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[Ask The Readers] How Much Do You Actually Use Your Android Tablet, Surface Or iPad?

It’s time to do another poll, dear readers. This time around, we are discussing one of the hottest consumer gadgets in the market today: tablets. More specifically, how and how much you use it in everyday life.

As a type of computing device, the tablet personal computer has existed for more than two decades now, but the credit for coming up with the modern tablet undoubtedly goes to Apple. Before the iPad in 2010, we had abominations like Microsoft Tablet PCs that were heavy, difficult to use, had terrible battery life, and sorry software support.


Initially, Apple got a lot of flak from technology enthusiasts for launching what they thought was nothing more than an oversized iPod touch. Yet, as we all soon found out, this was exactly what a modern-day tablet needed to be: lightweight, easy to use, with a day-long battery life, and infinitely extensible with hundreds of thousands of made-for-tablet apps.

Anyhow, as a result of Apple’s success in the tablet market, everyone else in the personal computer business decided to jump onto the bandwagon: big technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Palm have all launched modernized tablets with custom tablet-only operating systems within the last two years.

Today, tablet PCs are the most fastest growing segment of the PC industry. What are they being used for?

I don’t have a tablet to call my own, but there are plenty of tablets owned by extended family. My mother and grandmothers – who are not the most computer-friendly people you’ll ever meet – use it for checking Facebook, browsing for new recipes, and staying in touch with friends and family over Viber. My uncle uses it for book-reading from time to time, but it is mostly used by his daughter for playing games.

What about the power users? People like you. People who, likely, already have a powerful laptop/desktop for content creation – writing, programming, designing, etc. – and a smartphone for on-the-go content consumption along with very basic content creation. Where does the tablet fit in? Is there space for a third computing device when we already have trouble juggling two?

That’s our question to you. Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to answer our poll. Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

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Remember, you can click the ‘View Results’ option within the poll at any time to see what answers got the most votes.

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  • I own one, but it seems I rarely use it. mostly I just use my laptop to do a lot of things xD

  • tricky question….I owned a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for between 6-12 months, and had an LG enV touch at the same time. I had to sell the Tab for money, and within a week I got a Razr M. While I owned the Tab, I used it just about every day for long’ish periods of time. But, if I had had a smartphone and the Tab at the same time, I don’t think I would have used the Tab for much more than I did; content consumption. Mostly games that look better on a larger screen, videos, and that’s about it.

  • Daniel J

    Got an Asus Infinty TF700. It gets used at a minimum 2-3 hours a day

  • whoknowswhereor

    watching dramas and vidoes on it for the most part when I eat. and flipboard and news reading.

  • lanceo

    I use my Nexus 7 mostly for Netflix in bed, reading my RSS feed in the morning, and occasional web browsing…that’s about it really. I do have music on it, but rarely listen to tem on my tablet.
    I find reading on tablet much more productive with less things to distract you. Web browsing is not preferable on tablet for some reason, maybe screen size has to do with it. Or perhaps the web is designed for tablet consumption just yet.

    • lanceo

      *Or perhaps the web is not designed for tablet consumption just yet.

    • MttFrog13

      I hated how websites would still default to the mobile version when using my tablet. Some websites will force you to use the mobile version even if you request the desktop version through your browser.

  • Ebony Butts

    I’m a college student and I use my iPad to take notes, listening to notes, view powerpoints, print articles, draw molecules, do synthesis, draw mechanisms, etc…

    • whoknowswhereor

      you need a galaxy note 10.1 or 8 for note taking with real wacom tech. I hate writing anything on my ipad 3… just pure crap compared to my note 2.

    • waisybabu

      What apps do you use for your notes?

  • how can one run metroIE 10 in windows 7

  • I use it in place of my phone at home and, It’s always nice to have an android device fully charged either it be phone or tablet. I don’t think I needed to buy it really but it is nice and way lighter then a laptop. I use my laptop as well for gaming and searching and such but if I am just on the couch looking up shows, movies, sports, or just whatever.. its nice to have it.

  • roberto

    got one too. but most of the time I use my laptop or my smartphone. would not buy a new tab if they don’t get more tasks (i.e. android@home)

  • I have Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it’s amazing. I don’t do EVERYTHING on it but it’s really helpful for checking and writing emails, blog, watch movies, etc.

  • alukard

    I use my surface rt predominately as my mobile computer. It does what I need and the battery life is great.

  • MttFrog13

    I had a nexus 7 but I sold it. I’d find myself sitting in front of the TV with my laptop, phone (nexus 4) and tablet. It was a little bit of a technology overload. I think tablets might be OK for people who have some type of gap as far as a smartphone or good laptop. If you have both, a laptop and smartphone, it’d be really hard to justify a tablet. I’d be on my tablet, and still have to pick up my phone if I got a text, and then I’d have to pick up my laptop every now and then if I needed to use computer software or if I needed to type something really long…like this comment for example. I hated juggling so many devices.

  • Ocelotty1

    Tricky: iPad checking web sites & part of my remote Nikon control platform; Nexus 7 – lasted a month then was given away, Surface Pro – Wow; but it’s not a tablet, it’s really a full PC – so no competition then, the Surface is used the most