A couple of years ago at the Microsoft Build conference, one of the speakers made a big deal about how touch was going to be in everything and that pretty soon we would think of any screen without touch as a broken screen. I was skeptical at the time, but now I am starting to understand. It is going to be in every screen. And kids being born now are going to find it hard to imagine that there was once a time when all screens were not touch screens.
I'm sure you all remember this video of a baby trying to use a magazine like an iPad that went viral a couple years back....
@DMcC: You remind me of a friend who takes notes at meetings on a fold out tablet connected to his smartphone. And analhyst (and former EETimes reporter) Richard Doherty who was one of the first to use the IBM Butterfly keyboard with hois PDA on airplanes.
There's a ton of great stuff out there to play with and use.
Oh and when it was working I took my Kindle to bed and read Walter Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs. Isaacson is one heck of a biographer. Check out his Einstein and Franklin bios.
Well, after reading your article and remembering a few psychology terms from my college years; I don't think anything is wrong with you. I guess you simply just don't want to change and we respect that. That's okay. If you are happy with your laptop, that's all that matters. But don't give up your Internet.
I have a desktop, laptop, and cell phone. I had no real use for a smart phone (the screen is too small for my 57-year old eyes). I recently picked up a tablet (Kindle Fire HD 8.9) and I find I use it more often than my laptop under certain circumstances. I find it's a lot more convenient to use in most meetings, either business or public meetings, unless I am giving a presentation and need to call up material not stored on the tablet or in the cloud.
Like Junko I prefer it to laptops when reading or watching videos. Like her it allows me to slouch comfortably.
Is it a replacement for the laptop, desktop, or TV? No, of course not. But I find it is more convenient for me to use than the other devices under some circumstances. After all it is all about convenience for the user, is it not?
@kfield, but the question remains whether taking your device to your bed a luxury you want to have. I, after long day staring on laptop or mobile, have no energy left to take another device to bed. Rather i like take a book for reading.
Rick, you are not alone in finding Tablet (or Phablet) not too much useful. We can for sure surf, listen and watch on it and that too with more flexibility but i do not think that they can replace smartphone (less than 5 inch screens) or laptop (not notebooks). Smartphones and laptops are kind of absolute necessity now but without table one can still do everything without really feeling left behind.
I have a folding IR keyboard for the PDA, bought mostly for use with WordSmith, which was the best word processor app for Palm OS devices.
But it presents a challenge when traveling: it's not convenient to use unless there is a steady flat surface on which to put it. So it's more or less usable on something like Amtrak or an airliner where there is a fold-down table on the back of the seat in front of me, but not usable on an NYC subway. (My notebook is usable on a subway, but I don't normally try.) Any substantial typing waits till I'm settled at my destination,
The PDA is dandy as a one handed eBook viewer when I'm strap-hanging.
And anything that requires connectivity is problematic on a subway. Good luck on getting a cell phone signal on the underground portions, and forget wifi. (The MTA is in the beginning stages of a wifi rollout, but it will be a while before it's really usable.)
If I get a tablet, a BT keyboard will be a requirement, but it will still be an "if-and-when" operation. Form factor again: I want a bigger screen than a practical tablet will have. I do things like design projects where I really want to see an 8.5x11 page in as close to actual size as I cen get it.
Yup; after I got my iPad I stopped using my iPhone 4S. I can't even imagine getting another iPhone because it's screen is so small and it makes me sick. I really wish my iPad let me make phone calls; that would be awesome. I carry it around in a bag with me, I suppose it's called a murse. I can take it on my bicycle easily and, when I want to find something, the large screen makes finding things easy. The $1200 I've put into it seems like a bargin. My engineering efforts are better than ever since aNote keeps me organized and "good reader" gives me access to my books, PDF collection, photos and data sheets. I often pass it around design meetings to show people my notes, data sheets, etc... and they love it.
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