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How do you feel about today's tablet market?

Are you joining the tablet revolution?
  • I have already purchased a tablet in the past year (675 votes)
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    13%
  • I plan to purchase a tablet within the next six months to a year (1,186 votes)
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    22%
  • Tablets are an interesting idea, but I'm still not sold on the form-factor yet (1,889 votes)
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    35%
  • I have absolutely no interest in tablets (1,622 votes)
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    30%

  • 5,372 total votes


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8 1/2" x 11" is my target screen.
By Cr0nJ0b on 2/22/2011 11:57:33 AM , Rating: 2
What I'm looking for is a standard notepad form factor, with a good 4-6 battery life (8 would be perfect). It shoudl have a stylus (fine point) and full OCR. A camera on the front and back would be nice...added SD storage...maybe an LTE modem, but wi-fi for sure (a,b,g,n) and it needs to be a thin as the current ipad.

That's all. just that...




By maverick85wd on 2/23/2011 3:54:26 PM , Rating: 2
don't forget HDMI-out (with audio) and USB ports. Not sure if the HDMI I want will be available right away, but USB ports are a MUST! I've been waiting for a good table to come out for 10 years now, and as soon as good dual core tablets start making their way to a lower price range I'm getting one (I'm thinking probably 2012 new year / post-holiday sales)


By snakeInTheGrass on 2/23/2011 6:17:56 PM , Rating: 1
Don't forget running Windows, a BRD, an internal compartment for the stylus and power adapter, user-replaceable battery, expandable RAM, upgradeable video card, keyboard, mouse, and 5.1 speakers built in!


RE: 8 1/2" x 11" is my target screen.
By baadcatj on 2/23/2011 8:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
I just picked up the Asus ep121 and it's really close... same size, 3-6 hour battery life (depending upon usage), dual core-i5, nice stylus, OCR is good, running Win7 optimized for tablet, from camera only :-( SD storage (32gb in it now, plus the 64gb ssd), no LTE but (A?)/B/G/N, not as thin as pad and definitely a little heavier, but I love the bluetooth MS keyboard.
For the power and the price, I think it's more than reasonable. All of my family would love to replace their laptops or netbooks with it.

Is it perfect? Definitely not. But, for everything we all want in the perfect package, it's not possible. This much power and size, at 1/2 the weight, 1/2 or lower price, twice the battery life, and LTE --- not gonna happen this year, probably not next year either. (Next year will have more of the above but not all of it and at a lower price. When we do have all of this and at a lower price, it'll be two years past when we want it, so we will want something better yet again!)


By Reinman on 2/25/2011 6:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
I have purchased two of this for my work. They were backordered till March 21. How is it. How responsive is the touch screen. I plan to upgrade the OS to Windows 7 Ultimate when i get ours so i can connect to our Windows server. How's your experience so far with this Asus Slate.


RE: 8 1/2" x 11" is my target screen.
By tayb on 2/27/2011 12:38:41 AM , Rating: 2
No one will buy what you just described because what you just described SUCKS. Sorry but the reason previous versions of tablets were massive failures is because stylus input is terrible for anything but taking hand written notes and/or signing documents. Navigating an OS is horrid. That is why convertible notebooks started to take off. You got the best of both worlds. I've owned convertible notebooks before but I would NEVER consider paying even a miniscule amount of money for what you just described.

There is a reason the industry is moving towards these touch screen devices. What you just described is a niche market that already proved to be a failure.


By lawrance on 2/27/2011 11:20:38 AM , Rating: 2
BRAVO! I couldn't have said it better myself. I'd give all my votes to you if I could. The market spoke and voted with their dollars what works and what doesn't.

You guys can hate on Apple all you want, but they are the ones who figured out the tablet (and phone) markets and brought it market first. I'm anxious to see what the iPad 2 has to offer on Wednesday. I've always felt it needed a front facing camera, higher resolution screen, 4x the RAM, USB port and expandable memory to worthy of parting with my money. I don't see Apple doing the expandable memory option as that would cannibalize the higher storage models. I also have my doubts about a rear-facing camera too.


Tablets
By AnnihilatorX on 2/22/2011 4:28:53 AM , Rating: 2
The term tablet has been stained.
Nowadays tablet are ultra slow computers that can't do much, and entertainment oriented.

In the past around 2005, before Apple and general public even knew about tablets, tablets used to be business PCs, expensive, still powerful enough compared to other laptops, but had this extra handwriting feature.

Nowadays when people think tablets they see performance is much worse than other laptops, are cheaper than many medium-high spec laptops.




RE: Tablets
By morphologia on 2/22/2011 2:39:36 PM , Rating: 2
I agree...I still have a couple of HP TC1100 tablets and they still work fine. Full-featured operating system (Win XP), attachable keyboard and "penabled" screen with active pen input that provided much better handwriting emulation than typical touchscreens.

Always wanted a Motion Computing tablet, but wasn't going to shell out that much. Now THOSE were tablets.


RE: Tablets
By mathew7 on 2/23/2011 10:22:04 AM , Rating: 2
Actually it received the "convertible" prefix. Past tablets were ALL convertibles (ok, maybe not all). It's the last years that the posibility of no keyboard has exploded.


RE: Tablets
By AnnihilatorX on 2/24/2011 6:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Not all definitely. My prized Fujitsu Stylistic ST5112 was slate. HP Compaq TC1100, TC1000 could be used as a slate.


