in-between class very quickly in relative privacy since no one else can see my screen. I can access our schools' blackboard program, which allows me to reset quizzes and tests much more quickly than if I had to wait until I was at home.

I've also got a SketchBook Mobile app that is pretty powerful, so I can also do creative stuff on my tablet when I have the time.

I could do all this with a laptop too, but the tablet is much lighter and convenient. Plus, as I mentioned above it affords a larger degree of privacy in public settings than a laptop.


Congratulations. You are the first person I have ever heard that can actually explain how they use their tablet for something constructive.

/Seriously
 
2012-12-31 04:32:41 PM
Got my 9" EeePc 900ha netbook for $250 bucks back in 08. Runs everything I want, and has never failed me not even once. I travel all over the world with it, and take it along when camping. Don't bother babying it since if someday it fails, it won't be a great financial lost. Yet so far so good. Great investment. A tablet would have been a whole other story.
 
2012-12-31 04:40:41 PM
Sony did right with their tablets, which I have one. They figured that most people use their tablets in front of the TV, so they put an IR transmitter into it and included a learning universal remote app.

It's been pretty damn useful.
 
2012-12-31 04:48:39 PM

Joe Peanut: Got my 9" EeePc 900ha netbook for $250 bucks back in 08. Runs everything I want, and has never failed me not even once. I travel all over the world with it, and take it along when camping. Don't bother babying it since if someday it fails, it won't be a great financial lost. Yet so far so good. Great investment. A tablet would have been a whole other story.


How's the battery life? For my travel needs, my tablet has been great. But it's less than a year old, and I expect the battery life to be a problem before the device actually fails. Apple seals their devices, so dead battery = dead iPad.
 
2012-12-31 05:14:46 PM
No TV in the bedroom, so I use the Kindle Fire for watching movies or Tv series. Occasionally check email and/or this wacky site Link just before going to sleep. I like it, but I could live w/o it.
 
2012-12-31 05:17:30 PM

Rockstone: gopher321: I hope to god they never stop making desktops - the only computer type I bother to use.

As long as there are homes, I guess, there will always be a home-based computer type.

You do not have to worry. Gamers will always want desktops (as I do!)
The only thing that may happen is you'll have to build your own (which I did).

/sent from my Desktop.


Gamers... right. Because most gamers don't play on consoles right?

The desktop PC demographic will basically be programmers and computer nerds. (Not quite the same groups.) Hell, laptops these days can even play most games...

My fear is that parts will get much more expensive as demand for PC hardware goes way down and companies stop manufacturing...
 
2012-12-31 05:20:59 PM
I'm still using stone tablets, subby.
 
2012-12-31 05:21:31 PM
www.midniteticket.com
These guys can fix that VCR problem...

/obscure?
 
2012-12-31 05:29:36 PM

ongbok: Imperious Rex!: I've got a Lenovo thinkpad, and I use it for school. I bought this tablet in particular because it comes with a stylus and the My Notes Mobile app, so I can write all my notes for college in one giant repository. Since most of my textbooks are also available as rentals through Amazon, I can use the Kindle app to read all my books for class on the tablet, thereby greatly reducing the load I'd have to lug around campus all day. Plus, when I have an hour between classes I can watch something on Netflix.

I also work as a T.A., so I can answer student questions while in class/in-between class very quickly in relative privacy since no one else can see my screen. I can access our schools' blackboard program, which allows me to reset quizzes and tests much more quickly than if I had to wait until I was at home.

I've also got a SketchBook Mobile app that is pretty powerful, so I can also do creative stuff on my tablet when I have the time.

I could do all this with a laptop too, but the tablet is much lighter and convenient. Plus, as I mentioned above it affords a larger degree of privacy in public settings than a laptop.

Congratulations. You are the first person I have ever heard that can actually explain how they use their tablet for something constructive.

/Seriously


So you've never talked to anyone who writes software for tablets? :P
 
2012-12-31 05:30:15 PM
I use my tablet to grade papers; I need to scribble all over the document, so grading on the computer doesn't work. It has absolutely revolutionized the way I do my work. I couldn't go back to paper essays now.

But I can see how tablets would be useless for many people. Meh.
 
2012-12-31 05:30:17 PM
Next gen ftw.

farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2012-12-31 05:39:25 PM
I have tablets mounted into every room in my house. The sit flush in the wall until I need them, then it's easy to pull out. Music / internet when in the bathroom when getting ready or perched upon the throne, recipes in the kitchen, web surfing in the living room, alarm clock / weather / notes for the day in the bedroom when I wake up. Plus I can leave messages for the GF, send myself grocery lists, have a camera always near by for what ever comes up and then some. And a relatively inexpensive set-up.
 
2012-12-31 05:40:18 PM
Really needs age included..

