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Tablets are all the rage, so which one are you looking forward to purchasing

Which recently released tablet is on your buying list?
  • Apple iPad 2 (1,258 votes)
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    21%
  • Motorola Xoom (337 votes)
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    6%
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (949 votes)
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    16%
  • LG G-Slate (64 votes)
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    1%
  • RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (215 votes)
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    4%
  • I'm still waiting for new offerings from Samsung, Sony, etc. (956 votes)
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    16%
  • I have absolutely no interest in tablets (2,341 votes)
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    38%

  • 6,120 total votes


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Tablets Are The Future
By Chrisria on 5/6/2011 8:39:41 AM , Rating: 3
I was really surprised to see such a large percentage of people not looking at tablets. This product segment, now that the tech has caught up with the practical requirements, seems so well suited for the vast majority of computer users: web surfing and emails. I do believe that the "transformer" idea from Asus will be the answer for many who need a little more once the tech jumps to the next level. I am waiting to see what Amazon offers....




RE: Tablets Are The Future
By Motoman on 5/7/2011 12:55:31 AM , Rating: 1
Tablets will probably be around forever now, if simply because Jobs will still be selling them.

But the fact of the matter is that they're totally redundant if you already have a lptop - which can do everything a tablet can...better...and do everything a tablet can't.

Imagine someone wanting to sell you a 2nd stove, that was just a weency bit smaller than your existing one...but it just has one burner on it, instead of 4 burners and an oven like your existing stove. You know...for those times when you just need one burner.

...duh. winning.


RE: Tablets Are The Future
By acer905 on 5/9/2011 12:55:08 PM , Rating: 3
Its called a portable camp stove:

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000004124-PefectFlo...

You know, for those times when you just need one burner... in the middle of the woods.


RE: Tablets Are The Future
By Motoman on 5/10/2011 11:05:06 AM , Rating: 1
That's a horrifically bad example.

A camp stove is, what, 90% smaller than a kitchen stove?

...now, exactly now much smaller is a tablet than a small laptop, or netbook? Answer: almost no difference at all. Effectively, they are the same size. One of them is very limited in use...the other can do essentially anything.

Try to be less ridiculous with your comparisons next time.


RE: Tablets Are The Future
By acer905 on 5/10/2011 5:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Tablets Are The Future
By Motoman on 5/10/2011 5:27:23 PM , Rating: 1
Ha! I'd like to see you pack one of those on your back for a week-long hiking trip ;)

Awesome.


RE: Tablets Are The Future
By Belard on 5/10/2011 8:28:43 AM , Rating: 2
Duh... you Sheen statement fits you.

As the other poster said about "portable stove", was a good example.

I have an iPad and I have a ThinkPad notebook with Windows7.
They have their functions and abilities.

My quad core desktop and ThinkPad CANNOT power up into the OS in a second. I cannot leave my Thinkpad in sleep mode for 1-2 days at a time. My Thinkpad is about 6lbs... not exactly a FUN thing to handle when kicking it back on the couch watching TV.... Much less my 24" LCD and desktop.

Tablet computers HAVE a place and they *DO* it well.

Try handling your notebook like you would a book... not going to happen.


RE: Tablets Are The Future
By Motoman on 5/10/2011 11:05:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
As the other poster said about "portable stove", was a good example.


No - it's a catastrophically bad example, as noted above.


RE: Tablets Are The Future
By Chudilo on 5/10/2011 2:17:57 PM , Rating: 2
Your Problem with not being able to leave your PC in sleep mode for 1-2 days and not powering on in a second is a Microsoft problem , not a hardware problem ... Check out Ubuntu Linux, It does Both and is free!!!


Does this mean I loose my geek license?
By djc208 on 5/4/2011 11:43:05 AM , Rating: 3
Don't get me wrong, I think they're cool and all but I just can't justify the kind of money they want for any of these tablets and figure out how to get the kind of use out of it that justifies that price.

What I'd like to see is something more along the lines of a dock like the new AT&T phone, or even better like the Transformer from Asus. How about you lust let me plug my phone into a bigger screen+battery when I want a tablet experience. That way I already have all the guts and the paid 3G/4G data plan, I'm just using a bigger screen.

You could even still let the screen plug into the keyboard dock to get the best of all worlds, but I'm still only using one device.




By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/4/2011 12:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'm personally thinking of picking up a 16GB ASUS Transformer because it's so dirt cheap (relatively speaking). I've got about $100 in credit card rewards saved up and about $160 in Staples Rewards from in-store promotions and ink recycling. Once Staples gets it in stock, I'm gonna bite the bullet.


RE: Does this mean I loose my geek license?
By johnbuk on 5/4/2011 12:59:43 PM , Rating: 2
I got the wife a Nook and loaded it with a rooted version of Froyo (after first giving the pre-release Honeycomb a spin). She uses it, so it was well worth the $250.
Can't see spending more than that though until they advance a bit further past what my phone already does.
I bought a netbook for myself for less money than most tablets and I use it a lot more then I ever used my last personal laptop.


By seamonkey79 on 5/5/2011 9:32:03 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a Nook Color, rooted, and the thing is wonderful as a tablet. In a pinch I can share the connection from my DInc to it, and that's all I've ever needed it to do... with Froyo or CM7 on it, the thing really is a good little, cheap tablet.


no room for it for me
By poohbear on 5/4/2011 4:33:21 PM , Rating: 3
between my smartphone, my laptop, and my desktop, i have no room or inclination to buy a tablet. I just dont need it or even desire it.




