1. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I actually find them useful.. but not as useful as a laptop.

    I do like having a laptop, tablet and a phone.
    Me too! I find myself using my iPad Pro WAY more than my MacBook Pro though. I've grown so accustomed to the app environment and the touch interface.
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    11-07-2016 08:45 AM
  2. TripleOne's Avatar
    Me too! I find myself using my iPad Pro WAY more than my MacBook Pro though. I've grown so accustomed to the app environment and the touch interface.
    That's exactly why I love iOS!
    11-07-2016 01:48 PM
  3. mrjayviper's Avatar
    still find viewing videos, reading books and etc are better served on my ipad compared to my phones (iphone plus and LG G3. both 5.5in)
    11-07-2016 05:09 PM
  4. Evilguppy's Avatar
    Ever heard of "to each his own"? Lol. My computer is my iPad Pro 9.7 without the keyboard because for me the whole point of a tablet is to do away with the keyboard, though I do use my pencil a lot.
    I love my phone, and that's all I bring when working on trail reports because my pack is heavy enough as it it, but otherwise it's mostly my iPad.
    11-22-2016 08:45 PM
  5. Alexnewguy's Avatar
    aaaahhhh also have to disagree. Although for me personally a tablet is utterly useless I think there's many people out there who find them more than just useful, maybe even essential. I even know people who do completely without a laptop or computer in any other form and just stick to tablets and smaller phones; not everyone wants a phonebooth in their pocket, even if it CAN do almost everything :P
    11-23-2016 05:52 AM
  6. Swapnil Vartak's Avatar
    I agree with the OP in that Tablets are essentially a middle ground between a phone and a laptop without being an expert in either. Tablets are a luxury, an indulgence, something you can easily do without, provided you have a laptop.
    And for those who say that their tablets do most of the stuff they would do on a laptop, they don't really need the laptop in the first place.
    11-27-2016 11:52 AM
  7. trw1602's Avatar
    Tablets are for consumption and very convenient. I have hundreds of e-books and prefer to read them on my iPad as opposed to my phone or laptop/desktop.
    You obviously have never really worked with an iPad if you think they're just for "consumption".
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    05-13-2017 07:12 PM
  8. trw1602's Avatar
    I sketch, write blog posts, have started writing a book, write code and push to GitHub, monitor my apps and ssh into servers on iPad. It's funny to me how little Apple fans know about the platform and apps on that platform they're using. I also edit photos, run through tasks in OmniFocus and manage email and large DEVONthink databases. Not so sure about "just for consumption". Maybe for you. Some people can get work done on a myriad of devices.
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    05-13-2017 07:16 PM
  9. joemd60's Avatar
    I have not had a tablet, or laptop for quite some time now.
    Dropping 1K plus on either or is not feasible for me.
    My main use has been my 7plus. If I had a choice on what else to purchase, I would probably get a laptop.
    The fact you cannot sync, back up,or update your smartphone to iTunes on an iPad. That's a deal breaker to me.
    Aside of size for better viewing. I have not found one thing an iPad can do, that my 7 plus cannot do.
    But I wouldn't go as far as calling an iPad or any other tablet useless, or becoming obsolete.
    I am sure if you're a student, or a business person they are useful tools for one reason or another.
    05-13-2017 08:57 PM
  10. Carjackd's Avatar
    I have a iPad Air II which handles mostly everything I need to do. However my wife's surface pro 4 can accomplish everything
    05-13-2017 09:49 PM
  11. BlackBerry Guy's Avatar
    Everyone has their own preferences and use cases. Size and form factor play a big part in this.

    I have friends that are perfectly fine using a larger phone and a traditional or convertible laptop. For me, My phone is the one device I have with me pretty much all the time. I don't want to have to carry a large phone around with me, and find that something around the 5" size is perfect. The iPad is perfect for reading the news in the morning before I head to work, web browsing or reading a comic on the couch, or watching a show or movie on the plane or in bed. Yes, I could easily do this on my phone or laptop as well - but the tablet's size and form factor makes the experience more comfortable than on my Pixel, and also makes it easier to handle than my MacBook.

    The iPad can't do anything a phone or laptop cant also do. It's just that for certain use cases and scenarios, it offers a better experience.
    05-14-2017 12:52 AM
  12. Matty's Avatar
    Hey @ShaunAFC3 ,

    If you look at a lot of the tablets being made today, they don't run any special processor and a lot of them have the same Snapdragon 820 (for example) that you would find in a smartphone.

    One of the reasons tablets are being used is for that intermediate screen size.(in my opinion) Watching a movie on a 5.1" screen can become a little small but if you have a 9.7" screen, then things become a lot better.

    Another could be for the price, you getting a nice big screen with a boatload of power that's much cheaper than a laptop (iPad vs Macbook Pro)

    So there are definitely pros to having and using a tablet 😃
    05-14-2017 01:18 AM
  13. ShaneBunting's Avatar
    I use an iPad 5 as my sole computer, along with an iPhone SE. What a fantastic combination. I think the 2017 onwards description should be that: yes, a tablet can replace your laptop completely... UNLESS, you have specialist needs: e.g. 4K movie editing .. coding .. etc. 90% of people don't do those things and for them, any iPad offers a superior experience in screen quality, battery life, build quality, ease of use and all the rest.