As a single male in his 20s I think my group of friends might be different than most..I have two tabs and they are great!!

Most people just make assumptions...get a tab and use it for a week..if you don't love it take it back
 
2012-12-31 05:49:54 PM
I have one of the 8.9" HD Kindles, and I use it for exactly two things: Watching Movies/TV and reading books. And I farking love it. It's basically a mobile HD TV for a few hundred bucks and since I'm a complete whore to Amazon it gets a shiat ton of use.

That said, there's no farking way I'd ever see myself using a tablet for productivity. I don't even like to send email from it.
 
2012-12-31 05:52:23 PM

RexTalionis: People still own VCRs?


I guess so. It looks like they're still making "can't make the clock stop flashing 12:00" jokes.
 
2012-12-31 05:53:46 PM
The guy at the brewery who's job it is to co-ordinate shipping and receiving with the distribution companies and such has a custom app for inventory, tracking and management on his tablet and con communicate with the file servers anywhere in the complex with it built in bar code scanner so as to bring up the appropriate SKU, send off E-mails to the appropriate people as he see's fit, and look at porn.
 
2012-12-31 05:58:55 PM
I use my tablet quite a bit. I donate plasma twice a week and i take it with me so I have something to watch. Anime for the most part does not need to be in HD and looks no better on the 50 inch I have at home vs. my Nexus 7's 7 inch screen. It also doubles as my car's MP3 player and GPS.

I could use a smartphone for the same things, sure, but there's not much reason. My normal cell phone that only makes calls still works and I loathe phone contracts. Which tends to be the main issue I noticed in this thread: Most people who do not like tablets or otherwise see them as worthless tend to have smartphones.
 
2012-12-31 06:05:47 PM

hoots_toot_ochaye: RexTalionis: People still own VCRs?

Why yes, yes I do.  And I still use it too.  I've got things on VHS that haven't come out on DVD yet, and probably never will.  Plus I've got stuff on VHS that I just don't care to go to the expense of replacing with DVD.


There are definitely corny niche films that I get a kick out of, but will never be released on DVD, Like 'Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park'(Having trouble finding that one, think the wife tossed it, even though I told her to throw away the car before that), and Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
 
2012-12-31 06:07:08 PM

hoots_toot_ochaye: RexTalionis: People still own VCRs?

Why yes, yes I do.  And I still use it too.  I've got things on VHS that haven't come out on DVD yet, and probably never will.  Plus I've got stuff on VHS that I just don't care to go to the expense of replacing with DVD.


Here's like ten or fifteen solutions to your problem:

http://vhs-to-dvd-converters-review.toptenreviews.com/

you're welcome, I guess.
 
2012-12-31 06:09:17 PM

SuperT: I don't need a 200$ big phone. It just doesn't fill a need for me.


It definitely has a huge business potential, not to replace her desktop, but for out in the field, or when down on the factory floor, tracking a job. Otherwise, they're nice for games, as e-readers, and for basic Internet.
 
2012-12-31 06:09:31 PM
Me: An iPad is not a suitable substitute for a laptop.
Fanbois: ITZ NOT SUB-POST TO BE A LAPTOP SUBSTITUTE YOU UN-UNIQUE CONFORMIST.
Me: Ok then what is it.
Fanbois: OMFG WTF BBQ IS WRONG WITH YOUR UN-AWESOME BRAIN. YOU CAN ANSWER iEMAIL AND DO iCLOUD STUFF WITH IT ***WHILE*** YOU HOLD A CAN OF PABST
Me: You mean like everything I can do on my droid except make discreet phone calls.
Fanbois: HERE DRINK SOME OF THIS iKOOLAID.
Me: No thanks.
 
2012-12-31 06:10:30 PM

Mikey1969: Like 'Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park'


Kissology, Vol. 2 I believe.
 
2012-12-31 06:12:02 PM

Jim_Callahan: you're welcome, I guess.


Thanks, but it's simpler and cheaper to just hang onto my VCR, and tapes.
 
2012-12-31 06:13:49 PM
Ooo, a late contender for "dumbest green-lit headline" for the year. Kudos, subby!
 
2012-12-31 06:16:38 PM
I have a desktop, tablet and laptop. Desktop isn't hooked up anymore and I have an ad for it to sell on craigslist. Christmas was less than a week ago, not surprised it's not selling.

The tablet is great for setting in bed and checking email and surfing the internet or checking facebook. For everything else, I use the laptop. The coolest thing I've seen someone do with a tablet. They are a car salesman. They loaded their iPad with stuff about every model on the lot. They talk to a customer, customer asked a question, he turns on his iPad and shows them the information they asked for.
 
2012-12-31 06:17:01 PM
They wrote on tablets 6000 years ago... so... we've come full circle?
 
