Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 23:38 UTC
Microsoft The Verge is reporting Microsoft is building its own gaming tablet. "The Xbox Surface will likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks. We're told these specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC and that the Xbox Surface is being developed independent of specific hardware architecture. Microsoft's Xbox Surface won't run a full version of Windows, rather this 7-inch tablet will run a custom Windows kernel. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming." Custom kernel. So, incompatible with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Question. Why?
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I don't get tablets, enlighten me
by kragil on Wed 7th Nov 2012 00:30 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

I will get a Nexus 4 and it beats nearly all 7 inch tablets hands down.

Why would anyone with a high resolution phone need a tablet?

I can have quad core, 2gigs of RAM and a 1280x768 screen with me all the time.

I will also get a wireless charger, I had a touchstone for my Pre and it was great. You always know where to put your phone, it is always fully charged and you never have to stick in stupid cables etc.
Devices you need to charge nearly every day should all be charged wirelessly.

So why would I need a tablet? (I have good eye sight and holding the device a little closer to my face is no problem, because it weighs only 1/3 of a 7-inch tablet)

Having 2 devices for the same purpose seems really dumb to me. I have friends with Ipads and they only play games on them .. they read news etc on their phone.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Why would anyone with a high resolution phone need a tablet?


Reading books and watching videos on a phone is a whole LOT inferior an experience compared to doing that on a tablet. Just try spending several hours reading a book on a phone and you'll see.

Devices you need to charge nearly every day should all be charged wirelessly.


I disagree. Wireless charging is a waste of electricity, you're trading a lot higher electricity use for convenience.

So why would I need a tablet? (I have good eye sight and holding the device a little closer to my face is no problem, because it weighs only 1/3 of a 7-inch tablet)


You asked why people use tablets and I gave you two good examples. I don't know why you specifically would need one.

Having 2 devices for the same purpose seems really dumb to me. I have friends with Ipads and they only play games on them .. they read news etc on their phone.


That's their prerogative.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

the loss via inductive charging when in contact (like a charging pad) is not too bad < 5% so that is probably a good trade off for most people.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Why would anyone with a high resolution phone need a tablet?


Same reason why people buy 50" plasmas, when they could just buy a small TV and sit closer to it ;)

I have a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7, and the 3 or so inches size difference is pretty noticeable to me, even though it doesn't seem like it would be in theory. Besides, if you're not near a power source and want to read, play games, watch a movie, or whatever, you can do it on a tablet without draining that non-removable battery on the Nexus 4.

Edited 2012-11-07 02:48 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Same reason why people buy 50" plasmas, when they could just buy a small TV and sit closer to it ;)


Actually it is about the size of the room.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Why would anyone with a high resolution phone need a tablet?


Because phones are too small for some things.

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