Apple's iPad and tablets in general. The "pet rock" of the 2000's

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Oct 29, 2013.

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    RichA Guest

    Was in Chapters (bookstore) which has a Starbucks in it. There were about 30 people seated. Most of them were working. Students, business people. Nearly ALL had a laptop, a couple were on phones and only one had a tablet,a Microsoft Surface with a keyboard.
    RichA, Oct 29, 2013
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    Savageduck Guest

    Well that's Toronto for you.
    Savageduck, Oct 29, 2013
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    wtrplnet Guest

    But that's the point. Tablets, aside from the Surface aren't really
    intended to be work machines. They are content delivery systems. I'm a
    dedicated PC user and I bought a Kindle Fire HD, mostly on a whim. I use
    it a LOT more than I expected. I have Amazon Prime to stream a really
    good library of video content, and also HBO Go which delivers nearly
    everything available on HBO on demand. I simply use the Kindle to grab
    the content and push it up to my 46" Samsung 8000 series through the
    HDMI port. If I'm not home the content is still very viewable on the
    Kindle screen.

    Tablets really do fill a need, the shipment numbers for PC's and laptops
    tell the tale.

    When I have actual work to do I have the high-spec PC for Photoshop and
    Lightroom. On the go, well, I can't imagine a situation where I would
    really need a laptop while traveling anymore. I can read and respond to
    email with the tablet, or my phone for that matter.

    I'd not criticize a category for not filling a need for which it was not
    wtrplnet, Oct 29, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    You and nospam should form a market research firm as a partnership.
    You both feel that one person's personal observation is a valid claim
    that can be extrapolated.
    Tony Cooper, Oct 29, 2013
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    Guest Guest

    once again, you are twisting things.

    my observations have never been about one single location. i look at
    overall trends, and i'm certainly not the only person who does this

    for instance, i knew several years ago that blackberry was fucked. it
    was very obvious from what i saw. every time i went out, i kept seeing
    fewer and fewer blackberries and more and more iphones and android
    phones, but the real red flag was that i never met a single person who
    had a blackberry and actually liked it.

    you would have said 'but blackberry has 50% market share, look at the
    official numbers'. i suspect their management said the same thing.

    you have to pay attention to the real world and what's really happening
    and what users think about the products, rather than live in an
    analytical cave and rely on numbers that don't mean what you want them
    to mean.
    Guest, Oct 29, 2013
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Actually tablets make fine work machines, they're just not "sit at a
    desk" work machines. I've seen them used for inventory and other
    situations where a handheld device makes sense.
    J. Clarke, Oct 29, 2013
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    Martin Brown Guest

    Probably means people in Toronto with taste have more sense than to buy
    over diluted $tarbuck$ American weak coffee. Local chains are better.
    Actually with an ancillary keypad and an origami stand they are not too
    bad as a netbook - less powerful than a full laptop but also lighter.

    And for many inventory or tick box exercises in the workplace they come
    into their own since there is no scrappy mechanical keyboard to get
    germs, oil and rubbish trapped in. One wipe of the screen with a
    suitable cleaner or bactericide and you are good to go again.
    Martin Brown, Oct 29, 2013
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    Guest Guest

    yep, pick the right tool for the job.

    also, more and more tasks can be done on tablets. it's a rapidly
    growing market and it's not all for playing or consumption.
    Guest, Oct 29, 2013
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    Guest Guest

    one of the many reasons why they are popular in hospitals
    Guest, Oct 29, 2013
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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Oct 29, 2013
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    George Kerby Guest


    Agreed, what an armpit!
    George Kerby, Oct 29, 2013
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    George Kerby Guest

    Are you kidding?!? They would kill each other first, arguing about Apple...
    George Kerby, Oct 29, 2013
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    Mayayana Guest

    Was in Chapters (bookstore) which has a Starbucks in it. There were about
    30 people seated. Most of them were working. Students, business people.
    Nearly ALL had a laptop, a couple were on phones and only one had a tablet,
    a Microsoft Surface with a keyboard.
    The lesson for me in that story is the sorry state of
    coffee shops. They used to be places to go for
    socializing, stimulating conversation and people
    watching. I haven't done that for years. There aren't
    any coffee shops like that left. Starbucks also
    epitomizes another thing missing from present-day
    coffee shops: delicious bakery products made on-site.
    Their $3-4 bakery products are, without exception,
    greasy and *very* over-sweetened.
    Mayayana, Oct 29, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    Starbucks coffee weak? To me, it is far too strong and bitter.
    Tony Cooper, Oct 29, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    Yes, I know. You sometimes have to take more than one flight, or view
    both Coach and Business Class, to determine national market share

    Arguing with industry figures would be crazy if you took just one
    airplane ride and made your projections.
    Tony Cooper, Oct 29, 2013
  16. Whatever one's take, it's crap. There are hundreds of better choices in
    large metropolitan areas, fewer in suburbia.

    And the better coffee shops in the SF Bay Area have a nice mix of iPads,
    MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, with the odd PC here and there.

    I'd expect a lot of PCs in any old Starbucks.
    John McWilliams, Oct 30, 2013
  17. Support your local espresso shop, and bakery, if you're lucky enough to
    have them.
    John McWilliams, Oct 30, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    I suppose, if one drank it enough, one could acquire a taste for
    Starbuck's coffee. The only times I've frequented Starbucks is when
    I've been in need of a wi-fi hotspot and a comfy chair to check out
    something online. The ridiculous price and vile taste is the price of
    Tony Cooper, Oct 30, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    Many of the The coffee places in NY have latched on to the Starbucks
    pricing model. Even the local breakfast joints have significantly raised
    their coffee prices. At least at Starbucks you get a comfortable place
    to relax. If all I want i Internet, I have a portable WiFi hotspot.
    Having said that, I don't think they have bad coffee. They also serve
    excellent tea and hot chocolate. If I want a plain cup of coffee, I
    think MacDonalds, has pretty good coffee.
    PeterN, Oct 30, 2013
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    Martin Brown Guest

    I don't dispute your observation of its poor taste but it is amongst the
    lowest caffeine content "real" coffee sold on UK high streets.

    Depending on your point of view this is either good or bad.
    Their cakes are overly sweet and pretty rubbish too.

    Some hapless individual with liver disease managed to get a fatal dose
    of caffeine by consuming a large number of Hero energy mints recently.

    A few others have bought unintentional lethal doses on the internet.
    Martin Brown, Oct 31, 2013
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