jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2012, 13:06:
I'm actually surprised at how many have sold. I don't really understand why they are so popular. If I traveled a lot on the train or a plane, or watched a lot of cable so I was on the sofa a lot, or spent a lot of time in cafes, or wanted my kids to play more games than they already do on the desktop, I could see owning one. But otherwise, I wonder how people are using them that make them must-have items. I see people using them less than optimally for sure: Using them to take photos at their kids' sporting events, listening to music (very unwieldy), etc.
You just described their popularity. A lot of people spend a lot of time traveling on train or plane, watching TV on the sofa, spending time in cafes, and letting their kids play games.
A lot of people.
My mom adores her iPad. She will use it somewhat interchangeably with her laptop. 90% of the time she'll sit on the couch reading the internet on her iPad, since it's better for that for her - lighter, quicker, etc. When she needs to do something a bit more intensive (e.g., type an email, buy something) she'll bust out the laptop.
For me, personally, the lack of proper tabs makes browsing on a tablet frustrating as hell, but even then I will keep my tablet near my TV. If I'm watching and something pops up that I want to look up (or, more recently, I find a new gun in Borderlands 2 with red text) I can grab it and pull up a wiki in 2 seconds flat. I can keep it next to the TV for about a week or more without charging it. My laptop needs to be constantly plugged in, and even when waking it from hibernating it takes about 120+ seconds to find and connect to the wireless. The tablet is always there, just begging for me to pick it up, instantly wake it and instantly be browsing in a subpar manner.