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Are tablet computers just a fad.


robgf

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I will admit that I don't own a tablet, or use a smart phone. But my girlfriends family love their iPhones and similar and at Saturdays family lunch were discussing tablets. Most of them have bought iPads, or Android tablets, seduced by the adverts (I must admit to fancying one myself). But they all admit without exception that they rarely use them after the first week.

From listening, it seemed to me, that for anything they wanted to do on the move, or quickly, they use their phones. And for serious use, they use a laptop, or PC.

So are Tablets just a fad? I quite like my girlfriends iPad, but it would be much better with a proper keyboard (and if I'm honest a mouse too, I'm not keen on all that finger wiping)

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Forum Editor

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"So are Tablets just a fad?"

Who knows? Personally I doubt it. I have had an iPad for about 18 months now, and it travels with me, wherever I go. I have a micro SIM from my mobile phone network that provides me with fast internet access more or less anywhere. I like having something that can handle my email faultlessly, allow me to surf the web, store lots of work documents - either as PDF files, or in an iPad format which is compatible with Microsoft Office.

I have entertainment if I want it, and can catch up programmes on iPlayer. I can read my Kindle books on the iPad Kindle reader, use the iPad as a satnav with Google maps (quite superb - far better than my TomTom), and make use of all kinds of iPad apps, too numerous to mention.

If I want to print something I can do it to my own printer across a wireless network. All of that comes in a device that I can carry around in one hand all day. It's slim, fast, lighter than any laptop, and the display is far superior, too.

What's not to like?

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Woolwell

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sunnypete - You connect to a printer by wifi. It works well. You do of course need a printer connected to your router.

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sunnypete

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Woolwell, Actually I did realise that was probably the only solution, excuse for buying yet more goodies?

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Woolwell

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sunnypete "excuse for buying yet more goodies?" - definitely. Bought a new networked laser recently and the speed and quality compared to the old one is so much better.

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wee eddie

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There are a number of people that do a considerable quantity of creative work, while on the move, but I would guess that most laptops are used to provide reference points and information, while away from base.

I feel that, as Tablets have only just come into being, they will develop their capabilities/processing power, quite swiftly and replace the laptop for most, but not all, users.

Their main shortfall, that I see at the moment, is a shortage of storage space, which can easily be sorted by access to the Cloud or a secure NAS Drive.

So, what will the home of the future look like? Could we all be sitting around, each watching different TV Shows, or Movies, on our Tablet. Unlikely, but certainly possible during Travel.

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Phil Ocifer

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robgf - I can tell you are either not converted or a little jealous as you don't yet have one!! :)

Well, having just had one bought as a birthday present (partly because her ladyship had run out of ideas and her brother was singing its praises after having just bought one) I must say I'm quite impressed with my Google Nexus 7 (32GB).

I regard it as a bit of a "toy" really - not really useful for anything serious (e.g. spreadsheets) but perfect for the inconsequentialities of life like social networking, pastimes (games, youtube), reading (books and current affairs) and email (and much much more).

A good deal larger than any smartphone, it's still quite a neat size to carry round but will not fit in any pocket conveniently unless one is wearing the suit/hacking/blazer jacket.

I don't think it will be just a fad for me. I'm usually glued to the smartphone for SN and online games, so I guess this is going to take its place as the screen is larger. I now see the smartphone getting a rest and being used only where it's not convenient to take the tablet e.g. nights out.

I don't want to turn this into a review, but the lack of a rear facing camera and 3/4G will send people towards other products, however that's not an issue for me, just an observation.

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woodchip

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wee eddie

Could we all be sitting around, each watching different TV Shows, or Movies, on our Tablet. Unlikely, but certainly possible during Travel.

Driving Family's Even further apart

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robgf

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Phil Ocifer

I'm definitely not converted to the iPad yet. I enjoyed using it, but mainly just playing around with it. I don't do Facebook and the ilk, and although I do transfer photos to the computer, I usually just edit them and print out the ones I like.

To be honest, if I could be persuaded to waste some more money on computers, I would rather have a new desktop computer, as mine is a bit long in the tooth. But then, I don't use a computer when I travel and I use a camera for photos.

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lotvic

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I got a Galaxy tab and had to stop myself from buying all the extras that would have effectively turned it into a netbook..... (a very expensive netbook) I'm beginning to think for me it's just a fad at moment.

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WhiteTruckMan

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I think fad is too strong a word, but I also think there are serious issues in such monolithic devices that cannot easily be repaired. A keyboard and mouse are consumable items, for instance.

Also the mirror side of the convenience of having all your devices easily to hand in one package is the vulnerability of all of them to a single incident, be it accidental or malicious. And the risks increase when even more uses are packed into them. Suppose in the future they get used as driving licenses, passports, credit cards (oh, wait...), national insurance documents, central heating controllers, personal heart pacemakers cum defibrillator, car and house keys, the list goes on and on. All perhaps feasable in the next 30 years though, in my opinion. And all it takes is leaving it on the bus...

WTM

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