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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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2013-01-01 12:51:23 PM
I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and love it. Mind you, it actually does useful things that the average ipad user won't be able to do.

The reason I got it is to help me go paperless. I now take all my work notes on it. I am using the Quill app, but that may change as the S-note app is due for a major overhaul once the jelly bean update comes out for it. Handwriting is great on it, and the stylus that it comes with is comfortable to use. I tag all my notes and it organizes itself quite nicely.

Someone gives me a piece of paper? I take a picture of it with the camera scanning app and I never have to handle the piece of paper again. I can make any notes I need right on document using an app and stylus. Someone emails me? I can edit it just like any other digital document.

A big part of my job is auditing worksites. I run the excel spreadsheet we use to audit on my tablet and fill out the document on the go, while I hold the tablet like a clipboard. I couldn't even imagine doing this with a laptop, plus I take pictures as I go and upload them when I submit the audit. Simple, no paper document to transcribe. It saves me a ton of time.

I can get crappy wifi in any of the places I audit so I am always connected for email and anything else. If I care to have a better signal, I just run the wifi hotspot app on my phone, in seconds I have a great signal and can do anything I can do at home. I already pay for a 6GB data plan and I use about 4 GB a month this way.

Having a tablet at home means I don't have to set up my netbook or work laptop to do anything. I also bought a few magazine subscriptions through Google play and not only are they cheaper than paper magazines, they don't take up any space, I can bookmark and screenshot pages if I want to go back to something, and they are archived locally and digitally. If I want to read it on another device like my desktop, I simply get it on google play and do that. Netflix and anything else I care to watch is at my fingertips, and my tablet even plans any TV I want to watch through the app it came with. Did I mention it also comes with a better remote control app than the Logitech Harmony? I still have a desktop for any work that I need a keyboard and mouse for, and of course gaming.

I get the feeling that the crotchety Luddites on this thread simply haven't tried to use a tablet to do things, or tried one that is little better than a toy (ie ipad). The Samsung Note 10.1 actually lets you get shiat done on it instead of just being a glorified reader/crappy game machine.

tl/dr: get a decent tablet, go paperless. Like paper? Don't bother with a tablet, you won't like it.
 
2013-01-01 01:15:09 PM

moothemagiccow: 420Gabriel: Samsung smart phone $80 Does everything.
Ipad $600 Does everything except make phone calls.


Yep tough choice

the phone's $600 retail and you're probably paying, what, $2400 over the course of two years for shiatty service, no warranty or upgrades?



LOL

Phone is 150 retail, no contract. Only people who cannot do basic math would sign up for a contract.
Service is impeccable.
Yep no warranty or upgrades, never needed either in the past, dont need them now either.


Nice try fanboi
 
2013-01-01 01:20:11 PM

Farktastic: I get the feeling that the crotchety Luddites on this thread simply haven't tried to use a tablet to do things, or tried one that is little better than a toy (ie ipad). The Samsung Note 10.1 actually lets you get shiat done on it instead of just being a glorified reader/crappy game machine.


No. It's simply that a tablet works for your job. You go to sites and have to take notes. A friend of mine sells a stock control application for tablets. No-one is denying that there aren't some real-world getting-paid uses for tablets.

But I'm pretty sceptical about how much many of them are being used. 25% of Americans own a tablet? Yet the browser stats show that all mobile (phone + tablet) is around 15%. I know half a dozen people with iPads and 3 of them consider them to be a waste of money. One of the others is a Machead, and even if he thought it was useless, he wouldn't admit to it.
 
2013-01-01 01:29:19 PM

GreenAdder: Jarhead_h: [www.demotivation.us image 600x503]

And just why the fark is that comma just haphazardly placed in the middle of that sentence?


Ask whoever made the thing.
 
2013-01-01 01:34:38 PM

meteorite: 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.


Came in to say almost exactly this. I use a 7" Gtab instead of an iPad. The thing is the most useful piece of tech I've ever owned, and that's coming from someone who scoffed at tablets when they first appeared. In addition to all of the above, I keep all of my textbooks on it and if I need to write a paper when I'm not at home, I just toss my bluetooth keyboard into my bag before I leave the house (I've even dictated a short 3-page paper to it in a pinch).

The ideal size for a mobile device is 5"-8" IMO. I don't know why anyone would spend all of that money on a smartphone with a tiny useless screen, when you could have a Note II, Gtab 7, or iPad mini, and just ditch the phone altogether.
 
2013-01-01 01:45:21 PM

farkeruk: No. It's simply that a tablet works for your job.


Granted, there are some things a tablet isn't good for, but a lot of the time it's more an issue of realizing how to apply the tablet to a given situation. I did the same thing as Farktastic (went paperless, mostly) for school a year ago, and it still seems like I have a "duh" moment once a week where I discover a new use for the tablet. It's just a matter of breaking habits and being resourceful.

People do look at you funny the first few times when they go to hand you a piece of paper, and you snap a photo and hand it back to them.
 
2013-01-01 01:55:54 PM

Farktastic: I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and love it. Mind you, it actually does useful things that the average ipad user won't be able to do.

The reason I got it is to help me go paperless. I now take all my work notes on it. I am using the Quill app, but that may change as the S-note app is due for a major overhaul once the jelly bean update comes out for it. Handwriting is great on it, and the stylus that it comes with is comfortable to use. I tag all my notes and it organizes itself quite nicely.

Someone gives me a piece of paper? I take a picture of it with the camera scanning app and I never have to handle the piece of paper again.


Cool. So you can take a picture of a pretty woman as well, and not have to bring her home? Ah, I get it.
 
2013-01-01 02:38:11 PM
You're my farking hero
 
2013-01-01 02:43:16 PM

Kaiser Blade: You're my farking hero


Not you, the other guy. Ohhhhhhh well, back to my tablet gaming!!
 
2013-01-01 03:24:58 PM

Rockstone: I have a friend who is using his PS3 controller and was kicking butt in Killing Floor the other day.


Oh, it can be done, I played Halo PC with a game controller instead of keyboard and mouse and did pretty well.

But there is a cap to the precision that a controller is capable of, and it shows in a mixed environment.

A really good mouse user will land more precision shots than a really good controller user.
 
2013-01-01 04:33:22 PM
We use the bijesus out of ours for our side business for selling/running/ credit cards/ tracking inventory at craft fairs. Square has a great register app (only for iPad, bastards) that has a good reporting function of what's selling, taxes, etc. I use it on the road to show a gallery to clients , take orders, do designs on the fly and email to them. Granted, this is a specialized group of functions, but we dig it for our needs.
 
2013-01-02 04:34:48 PM
I don't own a tablet, nor have I ever needed one.

Hope you all have fun on that day when all of your tablets emit that eerie frequency that turns you all into mindless zombies as you march toward the nearest factory to be "upgraded" into Cybermen.

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