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« on: November 12, 2014, 04:18:40 PM »

I've been contemplating on buying a Nexus 9 but every time I get close to pulling the trigger I can't find one good reason I'll use it above my phone or my current 4 year old Win 7 laptop which is my primary couch machine. 

So how do you use or tablet?


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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 04:34:06 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 12, 2014, 04:18:40 PM

I've been contemplating on buying a Nexus 9 but every time I get close to pulling the trigger I can't find one good reason I'll use it above my phone or my current 4 year old Win 7 laptop which is my primary couch machine. 

So how do you use or tablet?

I have an iPad. Primary use is watching movies and amazon prime. Secondary use, some gaming, tertiary use, controlling my AR Drone.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 05:00:53 PM »

It's a TV or bedroom  (icon_neutral) companion mostly. I will watch a soccer game on TV while following along on Twitter (or watching the game on the iPad if it's not on TV). With TV shows I don't care about I will surf the internet as I watch. Games. Occasionally reading (I prefer eInk, but I have some reference stuff in iBooks). iPads can text message over wifi, so I use it for that a lot. Shopping is far too easy, so if I think of something I am interested in buying, my iPad is usually close by and makes spending money easy. I use it for school work/studying a lot (I have a bluetooth keyboard). I will write papers on my Mac in Pages, and then proofread on my iPad as I sit on the couch.

Basically it doesn't leave my side when I am home, there is always something to look up, check, or to pass time with. I can't imagine life without it anymore. Of course on the iPad side the apps aren't as numerous. The iPhone is where the money is at, but most of the bigger apps have iPad versions. Still the iPad store must be about half the size of the iPhone store. Android they just scale phone apps up, so they often look like crap, but maybe things have changed since I had a Nexus.

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 05:15:09 PM »

Kind of sadly, I find I mostly just use mine for reading Twitter and occasionally reading some internet or watching YouTube videos (though mostly just things linked from Twitter).  I barely use it for games anymore.

I also have an older laptop that I tend to use for the majority of my internet reading while watching TV sort of thing.  It's just miles easier to read, navigate and type on (for me) than my older 7" Nexus tablet or newer 8"  Shield tablet.  And still faster at pretty much everything too.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 05:27:31 PM »

iPad is my bed-side machine.  Once I get into bed at night I use it to surf.  It's also my go to on trips where I put photos from my DSLR so I can see them on a bigger screen.
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 05:54:49 PM »

zero gaming for me. I use for web browsing etc. Any activity really where I don't want to have my laptop on my lap  icon_lol
Plus I RDP to my desktop when I see something I want to download  ninja
Streaming movies from PC to tablet in bed is also a bonus!

I never wanted a tablet until I bought the 1st gen iPad the week it was released - haven't looked back since.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2014, 06:02:12 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 12, 2014, 04:18:40 PM

I've been contemplating on buying a Nexus 9 but every time I get close to pulling the trigger I can't find one good reason I'll use it above my phone or my current 4 year old Win 7 laptop which is my primary couch machine. 

So how do you use or tablet?

In addition to an iPad I have a Macbook Air which is almost as small and light as an iPad.  I almost always use the iPad over the Macbook for couch web browsing.  It's just plain more comfortable and easy to use a tablet instead of a laptop unless you're typing up something really long.

I also play Hearthstone regularly and can do so on either device.  The only reason I'd ever play it on the laptop over the iPad is if the iPad battery is dead.
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2014, 06:27:22 PM »

It's rough web browsing on the tablet for me without adblock and all the other extensions I use now on chrome.

Mostly play games and read on it.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2014, 07:47:29 PM »

I have an Air and a Mini and I use one or the other everyday.

My work is dull, dull, dull so I spend about 7 hours playing Word with Friends. 

I actually game more on it than my PC because I haven't updated my PC in years.  Right now I am playing Tactics Maiden, Braveland, X-Com and The Room 2 actively ,  Love'em all. 

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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2014, 10:16:53 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on November 12, 2014, 06:02:12 PM

I also play Hearthstone regularly and can do so on either device.  The only reason I'd ever play it on the laptop over the iPad is if the iPad battery is dead.

The iPad was designed to play Hearthstone if nothing else. My high end Surface Pro 3 has to turn on the fans at full blast to run Hearthstone, and it still doesn't look as good or run as smoothly as it does on the iPad. My iPad barely gets warm running Hearthstone.
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2014, 11:09:52 PM »

Two tablets, a 2nd gen kindle hd 9in and a Asus transformer.  I'll use the kindle for reading books, but my wife uses it almost exclusively.  The TF is older and should really be restored to factory as it lags quite a bit with newer games.

I actually spend more time browsing on a chromebook due to the speed, low weight and full keyboard.
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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2014, 11:54:38 PM »

I've gotten good use out of my tablet as an on the go web and email device. No need to lug a laptop around on the go.

