Discuss: Increasing Tablet Sales

February 8, 2013 at 05:41:52
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that tablets made up almost half of all PC sales last quarter. Discuss here if you own a tablet, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
February 8, 2013 at 12:15:32
I personally don't own a tablet, I chose to buy a laptop instead. I guess a tablet is good for what it's designed for, but they're too expensive for what they are. You get very little storage, no dvd player etc. With a laptop, you can get a dvd player, full keyboard, larger hard drive etc. for the same price or cheaper. A lot of people do like the touch screen and easy user interface. I guess they're good for what they were designed to do, but too expensive for me.

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#2
February 8, 2013 at 23:25:40
I have both an android tablet, which I bought because I was originally anti-Apple and which I only now use occasionally and, more recently, an ipad which was bought for me and I now take with me all of the time. The main thing that tablets have over laptops apart from portability is the ability to be instantly on and available. Windows 8 on a laptop looks as if it will eventually be good at working in the same way, but it still has too many issues to be able to compete with existing tablets.

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#3
February 9, 2013 at 14:08:38
Funny how folk want their computers smaller but their TV's larger.

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#4
February 10, 2013 at 05:52:35
Well, ya know. I don't hang a laptop on the wall, and I don't carry a TV in my bag. I just hope phones don't get much larger; I carry them around in my pocket.

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#5
February 10, 2013 at 06:24:32
Geez, now I know where I'm getting it wrong.

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#6
February 10, 2013 at 20:15:13
Not currently, but man do I want a Surface Pro.

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#7
February 11, 2013 at 09:08:25
There's a comfort factor in there somewhere when it comes to desktop vs. tablet, I think. Casual browsing from the couch is fine on a tablet, but when it comes to sitting down and really focusing in on gaming, working, writing - nothing beats the desktop PC. At least, not yet.

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#8
February 11, 2013 at 10:09:58
Re #7

...and (with desktops), the megapixels we have on digital cameras justify a screen size that can make some use of them.

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#9
February 11, 2013 at 12:12:31
I wanted a Surface Pro, if just to see how Win8 works on its intended environment. It's just that the more I read about it, the less I like it. Turns out it's a $1100 laptop where you can't adjust its 10.8" screen, bad battery life, one USB port, and requires various hacks to make the screen viewable on the traditional desktop. For those not keeping score, the traditional desktop is the main selling point over the regular Surface.

None of these are deal breakers, but they do add up. Microsoft also hints at peripherals for the Pro, and I'm curious about how that's going to affect its portability. The pen (the one everyone admits you will lose) is nice, I guess, but I have no use for it outside of crude drawings of phalli. (Mentally, I stopped maturing around 12.) I think I'm going to wait and see what Microsoft and the third parties develop before I decide on a Win8 laptop. I might end up with a Lenovo laptop and a Samsung tablet.

jpishgar: when it comes to sitting down and really focusing in on gaming, working, writing - nothing beats the desktop PC.
Well, Civ V added touch support. That's something, right?

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#10
February 11, 2013 at 13:03:11
"None of these are deal breakers"

$1100 is...don't have that much invested in my desktop, laptop, and smart phone.

~$400 in new desktop, same in 10 month old laptop, and 100 bucks in a 2 year old phone. I just can't imagine a tablet unless I simply want a new toy to play with.

And I don't.

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