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 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Depending on what you use your PC for, chances are you could do everything on a tablet. The reason they are becoming so popular is the average person doesn't do much more than consume content, surf the web, and check e-mail.

For a lengthy explanation of how this looks, check out this post on The Guardian.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/19/why-tablets-killing-pc-ipad-apple-microsoft

For me, and many on this board, I think the main thing keeping us from going fully to tablets is the lack of optical drive (for ripping CDs to lossless) and the lack of storage (for storing all those files). Tablets work great for accessing music already in the cloud. Plus most people can buy all the music they enjoy on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Music. We are in the minority in that Intrada and La La Land rarely have their releases available digitally.

What do you think? Are you ever going to get a tablet? Could you do everything you need on it?

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm a desktop user. I spend 12 hours a day in front of a computer. My computer is for work and for play. Graphic design, music editing, etc. Sucks Mac took the optical drive out of their computer. For me a mobile device would just be a convenience, one which I cannot afford at this time. (with the ever increasing price of everything else.)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

The main thing keeping me from getting a tablet is that I don't feel the need to be connected online 24/7. My desktop is there, I can use it whenever I want, but at times it's nice to get away and not bother with it for awhile. When I go to Disneyland, for instance, I see people standing in line at the rides and they're all on their iPhones surfing the net and whatnot. I think to myself, "Jeez, can't you people cut the cord for just a day?!" That's one of the reasons I like taking trips, to get out of the house and away from the computer for a couple days or more, spending time outside and interacting with people.

I also prefer the comfortability of using a keyboard and mouse rather than a touch-screen. When I bought my first laptop in 1996, it had a little green knob for a mouse in the center of the keyboard, and I hated using that thing. I had to go out and by a traditional mouse to hook up to it. Plus, and not that I'm usually a clutz anyway who can't take care of his stuff, Tablets just seem more prone to accidental droppage.

Yeah, I'll always prefer a desktop PC.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I can do without the optical drive, because I have an external drive, but I stick with my laptop for two main reasons: first, size. I don't have a TV. I like having one device that is my entire work and entertainment center, and there's no tablet with as much screen real estate as my laptop for having multiple documents open when I'm working, or for watching movies in the evening. Second, processing power. I know most people don't need much of it, but on the occasions I do any kind of video editing I shudder to think how long that would take on a tablet!

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Michael24 - I think you are confusing Tablets with Smartphones.
Smartphones - You will likely end up having it with you all the time and have internet connectivity all the time with a data plan. This means if you don't want to have all that connectivity you would have to silent it or disable notifications from each app individually. Though there are bigger smartphones, most are fairly small (iPhone size) and can fit in your pocket.

Tablets - Typically bigger, either 7 inch or 10 inch, and some don't have the ability to connect to mobile data. My tablet only has wi-fi capability so unless I tether* my phone, I can't use it too many places outside the house.

Functionally speaking, tablets are simply bigger smartphones (except for the ones that don't have mobile data capability). So any apps you can access on your phone you can access on your tablet. Tablet's bigger screens make them better for consuming content and some tend to have better battery life. I use my tablet so that I can make sure my smartphone survives throughout the day without running out of battery.


*Tethering is when you set up your mobile data to create a wi-fi hot spot so that you can connect to it with a tablet or other device that doesn't have a mobile data connection. Some people also buy an individual small device that they use to create wi-fi from mobile data for when they are on the go.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

And don't Microsoft know it.

What is so thought-provoking is that when I'm on a train, I can close my eyes and get a little rest or listen to some music which, funnily enough, seems out of place even when I can do it without apparent constraint. There's still a view out of the window. I see a lot of people outside with headphones plugged in. They are crossing busy roads while listening to whatever is passing between their ears. That is a complete contradiction to how I learned to avoid danger. It goes against common sense but there they are. I can't do that - anyway, why is it that all those people have white coloured earphones and not black ones?

To me, the unrelenting focus on abstract information that people deliberately carry around with them when they are otherwise 'unplugged' from the home is like dragging your chains with you everywhere. I can spend long periods of time indoors plugged in. When I'm out, I can't carry that connectedness with me because the real world demands wariness and attentiveness to a large enough extent that rules out the distraction that comes with modern-day gadgetry. I can't imagine why anyone would want to use a tablet indoors let alone outdoors. It is onerous. Plain and simple.