    If you look at iOS 11 and Apple's sales of iPad's since you'll see that they're far from discontinuing them. Tablets are the future. Not today's iPads yet, not the Surface Pro 4 (Thank god).. but they will continue to evolve slowly until every need can be solved with them and when the iPad does find a way for programmers or heavy-lifting movie editing apps.. it'll be far superior to what we know today as the desktop experience.

    OP seems like he posted this to start a debate, well I've responded with my personal opinions on the matter.
    08-06-2017 12:39 PM
  14. TripleOne's Avatar
    The battery life of the iPad is definitely much better than a MBP

    It's one of the things that I love the iPad for, unreal battery life.
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    08-06-2017 01:27 PM
  15. adam13141's Avatar
    In my opinion, for consuming media and reading books, iPad is king. I can do those same things on my MacBook Pro, but the portability of the iPad makes it superior. You can do the same things on your phone as you can on a tablet but that doesn’t make the the tablet useless. The tablet does certain things better than a phone or laptop, and that’s why it is valuable.
    10-06-2017 09:53 AM
  16. li2327's Avatar
    I’m so glad I upgraded my iPad 4 to the iPad Pro. I take my iPhone 7 and my iPad with me everywhere I go. I use it for book reading and will begin to use it in ministry. I don’t think they will ever go out of style!
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    10-06-2017 12:35 PM
  17. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I’m so glad I upgraded my iPad 4 to the iPad Pro. I take my iPhone 7 and my iPad with me everywhere I go. I use it for book reading and will begin to use it in ministry. I don’t think they will ever go out of style!
    I bet. That’s was a big upgrade and its power is top notch. Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying your Apple products. Let us know how it works for you in your Ministry. Take care.
    10-06-2017 12:37 PM
  18. li2327's Avatar
    I bet. That’s was a big upgrade and its power is top notch. Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying your Apple products. Let us know how it works for you in your Ministry. Take care.
    Thank you I sure will!! My Pastor asked if we could use social media to spread the news of upcoming events and what’s happening with the church. My iPad is perfect for that.
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    10-06-2017 12:48 PM
  19. TripleOne's Avatar
    In my opinion, for consuming media and reading books, iPad is king. I can do those same things on my MacBook Pro, but the portability of the iPad makes it superior. You can do the same things on your phone as you can on a tablet but that doesn’t make the the tablet useless. The tablet does certain things better than a phone or laptop, and that’s why it is valuable.
    Yep!
    The tablet is not useless at all, it really depends on the user. It can even replace a laptop these days
    10-06-2017 07:36 PM
  20. Speedygi's Avatar
    Definitely not. Great for writing and surfing and everything in between. You just need to figure out where it fits into your lifestyle. Nothing is useless if you find a use for it...which is self explanatory and a given but oh well, just my two cents.
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    10-07-2017 04:10 AM
  21. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Definitely not. Great for writing and surfing and everything in between. You just need to figure out where it fits into your lifestyle. Nothing is useless if you find a use for it...which is self explanatory and a given but oh well, just my two cents.
    ‘Nuf said....
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    10-07-2017 07:52 AM
  22. Sun Hyung Hong's Avatar
    I completely disagree with your opinion. I have a Windows desktop PC, a cellular iPad Mini 4, and use an Android phone and my iPad fills the role of a laptop as well. In addition, I watch a lot of videos online and read articles, so tablets are great for media consumption. I actually prefer doing these on a tablet, rather than on my phone. Android tablets however, are definitely declining because Android for tablets is not getting the same tablet optimization like iPads are, but I still think tablets in general are great. I do understand that you no longer need one, but it's not the same for everyone.

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    10-19-2017 04:27 AM
  23. imwjl's Avatar
    It (the post) is trolling but I see it two ways.

    Sitting in an small enterprises's (750 employees) top IT admin seat I can't say tablets and iPads especially are useless or junk. As I type there's an iPad at the checkout lane of our 3 grocery stores, our cafes, and in the hands of our delivery staff, order pickers and logistics people. Add 4 at every location the are dedicated to employee training. Beyond software utility I still have 5-6 year old purchases that are useful and repairable.

    As a true power user and one who needs a general purpose computer my MacBooks with Windows VMs and my plus sized phone are vital tools. Careful analysis of the iPad Pro and Surface left little use for the Pro model but I deploy Surface family products.

    Even with my second paragraph I've found the current just "iPad" to be a great info reader and now at a price point I wish we had earlier. The current Apple mobile OS has also aided the functionality of their tablets.

    They've certainly been useful but the Android tablets have not at all been in the league of Apple and Microsoft mobile whether it's apps, hardware or life span. That might bother some brand fans but it's true in my enterprise and personal experience.

    Observing the octogenarian grandmas in our families is another argument for tablets as useful.

    I'll agree with the OP if it's that a tablet is not really a general purpose computer but not on useless or crappy as a category.
    12-04-2017 10:32 AM
  24. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    I disagree with the OP. I have been without a laptop at home for 2+ years. I have been able to do everything on my Air 2, and use a bluetooth keyboard when I need to type a document.
    12-04-2017 10:49 AM
  25. imwjl's Avatar
    Hey so what kind of keyboards do you guys use when using the iPad Pro? just about to buy one but not really interested in ASK.
    The Apple wireless keyboards that come with iMacs seem to work well with all iPads and they’re also items some want to get rid of. Of course they’re not really intended for travel.

    When I’ve done product analysis my conclusion was get Apple’s Smart Cover and Pencil if you’re paying the price for the Pro.
    12-06-2017 07:29 PM
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