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anon9303122
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Re: Tablet niche in urban environments
anon9303122   7/30/2013 1:44:50 PM
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And I use a Motorola Razr dumb phone.  Don't need anything more than that, so why pay more and carry around a clunky mini-tablet?

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Re: Tablet niche in urban environments
anon9303122   7/30/2013 1:42:48 PM
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You would probably be right.  In a city, a tablet might make some sense.  For me, and the kind of engineering work I do, a tablet is a toy.  I use a desk top machine most of the time at work, and when I travel, I use a laptop.

 

For me, a tablet is a solution in search of a problem.  My wife is an insurance adjuster.  For her, a tablet is a legitimate tool.  It has important features and functionality that suits her work.

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KB3001   7/30/2013 12:55:16 PM
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I too tend use two out of three devices, usually my smartphone and laptop when I am in [working mode], and my smartphone and tablet when I am in [holiday mode].

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Re: I prefer laptop
zhgreader   7/30/2013 12:31:40 AM
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heard of this chip, which is call true 8 cores.

look forward to buying one.

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Tablet niche in urban environments
any1   7/29/2013 4:53:32 PM
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The advantages of tablets like battery life and "instant on" have been mentioned, but most of you must not be city dwellers.  On a crowded bus, subway, or commuter train a tablet is the only way to go.  You don't have a lap for your laptop if you are standing.  You can't beat the size and weight if you carry everything in a backpack or brief case everyday and are walking any distance to work or school once you get off your bus, subway, train etc.

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Re: What's your use case?
rich.pell   7/29/2013 2:11:04 PM
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"...when I was a kid I am guessing we probably had about 10 channels, before we got cable. Cut to today: I'm not even sure how many channels its possible to receive..."

Reminds me of the Bruce Willis movie The Kid, where Willis is visited by his younger self (played by a child actor).  The latter, after spending a few minutes channel surfing in front of Willis' modern-day TV proclaims "Holy smokes... 99 channels and there's nothing on!"

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Re: What's your use case?
DMac   7/29/2013 1:58:39 PM
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@Tom- Was the person who bought your mid-80s VCR in 2001 interested in it for its VCR capabilities or as a technology relic/museum piece? Do you recall how much it fetched? It's interesting to me that soneone at that time would have wanted a 15-year old VCR with no remote.

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Max The Magnificent   7/29/2013 1:56:37 PM
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@Daniel: Touch is intuitive, but for pixel-level control I need a device with a mouse...

I agree -- even on a non-touch screen my wife is happy to use the trackpad on the notepad, but I hate those things -- I'm really comfortable with a mouse in one hand and controlling my trusty <CTRL-x> shortcut keys with the other :-)

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Tom Murphy   7/29/2013 1:50:43 PM
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Max: My first VCR (mid 80s?) was a monstrous machine with a "remote" control that was connected with a cord. I sold it the year 2001, and have no doubt it still works wherever it is. But now the machine must be working manually only.  I just found the remote the other day in a box I hadn't opened in some time.

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DMac   7/29/2013 1:49:19 PM
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Now that is what I call an elegant solution, Max. I think that must be where you got your engineering mindset.


That's another thing that has changed so massively. You had two or three channels. I was born in the early 70s, and when I was a kid I am guessing we probably had about 10 channels, before we got cable. Cut to today: I'm not even sure how many channels its possible to receive through my comcast cable service but I know it's in the hundreds.

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