The level of ignorance in this post is astounding...
<div><div><i>As so many others have pointed
out, the lack of solid, well-thought out and reasonably priced tablet hardware
is of primary concern to me. </i></div>
<div> Are you not aware of the
multitude of form factors that tablets now come in? There are 7 inch tablets, 8.9 inch tablets,
10 inch tablets, and even larger.
Tablets with keyboards. Tablets
with touch covers. Tablets with
kickstands. Tablets with stylus
pens. Prices in tablets range from $69 -
$929. So explain to me how all these
tablets are not solid, not well-thought out, or not reasonably priced? </div>
<div><i>Additionally, there is the lack
of a useful keyboard (think PC or laptop style) as part of the basic machine
purchases. You have a BUY a keyboard separately? And, it costs HOW MUCH?? And
it isn't as robust or as useful as one from a real computer (PC or laptop)???
<div>Do PCs come with their own
keyboards? Unless you buy the bundled
crap from Walmart, the answer is NO - you have to buy a keyboard separately. Also, you can buy a Bluetooth PC keyboard and
sync it with a tablet, so the price of tablet-sized keyboards (even though they
cost the same) is redundant. </div>
<div><i>The cumbersome 'blend' of
computer, tablet, phone---along with its awkward size... simply doesn't make
sense, nor does it have the polished look and feel of technology that has been
well thought out (much less well tested) before going to production and out the
door via sales. </i></div>
<div>This is just absolute biased
ignorance here. Tablets are
CUMBERSOME, REALLY?! <b>TABLETS ARE THE KINGS OF
PORTABILITY!</b> Can you take your desktop
into bed with you and watch Netflix on it?
No. Can you lie on the couch and hold
your laptop over your head to play games on it?
No. Can you take your desktop
into the car with you and use it as a GPS?
No. Can you take your laptop with
you into the bathroom and use it as an e-reader? No. Can
you take your desktop into the woods with you and use it to find your way
out? No. </div>
<div>And to say that tablets are not
polished and don't look or feel technologically advanced is just pure ignorance
- you've obviously never held a premium tablet in your hands. </div>
<div><i>Lack of robust local storage is
another HUGE problem.
32 GB of internal storage plus 64
GB of additional storage via microSD plus terabytes of storage on the cloud is
plenty of space for me.
Far too often I'm working in
places that have some, limited or even NO connectivity. The files, data and
applications need to be functional, and immediately present when I need them---not
dependent on someone else's network that may or may not be robust enough. The
paucity of storage makes these tablets, again, just a fad focused on a niche
that maybe can afford them. Please do not 'expect' me to use YOUR cloud
concepts just because they conveniently work for you! </i></div>
<div>Explain to me how lugging around
a desktop or laptop to a place with limited or NO connectivity is any better
than bringing a tablet? Oh right, it isn't. </div>
<div><i>Various friends I've talked to
from around the country who have made the plunge down the tablet
sinkhole---feel that they've wasted their time and money. The usability isn't
there, and the troubles are too great. Cute expensive and shiny hardware that
eventually sits in a corner, unused and gathering dust--speaks 'FAD' to me, and
a gross waste of money.</i> </div>
<div>Your subjective experience does
not equate to objective facts. I could say
the exact opposite of what you just said, and it would be just as
relative. In fact I think I will. </div>
<div> Various friends I've talked to
from around the country who have made the leap to tablet heaven --- feel that
they're walking on app utopia, because they are now experiencing one of the
most unique and innovative technological experiences of the 21st
century. Many businesses me and women
feel that tablets offer the exact kind of portability and productivity that
they're looking for - whether they're doctors and nurses using a tablet while
they move from patient to patient, or if they're real estate agents using a
tablet while they travel from different sale sites. </div>
<div><i>True, each person has the right
to spend money and collect dust however they wish... yet, my biggest concern is
an industry (and media) that PUSHES such fads to the hilt, actively persuading
people they NEED these latest shiny bits. It is contributing to the
dumbing-down direction of over-simplicity of computing devices.
Sorry to break it to you, but
tablets aren't fads. </i> </div>
<div>Fads quickly grow
in popularity and then disappear.
Tablets on the other hand are gaining ground and show no signs of
stopping. The media reports on tablets
because tablets are what consumers are interested in right now. Tablets are to the 2010's what personal
computers were to the 1990's. </div>
<div><i>How DO you troubleshoot a tablet?
How do you access the 'OS' and actively resolve problems with the innards?? </i></div>
<div>Once again, your ignorance is
showing. I'll let you Google this one
and figure it out. </div>
<div><i>Too easy to steal, is another
great problem, with zero effort put forth buy the industry to provide credible
protections for this. </i></div>
<div>This is just a stupid argument -
too easy to steal, really? I guess cars
are a stupid fad as well, because they're easy to steal. And you can buy insurance for tablets. </div>
<div><i>Finally, the silly (and expensive)
Micro$loth Windoze 8 craze has made this even more of a solid decision on my
part to avoid the 'fad' of tablets. I'll stick with modern and reliable
hardware (like laptops, PCs and Servers) to handle my computing needs. Also,
the challenges with stability in printing make me certain my decision of
avoiding tablets is a good one.
Tablets were never meant to
replace PCs. Leave PCs for productivity,
and tablets for portability.
Seriously, I could purchase a
reasonable laptop for LESS money and have significantly more computing ability.
Opting away from the tablet fad is a no-brainer. The economy of scale for
better computing resources at less cost than a tablet, again, make this a
simple decision.</i> </div>
<div>I could build my own PC for considerably
LESS money than laptops these days and have more computing power than a laptop
can offer. Does that make laptops
useless and redundant? Of course
not. The same logic applies to tablets. </div>
<div><i>Possibly, these tablets 'might'
be usable for some folks as a secondary device that fulfills that casual use
need... assuming they have the disposable income to support the
aquire-more-gadgets quest some folks have. But in this down economy where even
having a job is becoming a serious question.... I don't see that happening so
<div>You're completely wrong on this one. Consumer spending on "needless" devices such
as tablets is actually what drives our economy.
The more we spend, the more GDP we produce, and the more our economy
grows. With high quality tablets soon
about to break the $100 barrier (as opposed to the low-quality Android tablets
that you can find for $50-$60 on Amazon) consumers are going to be able to
obtain tablets even easier. And tablets show no signs of going away anytime