Weekend Open Forum: Do you own a tablet? If yes, what is its primary use?

By on January 24, 2014, 6:30 PM
ipad, android, tablet, slate

A recent report from Pew’s Internet & American Life survey found that 42 percent of adults now own a tablet of some sort. True enough, the popularity of these mobile computers has exploded in recent years as pricing has come down and quality continues to rise.

We’re curious as to how many TechSpot readers own a tablet. If you do own a slate, do you mind sharing which make and model it is? Also, what's the primary use of your tablet? For those of you that don’t yet have a tablet, what has kept you on the fence thus far? Let’s hear it in the comments section below!

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2 people like this | Guest17 said:

Yes, I have a bottle with about 100 tablets in it. Whenever I have a headache, my doctor told me to take two aspirin tablets and call her in the morning.

j05hh j05hh said:

Ipad, Sits and collects dust.

Guest said:

Nexus 7, a few games b4 bed, to bore myself when I cant sleep , the odd bit of browsing, but I have had to force myself to find a use for it.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

I'm an investigator and I spend most of my days interviewing witnesses. I used to use a digital recorder, but have found that the iPad did a better job of recording, but it was a hassle getting the recordings off because of Apple's walled environment. Because I love Android, I just recently purchased the Galaxy Note 8, GT-N5120 with LTE, and it's recording capabilities are just as good as the iPads. I also use it to do my banking as I use Quickbooks Online, my company's billing system in online through Harvest and all of my work docs are in Dropbox. When I'm not on my tablet, I recently purchased an LTE version of a HP Chromebook and LOVING that so far.

Mike Steele Mike Steele said:

I bought an asus tablet and couldn't find a use for it. then I bought the asus dock to go with the tablet and now I have a useless docked tablet that sits in a box

1 person liked this | Guest said:

I do 95% of my "at home web browsing" using my Ipad sitting comfortably in my couch. I work 8 hours a day with a computer, I don't wanna use one at home.

Guest said:

I primarily use my Ipad mini for listening to music and reading my books on Amazon Kindle.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Yes, I have a bottle with about 100 tablets in it. Whenever I have a headache, my doctor told me to take two aspirin tablets and call her in the morning.
I think it's obvious, you need to find a more adventurous primary care physician.

One that says, "take two of these, and if you can even find your phone, consider yourself lucky".

1 person liked this | Tosikko said:

I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (WiFi) Edition and I use it on a daily basis.

After searching for a 1080p touchscreen-ultrabook @1000e (and failing to do so), I ended up with a tablet in my hands. It ended up becoming a better purchase than I had imagined. I can now e.g. control my PC and TV through it. (TeamViewer/Unified Remote + Samsung WatchOn)

Here is a short list of apps I use on it:





-S Note & Adobe Reader

-Google Calendar & mail

-Social media apps

Android tablets are used mostly for entertainment-purposes. There is no Microsoft Office -support on this device and most of the applications that are available are optimized for phones anyways.

I've been quite happy with the purchase this far though. Still, it's not all positive.

Trying to find a reasonably priced touch-Ultrabook for studying purposes ended up being impossible, so I had to digress and get a tablet. That means I can't do all the things I could with a fully equipped Windows 8/Linux laptop. (Programming doesn't come easy on this device, but it's not meant for it either) Tablets aren't laptop replacements (yet) and they are quite far away from replacing desktop-computers.

One extra positive with the device is stylus support, as the included S Pen is really coming in handy. Battery life is better than what I'm used to with high-resolution laptops, but I haven't used an Ultrabook, so I should be feeling the difference! This device doesn't quite replace a laptop, but it does come close enough and it sure does have it's perks.

