What devices do you barely use?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by LIVEFRMNYC, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    As the title states, NOT including outdated tech. I barely use ....

    Nexus 7(2013) ...
    I used to use it a lot for traveling, but my Note 4 has been more than adequate and has better battery life/faster charging.

    iPad 2 ...
    Missing a ton of features newer iOS devices have, but it still works good. Makes a damn good alarm clock, and my kid nieces use it for games when the come over.

    Mac Mini(2012) ...
    Really had no reason to use it for the past couple years. Might just used it as a server.

    ChromeCast ... Only seem to use it when company wants to share a video from their phone. Otherwise, I find myself using the Amazon fire stick for apps like Netflick and etc.
  2. tbayrgs, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I have far too many toys....I mean gadgets ;), so many are neglected. My list isn't that dissimilar from yours LIVEFRMNYC.

    1) My small tablets. This mostly can be attributed to my iPhone 6+. My iPad Mini was quickly passed along once I got the 6+ and my LG G Pad 8.4 GPE rarely gets any use--kept it mostly to be able to try out Lollipop when it was released. When I'm home, my iPad Air get the most use.

    2) Mac Mini (2012). It is mostly an iTunes server and video encoding machine at this point. My 15" rMBP (late 2013) is now my primary computer.

    3) Chromecast and Apple TVs. The Chromecast admittedly never got heavy use (household with 3 young kids so need a stand alone remote) and is now only pulled out to take advantage of a periodic free rental promo. The Apple TVs were previously the streaming work horses and still get light use but the Fire TV sticks get the most attention now since we moved a couple months ago and cut cable (mostly ;)) and now rely on Hulu, Sling TV, PLEX and Netflix.

    Honorable mention to my HTC One M7. I only have one line and gave up switching SIMs a while back. I never parted with the M7 because, outside of the crappy camera, I really liked this phone. It's still quite viable...lollipop is very smooth underneath Sense (6.0?) and feels great in hand. It will actually be fired back up for use soon as I'd like to get an Android Wear smart watch that can take advantage of the new update that allows connection to a phone via wifi.
  3. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    All i have is my GS6 and my Lenovo Yoga 11S. I use them both all the time.

    I do not have a tablet.

    Well ok, I hardly ever use my iPod Touch. Its the 1st gen.
  4. ozaz, Apr 30, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

    ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    I generally sell my gadgets as soon as I no longer need them, but these are the things I currently have which don't get much use:

    * Roku 3. Previously was my Go To streaming device, but this changed when I got a Samsung Smart TV, which has all the apps I need built in (bar one, which is on Apple TV). I still keep my Apple TV and Chromecast for AirPlay and Google Cast, but I might as well sell the Roku.

    * Apple Airport Express connected to stereo. AirPlay has now been replaced by the more cross-platform friendly Sonos as my home wireless music setup. Should sell if it's still worth anything.

    * Kindle Paperwhite. Don't know why I bought the thing. I'm not much of a reader of the type of books that Kindle is good for. Might as well sell.

    * Nokia Lumia 520. I bought this a year ago to try out WP, and kept it with a view to try new changes to WP over time. But I can no longer be bothered to switch it on. Small screen probably doesn't help with my motivation, so maybe I'll switch for a larger screen budget Lumia when Windows 10 for mobile is released.

    * iPad Bluetooth keyboard. I mostly don't need this. However its useful to keep for the occasional trips when I don't bring a laptop.

    * Digital camera. I mostly just use my Smartphone nowadays, but useful to keep for when I need to take low light photos.

    * I also have a couple of old laptops lying around which barely get used. But I keep them because they run old OSs (Windows 7 and OS 10.4), which is something that's occasionally useful to me.
  5. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    iPad, digital camera, iPad Bluetooth keyboard, Kindle.

    However, on holiday almost all of these get used!
  6. unclejamaal macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2010
    iPad, chromecast

    Tend to use the Note 4 to do most things the iPad can do, and more.

    and its faster, and it doesnt crash, unlike the iPad Air.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    My iPad mini is gathering dust at this point, partly because my iP6+ is able to do what the tablet can do.
  8. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    iPad Air, got it from my company 6 months ago, got tired of it after a few hours, didn't charge it for at least 3 months now
  9. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    ipad 4 not that model makes a difference - iPhone and macbook air makes it redundant.

    kindle - just not reading like I wish I would.
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    My Kindle. I'm just not that much of a reader.
  11. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    Brand new iPhone 5S in its box I got from my company as company phone - never opened, never used ...


    Got two and I don't know where either is lol ...
  12. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    My iPads. Use them mainly for email on the road/go but that's about it.
  13. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    My regular PCs

    Used to leave my desktop on as our plex server at least, but now I use the raspberry pi 2 for that. It is connected to our main tv and can fling content to chrome casts in our other rooms. Now the pcs are off unless I need to use it, same goes for the laptop too.

