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Old 04-22-2012, 05:56 AM   #1
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Just curious...

What d'ya really use for tablet for?

I'd say 90% of my use is simple surfing, e-mail, and the daily (normally) crossword puzzle.

Occasionally, I stream video (sometimes while shaving, or if there's two important soccer matches on at the same time and I can find a live stream) plus internet radio. And SuperNote which I got for free from Asus. Plus a couple of sports apps, NFL + PGA stuff.

I used it as a reader but didn't like it. I played the obligatory Angry Birds which was fun for about two hours then, meh.

I'd guess that most people I know, at least those over 21, have pretty similar habits. A bit more gaming maybe.

Even though this is in the android forum, I'd like to hear from other OS users as well.

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Old 04-22-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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My hubby bought a motorola xoom that I have taken over and I use it for surfing the net and reading. I have the kindle app, kobo and cool reader. I haven't used my Kobo Touch in about 2 or so weeks.
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Mostly surfing and email. Some YouTube and Netflix when I'm just trying to fall asleep. It's too heavy for reading so the only stuff I read on it are the ones I can't read on smaller devices - comics, magazines and textbooks.

Email and YouTube, definitely on Android. The Gmail app for ICS works better than the built-in email app for iOS or the official Gmail app for iOS. YouTube for ICS also looks a lot nicer.

Surfing is a mix of Android and iOS for me. After I installed ICS on the TouchPad, I pretty much used Chrome exclusively for surfing. With the high resolution iPad 3, I find myself gravitating towards the iPad more often now. I suspect that will change when the Infinity 700T is released.

Barely use my tablet for games and when I do, it's just the casual stuff (no Infinity Blade or any FPS). It's just too tiring if I have to hold the tablet with two hands instead of just propping it up on something.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:13 AM   #4
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My hubby bought a motorola xoom that I have taken over and I use it for surfing the net and reading. I have the kindle app, kobo and cool reader. I haven't used my Kobo Touch in about 2 or so weeks.
Interesting. You prefer the Xoom because its bigger or because you have access to more formats? Or something else?
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Mostly surfing and email. Some YouTube and Netflix when I'm just trying to fall asleep. It's too heavy for reading so the only stuff I read on it are the ones I can't read on smaller devices - comics, magazines and textbooks.

Email and YouTube, definitely on Android. The Gmail app for ICS works better than the built-in email app for iOS or the official Gmail app for iOS. YouTube for ICS also looks a lot nicer.

Surfing is a mix of Android and iOS for me. After I installed ICS on the TouchPad, I pretty much used Chrome exclusively for surfing. With the high resolution iPad 3, I find myself gravitating towards the iPad more often now. I suspect that will change when the Infinity 700T is released.

Barely use my tablet for games and when I do, it's just the casual stuff (no Infinity Blade or any FPS). It's just too tiring if I have to hold the tablet with two hands instead of just propping it up on something.
Gmail is great on Android. I also found the Tran kinda tiring to read on, for both weight and eyesight reasons. And I don't read that many comics/GNs.

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Interesting. You prefer the Xoom because its bigger or because you have access to more formats? Or something else?
I think I have preferred reading on the xoom lately because of the backlit screen at night time, (which is when I usually read because I have to look after my kids during the day lol), and because of the different formats available.

It's great I can access kindle books. There have been so many books I haven't been able to get from Kindle because I have a Kobo Touch and in saying that I'm not interested in ever owning a Kindle.

I like my Kobo Touch but I find the eink hard to read at night time even with a little light that clips on to the Kobo.

Yes the xoom is obviously heavier than the the kobo but I just keep going back to reading my books on it. I have my kobo sitting my desk draw and I don't really want to read off it any more.

I should probably go back to my kobo because it's lighter and better for my eyes in the long run. Even though I haven't gotten a headache from reading off the xoom yet. I do have bad eyesight and reading off the backlit screen seems to be a little bit easier on my eyes and I don't have to squint so much.
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I use it for magazines, news, movies, videos, web browsing, games, etc. I don't read books on it. Must have a non-backlit display for that.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:25 AM   #8
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I should probably go back to my kobo because it's lighter and better for my eyes in the long run. Even though I haven't gotten a headache from reading off the xoom yet. I do have bad eyesight and reading off the backlit screen seems to be a little bit easier on my eyes and I don't have to squint so much.
I have CoolReader, Mantano, Nook and Kindle ereaders on my tablets.

Those that are capable, are set to green text on black. Much easier on the eyes. I use my K3 quite a bit, particularly out doors this time of year.

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What d'ya really use for tablet for?

I'd say 90% of my use is simple surfing, e-mail, and the daily (normally) crossword puzzle.

Occasionally, I stream video (sometimes while shaving, or if there's two important soccer matches on at the same time and I can find a live stream) plus internet radio. And SuperNote which I got for free from Asus. Plus a couple of sports apps, NFL + PGA stuff.

I used it as a reader but didn't like it. I played the obligatory Angry Birds which was fun for about two hours then, meh.

I'd guess that most people I know, at least those under 21, have pretty similar habits. A bit more gaming maybe.

Even though this is in the android forum, I'd like to hear from other OS users as well.
Mine is a netbook replacement. It's an Asus Slider with a build-in physical keyboard.

I write essays and articles on it, do emails, surf, stream video, read news, take notes, etc. I don't game much at all. I don't read books on it either - I much prefer my Kobo Touch for that.
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I also take it with me to show brochures and videos to customers, and to carry all technical information with me.

For reading books I prefer e-ink. But I hope that we can have a real all-in-one in the not to distant future.
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I use my nook tablet for lots of things.

I use it mostly for reading, browsing the net, reading periodicals(Pluse/Currents), lots of writing*, Productivity(Evernote, notes, bill tracking, baking, stock tracking, To-Do,Calenar), playing games(puzzles and quick time killer**), and email.

I also use it for church missal but that is not as frequent.

* As a result I'm always looking for a good keyboard. Swiftkey is nice, but FlexT9 is the only keyboard that gets me typing anywhere close to a real keyboard.
**I do like the longer role playing games, but after playing a decent game I found I spent too much time on that game and it ate up a lot of my time. Since I carry the nook with me at all times it was too easy to pickup the nook and play the game.
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Mine is a netbook replacement. It's an Asus Slider with a build-in physical keyboard.

I write essays and articles on it, do emails, surf, stream video, read news, take notes, etc. I don't game much at all. I don't read books on it either - I much prefer my Kobo Touch for that.
Cool! You're the only person I "know" that has one of this. Is the keyboard comfortable to use?

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I also use it for church missal but that is not as frequent.

* As a result I'm always looking for a good keyboard. Swiftkey is nice, but FlexT9 is the only keyboard that gets me typing anywhere close to a real keyboard.
**I do like the longer role playing games, but after playing a decent game I found I spent too much time on that game and it ate up a lot of my time. Since I carry the nook with me at all times it was too easy to pickup the nook and play the game.
Points for original usage!

I use hackers keyboard. But I really don't type much on my tab, just a note here or there.

I use my PC for gaming, especially RPGs. I just prefer the larger screen + power. I find gaming on my tablet is best when its very casual & very short. Just my 2 cents.
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