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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 27
    More: Interesting, Pew Research Center, Americans, VCR, consumption, e-books, Kindle Fire, digital recording  
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2012-12-31 02:27:43 PM  
4 votes:
I own a tablet. It is currently sitting with a completely discharged battery on the headboard, where it has been for weeks. Why?

* If I'm going to surf the web, my phone is always in my pocket and is "good enough".
* If I'm checking my email, my phone is always in my pocket and is "good enough".
* If I'm going to read a book, the last thing I want to do is stare at a bright screen; I use my Kindle with an e-ink display.
* If I'm going to do any "real work", I use my laptop which is only slightly heavier than my tablet but has a real keyboard and a higher resolution display.
* If I'm going to watch a movie, I watch it on my bigass TV.

In other words, I have yet to figure out what a tablet does for me. Watching a movie on a plane? I guess that's okay, but I can do that on my phone which I was going to take with me anyway so it's one fewer thing to carry through security. Play games? Phone has all the games I want....
2012-12-31 11:21:59 AM  
3 votes:

RexTalionis: People still own VCRs?


Only Subby.
No, the other 3 don't really give a shiat about carrying another hunk of useless crap around that does what?
2012-12-31 03:26:58 PM  
2 votes:
Unlike subby, many of us non-baristas need actual computers to do real work.
2012-12-31 02:30:47 PM  
2 votes:

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


^^^^^This^^^^^
2012-12-31 02:24:50 PM  
2 votes:
Oh poor me. I don't own all the latest and greatest consumer products that some mega-corporation told me I "needed." Excuse me now while I die of shame.
2012-12-31 02:24:22 PM  
2 votes:
I don't need a 200$ big phone. It just doesn't fill a need for me.
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-12-31 12:20:52 PM  
2 votes:
This has always stoped that flashing 12:00 for me.

t0.gstatic.com
2013-01-01 01:34:38 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2012-12-31 11:47:45 PM  
1 votes:

Diagonal: Actually, even the phone is far more than I really need. All I really need in a phone is the ability to call numbers, remember numbers, store numbers, keep a calendar, and have a GPS (maybe five times a year?). What all that other stuff is for I have no idea. Why send text messages? Why not just call and actually talk to someone. To me texting has an underlying premise, "You are important enough for me to pester but not important enough for me to call and talk to. You're basically some kind of flopping appendage that needs occasional attention.


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It's not technology's fault that you don't understand what different forms of communication are for or how to use them effectively. There is an order of precedence. A phone call means "I need to discuss this right now, preempting whatever you're doing right this second." A text means, "At your next opportunity..." An email means, "When you get a chance..." Texts and email are also a quick way to transfer precise information. Phone number, address, part number, instructions, etc. A voice call is great when you want to discuss something that has a lot of interaction like telling mom about your trip to Disneyland with the kids or asking the wife how her day was. But it's not necessary to interrupt a buddy just to ask if they want to meet at the bar after work or to say, "Poker night is on. My place at 7."
2012-12-31 10:41:48 PM  
1 votes:

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.


as long as people need PC's for ya know... actual work and not dicking around on the internet, there will be desktops

/has an ipad for dicking around on the internet
//has a custom desktop that pays for junk like the ipad
2012-12-31 06:32:01 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:39:25 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:29:39 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:14:51 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:13:54 PM  
1 votes:
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 03:38:33 PM  
1 votes:

Keshire: cryinoutloud: Oh poor me. I don't own all the latest and greatest consumer products that some mega-corporation told me I "needed." Excuse me now while I die of shame.

Right. I don't need all those nick knacks. I have a desktop. That's all I need. No pads, no cells.

The worst thing is people bringing me their stuff and asking me to jail break it so they can make it work more like a desktop. I know someone that has a hacked Xbox/Xbox360, Playstation3, Android Phone/Tablet, Nintendo DS(flashcart). All hacked to do the same things as each other.


That's about the way I see things. I have a cell phone because I'm on after hours call for work, and it does come in handy if I'm out in the middle of buttfark nowhere and my car breaks down or some such, but I rarely use my phone for anything but that.

I want to game, work or whatever? That's what the desktop is for.
Email can almost always wait until I'm home or somewhere where I can check it.
If I want to watch a movie, or show I do that on my TV or computer.
If I want to read a book, I read a book.