2012-12-31 06:19:24 PM

Mikey1969: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park


Someone has one for sale at amazon for $35:

http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Meets-The-Phantom-Park/dp/B000FSF30O
 
2012-12-31 06:24:07 PM
I've got a tablet and absolutely love it. I'm a 34 year old guy who is going back to school full time. I don't have a smart phone either. For a fe hundred dollars I got something I can connect to the Internet with just about where that has wifi. With that I can email, play on the Internet, make phonecalls for free with Talkatone and Google voice, and watch Netflix. Not only that but the majority of people in my classes will print out all the PowerPoint presentations the teachers put online, take notes on them, and then file them in giant binders hat they use to study from. When it comes time for study groups, they haul the big binders and text books with them. I probably could run do most of that stuff with a laptop instead but I like having something smaller and lighter. Not only that but classes often go from 8:30-2:30 and then I'll study after classes get out for a while as well and most laptop batteries won't go that long. Instead of having the big binders that everyone else has or worrying about if my laptop battery will lot long enough I just use my iPad and I'm good to go for the day. I'm perfectly fine with the onscreen keyboard as well.

I do still have a laptop but I generally only use it to stream downloaded shows and music to my Xbox, every once in a while print stuff, write longer papers, or use it to control my guitar equipment when I'm playing music. Other than that I've barely touched the thing since I got my iPad. This isn't to say I have to have an iPad over any per tablet though. I just wanted one with a decent sized screen and the iPad had the most apps on it so I went with it.

On top of it all though, I also just typed all this up on my iPad as well.
 
2012-12-31 06:28:21 PM

hoots_toot_ochaye: Mikey1969: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

Someone has one for sale at amazon for $35:

http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Meets-The-Phantom-Park/dp/B000FSF30O


That thing is so amazingly corny. Produced by Hannah Farking Barberra, if you can believe that. The funniest part is them lounging around the pool in the middle of the day, wearing full costumes and makeup. Must have been 150 under all that leather.
 
2012-12-31 06:29:55 PM

Lionel Mandrake: hoots_toot_ochaye: RexTalionis: People still own VCRs?

Why yes, yes I do.  And I still use it too.  I've got things on VHS that haven't come out on DVD yet, and probably never will.  Plus I've got stuff on VHS that I just don't care to go to the expense of replacing with DVD.

This.  Stuff I bought back in the day and still watch once in a while, but not often enough to upgrade.  Also, stuff I recorded.


I still own one and my daughter has one. It was great when the kids were smaller because VHS tapes are super cheap used and harder for kids to mess up with messy hands or leaving them on the floor. I still watch tapes occasionally when Netflix doesn't have it or a tape I have of my friend's freshman roommate going on a drunken rampage tearing apart the kitchen of his college party house.
 
2012-12-31 06:31:50 PM

Mikey1969: That thing is so amazingly corny.


I remember it when it first aired on tv.  Ridiculous!  Not really a KISS fan though.

I see there's one on eBay for $20.
 
2012-12-31 06:32:01 PM
Don't own a tablet. Don't own a smartphone, either. Don't need them. Given how I've seen them used, I'm still not sold.

Lightweight laptop handles my mobility issues, and allows me to work remotely without difficulty. My gaming rig handles my heavy lifting. Tablet isn't yet powerful enough to handle what my laptop handles, and both my laptop & my desktop take the same operating system & software.

I don't buy e-books - especially as "buy" is a loose term when it comes to e-books. I like to own books, and I collect books. I don't play Angry Birds, I'm not on Facebook, and I have Twitter, Google+, Bing, and various other accounts solely for development purposes - I don't broadcast my life. I don't need to take pictures of everything I do, nor do I record my actions so frequently that I must carry a tablet & blog my meals, bowel movements, passing thoughts, etc. I have a working forebrain, so I don't need a recorder, and I've found that a (paper-based) notebook fits my needs without batteries, fragility, or possibility of theft. (I write in Gregg, a leftover of my years in admin, to ensure some slight security - even the idea of stealing my notebook is somewhat amusing.)

About the only place I'd consider a tablet is in my workshop, for the convenience and so I don't have to grab my laptop to refer to design sketches, prints, and so on. Other than that, though, I just don't see the need. It's a nice thing, mind you - I'm not against them. I'm just not that important, and I don't need to be amused every second of every day.
 
2012-12-31 06:36:05 PM

Edymnion: I fail to see the point in a tablet.

They are for casual use only, and everything they can offer that way is already covered by my smartphone. Quick surfing on the go, smartphone. Typing up a paper or doing real work, desktop.

I simply have no need for a bigger, clumsier version of tech I already have, or a smaller, weaker version of tech I already have.


