I am having the same problem with the tablet I have. I use my IPhone 4s because it serves the purpose that I need (i.e. phone calls, texting, contact organization, email, maps, etc...). I use either my work notebook or my home desktop because it serves the larger computing purpose that I need (i.e. needed work functions, larger emails, finance applications, etc...). The tablet has been relegated to the realm of play more than anything else (I definitely prefer Angry Birds on the larger screen than a phone). I have tried to use it for useful work, to have it supplement my notebook or desktop, but it just can't do that, whether it be the apps designed for it or the keyboard, it just can't replace my desktop or notebook. I am wondering if I need a tablet that has good battery power that I can walk around the house with or take to a meeting, but still be able to get my larger computing needs done. I don't want to have to compromise when it comes to productivity on a large screen. I already compromise on my phone, but it serves the purpose that I need. The tablets that are out now are just big phones without all of the features to allow me to get larger computing tasks done. Tablets need to not be another device, but a capable replacement device. I have a phone, I don't need just a bigger version, I need it to work on a larger scale.
Well said Rick. I haven't seen this viewpoint written anywhere else, but I definitely agree. I've got my work laptop that I dock to a couple of 20inch screens at the office. I'll use it to work from home a lot of nights. I prefer typing on a regular keyboard. And the laptop has Microsoft Office and other programs I need if I'm creating content. I'm not sure a tablet would be as easy for creating new power points.
I've got a Kindle Fire, but I rarely use it. There are no ipads in my home and I don't feel like I'm missing out on much. My kids use the kindle to play games and I'll sometimes downloads books on it. But I don't feel the need for any more screen time. And if I do, you're right that the 55-inch TV fills that need when I'm home and my iphone 4 fills the need when I'm out and about.
I write this reply on my ipad 2, sitting In a coffee shop. Since I got this ipad, my laptop has collected dust in my closet. I added a Bluetooth keyboard 18 months ago and it's functionality has replaced the laptop completely, paired with cloud services and a wifi link to my desktop. In record audio a video interviews, take and send photos, conduct conference calls, make overseas calls for free, play games. Watch television programs, control my tv, surf the net, participate in social media, write articles, keep records, do business accounting, listen to music. And I carry in in a lightweight messenger bag. It weighs a fraction of a laptop and has all the functionality of a laptop.
@Lou: It's folks like you and Patrick Moorhead that are showing us Luddites the way. You will prpobably live at least seven months longer than I will given the extra time I spend lugging by computer backpack around like the digital caveman I have become ;-)
I view tablets as a 'consumption' only device. You watch Youtube, read EE Times, watch webinars or movies, even online classes from MIT or Stanford. You might do an email once in a while (if away from the 'office' and you can't wait to respond), but thats the only 'production' I do.
I think it's just one more screen alternative to watch something on (or read something on). Phone, Tablet, Computer, or TV. I don't watch stuff on my phone so a tablet fits in nicely when I want to get away from the computer...
That is a common perception, but tablets are increasingly being used as portable creation/production devices in a variety of areas (e.g., writing, screencasts/videos, artwork and even music production to name a few).
I'll admit that I work intensively on my laptop computers and I that use an iPhone as I travel. While I don't use a tablet, the niche is clear to me. It is an ideal electronic device for recording information while walking around in a lab or manufacturing facility. Laptops are not made to be used while walking and iPhone screens are much too small for serious text or data entry. By the way, years ago I became an expert on the Palm Pilot at taking notes in meetings. Having a machine readable version of my notes at the end of the session was a real treat. In those days, the special writing font (using half the screen as the data entry surface) enabled me to enter text very fast. When the "new and improved" disk drive version appeared, the Palm software functionality collapsed and I never successfully entered spoken text in real time again. I miss the days of that functional handheld device. If I didn't already have enough computers and phones to manage, I'd be thinking about a tablet.