RE: no room for it for me
By stm1185 on 5/4/2011 8:04:49 PM , Rating: 2
I feel the same way. I dont spend anytime just sitting around where I could use a tablet. I have a desktop at work, a desktop at home with a TV right next to it. The only time I could think of using a tablet is on a train, on the toilet or sitting around in someones house bored. And my smartphone is good enough for that.


RE: no room for it for me
By nafhan on 5/5/2011 9:39:43 AM , Rating: 2
Me too. However, if I was the type to carry a bag with me everywhere, a tablet would be more interesting. As it is, stuff that doesn't fit in my pockets generally stays at home, and if I'm going to carry a bag, it's probably because I need my laptop.


RE: no room for it for me
By KentState on 5/10/2011 10:15:33 AM , Rating: 2
I fell for the hype and purchased a tablet. Now it just sits on my nightstand plugged in. If I need to be connected, my laptop or desktop does the job, otherwise I don't need to stare at a screen 24/7.


ASUS Transformer get my logical vote
By vtohthree on 5/9/2011 7:12:52 AM , Rating: 2
Given the bang for buck, specs, and capabilities it has-it's the logical choice for me, the Xoom comes second but because it costs that much more with similar specs, I'm passing on it.

The only going for the ipad 2 is it's overall smaller size(which has drawbacks too in some instances..portable yes, but lower resolutions) and perhaps app exclusivity(though for the most part whatever is on ios is being made for android as well). The iPad 2 in my opinion offers little to compared to the newer android tablets in terms of performance per dollar. Though to be somewhat fair I admit it is smaller(though lower resolutions)/thinner, but that's it...less ram, less cpu power, higher priced, it's becoming more and more like a fashion statement than a functional instrument.




By snakeInTheGrass on 5/9/2011 3:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
It also beats the Xoom on graphics performance, so combined with more apps & thinner (and cheaper), it's not really a fashion statement, just that if you're going to spend that amount of money you'd rather have the device that will still have apps made for it in 6 months. ;)


By Belard on 5/10/2011 8:22:43 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you there, mostly.

Android itself has some more growing to do...

But of all the non-apple tablets, ASUS is the first one to get something right.

The failures is kind of like Samsung's galaxy S-2 phones... okay, lets make an awkwardly large phone, even BIGGER! yeah! They want higher res and bigger screen! NO! Want slightly smaller with same res, stupid Samsung. Also support.


none
By swampthing1117 on 5/4/2011 1:40:50 PM , Rating: 3
I don't see the point of them and have no use for them. i have an android phone the tablet doesn't do anything my phone does. They are stupidly overpriced and i'd rather have a laptop.




By Johnmcl7 on 5/4/2011 12:59:43 PM , Rating: 2
Ive purchased a tablet already which works just fine so not interested in any of the new ones.

John




By CharonPDX on 5/4/2011 8:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
None of those interest me, but I am interested in tablets. I'm just happy with the one I have.




a hybrid - transformer
By jconan on 5/4/2011 10:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
The ASUS transformer is interesting in the fact that it's a pure tablet and also a laptop when you need it. However, it's still limited like storage capacity, 64gb is not enough when you're doing movie editing and graphics design. Then again there isn't a full fledged photoshop program or gimp created specifically for the tablet unless it's a full blown tablet/computer like the EP121. A blade SSD or 1.8" drive option will definitely help, as well as allowing other input devices like an active digitizer. More importantly it still needs a faster processor, the processing power is like an early 90s Pentium 166 not and doesn't even come close to core 2 duo or quad core in terms of MIPS. Then again it's a trade-off between power and number crunching.

Well hopefully Lenovo's tablet will deliver on some of the missing features. But still in no way is far from perfect, tablets still leave a features out like connectivity with ancient devices that people want to tinker with but at least some tablets have a full blown usb port.




Got an iPad, want to switch
By AgeOfPanic on 5/5/2011 9:00:28 AM , Rating: 2
For me a tablet is a replacement for a laptop. Before, I used my laptop almost exclusively for consumption of media, not creation. A tablet is much more suited for that task.
With the coming hybrids like the Asus Transformer, the tablet even becomes usable for creation as soon as the software side catches up. Google Docs, Windows 8 ARM and Microsoft Office 365 all look promising.
In a further future, your tablet will also become the desktop when coupled to a monitor. Smartphones are too limited in screen size on the go. I see a bright future for tablets.




Nice
By Motoman on 5/5/2011 11:23:23 AM , Rating: 2
...according to the poll after about 1,500 votes, the largest segment at ~40% says "no interest."

I can't say how happy I am that for once, the largest segment seems to have their heads on straight.




Powerful tablet
By mosu on 5/6/2011 6:43:01 AM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for a more powerful tablet, CPU and GPU aside with a wider range of connectivity and maybe with SSD.




Need another option . . .
By SurreDeth on 5/6/2011 12:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
"I already have a first gen Apple iPad, and don't need another"




Transformer... eventually
By jklauderdale on 5/9/2011 10:25:33 AM , Rating: 2
Only tablet that interests me is the Transformer and it's not an item I'll be lugging around daily. I'll be keeping my recipes on it in the kitchen and can take it to shows/work with the keyboard dock as a standard netbook. Even so, it's not a mission critical item. I might just wait to see how Kal-El works in the next gen.

Nice thing is that Asus has stated that their dock will work on all future Transformer tablets. Early adopters "should" be able to upgrade their tablets down the road as needed.




Reality Check
By stacks on 5/5/11, Rating: -1
RE: Reality Check
By mindless1 on 5/7/2011 7:54:07 PM , Rating: 1
Psst. I'm selling tin foil hats 3 / $1.


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