Nope, they have real potential in a business environment. At my previous job, our sales reps could that those on job sites and when meeting clients. Also, our project managers could walk the entire production zone, from Art prep to color tests, to printing, frame design, and final assembly, marking a job off at each step.

It will also work well if my wife gets serious about the event planning business she's been thinking about starting.

Portability is key, and if you have one with a keyboard dock, it's even better. Then you come back to the desktop and do your serious work.
 
2012-12-31 06:43:02 PM
New survey finds that one in four Americans now owns a tablet. The other three are still trying to figure out how to get stop their VCR clock from flashing "12:00"

and subby is still trying to figure out the english language. people are different, with different standards. IM SHOCKED, I tells ya.
 
2012-12-31 06:43:14 PM

Crunch61: I still have a cell phone that's just a cell phone and all my TVs are CRTs. They work just fine. Why replace them?

/what do you do with a used 150-pound CRT TV anyway?


Make it into a fish tank; then put it next to your new TV that dosent suck?

I am still guilty of having a CRT around for duck hunt though. The old nintendo light gun dosent work right without a real scan line.
 
2012-12-31 06:52:54 PM

Crunch61: /what do you do with a used 150-pound CRT TV anyway?


We have an electronics recycling depot here.  You have to get it there yourself, but it doesn't cost anything to drop it off.  They charge a recycling fee on all new electronics sold here to cover the expense.

My tv is a 36" Toshiba, that weighs around 175 lbs.

Woe be to those who own one of those 40" Sony CRTs that weigh 300+ lbs. though.
 
2012-12-31 06:55:04 PM
I have a tablet, a smartphone, and a desktop. I have the tablet because I wanted something more mobile than a laptop, and the smartphone is for work/general use. While the desktop is what I do most of my computing on. Yes I can do most of what I do on the tablet on the smartphone but its more of a pain and runs down the battery. Tablet is a nice go-between the desktop and smartphone.
 
2012-12-31 07:01:35 PM
Samsung smart phone $80 Does everything.
Ipad $600 Does everything except make phone calls.


Yep tough choice
 
2012-12-31 07:11:29 PM
or are broke. I am a computer tech and don't have one because my company doesn't provide them and I'm waiting to get a nicer one with real function, not one of the cheap crappy ones.
 
2012-12-31 07:16:06 PM
^^ ipads make phone calls.

Anyways.. yea silly headline. I have lots of computer in my house.. a tablet isn't one of them. I have no need for it. I have a big gaming desktop, a 15" laptop with a gorgiouse 1080p screen for watching movies on in other rooms or on the go, and my phone which is a year old high end phone so it can do pretty much everything too while fitting in my pocket. A tablet would neither be as good as my phone in fitting in my pocket nore would it be as good as playing movies as my laptop.

Tablets seem like the perfect unit to integrate into other hardware for control and display purposes, but too underpowered for their own good.
 
2012-12-31 07:19:26 PM
How can anyone show up at Starbucks without a tablet? Lap tops are so yesterday.
 
2012-12-31 07:22:01 PM
www.demotivation.us

I build expensive desktops and use the cheapest flip phone Straightalk has. I have ZERO need of a tablet.
 
2012-12-31 07:31:21 PM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Me: An iPad is not a suitable substitute for a laptop.
Fanbois: ITZ NOT SUB-POST TO BE A LAPTOP SUBSTITUTE YOU UN-UNIQUE CONFORMIST.
Me: Ok then what is it.
Fanbois: OMFG WTF BBQ IS WRONG WITH YOUR UN-AWESOME BRAIN. YOU CAN ANSWER iEMAIL AND DO iCLOUD STUFF WITH IT ***WHILE*** YOU HOLD A CAN OF PABST
Me: You mean like everything I can do on my droid except make discreet phone calls.
Fanbois: HERE DRINK SOME OF THIS iKOOLAID.
Me: No thanks.


This. Tablets can be good for a few things, but nothing life altering.

Camera (big whoop)
Read e-books while lying in bed. (also big whoop)

Anything else I can do on my PC or Laptop(plus things that tablets will never do well), even read books on the laptop, though you can't roll over and change to many positions.

It's a status thing, supported by novel hobbies for people without the mental capacity to have real hobbies.

The only real positive is that it's a good mobile device if you need that for specific work but don't need a full keyboard/mouse.
 
2012-12-31 07:37:40 PM
I find that most of the people talking smack about tablets have never lived with one. Just my own dozen anecdotes or so. And I've yet to meet someone with a tablet who doesn't generally love it.

On mine, I read books and have magazine subscriptions, I game, surf Fark on the couch, play chess, Skype. And it's sometimes handy for movies, too.

Phone is a Nexus 4, everything is just much better and easier on the 7 (especially games).
 
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