Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 22:04 UTC
Apple Even though I was extremely sceptical of this whole tablet thing, I bought an iPad 2 a few weeks ago. Obviously, this occasion couldn't pass by without a proper review of the thing on OSNews, so here we are. Inside, my view on the iPad 2, and more importantly, how my perception of tablets has been turned around completely.
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RE: Comment by Luminair
by WorknMan on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 22:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

No matter where I am - on the couch watching TV, in the yard playing with my cats and enjoying some coffee, at friends when everybody is doing stuff, and yes, of course, even while on the toilet.


Haha, I like this little blurb from the article:

No matter where I am - on the couch watching TV, in the yard playing with my cats and enjoying some coffee, at friends when everybody is doing stuff, and yes, of course, even while on the toilet.

For those who say that a netbook/laptop can do anything a tablet can do, I'd like to see you bitches try to use a netbook/laptop on the crapper. Or kicked back on the couch. Or lying in bed. Or on the bus. Or on a long car ride. Sure, you could use a smartphone in those instances, but a tablet gives you more screen real-estate to work with, making it easier to navigate.

Thing about a laptop is that you can't hold it in one hand, while surfing the web with one finger on the other hand. THAT is why tablets are useful. Not a necessity to be sure, but nice to have around. I've heard people dismiss tablets as 'toys', while most of these same people own multiple game consoles and a giant-ass TV. Pot, meet kettle ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Lennie on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 23:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

In a way, you and Thom are saying it comes closer to pen & paper being "just there".

This is what I thought web-tablets would also be like, but never caught on. The timing was wrong.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by jack_perry on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 23:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

For those who say that a netbook/laptop can do anything a tablet can do, I'd like to see you bitches try to use a netbook/laptop on the crapper. Or kicked back on the couch. Or lying in bed. Or on the bus. Or on a long car ride.


Uhmmm... I've done all those, except for the toilet (I have some dignity), and I've also tried using my iPad while kicked back on the couch, or lying in bed. I generally prefer the laptop if I have to do real work -- um, type -- and the iPad if I have to play games.

But Safari is a pain (not least for some of the issues Thom raises), Mail is a pain (unless you want merely to read, and even then it's arguable), the App Store is a horrid nightmare with no memory on searches (go forward ten pages, select an app to read its description, return, and find yourself on the first page of the apps that meet search criteria -- go forward ten pages again), and the machine is hostile to multitasking even when plugged in.

Honestly, I think the only reason Thom's review wasn't worse is because he hasn't had it long enough. Tablet computing has to be better than this!

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by phoenix on Mon 4th Jul 2011 05:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

For those who say that a netbook/laptop can do anything a tablet can do, I'd like to see you bitches try to use a netbook/laptop on the crapper. Or kicked back on the couch. Or lying in bed. Or on the bus. Or on a long car ride. Sure, you could use a smartphone in those instances, but a tablet gives you more screen real-estate to work with, making it easier to navigate.


I've used my 10.1" eeePC in all those places. Works quite nicely. When lying down, you just push the screen all the way open, turning it into a nicely curved "tablet".

Not sure why you'd think a palmtop wouldn't work in the crapper.

Thing about a laptop is that you can't hold it in one hand, while surfing the web with one finger on the other hand.


Uh, yeah, you can. Works very well. Even when lying down. They have a trackpad, which works with the same principles as a touchscreen. :rolleyes: Can even play games on it, so long as they only need mouse or keyboard and not both.

The biggest downside to an iPad is just how hard it is to get media, documents, files of any kind onto it in order to do anything with them. Thom mentioned this in the article. We had big plans at work to use iPads for board meetings to replace paper ... until we actually tried to use them in that fashion. You'd think it would be simple to just put PDFs onto the network to access, but it's not that easy to do with an iPad. We're planning on building diskless stations into the desks instead.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by eml.nu on Mon 4th Jul 2011 05:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
eml.nu Member since:
2006-07-04

I often use my macbook on the crapper. No problem.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by shotsman on Mon 4th Jul 2011 07:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

I'd love for some biologist to see exactly what really nasty bacteria lives on your MacBook keyboard then.

At least with the iPad (other tablets are available) you can wipe down the screen with Anti-Bacterial stuff...

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by nej_simon on Mon 4th Jul 2011 09:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

For those who say that a netbook/laptop can do anything a tablet can do, I'd like to see you bitches try to use a netbook/laptop on the crapper. Or kicked back on the couch. Or lying in bed. Or on the bus. Or on a long car ride. Sure, you could use a smartphone in those instances, but a tablet gives you more screen real-estate to work with, making it easier to navigate.


You can have it in your lap at those occasions, that's why it's called a laptop you know.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by bnolsen on Mon 4th Jul 2011 13:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

netbooks do all of this. Don't you have one?? tablets are only superior for reading books, magazines and playing games in these situations.

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