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Troll proposal

squiggleslash (241428) writes | more than 2 years ago

User Journal 5

Wondering if it'd be worth writing a "standard troll" (you know, like *BSD is dying, My Mac Sucks, that kind of thing) from a "Tablet enthusiast" that'd, well, make the point about how utterly ridiculous the things are.

Wondering if it'd be worth writing a "standard troll" (you know, like *BSD is dying, My Mac Sucks, that kind of thing) from a "Tablet enthusiast" that'd, well, make the point about how utterly ridiculous the things are.

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Comparing the original tablet to todays devices (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 2 years ago | (#39131509)

Moses: "How much are these tablets anyway?"
God: "They're free."
Moses: "Awesome, I'll take two!"

Pros of the original G*dPad:
1. Readable in full sunlight
2. No battery issues
3. Huge display compared to modern devices
4. Made from 100% natural environmentally friendly materials
5. No need for a stylus
6. Fingerprints didn't smear the display

Cons of the original G*dPad:
1. Terrible refresh rate
2. No firmware updates available
3. No new content in a compatible format
4. Not exactly portable
5. Limited geographical and demographic market
6. No unicode or multi-lingual support
7. No support for newer standards
8. Poor market penetration - the manufacturer stopped production soon after launch
9. Short life - the first two made broke when they were dropped.
10. Since the design was pretty much set in stone, it was quickly obsoleted

It would be too difficult to launch an updated G*pPad because too many different organizations now claim conflicting "intellectual property rights" with the original manufacturer.

i find the e-ink display very nice (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 2 years ago | (#39131549)

color tablets are nice as portable mpeg4 decoding. but i pretty much just read ebooks with my kindle with e-ink display(which is why i got an ereader). tablets are just big toys if you ask me.

Re:i find the e-ink display very nice (1)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 2 years ago | (#39134677)

color tablets are nice as portable mpeg4 decoding. but i pretty much just read ebooks with my kindle with e-ink display(which is why i got an ereader). tablets are just big toys if you ask me.

Well, you admit that you use your e-ink display as a big collection of books, which makes it a book, not a toy. ;)

As for me, I widely use my tablet for a lot of things. It's basically replaced my netbook. Except for the one nitpick, that they screwed up javascript execution in the default webkit, and now it runs like molasses (in Honeycomb and ICS both), and since the OS itself does a poor job locking and handling the UI, it can actually pretty much lock up my tablet, and make it a big pain in the ass.

The only thing that really bugs me about it is the loss of the keyboard, and therefrom a loss of touch type, especially since one then can not watch what one is typing and fix mistakes as they occur. Really, other than that, my tablet is a perfectly reasonable portable computer.

Re:i find the e-ink display very nice (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 2 years ago | (#39138679)

I have a bluetooth keyboard that is pretty much identical to my laptop keyboard. With a stand for the tablet, it is quite usable as a netbook-class machine, at less than half the weight of my 15" laptop. I've done quite a bit of writing on it, as well as watching movies. It works for reading, too, though not so well in full daylight.

It's all about expectations, though. I never expected the tablet to replace my laptop completely, and it hasn't. But it has done for about 80% of what I want to do, and is significantly more portable.

But I think that the trolling possibilities for a "tablet enthusiast" could be quite funny.

Re:i find the e-ink display very nice (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39161597)

Pretty much as soon as you start to spec a tablet to "get work done", it stops having any portability advantage over a netbook, and once it loses portability advantages over a netbook, it starts being inferior to a netbook for obvious reasons.

I do have two tablets, one I bought because I knew I'd have to get this tablet thing given my profession and all, and one because it actually seemed like a good idea.

The tablet that's a good idea is a Kindle Fire. It's an iPod for the 2010s. I'm under no illusions about its professional capabilities (ie none.) I use it for playing music, playing games, and occasionally as a larger screen web browser accessory for my phone.

The tablet that proves to me that the form factor is a big piece of crap the more "serious" you take them is a generic 10.1" Honeycomb tablet. It's too big to actually be portable - that is, you can't stuff it in an oversized pocket, you have to physically carry it around like a binder or large hardback book. It's just large enough, however, for you to be tempted to try to use it seriously. And, well, just about every app you throw at it suffers for the lack of a keyboard, an accurate pointing device, or both. (In fact, any typing generally needs both, not just the keyboard, because cut and paste on a touchscreen is PITA.)

We've used the Honeycomb tablet once as a "netbook replacement" in the sense we took it on vacation when we'd normally take a netbook. It was, however, just a weekend, and while we didn't have any need to dig out the netbook from the suitcase (yeah, that's how much trust I had...) I didn't feel at any time "Thank goodness I took this, a netbook would have sucked", because honestly, if I'd left it at home, and used the Netbook, I wouldn't have been any worse off. And I'd have had the added bonus of being able to use it if something important had come about.

All of which means... well, when you point this out, and get slammed for it by people who claim they use their tablet as their primary work machine... well, I'm a little baffled. And bemused, because they get so angry about it too. Really, really, angry.

It's that that makes me think this would be a great subject for a troll...

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