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    (Original post by bertstare)
    These new "phablets" like the ipad mini are even more mind blowing. brainless sheep gonna sheep
    Phablet is a term coined to describe extremely large smartphones that bridge the phone/tablet gap while still having full phone functionality- the iPad Mini isn't a phablet, it's just a small form factor tablet. In my personal opinion smaller tablets are equally valid products as more larger sizes (the value of tablets as a whole is obviously open for interpretation)- screen real estate increases exponentially with the diagonal size so you get plenty more to look at than a phone and they're small enough to use comfortably gripped in one hand for extended periods for things like reading. If I wanted a tablet as my primary device then I'd go with a 10"+ option, for a secondary device to bridge my smartphone and computer I'd be getting an iPad mini or Nexus 7.
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    I own:

    1 x Nexus 5 smartphone
    1 x Kindle Fire HD
    1 x Macbook Pro
    1 x Desktop with Linux installed

    I use all of them. My phone is great and portable. My kindle fire is perfect for reading and downloading books whilst also offering extra functionality if required. My Macbook Pro and desktop are perfect for development.

    If you get a diverse range of devices I think there are loads of benefits due to the different services they offer.

    Considering my Nexus 5 and Kindle Fire HD together cost less than an iPhone alone I can't complain.
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    (Original post by Sanctimonious)
    I own:

    1 x Nexus 5 smartphone
    1 x Kindle Fire HD
    1 x Macbook Pro
    1 x Desktop with Linux installed

    I use all of them. My phone is great and portable. My kindle fire is perfect for reading and downloading books whilst also offering extra functionality if required. My Macbook Pro and desktop are perfect for development.

    If you get a diverse range of devices I think there are loads of benefits due to the different services they offer.

    Considering my Nexus 5 and Kindle Fire HD together cost less than an iPhone alone I can't complain.
    Does it not annoy, that the operating systems do not integrate. Like I had an iPhone and a couple of months ago purchased a MacBook Pro. Best decision, I've made, iPhone and macbook work so well together, not to mention the added functionality coming with the new iOS and OSX, receive calls and texts on laptop and reply to them for example.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Why do that on a tablet when you can do it on a phone?
    Why do it on a ~5 inch screen when you can do it on an 8-10 inch one? Watching videos/movies on phones is one of the most annoying things ever. A lot of them don't even go 1080p. Nor can you really appreciate 1080p.
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    (Original post by -TheSpecialOne-)
    Why do it on a ~5 inch screen when you can do it on an 8-10 inch one? Watching videos/movies on phones is one of the most annoying things ever. A lot of them don't even go 1080p. Nor can you really appreciate 1080p.
    Nor is it even necessarily delivered in 1080p.
    And, by that logic, why do it on 10 when you can do it on 15+, or even 30+?

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    Some graphic design artists use a tablet as it's easier and more effective for them.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Nor is it even necessarily delivered in 1080p.
    And, by that logic, why do it on 10 when you can do it on 15+, or even 30+?

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    My iPad Mini w/retina display supports 1080p so...

    And for all the reasons that i previously mentioned...
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    (Original post by -TheSpecialOne-)
    My iPad Mini w/retina display supports 1080p so...

    And for all the reasons that i previously mentioned...
    And? I could be running a 8k monitor, but if the media I'm watching is only 480p then it's only 480p, and then I have to worry about up-scaling making it even worse.
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    (Original post by ddtown)
    Ok so, a huge chunk of people only buy tablets, like the iPad for example because they're sheep. But what exactly is the point in them, what can you do on a tablet that you can't do on a smartphone or laptop? The only thing I can think of is if you want to watch movies/tv shows on a long distance journey.
    Very portable. You can play games, take photos/videos and do work, and use the internet all very easily. Also you can use them for much longer - I find my iPad has a much longer battery life than my laptop. And it's a larger screen than a smartphone so it's easier to do work and stuff on.
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    (Original post by ddtown)
    Ok so, a huge chunk of people only buy tablets, like the iPad for example because they're sheep.
    I wouldn't say it's because they're sheep, it's more likely because they're smart, and know that iPads are the best tablets on the market. Android tablets haven't come close to the quality and finish that Apple's tablets have, both hardware and software wise.

    Other than that, I can't believe that people still don't understand what tablets are for. It's simple.

    Smartphones are often too small/uncomfortable for long periods of use. Laptops, whilst definitely more powerful and work-friendly than tablets, can be too cumbersome and 'slow' (as in boot speeds, waiting for programs to load etc).

    A tablet bridges this gap perfectly. They're instant-on, often faster than laptops because of their flash memory, are very light/portable and can do 99% of the things that people use their laptops for anyway (i.e. web browsing, emailing, social media).

    Plus, tablets with cellular/4G/3G connections mean that they can do internet tasks from virtually anywhere. Brilliant stuff.
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    I call balls, Ipads are in no way superior to all android tablets. Galaxy Tab 4s, Sony Xperia Z2.

    Enough of that anyway. I have always avoided tablets up to this point, as I was waiting for the OS's, price, specs, and usability, to reach a good balance. Now I believe they have, the upcoming Surface Pro 3, means I can get rid of my laptop and enjoy the best of both Worlds, with 1 device.

    The image quality, processing power, available storage space, practicability, functionality and full system software, make for an enticing product. Taking notes in lectures will be a breeze, with the stylus, downloading and uploading documents, videos, creating presentations, basically everything I will want to do. Plus I will be able to run much more intensive programs, due to the higher spec processor, and the 8GB RAM.

