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Weekend Open Forum: Will you get a tablet this year?

By Jos ยท 50 replies
Feb 18, 2011
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  1. When Apple announced the iPad early last year many of us had our doubts on whether the tablet form factor would finally reach the masses. Not only were they trying to squeeze a new category between smartphones and full-fledged laptops, but also challenging the incredibly popular netbook with a locked down device that promised to be the best way to experience the web and didn't even support Flash. Yet tablets took over the spotlight and iPads are flying off shelves.

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  2. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    I wish. Maybe if I got a new job that didn't underpay me :p 8:25 for a supervisor position...gotta love wal-mart. But I do plan to eventually get one. It's just hard now because $400 for a leisure item it's not in the budget...and Dave Ramsey says if it's not in the budget, don't buy it :p
  3. I'm going to buy a tablet computer, when the IPad came out I wanted a windows one because I wanted to run the software I normally use rather than be restricted to Apple approved apps... but now the Android ones (Xoom, Galaxy Tab 10.1, mystery device Sony is making) and the RIM Playbook are taking top positions. I'm mostly looking for flash compliance and battery life with a side consideration towards 10" over 7"
  4. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    Still too early (read: costs too much) for me. Maybe after the competition settles down and prices come down while features go up.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,666   +755

    Maybe... will definitely be looking. I would prefer a Windows 7 tablet but as its been stated they are all quite expensive. I'm still waiting for more devices to come out but I have several in my crosshairs.
  6. In the second half of 2011.
  7. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    I plan to buy a Playbook if the price is right.
  8. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    No, i will stick to my gaming PC and im sure i dont need one :p
  9. I was considering buying an iPad this month but with Apple charging 30% fees to content providers like Amazon, I'm not shure Amazon will keep Kindle on the iPad. For me, no Kindle on iPad = no iPad. As for the Kindle device, I like the concept of eInk, I just don't think I would like whole books without colours.
  10. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    If you like E-ink and color check out the notion ink adam or other devices utilizing pixel Qi displays. I'd love to copy some info here but you can probably find all you need to know through google.
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    I'll take a good look by the end of the year and see where things are. I would really prefer to get a good Windows tablet, but I'm not sure if the hardware will be there. If a good Windows one isn't available, I'll consider other options, but will be less likely to buy it.
  12. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    Agreed. The first tablet i've seen running Win7 was the MSI tablet...and it sucked...BIG TIME! It may be smarter to wait till 2013 for a GOOD Windows tablet. That'll give them a year to improve hardware and what-not. It's a long time to wait, but worth it in my opinion.
  13. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 380   +47

    The problem is that they are still too pricey and are poor value propositions. They are more like luxury items IMO. I think maybe once the software and hardware catches up to laptop levels of performance is when I'll get one.
  14. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    Except for entertainment and casual web browsing, tablets aren't for me at this moment in time; and overall a notebook is still far superior option in every respect, until by some miracle this is changed, I wouldn't bother with tablets.
  15. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Evangelist Posts: 377   +111

    I highly doubt it. Seems like a waste of money to me.
  16. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 105   +14

    Just sold my wifes old Asus EEE 900 netbook and looking for a replacement. Good 10" tablet should do the trick (definitely no iPad), mainly browsing and little typing planned. Then we'll see how it copes with stuff - might get one for myself.
  17. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    Tablets definitely seem like appealing devies... but I just can't imagine getting much use out of one. What do you all plan on using your tablets for? And when?
  18. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Nope, I'll wait till they glue a proper keyboard to the tablet PCs. Oh wait, they already sell that gizmo, it's called a notebook :).
  19. complexxL9

    complexxL9 TS Booster Posts: 64   +12

    I also can't think of any use for tablets in my everyday life.
  20. I'm waiting for the ipad 2 and selling my dusty asus eee hab.

    if Ipad 2 doesn't meet my expectations, i'll use the money to upgrade my laptop to a sandy bridge with a discrete graphics.

    -apple fanboi
  21. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,644   +304

    I just ordered a Motorola DEFY, and hopefully this Android phone will fulfill my needs for mobile browsing and the like. I'm also planning to get a Brazos netbook soon (possibly the Acer 522) to replace my old Fujitsu P1510D, whose keyboard has stopped working well. I hope that this combination will solve my mobility needs for the near future.
  22. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99

    no got 2 laptops and 2 desktops. tablets are for looking at the web a android phone is as good.
  23. mosu

    mosu TS Evangelist Posts: 494   +104

    Unless quad core, SSD and HDMI connexion, on top of b/g/n wi-fi,and should be capacitive Amoled.
  24. Love the Xoom ....if it was around $399 or less the mass market, including me, would seriously consider buying one. The current prices are just to high..Hopefully as more manufactures come out with Tablets the price will come down. Right now the wow factor is the only reason I want one..>Would be cool to surf in bed (really need flash)..Other than that not to useful in my book and defiantly not worth spending $600+. Hopefully most other people will wait and force manufactures to drive down prices. If people start buying a lot of them at the $500+ range the prices will never come down.
  25. Probably not... I have a tablet laptop. and 2 other laptops, 2 desktops... plus an ipod and iphone. I don't have room for a tablet!

    On second thought, i may get one. :X

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