1 person liked this | tech_enthusiast said:

I have an iPad Air. This is my first iPad ever. Before I bought this I had a Google Nexus 7 2012 model. Once the device was upgraded to kitkat the performance of the device deteriorated dramatically. I became really disappointed. I am a computer science teacher at a high school. I use my tablet for everything. The new iPad is fast, stable and a no nonsense device boasting high performance and agility. Compared with the Google Nexus this thing blows the Nexus away. Also the life cycle of the IPad is about three years compared to an Android tablet which you have to upgrade every year. So in retrospect Google products becomes more expensive yo own versus Apple products and satisfaction deteriorates with product age. My first Apple product was an iPod back in 2000. From my experience with the iPod my satisfaction remains consistent And h as s never deteriorated due to software updates affecting the overall end user experience.

1 person liked this | TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+. It's a nice tablet that competes very well against the rest of the field. But I find that I don't use it anywhere near as much as I thought I would. Discovered that I prefer reading real books vs. e-books, I don't like to game on a tablet when I have a $3000 gaming rig at home, it's not fast enough to really do anything I'm used to with my home and work computer. Not sure what I was expecting when I bought it, but whatever it was, never panned out.

Pretty much the only time I use it now is if I know I'm going to be waiting for something (oil change) or someone (friend), and I do routine stuff like check e-mail, my fantasy football league, very basic web surfing, etc. If I did a lot of traveling - and I don't - I could see where it would be much more handy. Otherwise, I'd say my usage is around 5 hours a month if that.

1 person liked this | tehxion said:

I have a Motorola Xoom that I originally purchased for work however it quickly became just an entertainment device. I found it too slow to type on screen in meetings, our large organization has no outlook integration on mobile devices (vpn only) so I was redirecting through gmail at times. I can't open various office files properly, no Autocad, Visio or other similar type file access. I'm not a fan of having the laptop blocking me from others in meetings so it was a return to the trusty notepad and pen. That was until..

The Surface Pro 2, a device that has totally changed the way I work. I retired my laptop and run the SP2 on dual external monitors, in the dock with external keyboard and mouse at my desk. On the road I use the attached keyboard and wedge mouse. If I am at a customer site for long I'll plugin to an unused workstation monitor for an extra screen. I have all my apps (Autocad, Visio & custom business apps, Juniper VPN) and can open all files natively, edit and email. I also develop heavily in Linux so I have VM's (Debian and Suse) on hand. At some point I'll play around with dual boot on the device.

Probably the biggest change has been use in meetings. The pen input is superb I hand write all my notes, draw diagrams and file away in One note. There is no impersonal laptop blocking me and others nor am I frantically typing away while someone is talking. I also have access to every file, email, note etc I need.

I really like the little details like the fine point pen input, the touch is disabled when the pen hovers over the screen so you can rest your palm on the screen. The rear camera is angled up so you can have the device upright yet still record presentations.

On the flip side MS support leaves much to be desired for and a few of us have gone through some painful sleep/hibernate issues on the device since the Dec firmware patch but that seems to be ironed out since the Jan 14 update (for most it seems not all).

1 person liked this | Ricky Morawski said:

Gah!!! That iPad needs a software update!!! I literally can't handle a badge of any number next to the App Store or Settings. Unacceptable!

davislane1 davislane1 said:

I have an iPad 3. I use it primarily for school texts, reading blogs, e-books, sheet music, and various types of journaling. I also use it as a metronome when I'm at the piano or guitar.

Guest said:

I use a Samsung Ativ 500T with stylus pen - windows 8 at work, I use Office (email, excel, word & access), One Note for documentation, audio/video/image capture & editing, remote desktop, sync with home server. At home - TV remote, surf web, metro games, board games, JRiver Media player- stream audio/movies/Netflix. - Michael

mrtraver said:

I have a new Nexus 7, which I use mainly for games, reading, and web browsing when I have a wifi connection. I don't have a smartphone or laptop, so it gets used quite a bit, even at home. I'm looking forward to getting a Chromecast also to let me stream to the TV,

EClyde EClyde said:

Most apps I've tried are very, very bad. Games or site apps. I mostly play Candy Crush and use FlightRadar.I would use it for surfing much more if the darn thing didn't use up all my bandwidth updating.