Trying to work on a tablet, like writing large documents is a lie, none of the interfaces work well for it, and using your finger to pudge around to put the cursor at the correct spot to make corrections is a nightmare. That's even after getting a bluetooth keyboard, and even if I had a bluetooth mouse, the office apps just are that sophisticated on it, and transferring files is still a bit messy.
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2014, 12:11:05 AM »

Quote from: Turtle on November 12, 2014, 11:54:38 PM

Trying to work on a tablet, like writing large documents is a lie, none of the interfaces work well for it, and using your finger to pudge around to put the cursor at the correct spot to make corrections is a nightmare. That's even after getting a bluetooth keyboard, and even if I had a bluetooth mouse, the office apps just are that sophisticated on it, and transferring files is still a bit messy.

I don't find this to be the case at all using an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. I use Pages, Omni Outliner, Evernote, and OneNote quite a bit and have no issues. All use their own file systems that works across devices which makes file management easy (although icloud is still buggy, Apple needs to slow down on updates and get their shit together). With handoff I can literally be working at my Mac, pick up my iPad and hit a button and start right where I left off.

I can type away easily enough writing papers, but I would agree cut and pasting is a hassle, I wouldn't want to do any heavy editing. With a keyboard I can easily take notes from a text book by just putting the keyboard on top of the book and not even looking at my iPad that is sitting next to me. Far easier than a bulky laptop.

I only find a laptop superior if I have to do a lot if editing or I need multiple windows open as reference. If Windows 10 can finally nail down the tablet/laptop interface, it could be near near perfect for this kind of stuff.
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2014, 03:59:42 PM »

I use my Surface Pro 3 as my "browsemachine" at work (have the dock).  I use it for notes (one-note, pen helps with my need to doodle) during meetings.

I also use it as my Starbucks PC and my remote PC to RDP into my work machine via Citrix. I could go to my home PC, but that just doesn't happen. I don't play many games on it, but with an intel chip it isn't really built for that.

I have been known to watch movies and shows, be that via netflix or USB3 external drives.
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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2014, 05:14:47 PM »

Quote from: Lee on November 13, 2014, 12:11:05 AM

I don't find this to be the case at all using an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. I use Pages, Omni Outliner, Evernote, and OneNote quite a bit and have no issues. All use their own file systems that works across devices which makes file management easy (although icloud is still buggy, Apple needs to slow down on updates and get their shit together). With handoff I can literally be working at my Mac, pick up my iPad and hit a button and start right where I left off.

I can type away easily enough writing papers, but I would agree cut and pasting is a hassle, I wouldn't want to do any heavy editing. With a keyboard I can easily take notes from a text book by just putting the keyboard on top of the book and not even looking at my iPad that is sitting next to me. Far easier than a bulky laptop.

I only find a laptop superior if I have to do a lot if editing or I need multiple windows open as reference. If Windows 10 can finally nail down the tablet/laptop interface, it could be near near perfect for this kind of stuff.

I can see general writing to be fine, such as essays and reports. But I need to do a lot of layout, things involving headers and types, and selecting text. It's a nightmare.
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« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2014, 03:44:37 PM »

I use it for testing mobile app builds for work.  That's about it - between my 5s and laptop, I really have no day-to-day use for a tablet.
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2014, 07:50:48 PM »

My Surface 3 (the piece of crap that it is with its shitty built in Maxwell wifi chip) is just my secondary computer if you will. It holds all my chat clients, Skype, and everything else I need. It sits underneath my gaming PC's monitor (or next to me when I'm on a console) and it gives me access to anything no matter what I'm doing.
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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2014, 06:38:06 PM »

iPad is 80% used as a comic book (Comixology/Marvel Unlimited apps), 15% TV companion, and 5% portable gaming system when I travel.

Used to be 50/50 (comic/gaming) when I took the train in to work - but now I drive. Only recently have I started using it as a TV companion.
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2014, 10:34:26 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on November 12, 2014, 06:27:22 PM

It's rough web browsing on the tablet for me without adblock and all the other extensions I use now on chrome.

Mostly play games and read on it.
If this isn't appropriate here let me know, but I thought it was at least relevant.  I can hardly stand browsing without Adblock as well and jailbreaking  my iPad was painless, relatively risk free, and allowed me to install Adblock.

My laptop now doesn't leave the desk,
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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2014, 04:33:10 PM »

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My Surface 3 (the piece of crap that it is with its shitty built in Maxwell wifi chip) is just my secondary computer if you will. It holds all my chat clients, Skype, and everything else I need. It sits underneath my gaming PC's monitor (or next to me when I'm on a console) and it gives me access to anything no matter what I'm doing.
You have problems, even after all the firmware updates? Contact support. Get that fixed up. Mine runs like a champ.
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« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2014, 05:06:20 PM »

Quote from: Purge on November 19, 2014, 04:33:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 16, 2014, 07:50:48 PM

My Surface 3 (the piece of crap that it is with its shitty built in Maxwell wifi chip) is just my secondary computer if you will. It holds all my chat clients, Skype, and everything else I need. It sits underneath my gaming PC's monitor (or next to me when I'm on a console) and it gives me access to anything no matter what I'm doing.
You have problems, even after all the firmware updates? Contact support. Get that fixed up. Mine runs like a champ.