RE: Tablets
By rudy on 2/25/2011 5:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
Plus you had a ton of UMPCs The problem with all these companies is they didnt do a good job advertising to main stream channels. Had they done they who knows what might have been.


RE: Tablets
By Reinman on 2/25/2011 6:50:56 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, i have a Toshiba Tablet for about 4 years now and still running much faster than tablets today. Actually it runs faster when i upgraded to Windows 7 Pro. I think i might have 2 or 3 more years before i have to change it. I'm not even using a SSD drive on this since they are quite expensive and need the big space for my work. I guess new tablets have limited speed in order to save battery juice.
Sucks.


Make it worthwhile
By morphologia on 2/21/2011 2:41:05 PM , Rating: 2
I would only be interested in a tablet that's capable of replacing a laptop. And I mean "laptop," not "netbook" or "smartphone."




RE: Make it worthwhile
By nafhan on 2/21/2011 5:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, and, conversely, if it can be done on the current crop of tablets, it can be done on a smartphone. More screen real estate isn't enough to get me carrying a bag everywhere.
I guess I'm just not the type of person that feels a need for a device with the limitations of both a smartphone and a laptop.


RE: Make it worthwhile
By wordsworm on 2/23/2011 6:15:09 AM , Rating: 2
I see it more as being on my book shelf, pulling it whenever I want to read a magazine, a reference book, or comic book... much like my Kindle but what it's not good at. I also would like to see it using e-ink.

If it had extra functions like working with Photoshop, Google Earth, however, that would be a big plus and something worth paying maybe $500 for.


What to do
By bobsmith1492 on 2/21/2011 6:39:50 PM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't know what to do with a tablet. I like my keyboard! Not to mention I don't travel much, so between my desktop and work computer, I'm pretty much set. That's enough internet for me every day.




RE: What to do
By rudy on 2/25/2011 5:32:24 PM , Rating: 2
My sister was given an iPad for free and what you say is true doesnt see much of any useful use, just playing stupid games and basic internet surfing. All can be done on the phone which you always have in your pocket.


$100
By wordsworm on 2/22/2011 7:09:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for an Android tablet that's good for about $100. I give it 2-5 years for that to happen.




RE: $100
By Buz on 2/24/2011 4:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with the $100 price point. I used an Ipad for a couple weeks but can't imagine ever finding it particularly useful for anything. If they were under $100 it would be a fun toy to have for reading facebook (and not posting comments).


plan on buying one
By kmmatney on 2/22/2011 6:43:56 PM , Rating: 2
Plan on buying an iPad2, or Android Tablet, when the next generation comes out.




RE: plan on buying one
By jjmcubed on 2/23/2011 2:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
If I was rolling in cash, my wife would already have one to replace her five year old laptop. Maybe will get one when the laptop dies, depending on prices at the time.


Really guys...
By lagomorpha on 2/24/2011 1:31:20 PM , Rating: 3
I already have a smart phone and a netbook. Why would I want a device that combines the worst features of each?




Too Many Gadgets
By Flunk on 2/22/2011 12:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
I just don' feel a need to bridge the gap between my small notebook and my smartphone. Seems like a total waste of money to me.




I love my pad!
By Azethoth on 2/22/2011 1:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well not really, but by replacing my New York times habit at Starbucks it has already paid for itself over the last year. Add in the Calorie Tracker app thats making me actually lose weight and its probably extended my lifespan as well.

Controlling my streaming music at home is just an added bonus, but probably what I like best about it.




None available are worthwhile
By Hieyeck on 2/23/2011 9:01:31 AM , Rating: 2
They're either not powerful enough to replace a laptop, or too powerful and oversized to replace a PMP. I got an iPad to play with from my boss, and the only thing I use it for is a Blizzard authenticator and an eBook reader (something to be said for one with a backlight).




By piroroadkill on 2/23/2011 10:06:25 AM , Rating: 2
The only tablet that has anything approaching a good price/performance ratio is the Barnes & Noble nook color.

Asking a stupid amount >$300 for a limited toy, and bundling a data plan with it, is utterly retarded. I only want it to have wifi so I can tether to my existing handset.




not sold
By mmichii on 2/24/2011 2:18:52 AM , Rating: 2
they're good for reading and convenient for certain little tasks. But when a trivial feature in one of the desktop os like cut and paste is advertised as a huge new feature....come on.

Cute expensive toys. basically a large smartphone. I can play angry birds on my new 700.00 tablet. yay




Doing real work
By vignyan on 2/24/2011 4:00:53 PM , Rating: 2
So, No Tablets!




You need to be more specific Brandon.
By Zebo on 2/25/2011 9:05:16 AM , Rating: 2
Tablet as in convertible. Yes it's the only way to fly. Better screens usually IPS, real computers with key board, and still tablet. Laptops are second rate.

Tablets as in slates I have zero interest in.




By jah1subs on 2/22/2011 11:35:00 AM , Rating: 1
I have poor fine motor skills. My elementary school teachers sent notes home about it. The situation never became much better. Touchpads are useless for me; the mouse is the only satisfactory pointing device. Now that I have the wisdom of age :-), I also lack the ability to read small print.

Anything less than a 12-14" (currently use 15") widescreen notebook computer is an ERGONOMIC DISASTER. When I have some money saved up, my next upgrade will be a 27" LED backlit monitor for the notebook computer.

The same constraints keep me using a BlackBerry. I try to only use if for phone calls. I will check it if IM or email arrives. I always try to avoid entering more than 10 characters (phone number) with the BB.




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