    For all those saying tablets are pointless, try considering a proper hybrid form factor.
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    (Original post by totalhijack)
    I wouldn't say it's because they're sheep, it's more likely because they're smart, and know that iPads are the best tablets on the market. Android tablets haven't come close to the quality and finish that Apple's tablets have, both hardware and software wise.
    I detect an apple fanboy, it seems quite hard to me to be able to say that either is better than the other

    Other than that, I can't believe that people still don't understand what tablets are for. It's simple.

    Smartphones are often too small/uncomfortable for long periods of use. Laptops, whilst definitely more powerful and work-friendly than tablets, can be too cumbersome and 'slow' (as in boot speeds, waiting for programs to load etc).

    A tablet bridges this gap perfectly. They're instant-on, often faster than laptops because of their flash memory, are very light/portable and can do 99% of the things that people use their laptops for anyway (i.e. web browsing, emailing, social media).

    Plus, tablets with cellular/4G/3G connections mean that they can do internet tasks from virtually anywhere. Brilliant stuff.
    You do realise that flash storage is becoming increasingly common in laptops, and if people care enough about it they will swap out the HDD for SSD anyway, and in terms of lightness, do people really complain about a kilo these days? I rarely see anybody using tablets in situations where a laptop wouldn't be equally practical, often more practical due to the better input method.
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      (Original post by ddtown)
      Ok so, a huge chunk of people only buy tablets, like the iPad for example because they're sheep. But what exactly is the point in them, what can you do on a tablet that you can't do on a smartphone or laptop? The only thing I can think of is if you want to watch movies/tv shows on a long distance journey.
      I got a tablet first, and then an Android phone later. After using the Android phone for eighteen months, I'd rather not - when my phone conks out I'll be getting a cheap Nokia and a tablet with mobile Internet access.

      As for what they're for - they're for people who want to do computery stuff but don't need a laptop/desktop. Simple documents, Facebook, games, movies/porn and whatever else.

      I think of it this way: back in the early 1980s there was a similar hardware gap. People who needed lots of computing power bought an IBM AT, which could fulfill most poweruser and business needs of the day. People who just wanted something to much about with or play games on bought a Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

      Maybe people who buy tablets are sheep. But in this case they're doing the right thing; tablets are cheaper, better suited to what they want a computer for. So, in this case, I'm happy allowing the sheep to harmlessly pass their time in the grassland away.
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      In most cases, it's simply a luxury item.

      (Original post by Pride)
      Umm, to be honest, though I understand where you're coming from, I don't completely agree.

      I have an android tablet. The most important factor for me personally, is that I need it for my lectures at medical school. I tried bringing in my laptop a couple of times. They weren't as convenient to use. They take up a bit too much space. They also require use of a trackpad (well lots of laptops have touchscreens now, but they're not as comfortable and usable as a tablets touchscreen. In a lecture, I just need the lecture slides in an accessible form, that I can highlight and underline quickly and easily, not using too much space.

      then there's also the large range of apps, which again, are so useful. Laptops don't have that quick and accessible mobile app functionality. Things like dictionaries, ebooks, translators, maps, google now, news, videos, pictures, it's all a lot quicker to access than on a laptop. Tablets are a useful portable way for me to consume media and play games. There's also cameras, front-facing for skype which is always nice and a better one at the back. Faster booting time...
      Hey, hope you don't mind answering some questions for a fellow med student. Have you reached your clinical years yet? The only reason I'd get a tablet is for the med-related apps. Would you say there are many apps that I couldn't access with a laptop that I could with a phone or laptop?

      Also, how do android apps compare to those on offer on the apple store?
      Thanks
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      The tablet fad died for me ages ago with the HP touchpad. It did everything the current tablets do (Netflix, iPlayer quick browsing, casting etc). I found a large phone + laptop combo left no space for a tablet. I find them pretty redundant
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      Companies need to make money. It is marketed for those with extra cash and into technology. Also seems to go well with the kids. There is no role it serves that can't be carried out by a smartphone or laptop, although I concede it is less clunky than a laptop for watching films while travelling. Personally I don't see the fuss, but then again I'm yet to get a smartphone so what do I know? :lol:
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      I use my tablet for airplane navigation. Load up the charts, enter flight plans, and get en-route weather updates. Laptops are too big in the cockpit, and phones are too small for viewing charts.

      Watching videos on the toilet (I watched about 50 TED talks on the toilet in the past few months... it's nice that most of them are about 15 minutes long - perfect for a toilet visit!)

      Bed time reading. Reading from a phone is too tiring (screen too small), and reading from a laptop is clearly inconvenient (what's the keyboard doing there?)

      Reading on the bus. Again, smartphone screen too small, and a 13" MacBook Pro too inconvenient. I also can't use a laptop when I don't get a seat and have to stand. I can hold my 7" tablet comfortably using one hand.

      That's more than enough justification for me to spend £150 on a tablet.

      Laptops are thin and light now, but still nowhere as thin and light as tablets, and the keyboard gets in the way in many situations.
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      I can see the usability and portability argument but really, i have swerved the whole tablet thing because i too think there is a certain level of gimmickry and worse, that most important part which is so useful in the conveyance of thoughts from the mind to reality, the keyboard, has been removed.

      Now i know you will say there are tablet keyboards on screen and peripheral keyboards but i think that the removal of the keyboard as available on a traditional lappy is symbolic and a further indication of the dumbing down of what passes for society.

      Computing is being skewed toward a delivery or reception device rather than one which involves true user interaction and exchange of ideas, thoughts and views..
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      I have an iPod Touch, which could be described as an 'iPad Nano'! It's great for music streaming, internet radio, and the odd video/Google search, but I think I'll eventually get a tablet as the small iPod screen can tire my eyes. I have a laptop and Kobo e-reader, but no smartphone.
     
     
     
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