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Gen. Chat “Woooo, tablet wars! Well,” by Slade xTekno

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Slade xTekno 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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Do you own an iPad or other tablet? Why was it worth keeping? What are your gripes? And yes, I guess rooted Nook Colors count too.

I had to leave my MacBook at the Apple Store for repair, so I took the opportunity to try out an iPad. Thank you, 14 day return policy! Im having a hard time convincing myself to keep it.
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Slade xTekno 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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I missed and hit return, posting it early. Other gripes:
When I click the last reply link on forums, I have to wait until it loads completely until I can scroll, because it pops back to the last post after it loads.
The form factor is nice, and makes it easier to take around the house - playing music, browsing forums, etc. I'm just not sure that it's worth $500, especially since my MacBook is my primary school computer.

What are your thoughts about your tablet?
PS: Posted from my iPad.
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Lord_BullGod 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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I've got an iPad, but Pacquiao endorses the HP touchpad. :-/
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Moonage Daydream 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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Couldn't live without it. First thing I use in the morning, last thing I use at night. Physical books and magazines have all but disappeared from my life, and most of my web-browsing is on the iPad now. Sittin' there watchin' TV, you can just reach over and IMDb the actor you're looking at, or Google the Food Network recipe they're making, or GameFaqs the achievements in whatever you're playing.

Granted, you could do all of this on a laptop, but like you say, a big part of it is the form factor. Second part is insane battery life. I always felt like laptops were too clumsy to use and the battery life was too low to make them worth integrating into daily life. The iPad just fits into everything so perfectly I can't imagine living without it.

Full disclosure: My studio is working on an iOS game that will ship soon. So, the fact that an AMAZING ACTION-HORROR GAME is coming to iPad this month is a pretty good reason to keep it! :3
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Chrispy 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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I own a rooted Nook Color tablet. So far I mainly use it for it's intended purpose, as an e-reader. Any surfing or tablet-like functions can be easily accomplished on my iPhone, which I always carry with me.
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LostDecoy 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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I have a Viewsonic GTab with TNT Lite ROM running on it as the stock OS blows so bad. I got it as a gift from Brian or else to be honest, I would never have bought one. While it's fun to tinker it, I have a 11.6 inch notebook that I use more often as well. Plus touch screen keyboards at such a size is a pain, though I may experiment with options. I kind of wish I had a model that just WORKED out of the box, but it's fun to tweak & it's plenty powerful compared to much more expensive Android tablets on the market.

I have an Android phone, so I basically see it as the same...just bigger. I am going to TRY to take it in place of my laptop when on a week trip because as Jarod said, the battery on them just fucking blows a laptop away. Though I might cheat as there is a slim case for it that also has a built in USB keyboard that people on XDA vouched for.
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John Booty 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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Mod Note: We'll keep this thread for tablet owners (or former owners) only. As opposed to 592 non-tablet owners being all "I hate tablets" blah blah. If you don't own a tablet, post deleted. Except for this post. Since I don't have a tablet.
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lilmissGRIND 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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does the inspiron duo count? cause i got Billy both for his birthday! It's a tablet AND a netbook.
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John Booty 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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Your post will simultaneously be deleted and not delete-







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Fflewddur Fflam 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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I've had my Wacom Graphire for about a decade now, and I still love it. It's pretty useful for me, even though I don't get as much use out of it as I once did.

My only gripes about it are the stylus well is too shallow, so the stylus always fell out making it basically useless for even temporary storage. Otherwise, the lack of being able to see what you're doing on the same surface as you're doing it has always been a bit strange and takes some getting used to, but not too bad for the cost.

Moderator Switzerland Says:

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Moonage Daydream 3 years ago on 08/01/11
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Fflewddur Fflam said:
I've had my Wacom Graphire for about a decade now, and I still love it. It's pretty useful for me, even though I don't get as much use out of it as I once did.

My only gripes about it are the stylus well is too shallow, so the stylus always fe...


Not Wacom tablets, iPads and the like
 
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Switzerland 3 years ago on 08/04/11
They are tablets and I thought Joe was being very funny!

