is getting a tablet worth it at all?

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    a few years ago I would have sold just about anything I could if I really wanted a tablet but Im not as jumpy now. So honestly, no bull, no quarter, how can a tablet help ME? I already have a droid, I already have a kindle. Is there any benefits that a tablet does that my droid cant do already aside from a larger screen?
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    No not really. I'm holding out for a tablet with a hard drive, say an 80 GB like the one in an iPod classic. I'm in the minority here and not that impressed with the tablet craze.
    I just got a new laptop with a dual core fast processor, 4GB memory, 360 GB HD, optical drive all for a little over $600.
    I find the idea of a fast, big screen smart phone to be a much better and useful device.




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    I won an iPad and sold it for $475 bucks. I don't see the usefulness in them especially if you have a laptop. I've heard "Words With Friends" is awesome on the iPad though lol...500 bucks for WORDS WITH FRIENDS!!!
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    It depends on whether or not it has any handwriting support. ;)

    I recently picked up a used convertible laptop for $500, and while I really like it, I would much rather carry around something much less bulky (and something whose battery isn't shot XD )

    If Evernote updates with inking support on Honeycomb devices, I will definitely pick one up. :)
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    Count me in the "I don't get it" club.

    DroidX is my hand-held PC, if you will.
    My Dell lappy is my full size portable.

    Do I really need something in between? What would it do for me?

    The hand writing thing I didn't know about, I suppose that's one use not covered by the two I already own. Though I have no use for that function.
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    These tablets are just larger screen versions of our phones, running the same hardware. I dont understand all the craze for them. Its apparently not a niche device either, with what was it over 18 million ipads sold last year?

    Like the poster above me said, my phone is my handheld portable, and my laptop is my much more powerful, much more useful portable device. For the same price as the ipad or xoom or galaxy tab I have a core i5 with nvidia 320m, 4 GB ram, a 500 GB hard drive, and a 15.4 inch screen, not to mention a full keyboard. And the battery can last me just as long!
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    No interest either.
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    Tablets are amazing, a lot more portable and unlike laptops it has all those apps and awesomeness, and unlike the phones it is a lot bigger and can can be more useful in several ways depending on what you're doing.

    My Archos 101 is on it's way and I can't wait. They can be very portable versatile devices, as your phones can too but idk, it's just very awesome.
    You'd mostly understand if you actually played with one before, it's just a whole other experience with it, it truly is.
    I got a tablet interest sparked in me when I played on an iPad for a minute and was amazed, I played the Reckless Racing game on the iPad which I also have on my phone and it was an amazing experience. Now months later I finally am getting an Archos 101! :)
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    I have an iPad. Suddenly I have great battery life on my D2. Because I don't use it for playing games, gtalking, or anything but phone calls and text while I'm home.

    I like the way it syncs with itunes on my Mac. I like everything about it.

    I can't speak about Android tablets because I don't know what the battery life is like. I do know that I can find the same apps I've got on my iPad in the Market. Well, most of them anyway. When people with Android devices realize they will need to pay a bit for apps, that will change eventually.
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    I am not interested but there is absolutely a market.

    I have a friend with a dumb phone and an iPad... just gave her laptop to her mom. That iPad does everything that the laptop used to.
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    I see a market for it.

    If I was in the market for a computer, for me, one to supplement my cell phone, I'd look at tablets first. Android, since I have a Droid all ready and like Android. I bought a netbook before tablets (or iPads) were out. I just wanted something small enough for websurfing, writing, playing games on. I didn't need anything large, even in memory or battery life.

    Now that some of these tablets can connect to keyboard (like the Samsung Galaxy tab) I think these would outsell netbooks or small laptops. I thought I'd try the Kindle on my netbook, but it's too much trouble on there. I didn't even read a novel on it. A tablet would be perfect for that, although I use my Droid for reading, web surving, etc., more then my netbook now. So again, if I was in the market for a new computer it would probably be a tablet.
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    I am not sure if they are all that great yet. But I wanted to know what it would be like so I picked up a nook color off of ebay and am going to put cm7 onto it just to find out if the hype is worth it.

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    I won an iPad. I like gadgets. I thought with all the hype is was going to be awesome, I can leave the laptop I live and work off of at home. I thought the transition to a tablet from a laptop was going to be like the transition from needing a desktop and a laptop to only a laptop. But it hasn't worked out that way. It just is not a lap top replacement yet. It is a great web device except it doesn't have Flash and does YouTube and Netflix poorly. But I would like some hands on with a Xoom. Maybe I'll find a fanboi who wants to make a trade, but if I am spending Xoom money, it will probably be on a netbook/notbook device.
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    Make no mistake: a tablet is a toy. No one needs an iPad or a XOOM.

    People who are willing to pay monthly data plans for a smartphone AND a tablet are either too rich or too stupid... yeah I said it! :D

    If you have a smartphone and a PC/laptop, you're set. Don't waste your money unless you have some to burn and you really enjoy tech toys.
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    Word. It's like a computer with no disk drives
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    But do you really NEED disk drives anymore?

    I was thinking about this because of the Atrix4G connecting to the "laptop". And most of our phones have become our handheld computers now. Mine has. I rarely legally tether to my netbook anymore.

    Google docs to store documents.
    Various photo sites to keep photos on
    Intranet accounts at work places and access to them through the web. With their own intranet site to host documents (we have one of those).

    We'd need some space for aps to work with documents and photos. but that would be it. Well okay video until Netflix, and music until some other way of doing that (or is there?).

    I think a lot of people have felt safer having disks, flashsticks, hard drives, etc., then it out there in cyber space. Me too. But I think it might be going to off site storage.

    So one day tablets (with a separate keyboard) may be the way to go. Since at my current job I haven't typed all that much. I use a mouse (maybe one day a finger for touch screen) more then anything.

    Just a thought...
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    You might be right a few years from now, but that's not the case at the moment. I do envision a day where smartphones will be powerful enough to replace desktops and all their functions, being able to dock to stations and tablet form-factors. But... I'd say we're at least 5 years away from that.

    I still need to burn CDs for various reasons. I use my PC as my primary DVD player. I also download high-quality movies and TV episodes, for which I have two 1TB hard drives. Currently, mobile devices and cloud services can't match the speed or storage (or reliability) of local media.

    Cloud services are going to be an interesting battle... it's a great idea, but requires an internet connection to work AT ALL. Seeing as how the future of bandwidth will be "usage-based billing", streaming movies and music will be more expensive than, say, downloading them once and having them permanently stored.
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    Friend of mine bought an iPad last month and he let me use it for a few days to see what I thought of it. It is an interesting device, but I don't feel it lives up to the hype. I can see it being useful for some things, but it certainly didn't wow me. I think one of the problems with the iPad is that Apple tried to make it do so many things that it doesn't do anything really well.
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    Well said! I especially love the ones that have 3 or 4 different devices, plus a laptop with a broadband card. I know a guy that is over the top with this kind of thing and he has to be paying at least $500/mo for services. He even has one of those Verizon access point things in his car 'just in case'. I just don't get it.
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    ill buy a tablet when I can play world of Warcraft on it! :p

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