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Tablet Survey - 2011 Q4

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Steve, Dec 6, 2011.

Devices I own (or plan to buy shortly). CHECK ALL THAT APPLY.

  1. iPad

    0 vote(s)
  2. iPad2

    20 vote(s)
  3. 7" Android Tablet (Gingerbread, Honeycomb, or ICS)

    42 vote(s)
  4. 10" Android Tablet (Gingerbread, Honeycomb, or ICS)

    10 vote(s)
  5. 7" Kindle Fire

    45 vote(s)
  6. 7" Nook Color

    17 vote(s)
  7. 7" Nook Tablet

    8 vote(s)
  8. 10" HP webOS or 7" Blackberry Playbook

    1 vote(s)
  9. Kindle e-reader (e-ink screen)

    10 vote(s)
  10. Nook e-reader (e-ink screen)

    30 vote(s)
  11. Other e-reader (e-ink screen)

    7 vote(s)
  12. I own (or plan to own) BOTH an iPad AND a Fire or Nook Tablet

    2 vote(s)
  13. I own (or plan to own) BOTH an Android tablet AND a Fire or Nook Tablet

    2 vote(s)
  14. I own (or plan to own) BOTH a tablet AND an e-ink e-reader

    6 vote(s)
  15. Other. Explained below

    16 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. HDinVT

    HDinVT Legend

    Dec 14, 2006
    2 Touchpads(1 CM7 & 1 Webos) and 3 Nooks.
  2. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Just trying to take a snapshot in time of what the population here is using, with the hope of doing the same thing a year from now for comparison. That said, I was personally curious to know if folks were generally using their tablets as e-book readers or not.
    True. The %'s are not consistent with actual sales. I think that's because folks who frequent on-line communities like DBSTalk tend to be more technically "hands-on". It doesn't surprise me a higher % than the norm would gravitate to a more customizable Android device, rather than the more "appliance-like" iPads, Fires and Nook tablets. E.g., I fancy myself a hacker, and I thought long and hard about whether to go Xoom (my first choice) or iPad2 earlier this year. I ultimately chose iPad because the primary user was going to be my wife, probably the least technical person I know! :p

    What's really surprising to me, so far, is there don't seem to be any takers for the new Nook Tablet. That's a shame, IMHO, because I think it's important for B&N to do well vs. Amazon (and Apple). Someone's got to keep them "honest".
  3. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    I would be more interested to see if the voters jailbreak or root their device as well.

    A lot of tweakers like to do that to customize the device how they want. After all it's their device, they paid for it.
  4. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    I wish there was a "Don't own or want one" choice. It would be interesting to see how many members don't have a tablet vs those that do.
  5. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Didn't think of that, but you're right, would be an interesting data point.
  6. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Good approach...

    I use my Xoom tablet daily, actually, multiple times daily, moving tasks I used to do on a heavy laptop to a lightweight tablet:

    • Check email
    • Check my Twitter timeline
    • Check my Google+ timeline
    • Check Facebook
    • Check Pulse news aggregator (Android Central, Engadget, Amazon Kindle news, Huff Pro, etc.)

    I also started playing games like crossword puzzles and Sudoku and Diversion, which is something I never did on my laptop.

    Finally, I did "retire" my Kindle ... it hasn't been charged in about three months! I read on my tablet now. I find swiping to turn pages to be more natural than clicking a button on the Kindle, and I like the tablet shelf view much better than how Kindle organized books in a list. (Amazon still could do a LOT better with their tablet app in allowing users to organize and customize their shelves.)

    The tablet really changed how I access information, making it portable, convenient and easy, so I'm very glad I got one... :)
  7. larryk

    larryk Legend

    Aug 17, 2006
    I've had my Asus tablet for six months now, and after the first month I have packed my laptop away, permanently, it now collects dust at the bottom of a closet along with my Kindle...
    I use the tablet daily, it is always near me.
  8. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Same here. When I'm not sitting at my desktop PC, I primarily use the iPad. I love my Thinkpad T60, but I only use it now when the Mrs. is using the iPad and I'm not in my office.

    I personally prefer our Kindle e-ink screen for reading, especially outdoors. And because two of us share a tablet, if my wife is reading on the Kindle 3, e.g., she's not tying up the iPad for a 30-60 minute reading session, allowing me to play with it. :p

    I agree with Drew about swiping vs. clicking, BTW. For that reason, I may pick up a $99 Nook Simple Touch e-ink before our next vacation. The only thing this review didn't like was the stiffness of the optional page turn buttons.
  9. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I was wondering if someone would do a thread on "What do you do with your tablet?"

    My wife and I both have iPads and the primary use is the Kindle App for reading. Other than that, when away from my PC I use it to browse the web and do some research emailing the results to myself. And I'll post here using it.

    I just cannot effectively touch type on the thing, but carrying some kind of keyboard around makes no sense - I might as well stay at my desk.

    And ironically, I bought the Kindle Fire for music - most of my wife's music purchases in the last decade were from Amazon and we can easily use the Amazon cloud with the Fire.

    But I don't do enough different things with them to even know how to design a poll about uses.
  10. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Good idea! As the thread starter, I don't mind if that's discussed here at all, as long as it doesn't turn into brand bashing.

    So please, feel free to post about how you use your tablets! :)
  11. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    I use my iPad primarily for reading and using DIRECTV® apps, including the one for nomad. I like Google earth and Maps Google on the iPad a great deal.

    Unlike other reports, my primary laptop is my main machine by quite a lot. It weighs scant more than the iPad.
  12. anotheruser

    anotheruser New Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    I currently own the Kindle Fire and the Asus Transformer. Love them both.
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Same combination of those two here.
  14. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I am buying the Asus Transformer Prime (64 GB Version) along with the Keyboard Dock (which gives you another 8 hours of battery) as soon as it debuts right before Christmas (Jan 19th). :hurah:
  15. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I'm happy to see at least one Nook Tablet owner out there! :)
  16. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    No compelling reason to upgrade the wife, Steve... :)
  17. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I root for B&N, to keep Amazon honest. :p Same reason I'm happy webOS is got a new lease on life. It'll help keep Apple and Google on their toes. :)
  18. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    For the folks who voted they plan to own both an Android tablet/iPad AND a Fire or Nook Tablet, I'm curious.

    Is that because you prefer LCD over e-ink for book reading?

    Or are the Fire or Nook primarily intended to be used as "second tablets" by others in the home?
  19. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Right now, the Fire is, for me a "see what the new toy is like" device. But I've found myself reading more on the Fire than on my Kindle DX.
  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Yesterday I had a lunch meeting with 9 former co-workers from a previous job - we meet annually around the holidays to keep in touch and see "what's new".

    Two of the people happened to mention they were prolific readers when they travel, and both bought the Kindle Fire when it came out. That prompted 2 more to mention they too had bought Fire tablets. WOW - 4 out of 9. That came as a bit of a surprise, but seems to underscore how well those units are selling.

    I've seen alot of people at retailers talking to folks about buying them as well.

    Pre-orders of the new ASUS PRIME Transformer Android tablet have already sold out, so those appear to be launching well so far too.

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