I have a Intos3. I love it though I leave it at work and never really get to use it for pleasure anymore.
PS: Anyways, I have a Motorola Xoom. Basically the developer version of the Android Honeycomb experience. I try to buy only those types of products because of the 'promise' for the first patch/updates to newer versions, which includes fresh software too!

I'm kinda in love with it. When my router is not being a little bitch, I watch netflix on it, quite a few youtube clips (bandwidth permitting).

I use it for work to consolidate my IMAP Email folders.

It is my primary internet browsing experience right now also. I pretty much put away my laptop. I use laptop pretty much only for basic torrenting, NAS administrator stuff, and cloud music uploading.

It's certainly proved itself rather useful well worth the investment. Even more so now that it is cheaper.
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LostDecoy said:
I have a Viewsonic GTab with TNT Lite ROM running on it as the stock OS blows so bad.


I waited so long for a tablet because I was waiting for a REAL android experience tablet. The earlier tabs didn't even have a marketplace (which makes android pretty useless) because they were not fully endorsed by Google.
 
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nategri 3 years ago on 08/05/11
I bought an iPad within a few days of the first gen ones coming out, because science fiction had raised me to crave a handheld tablet computer. I've never regretted blowing that tax return on it.

I will say, however, that the iPad, for me (with the exception of some pretty intense art app doodling, and some neat photo editors), has been a consumption based device. I.e., this thing is REALLY GREAT for web browsing and reading (it's been my primary web interface and ebook reader for months at a time), but totally blows if you need to type a decent amount. Basically: Don't expect a laptop replacement.

It also makes a great pdf dump, and is a welcome replacement to a binder full of scientific papers.

Also if you're an Air Warrior like myself, the tablet form factor and battery life is totally fuckwin for watching movies/playing games on long flights. No problem cramming it upright even if the guy in front of you has his seat down.
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Bad Wolf 3 years ago on 08/05/11
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I know this probably varies on what college you go to and which books are required for your classes, but do any of you guys know if there are college text books available on e-readers? Sure as hell would save me a lot of money, plus it'd be a great excuse to finally get the color Nook I want.
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OverHeadCam 3 years ago on 08/05/11
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Captain Kirk said:
I have a Motorola Xoom ... I'm kinda in love with it.


I've got no complaints about this thing. If I had to pick something, I wish it would charge via USB, but it really doesn't bother me.
 
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Switzerland 3 years ago on 08/05/11
I wish the stupid mini-charge-pin jack was easy to find with you fingers in the dark. Shit is hard to do drunkenly half awake in bed in the dark.
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Tulip O'Hare 3 years ago on 08/05/11
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Rizu said:
I know this probably varies on what college you go to and which books are required for your classes, but do any of you guys know if there are college text books available on e-readers? Sure as hell would save me a lot of money, plus it'd be a great...


I just saw a big banner for this at my school bookstore yesterday!
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy/index.asp
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Bad Wolf 3 years ago on 08/05/11
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Tulip O'Hare said:


I just saw a big banner for this at my school bookstore yesterday!
www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy/index.asp
Tulip O'Hare said:


I just saw a big banner for this at my school bookstore yesterday!
www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy/index.asp


Ahhhh maahh gaad, thank you!
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Slade xTekno 3 years ago on 08/06/11
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So I'll be returning my iPad sometime this weekend. Considering my MacBook is as good as new now (entire case and hard drive replaced under AppleCare), it just doesn't do enough to warrant $500 + accessories. Everything it does can be done with my laptop at the expense of a few more pounds and a larger footprint on my desk.

It was by no means a negative experience, and I will definitely consider it when my Macbook's AppleCare runs out in another year or so. The form factor and touchscreen browsing will definitely be missed.

A couple more gripes:
- Despite being lighter than the last one, it is a little too heavy for prolonged holding. I was happy I bought the folding cover.
- Having to switch to the symbols keyboard to type apostrophes got annoying fast, since it didn't autocorrect contractions.
 
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Switzerland 3 years ago on 08/06/11
Updated: 3 years ago on 08/10/11
Best part of the android experience custom anything.


Both cam and I have exclusively use swift key. In the tablet version it breaks the keyboard in half so you can actually hold it and type comfortably at the same time. The predictions are spot on after it learns you. It also displays different layouts so your apostrophe issue is moot.

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