Yeah, wifi hasn't been issue for months, a firmware update took care of my problems. As I said though, my Surface Pro is flakey and I have to reboot it once a week.

My biggest gripe right now is that with a bluetooth keyboard hooked up, it still likes to pop up the onscreen keyboard sometimes, which resizes all my windows (unless they are maximized). It drives me nuts. Then there are apps like Steam that just either don't support touch, or have such small hit boxes it makes it a complete pain in the ass. The Surface to me is a laptop with touch capabilities more than it is a tablet. Don't get me wrong, if someone told me they were going to buy a laptop, a Surface Pro would be my first recommendation (after Apple), but I would not recommend it to someone who wants a tablet. Not even in the same ballpark on weight, easy of use, or even performance (both Android and Apple tablets are getting to be quite powerful and don't have fan and heat problems like a Surface). Tablets are still too limited for many things that are just easier to do on a laptop, for this stuff, the Surface is great.
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« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2014, 07:44:03 PM »

On the iPad front, the latest iOS 8 patch from earlier this week has done wonders for my old iPad 2.  Post 8, the thing would freeze up for minutes at a time when surfing the web.  Now it's much, much better. 
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« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2014, 02:23:22 PM »

Quote from: Lee on November 19, 2014, 05:06:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 19, 2014, 04:33:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 16, 2014, 07:50:48 PM

My Surface 3 (the piece of crap that it is with its shitty built in Maxwell wifi chip) is just my secondary computer if you will. It holds all my chat clients, Skype, and everything else I need. It sits underneath my gaming PC's monitor (or next to me when I'm on a console) and it gives me access to anything no matter what I'm doing.
You have problems, even after all the firmware updates? Contact support. Get that fixed up. Mine runs like a champ.

Yeah, wifi hasn't been issue for months, a firmware update took care of my problems. As I said though, my Surface Pro is flakey and I have to reboot it once a week.

My biggest gripe right now is that with a bluetooth keyboard hooked up, it still likes to pop up the onscreen keyboard sometimes, which resizes all my windows (unless they are maximized). It drives me nuts. Then there are apps like Steam that just either don't support touch, or have such small hit boxes it makes it a complete pain in the ass. The Surface to me is a laptop with touch capabilities more than it is a tablet. Don't get me wrong, if someone told me they were going to buy a laptop, a Surface Pro would be my first recommendation (after Apple), but I would not recommend it to someone who wants a tablet. Not even in the same ballpark on weight, easy of use, or even performance (both Android and Apple tablets are getting to be quite powerful and don't have fan and heat problems like a Surface). Tablets are still too limited for many things that are just easier to do on a laptop, for this stuff, the Surface is great.

Don`t put Windows 10 Tech preview on SP3 either. The tablet functionality isn`t mature in it. Pain in the ass in that regard. Rolling back to Win8.1 is a pain in the ass too since the W10TP wipes out the restore partition.

I think the biggest tablet issue is that it`s a working tablet, not a play tablet. One Note is phenomenal... but there are a lot of apps that need to focus on the tablet aspect to work well.

and VLC desktop is WAY better than the W8 native version. Ugh.
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« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2014, 05:24:38 PM »

The iPad is a lifesaver on all my long cross-country flights.  I've caught up with a ton of the movies I missed over the last 4-5 years.  Outside of that, I mostly just use it for web surfing and e-mails.  I used to do a ton of gaming on it, but there hasn't been much lately that piques my interest.
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« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2014, 05:43:45 PM »

The iPad is a boardgamer's dream.  The number of great games in that genre that have been ported over to iOS amazes me.
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« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2014, 11:28:25 PM »

From a PC gaming standpoint it's just been invaluable for checking FAQs, Wikis, forums, YouTube how-to videos etc. when I'm stuck or need some guidance on how to do something, etc. Would've saved me a lot of frustration in MMOs but I'd largely stopped playing them at the time I got my first iPad (2012).
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« Reply #26 on: November 27, 2014, 12:23:41 AM »

Clash of clan, Boom Beach and since no one else want to say it but all\most do Porn.
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« Reply #27 on: November 27, 2014, 08:21:25 AM »

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Clash of clan, Boom Beach and since no one else want to say it but all\most do Porn.


Probably because there was no to say it, good for you though, congrats. And actually I don't use a tablet for that.

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Quote from: Caine on November 12, 2014, 11:09:52 PM

Two tablets, a 2nd gen kindle hd 9in and a Asus transformer.  I'll use the kindle for reading books, but my wife uses it almost exclusively.  The TF is older and should really be restored to factory as it lags quite a bit with newer games.

I actually spend more time browsing on a chromebook due to the speed, low weight and full keyboard.
I've recently added a Kindle Paper white for dedicated reading (huge improvement over LCD) and a Kindle 7 HD to replace/give away the first gen Kindle Fire and shelve the TF.  

The 7HD will become my own with the wife getting the 9HD.  Not as big into gaming on it but I'll use it for companion apps and guides while gaming.
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