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(Yahoo)   Computer tablets are the top Xmas gift for 2013. Apparently parents want something around to occupy their kids' spare time between playing video games and watching TV   ( divider line
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2013-12-12 09:37:03 AM  
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Doc Daneeka: Too much time spent with handheld touchscreen interfaces has made me long for the good old days.

I want to get a new desktop with a big display and a mechanical keyboard.

Computers have gotten better in almost every way since the 80s, except keyboards, which have gotten way worse.  We went from indestructible and precise IBM Model Ms, to squishy-key keyboards, to touchscreen keyboards.

i used to not hate touchscreen keyboards until i used one to write a 5 page list of descriptions for work... those things are designed to kill your fingers if you use it for anything other than entertainment consumption, they are not a replacement for a laptop
2013-12-12 03:25:03 PM  
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gingerjet: frepnog: you have a pretty serious point here.  Android tabs are great and all, but you are correct - there is not a lot of reason to purchase an Android machine when you can buy a great tab that runs a full version of Windows and will run off-the-shelf software.  Android has over-reached in my opinion, and should have remained a phone OS, because truth is that these days a stand alone android tab is redundant unless it was just DIRT cheap.

And you would be completely wrong.  Here is what Apple and later Samsung has taught people.  You don't need Windows or the bloatware that is sold for it.  Which is really why Microsoft is falling down now.  Their market share in their two key profit centers (Windows and Office) will continue to drop like rocks unless they offer meaningful lightweight alternatives and learn how to actually connect with consumers.

/they should just spin off xbox and rebrand themselves as an enterprise company

Falling down? This is the first year with meaningful movement in the stock price is a decade. I cashed out at 30 percent between March and October. Their enterprise division is absolutely kicking ass. Tell me this, why does everyone go on and on about spinning off xbox? Take a wild guess at what percentage of msft profits xbox represents. Go ahead, guess.
2013-12-12 10:46:09 AM  
1 vote:
Most of my main computing power goes towards compiling Android & ripping/transcoding dvds.  I don't think there's an Android compile environment available for ARM platforms & it would take forever to convert mpeg2 to h264 with any tablet.  I thought about getting a tablet, but I decided to get a Lapdock for my Atrix HD instead.  Lapdock gives me a 1366x768 screen, keyboard, touchpad, usb inputs, dsub out.  Lapdocks, or a dock with a touch screen or keyboard for phones, are what the manufacturers should be focusing on -- I'd rather carry around a docking screen with a large ass battery than carry around 2 different msm8960 devices that run the same programs and do the same damn things, just with different screen sizes.

/On Atrix HD, lapdock only works well with Stock ICS, Stock JB farked up the hdmi driver and it doesn't even work with custom roms now.
//Really hoping that the stock KitKat we're going to get fixes HDMI and the Lapdock.
///Motorola either really farked up by not developing and pushing the Lapdocks harder or farked up by releasing before phones had the power to really utilize it....probably a little of both.
2013-12-12 09:39:39 AM  
1 vote:
Samsung Galaxy Note 2, best of both world.
2013-12-12 09:08:14 AM  
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Quantum Apostrophe: I thought that time was used to feed the precious ones with corn-based GMOs while you feed your pets premium meat-based food?

You're not even trying anymore, man.
2013-12-12 08:46:05 AM  
1 vote:
If only they could find a way to make a tablet that doubles as a phone, people wouldn't need to carry around as many touchscreens.
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