Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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RE: Just another thing it CAN do.
by Alfman on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 17:22 UTC in reply to "Just another thing it CAN do."
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"Don't read it if you want to stay in the dark under your bed about what iPads and other Apple devices can create and do."

I think you are being overly defensive about legitimate criticism of your favoured tablet platform.

Just because one CAN do something doesn't make it a good tool for the job. Obviously you *can* use your tablet to do things it's not particularly good at, but that's shifting to a "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy - instead of using a tablet for what it's good at, you try to use it everywhere.

Sometimes a tablet w/stylus may be an excellent artistic tool. On the other hand, many touch interface devices have regressed from the usability of physical counterparts and are far less efficient to use. Just because they can emulate physical devices doesn't make them as good. A typing keyboard is an obvious example. I've seen ads feature a tablet piano and guitar, which a professional would only consider using as gimmicks, which is clearly what they were even in the ads. They certainly don't replace the real deal for professionals.

We weigh the pros and cons between a number of competing factors: cost/portability/power/screens/data entry/interaction efficiency/etc. If the tablet adds up, then great! If not, then maybe you should admit that using a tablet can sometimes be like fitting a round peg into a square hole (so to speak). Just because it's possible to jerry-rig it with accessories doesn't mean it's a good idea...pros and cons.

Edit: one example of a good tablet application is GPS. Our tablet makes an excellent GPS device. But let's not kid ourselves and pretend they're suitable for professional office work unless there are no other computers around.

Edited 2012-08-02 17:26 UTC

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