"If the iPad was truly useful, Apple would never sell another Mac"
Until recently you HAD TO [not an option] own a computer [PC or MAC] and plug it in to get it going the first time you use it….
You also HAD TO [not an option] download, install and use iTunes to get it going the first time you use it AND to do backups and updates….
There’s no escaping it – You still NEED your computer for all sorts of serious / work, creation and data / media manipulation tasks.
This is NOT the case for Android tablets. No conflict of interest.
It does beg the question "Why are they competing with the iPad when the products ability and function is so superior?"
-access to the file system
-peripheral devices can be plugged in [most]
Why is it that Google and OEM’s aren’t shipping tablets with better "out of the box" software to do ‘real’ tasks that you currently end up doing on a computer? eg. the Asus Transformer and the like with USB ports: WHY, why, why can’t you plug in an external CD or DVD ROM to copy data or play a movie straight of a disk? Burn a backup to a disk?
Why doesn’t Gmail [a Google product] work in all it’s glory on the stock browser [a Google product]?
Why are we forced to use an App [and loose all the power and function given to us via the desktop website page]?
…if you haven’t tried, go to Gmail [or your Google Apps for Business mail] on a tablet and try and do a few tasks. Good luck.
Why isn’t there an option for some sort of controlled memory management? Result = IF you switch to another task whilst ‘working’ on a document or related, you wouldn’t loose your work on returning. Ditto browser[s].
So we all love the weight, convenience, size and function of a tablet….
THE WORLD HAS JUST CHANGED….
"Enter, stage left: Windows 8 with touch"
I have been putting off buying a new PC for the last 6-7 years at least as I just couldn’t see any real benefit besides "checking my spelling faster" as the saying goes.. With a background in system engineering, I’ve been playing the upgrade game literally for decades and I’m sick of it. No new benefits or function [I remember when Word came on 4 floppy disks - I think - before 'Office' was a single product. What functionally has changed exactly?]
Anyway, it all finally changed around Christmas when I bit the bullet and purchased a Sony Vaio Duo 11 and I have to say…. I’m impressed.
Within days I’d noticed that I hadn’t turned on any of my tablets / pads, and now, a month down the track, they literally have dust on them and will soon be for sale.
I can see NO reason why I would EVER want or need to use them again….
The new ‘computer’ summary:-
New tablet: yes
‘Touch’ consumption of guf: yes
Creation of work: yes
Apps / Programs: yes [golly, what happened to the word 'programs'?]
Manipulation of media: yes
Storage of files: yes
Connection to HDMI, USB, VGA, SD cards, Ethernet etc: yes
Playing games: yes
blah, blah and some more blah: yes – it’s a ‘real’ computer.
All very interesting given Microsoft’s disastrous efforts in the mobile landscape "Since Bill left"….
A conflict of interest for them with ‘tablets’, ‘phablets’, or ‘phones’ moving forward?
Thoughts and comments openly welcome…. "Have you actually tried using / playing around with Windows 8 touch yet?"