Maybe I'm a fused-to-the-ground fossil.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Oh. Well, I know what Tablets are, but I didn't know that they otherwise don't really connect to the Internet away from the house. Seems like that makes them kind of pointless then. Back before summer, I took a trip to L.A. and saw people using Tablets to take family vacation photos. I just had to shake my head at how ridiculous it looked. I like my technology separate: individual phone, individual camera, individual computer, etc. But, maybe I'm just old fashioned. LOL!

To me, the unrelenting focus on abstract information that people deliberately carry around with them when they are otherwise 'unplugged' from the home is like dragging your chains with you everywhere. I can spend long periods of time indoors plugged in. When I'm out, I can't carry that connectedness with me because the real world demands wariness and attentiveness to a large enough extent that rules out the distraction that comes with modern-day gadgetry. I can't imagine why anyone would want to use a tablet indoors let alone outdoors. It is onerous. Plain and simple.

Maybe I'm a fused-to-the-ground fossil.


You're not the only one. Haha! I agree with your sentiment.

Although I admit, I can see the advantages of having a phone with apps for when you need last-minute or on-the-spot information, like directions somewhere. I would mostly use one for stuff like that rather than to stay connected to email and forums, which I can wait to check until I get home.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

Share the sentiment. The only good thing I find about a tablet is quick pictures, otherwise I have no use for them (or smart phones).

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I gave up my PC for a laptop about five years ago, and now my laptop w/ external hard drive is basically a music ripping device only. Between my iPhone and my Kindle, I can do anything I want to do (basically talk with friends, Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds - notable exception being message boards, which don't do well on iPhone, so I just pop in on weekdays when work is slow).

The only reason I could see myself sitting behind a PC would be for gaming, but most games also come out for console now, plus I'm getting old and don't have time to play more than 1-2 games per year, so there doesn't seem to be a point.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Funny, I used to say the same thing, "I have no need for a smartphone or a tablet." But over time I have found it to be useful and easier than going on a computer for some things.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I've never had the need for an iPod, and I still don't. Never owned one and never will. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 3:32 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Oh. Well, I know what Tablets are, but I didn't know that they otherwise don't really connect to the Internet away from the house. Seems like that makes them kind of pointless then. Back before summer, I took a trip to L.A. and saw people using Tablets to take family vacation photos. I just had to shake my head at how ridiculous it looked. I like my technology separate: individual phone, individual camera, individual computer, etc. But, maybe I'm just old fashioned. LOL!

I actually totally see the appeal of having one device that does it all. I certainly wouldn't want to have to carry twelve devices around when one or two would do, and I don't get why people using tablets to take pictures would look "ridiculous," especially given that one can immediately see the picture taken on a relatively large screen - an advantage over even dedicated traditional cameras! - and how surprisingly good so many pictures taken with tablets can look.

That said, I do still want / use personal computers for some things, particularly anything involving a lot of typing.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

I certainly couldn't do everything I do on a tablet, but I could find uses for one if I had the disposable income.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)


What do you think? Are you ever going to get a tablet? Could you do everything you need on it?


Computers are for workers and tablets are restricted to presentation. There's a survey that concludes that the bulk of tablets users are people over 60 years old in rest homes.

I am working with a Mac Pro and a Mac Book Pro equiped with an Apple external optical driver: that's perfect that way.
I will not buy any tablet because you can't work with it: it's only a big phone at best and a toy at worst.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Oh. Well, I know what Tablets are, but I didn't know that they otherwise don't really connect to the Internet away from the house. Seems like that makes them kind of pointless then.

No, no, that's completely wrong! I can access the internet on my ipod in most places although no doubt it helps living in a big city like London where wi-fi is everywhere.

Before I got a tablet , about a year ago I wasn't sure how useful it would be but I now find I use it more than my PC. I had a kindle Fire but left it in the seat pocket of a plane (!) so then bought an ipad. I love the 24 hour connectivity wherever I am.

I used to travel around with a heavy laptop, then a netbook and now a tablet which is far better all round and far lighter. It's not good for writing lengthy documents and for that I prefer to be at my desk and, of course, there are lots of other things where you need to be on a PC but for the range of features and especially for travelling, I couldn't exist without my ipad!

 
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