I get how they can be handy and all, but it really doesn't fit in with my lifestyle.
2012-12-31 03:33:33 PM  
1 votes:

Diagonal: Why send text messages? Why not just call and actually talk to someone. To me texting has an underlying premise, "You are important enough for me to pester but not important enough for me to call and talk to. You're basically some kind of flopping appendage that needs occasional attention."


Texts are for giving someone info without getting into a long drawn out conversation. If my wife wants to tell me to pick up some milk on the way home from work, she just sends me a text instead of having to call me just to tell me two words. Or if you're running a few minutes late, you can easily let someone know. It's basically perfect for short bits of information that you need to convey with an urgency that email just doesn't have.
2012-12-31 03:21:29 PM  
1 votes:
I do not own a tablet. I know several people who do, and from observing them I have figured out that it is a solution in search of a problem.

* If I'm going to surf the web, I don't want to use a phone, pad, or tablet with their little, bitty, teeny, tiny screens.
* If I'm checking my email... Actually, I do not check my email every five minutes. Three times a day is overkill. If you have to check email more than that, you're either important or you are insecure. There may be something needful in between those two, but I can't imagine what it might be.
* If I'm going to read a book, I buy, beg, or borrow a book.
* If I'm going to do any "real work," there is the desktop. It works much better and faster than a laptop and provides the visual space to accommodate two or three spreadsheets, three or four PDFs, four Word documents, a couple of email windows, and two or three web pages.
* If I'm going to watch a movie, I watch it on the TV. Y'know, it seems rather odd that film makers are going all out to fill the screen with detail yet the tablet and phone zealots want to watch those films on screens that are the size of the televisions that came out in the forties and fifties. (Yes, I am that old.) We've gone from a two inch screen, all the way around the block, back to a two inch screen, and the people without memory think we have somehow magically "progressed."

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

Actually, even the phone is far more than I really need. All I really need in a phone is the ability to call numbers, remember numbers, store numbers, keep a calendar, and have a GPS (maybe five times a year?). What all that other stuff is for I have no idea. Why send text messages? Why not just call and actually talk to someone. To me texting has an underlying premise, "You are important enough for me to pester but not important enough for me to call and talk to. You're basically some kind of flopping appendage that needs occasional attention."

Beats the fark out of me why people want tablets.
2012-12-31 03:19:42 PM  
1 votes:

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.


No doubt.

dchoos.org

/i'd like a big tablet for reading comics
2012-12-31 03:07:08 PM  
1 votes:

Lord Dimwit: In other words, I have yet to figure out what a tablet does for me. Watching a movie on a plane? I guess that's okay, but I can do that on my phone which I was going to take with me anyway so it's one fewer thing to carry through security. Play games? Phone has all the games I want....


For me, the killer app for my Kindle Fire HD is digital comics. Comixology is supported across all of the major tablet platforms, and they are always running $0.99 sales on good stuff. If you have an iPad with a Retina Display, the comics look gorgeous, too.

They are also nice for anyone who does a lot of traveling for work. You are going to have to bring your work laptop with you, so it's nice to have a small thin device (that doesn't have to be removed from your bag when going through security, BTW) where you can do all of your personal stuff without having to bring along another computer. For me, the Kindle Fire HD is especially good because Amazon is always running sales on their movie rentals, so it is a nice cheap way to get an inflight movie. You can also hook up an HDMI out cable to your hotel room TV and then use the Amazon video like Netflix if you have Prime. For me, it is a really flexible device to keep myself entertained when I am on the road, since it lets me do books, comics, magazines, videos, and games. Some of it I can do with my phone, but the larger screen is much better for videos and some print content.
2012-12-31 03:01:15 PM  
1 votes:

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


blessthe40oz.com
2012-12-31 02:31:10 PM  
1 votes:

cryinoutloud: Oh poor me. I don't own all the latest and greatest consumer products that some mega-corporation told me I "needed." Excuse me now while I die of shame.


Right. I don't need all those nick knacks. I have a desktop. That's all I need. No pads, no cells.

The worst thing is people bringing me their stuff and asking me to jail break it so they can make it work more like a desktop. I know someone that has a hacked Xbox/Xbox360, Playstation3, Android Phone/Tablet, Nintendo DS(flashcart). All hacked to do the same things as each other.
2012-12-31 02:27:48 PM  
1 votes:
Subby may look like this.

www.brobible.com
2012-12-31 02:21:44 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2012-12-31 01:52:05 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-12-31 11:20:28 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2012-12-31 11:12:10 AM  
1 votes:
People still own VCRs?
 
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