Tablets should be free because they are mostly about sucking people dry

I have a Hisense Sero 7 Pro. Nice tablet from Wal-Mart $116

1 person liked this | cartera said:

I have a iPad 2 which gathers dust for the majority of the time, I occasionally use it for emails and feeds.

My work laptop is a Lenovo Twist, but it rarely is used as anything other than a laptop - touch input is too slow I found. Amazing power for a ~13" laptop though. Powers a second screen, allows me to have multiple RDP sessions, spreadsheets and TeamViewer remote support sessions.

At home we have a Surface Pro, it's brilliant, out of the box no bloat ware in sight (I mean nothing! Such a refreshing experience). I installed AV and it was good to go, despite what I first believed the touch pen is used extensively. Again it is very powerful, if only they were out in the UK when I got the twist The battery life is pretty good to, I spend my life advertising them to friends and family the way Microsoft should have advertised them.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

Yup. But between my phone and PC, it just collects dust... (good thing I didn't pay a cent for it)

1 person liked this | tehxion said:

I spend my life advertising them to friends and family the way Microsoft should have advertised them.

That is very interesting as I find myself doing the same thing. When you get one, realize the potential and find it delivers, it's amazing! The thing basically sells itself when people see how and where it can be used. You're spot on with the MS advertising / marketing, they have a complete disconnect with the product.

Guest said:

Use a first generation nexus 7. Used to browse news and read books. Rarely games maybe 8. All installed is free.

Guest said:

I recently bought a dell venue 8 pro. I use it for websurfing, youtube, and anime. It is really convenient to use it in bed or while traveling around.

Guest said:

I have Nexus 7 and I only use it as an ebook reader.

gcarter gcarter said:

I had an ipad mini and sold it recently. It was originally purchased to replace my portable HP DM1 laptop, however tablets as discussed in the previous comments are pretty much restricted as "consuming devices" so news, videos, pictures etc

I did use it for a time as a remote control for xbmc, which I admit was quite cool, but again I find myself grabbing a laptop more often than not...

Guest said:

I use it as a phone (you know, call people, send sms, etc...), web surfing and reading emails on the go. Oh, and of course, act as a wifi hotspot when I need to use my portable computer on the go! Much more than that it's not useful for. Model is Galaxy Note 10.1 (3g). Looking back now, it was kind of a waste to buy it. It's useless, and thus, not worth its price. But, oh well, guess I'll just have to stick with it now 'till it breaks apart from old age.

Rasta211 said:

Games, Reading while on a bus/subway, Sharing pictures/videos when I'm out with friends and family.

But mostly games.

rvnwlfdroid said:

I own a Moto Xoom which primarily is taken with on overnight trips or vacation. Even at that all it's used for is streaming video from my Plex server and Skype.

Railman said:

I don't own a tablet but my wife just bought an iPad. So far she uses it for email, internet and catch up TV. I have no intention of buying a tablet for myself but will be building new PC in the next couple of months. A PC represents much better value to me. My last PC lasted for 9 years and the replacement should hopefully be of similar build quality.

Misagt said:

I don't have one, and I really don't see the need, I think if I did buy one it would end up collecting dust. I'm also the guy that turned a lounge chair into a computer chair (yes it is damn comfort). so even when I kick back and watch TV I usually just stay in my chair.

Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

No. I have no need of one.

1 person liked this | abysal abysal said:

Recently got a dell Venue 11 Pro - with a 3770 Atom chip. It sits next to my desk and I use it for email, web, and youtube / video streaming. Also a good toilet reading device.

I had a transformer TF700T (Infinity), and it was slow as shit. I couldn't stand it, I gave it to my bother.

Raoul Duke Raoul Duke said:

Asus Memo 7HD Christmas gift. Network is wire at home and I keep the Wi-Fi off, so I use it only for reading, Kindle and light reader whoever makes that, but it reads pdf, Kindle handles epub and mobi.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

iPad - provided to me by work. I leave it at home for watching Netflix or playing video games in the bedroom. I sometimes check my email on it like I'm supposed to do.

avoidz avoidz said:

I have a cheap ($69) Android tablet I use for casual web browsing in bed or on the couch. It's not very high-spec and I accept its limitations. I'm using it now to type this as the main PC is in use at the moment.

misor misor said:

Archos 2.8 tablet.... low battery life, seldom used, battery dead after ~ 1 year...

