what with the tablet craze lately? they're godawfully overrated,i had an xperia tablet z and i got rid of it because of how bad and awkward the usability was, and felt like just a 10 inch smartphone, i cant believe this overhyped piece of dog crap is killing the pc market and killed the netbook i just hope at some point the tablet industry will crash like the video game industry with e.t. they're too much of them, they're no quality control over it and the games apps are just bad flash games that all look the same with overpriced pay to win microtransaction, the tablet industry is a total disaster and a serious threat for non casual users and pc lovers the only reason it a sucess it because steve jobs brainwashed the public to believe it a pc killer,almost everything a tablet does, the netbook or small laptop did it much better and for less. overall the tablet is ultimatly the most overrated electronic device of the 21st century.
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Its just easy and convenient for people really. I don't have one because of my phone, but if I need anything for games etc I just use my phone instead of alt tabbing out of a game or having to go into another room if I am on a console.
I turn it on and boom results.
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It's very convenient for the casual user. Youtube, email, facebook, twitter, casual games. etc
All of that is changing now with powerful processors like the Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4. Processors like Tegra 5/6 will reach up to graphics of 360 and PS4 graphics, all being more power efficient than ever. There is no need for a desktop unless it's workstation stuff or high end gaming that cannot be achieved on a mobile device. Ultrabooks are also the new craze with their sleek design and powerful intel processors.
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they are certainly overrated. they are grand for browsing dinternet and watching videos. but a laptop does those things better and a smartphone will do the same job for those times when its not practical to use a laptop.
there could be some pretty interesting games made for tablets but most are just quick and dirty ports of phone games.
from a gaming standpoint though i think they could be very interesting as a complimentary controller and second screen for many games. bit like xbox smartglass.
but as a standalone device its uses are limited.
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Just got a new Nexus 7 for Christmas and I love it! I was watching Netflix on my phone and while it was doable, it's nice to have a bigger screen to watch in bed.
While I'll always use my desktop for gaming or work - I can't really take my desktop to the couch or bed. :P
I believe my wife paid under $300 for mine. I'd say for all it does that's not a bad price IMO.
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Windows 8.1 tablets using x86-64 hardware have started to hit the market.
Take for example the ASUS T100 for $350.
- Windows 8.1 (x86) + Free Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student
- 10 inch 1366x768 IPS display
- Intel Atom Z3740 (Bay Trail)
- 2GB LPDDR3
- 64GB eMMC
- micro HDMI | micro SD | micro USB
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n | BT 4.0
- Included keyboard dock with a full sized USB 3.0 [No battery]
- 11 hour battery life (tablet only)
- 1.2 lbs (tablet only) | 2.4 lbs (tablet + keyboard dock)
- 10.4 x 6.7 x 0.41 inch (tablet only)
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