    Can't get rid of them because they are still needed for certain things, but I'm using them less and less
  14. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    I don't use my ipad as much anymore. I have 3 homebuilt PCs that are collecting dust. 2 tubs of various computer building components from when i used to build computers for family and friends.
    a collection of monitors in varying sizes.
  15. Even Longer macrumors 6502

    Even Longer

    Dec 12, 2012
    Head of a pin
    Definitely the iPads: they always remained the least useful in our OSX-iOS device structure.

    Nowadays, after I experimentally equipped some employees with Surface Pro 3 (and moved myself to it as well), iPads are collecting dust and will be sold.

    We will keep only a couple of them around as a reading device in our meeting/recreation room, because of remaining digital magazines subscriptions.
  16. LIVEFRMNYC thread starter macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I didn't expect so many iPad replies. Thought I wasn't mainly using the iPad cause it's an iPad 2 and didn't have all the features. Maybe tablets in general are becoming redundant. Tablet sales are also in decline.
  17. gotluck, Apr 30, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

    gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    ipad is my most used device at home, that's why my pcs dont get much use. But I am really not a fan of phablets, so id rather not use my 5" phone at home when a tablet isnt a bother. I can see why those with phablets tend to just continue using the phone
  18. tbayrgs, Apr 30, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

    tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Much the same for me. My iPad Air gets used more than my phone or MBP in the house mostly due to convenience. I use it a lot for web browsing, reading email and docs, managing my calendar, reading magazines and some gaming. I even grab it often for light productivity work (signed and managed all of our docs related to sale of one home and purchase of another). I have this bluetooth keyboard close by when I need to do a bit more typing. And now with iCloud Photo syncing, the iPad is usually my go to device to view/manage/share my photo library.

    It's certainly not a full replacement for my Macs but I often find it far more convenient to quickly handle most routine tasks, vs. pulling out the laptop from the office.
  19. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    iPad Air 2. Used for textbooks at school (which ends in 4 weeks)
    Apple TV (since the kids monopolize the main TV, I never have a chance at it)
    Amazon Fire Stick (never opened, never used)
  20. three macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Washington State
    2013 Nexus 7 - Essentially replaced with the iPad mini 2 but still kept it around because it's a Nexus device.

    HTC Desire 510 - Bought because it was on sale, had the thought of using it as a podcast / media device for the car. Set it up and forgot about it. I use my OnePlus One in the car and it's the better option for my usage.

    Nokia Lumia 520 - Too old and small. Was going to sell a while ago, but realized that it's worth next to nothing... Unintentionally replaced with a Lumia 635.

    Asus VivoTab M81C - A small little Windows 8.1 tablet, I used it for a few weeks, put it in a drawer and forgot about it. I use my iPad daily, but the media offerings on Windows 8.1 simply isn't good. Just dusted it off and am installing Windows 10 on it as we speak.

    Nintendo 3DS - Played Pokemon Sapphire and haven't turned it on since I beat it.
  21. Tsepz macrumors 68020


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Without a doubt my iPad 4, I partly bought it to have an iOS device to keep up with how the OS is developing and also due to the sheer amount of content available for it. Had it since iOS6.1.2 I think? Can't really remember what it came with.

    Unfortunately the OS is still pretty low on functionality, went through iOS7 updates then the iOS8 updates, my experience has got worse, I tried to really like it and there were points where I did, but RAM usage by Safari is awful, and I often pick up my Android when I realise there are certain things this big tablet can't do that my Android smartphone can do, and even with my dad's latest iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, I feel so incredibly limited. With each new Android smartphone I got the iPad saw less use, and now thanks to the Note 4's awesome battery life, the iPads main advantage has slipped away, spends most its time in my work bag.
  22. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Well, I had a PS Vita that I sold as I also had a Nexus 7, I found it pointless having both for games, so I sold my Vita. I then sold my Nexus but only to help fund my current new Sony Z3 tablet Compact.

    I also had an Xbox 360 and a PS3, and with the new consoles again I downgraded to only one console, a PS4. I think I'm getting sensible and concluding I don't need loads of gadgets and toys haha.

    I do still have my original Sony PSP though, but even though I don't use it much I'll keep it around :)
  23. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I have a desktop PC running Windows 7 Pro but I haven't use it ever since May 2013 I got a mid 2012 rMBP also have a Canon MX330 and Canon Pro 100 still at the public storage :apple:
  24. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    Kindle (the non-touch version right after they took away the keyboard) - I basically don't use it anymore. Can't even remember where it is at the moment.

    Nexus 7 2013 - This is a little better. I keep it charged and floating around the living room but I only use it when I have time to really get into a book.

    Not sure if this counts but iPad logitech keyboard - I thought I would use it all the time but I've given up on making my iPad a netbook. I'll just accept it for what it is.
  25. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Way too many. Among relatively recent purchases:

    Nexus 7 (2013) - Barely gets used but when I need it, I need it. Mostly use it for stuff I can't do on iOS.

    Asus Transformer T100 (Windows 8.1)

    Amazon FireTV Stick

    HP Stream 7 (Windows 8.1)

    Apple TV - Got it for HBO Now after the Apple keynote since it was mentioned to be iOS only at first. Turns out service works just fine in a web browser and we already have an HTPC so that's what we ended up watching on.

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