= mobile internet and for playing angry birds for android.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

My wife uses our android tablet as a chopping board while reading recipes on it.

Gorilla Glass can certainly withstand a fair bit of chopping.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

My Nexus 7 (2012) is my main gaming machine. I also use it for reading (both comics and e-books) and occasionally for browsing. Even used TeamViewer on it to provide support for my father once, but that's an exception.

I'm planning to upgrade to an Asus VivoTab Note 8 once that gets released (unless some company announces by that time a Mullins based tablet, but I doubt that would happen). A Windows tablet would allow me to play more games, and since that's my main use for a tablet it should really help my gaming

Edit: It looks like the Note 8 is already on sale somewhere, and people even got it, but I don't know where yet, and I will probably wait for it to become available locally anyway.

1 person liked this | Railman said:

My wife uses our android tablet as a chopping board while reading recipes on it.

Gorilla Glass can certainly withstand a fair bit of chopping.

I'm sure many more women would use a tablet for a chopping board if they caught their husbands visiting certain internet sites!

dscales dscales said:

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet and love the thing. I've had it for almost 2 years now and I use it daily for many different tasks.

I play online chess with it (even single player sometimes), use it to read books, emulate my old game boy advance games with it, read manga with it, take pictures and movies with it, and browse the net with it. Granted, I don't have a smartphone yet, so this is kind of my substitute..

Not to mention all the thousands of quality apps that are uploaded to google play every day... there is almost always something interesting to do with the machine... for instance something you'd never think of is there is an app for DayZ in which somebody created an interactive map which you can use while playing the game .... little functionality like that is one of the reasons I love this thing so much.

Guest said:

I have a Galaxy note 2 smartphone, desktop PC, and a laptop, so I never found a need to buy one. My galaxy note smartphone is 5", so never found a need for one. I might buy a new tablet/laptop hybrid to replace my laptop, otherwise I imagine it'd collect dust if I had a separate tablet.

JC713 JC713 said:

My family has an iPad 3. I mainly use it for reading feeds but my family family uses it for things like email and facebook. I may buy another iPad in the future for note taking, but at the moment I am fine with the old-school paper and pen.

Raoul Duke Raoul Duke said:

I'm sure many more women would use a tablet for a chopping board if they caught their husbands visiting certain internet sites!

A Tablet is too small for porn, plus it's not 'hands free'

uh, did I just write that...watching too much 'Archer' again.

Raoul Duke Raoul Duke said:

Yes, it is watching too much 'Archer'.....really.

1 person liked this | Railman said:

I'm sure many more women would use a tablet for a chopping board if they caught their husbands visiting certain internet sites!

A Tablet is too small for porn, plus it's not 'hands free'

uh, did I just write that...watching too much 'Archer' again.

Size matters?

Guest said:

iPad 3 here, is great for watching youtube on the couch, or watching foxtel go in the bedroom.

trgz said:

Nexus 10. Mainly IMDB & Guitar Tabs App (the latter being the excuse I made to buy it), also watching box-sets whilst training, a bit of surfing, and Far Cry Outpost to notch-up a few more free XP.

Khanonate said:

Nexus 10 for browsing and playing android games rarely, I mostly use my pc.

rculver9056 rculver9056 said:

I have a Surface 2 and probably use it more than my PC. I also remote desktop into the PC and stream stuff over my network to it.

Love it!

Capaill said:

Nexus 10. I delayed for a year as I already had a smartphone, laptop and PC and I figured I wouldn't find much use for it. And I was right

Mostly use it for reading news feeds and listening to internet radio at night but could do that on the phone anyway.

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I used to have a Asus Nexus 7. It was as much use to me as tits on a bull so I gave it to one of my grandchildren.

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