Do you own a tablet?

Do you own a tablet?
It was just leaked that Samsung is about to unleash the world's thinnest tablets on us, the 5.4" Galaxy Tab S 2, with 8"and 9.7" models, respectively, taking the crown from the aluminum iPad Air 2. Tablets are getting ever thinner, faster and more premium, but their market share is actually shrinking.

After a few years of uninterrupted expansion, due mainly to Apple's iPad line, the unprecedented growth stalled, the iPad share started to equate with the Android and Windows tablet rise, and on the whole the initial excitement subsided quite a bit. 

Of course, a lot of this has to do with the new advancements in the PC space. Thanks to Intel's new frugal and fanless processors, to its Ultrabook design concept, and to Microsoft's touch-oriented Windows editions, we now have full-blown computers that are not much thicker and heavier, and with no less battery life than a larger tablet with a keyboard case, but are much more powerful and capable. Furthermore, tablet developments, besides getting thinner, faster and with more resolute displays, are few and far between, so the replacement cycle is much slower than with smartphones.

That is why we were curious if you have succumbed to the tablet craze, and wanted to ask you whether you own a tablet, if you consider getting one, or if you see no need for a slate in your life whatsoever. Check your answer in the poll below, and tell us what you think about slates in general in the comments.

Do you own a tablet?

Yes
65.61%
No
20.31%
I'm thinking of getting one
14.08%

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70 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

I had to buy one :( my wife wanted one... From my point of view tablets are completely usless unless they are Surface Pro

4. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Then, what you want is a laptop; a Surface pro is simply a duck dress like a pig, no more no less.

43. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Laptops are obsolete, who needs a keyboard? I use Dragon Dictation to type, I'm using google speech to text to type this right now. Keyboards are too slow, so are mice and touch pads. The only problem I have with my surface pro 1 is I need to scale the UI up a little bit to make things easier to touch. I plan on getting a Sharp 10 point touch screen monitor with pen support. And getting rid of my keyboard and mouse on my workstation. I'll still have them of course, on the side. When you get used to using a computer purely with touch, you'll find it is a lot more efficient, a lot faster.

46. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yeah great, everybody talking to their tablets at the office, in planes or wherever people work.

58. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

why not? They already talk on their phones, at least this way they'll be getting something done.

68. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If someone would sit next to me on the plane, talking on the phone all the time, I would definitely say something about it. If people in my office would be talking all the time, I would move my ass. Not to mention certain things are not meant for other people's ears. It's great that it's available, but you still need a keyboard.

71. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Using speech to text I can go about 100 words a minute. Far faster than the 80 words a minute I can type. It's about getting things done faster. If it means a bunch of people in an office talking at their computers, so be it.

55. HildyJ

Posts: 344; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Talk, no. Write, yes. I've owned tablets for a decade - Motion m1300, OQO 02, HP Slate 500, ThinkPad Tablet 2, Dell Venue 8 Pro - all full Windows devices with active digitizers. I'll never go back to laptops. Nor will I limit my capabilities with a phone OS tablet.

59. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

yeah, I discovered that Outlook supports a handwritten letter mode for the surface pro, very cool!

64. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

probably you are not using a computer for anything else than social media, surfing the web, an movies/music, right? Not even gaming... Once you will do some actual work, you will soon discover tablets are just useless toys. an I mean all of them: iOS, Android, and partial the Windows ones too.

67. Exempt1 unregistered

Tablets are for quick work, not for pleasure or real sessions in front of a screen. I love pulling out my tablets with clients for a quick briefing of their renders, smashing out some quick notes and stuff like that. But nothing beats my laptop and rig back at home for all my graphics, 3D and rendering work. (And gaming)

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Exactly. All the others are just big phones

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Except for iPad and models without phone capability. I like tablet with large screen that why I own a Galaxy Pro 12.2

12. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Obviously other than phone capability. But some do have that ability

26. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

I disagree. I bought my Acer Iconica A500 in 2011 for 400$. I tried to sell it last year but nobody wanted to pay more than 50$. And Acer officially discontinued software updates after Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). So I rooted it, now running smoothly on 4.4.4 (end of the road for a Tegra 2 device). I used it in my car as a media player connected to speakers for a few months. Now I just use it for home automation (controlling everything from the tab). There are many more uses, the simplest being an efficient ebook reader with 6+ hours of on screen time thanks to a custom kernel. If I HAD to buy a new one now, I'd go for the Nex9.

40. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I couldn't agree more. I have a Surface Pro 3 as well, and unlike JunitoNH (who of course has never tried one) love mine.

63. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

and when you mean "Surface Pro" you men you want to use it for something more productive than just facebook, web, or youtube. I am still waiting for the days when tables will usefull. I will buys one for myself when they will be able to replace a laptop. have a plus, mate!

70. Tumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Thumb up kaka!

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Using it right now to write response. Convenient, simple to use, and portable.

8. android_hitman unregistered

:))) Surface Pro, same features but better

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Surface Pro has no embalmed sensors such as GPS for Map App and call functionality like a phone so they are not the same. You should just buy a surface pro for your wife since you claim its the same. My guess would be the price, you are not willing to spend the amount that Microsoft charge while there plenty of cheap tablet that cost a small fraction of the price.

41. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

First of all why do i want to use my LARGE screen for GPS? I have that in my awesome Windows Phone app (Waze) on my larger than an iPhone 6" screen. As far as call functionality...i use my Surface all the time for calls using either Skype or Lync. Yup. that's right. Thanks anyway.

62. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I use my Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 when i travelling over sea with an oversea sim card. I like its1024 pressure sensitive wacom screen and pen to make quick note on the map with gps and compress. Its also easy to show and ask for directions. While i still have my roaming sim in a small nokia featureless phone as backup. That how i roll don't expect anyone to understand.

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And a fan to cool it down, much heavier than the others, etc... If you need a laptop, buy a laptop, if you need a desktop buy one too. But as a TABLET the Surface Pro is big, heavy and difficult to carry around.

42. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's too heavy? Really? I think you must be mistaken with your device...with a cover...with a keypad you lug around, etc. No, it's not too heavy. Try again. At least it's not for me.

66. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Just for everyone else that wants a tablet, and not a laptop replacement.

44. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Because laptops are so light and wispy, right? I do wish they made a thinner smaller surface pro 10 inch. They'll get there, when I first got my android tablet, I wished my PC could be so fast to launch the web browser and gallery, all the programs actually, but with the power of a desktop behind them, the Surface Pro answered my prayers.

65. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I'm not comparing it with a laptop, it is heavy and big AS A TABLET. My Nexus 7 is 300 grams and I can carry it in my jacket's pocket. Try doing that with the Surface Pro. Read again my post: it's not a tablet replacement, it is a laptop replacement. So no one that buys a tablet cares if it does more, as far as it is bigger and heavier than a TABLET it doesn't really compete with them.

3. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Yes I own the king of tablets the iPad Air 2.

13. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I just bought the sony z3 tablet compact last year and its a really nice tablet i like it alot, lil pricy but worth it. Battery life last forever on that thing

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