What the Majority of People do on a Tablet ?

TheRealAlex

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https://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/28/ipad-pro-9-7-inch-review-roundup/

the Review on the frontpage has some good observations But lets do the math. What the vast majority of people do on a PC or Tablet.

-Business or Personal Email
-Microsoft Office for Work School or Personal. (Note Full Microsoft Office is free on the 9.7 iPad Pro NOT on the 12.9 or any Surface Tablet larger than 10 inches.)
-Internet Browsing
-Apps there are so many Apps now its better to have a Tablet than a PC
-Shopping online
-Social Media
-Music and Video Editing the iPad Pro is literally the best tablet for this

Given that a $500 ish software suite which is the defacto worldwde standard is free on the 9.7 iPad Pro it really places the 9.7 Pro in a category possibly above the 12.9 Pro

Did I miss anything ?
 

David58117

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Work on music with Logic Pro and my hundreds of gigs of sound libraries (That I paid quite a bit of money for and plan to be able to use).
 

joeblow7777

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I don't know that the majority does Office type stuff on a tablet as opposed to a laptop/desktop. I feel like the average tablet owner uses their device mostly for web surfing, media viewing/entertainment, social media and communication (ie. emails, messaging, video calling).
 

sflomenb

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I agree with what Steve Jobs said when the original iPad came out, that the iPad has to be better than the iPhone for some things and better than the MacBook for some things. And I totally agree.

It's the best device to read on. News articles, textbooks, and comics.

It's very nice to watch videos on. Bigger than the iPhone but easier to hold comfortably in bed or on the couch than a MacBook.

As a student, it's invaluable for note taking. I currently use my iPad Air 1 and a stylus to take notes with, but I am looking forward even more to use the new iPad Pro 9.7" to take notes on. It will be really nice to switch from handwriting with the Apple Pencil to the Smart Keyboard. Additionally my school has those tiny desks in big lecture halls. My MacBook Air doesn't fit on the desk so it would have to go on my lap. The iPad can easily fit on the desk.
 

TheRealAlex

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I agree with what Steve Jobs said when the original iPad came out, that the iPad has to be better than the iPhone for some things and better than the MacBook for some things. And I totally agree.

It's the best device to read on. News articles, textbooks, and comics.

It's very nice to watch videos on. Bigger than the iPhone but easier to hold comfortably in bed or on the couch than a MacBook.

As a student, it's invaluable for note taking. I currently use my iPad Air 1 and a stylus to take notes with, but I am looking forward even more to use the new iPad Pro 9.7" to take notes on. It will be really nice to switch from handwriting with the Apple Pencil to the Smart Keyboard. Additionally my school has those tiny desks in big lecture halls. My MacBook Air doesn't fit on the desk so it would have to go on my lap. The iPad can easily fit on the desk.

Nice point, after reading Steve Job's book by Walter Isacson and other articles studying Jobs. His outlook on Computing as a whole was they Computers were Cars rather automobiles. Sounds silly but thats Your first line of text.

Some cars are good at Racing, sometimes we need Trucks to haul garbage, or maybe we need a simple cars for daily driving. And other automobiles for many other tasks. While there are Many different types of cars/automobiles there just a few Categories. aka Car, Truck, SUV etc.

Point is the way the computing world has been up until recently is one PC does everything maybe a faster PC for games or a slower one for simple tasks.

Thats not what Steve Jobs wanted. He envisioned different PC's/Devices to do different things a Phone would be great at Social Media and connecting, a Tablet would be great at Entertainment, and schoolwork, etc and a larger tablet would be great for Artists and Proffesionals. And a Mac would be great at Many other things. I really think we are embracing a Steve Jobs world slowly but surely.
 
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stevemiller

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It's tougher when you're not the majority of people. It has value to me as a markup tool and digital sketchbook. The challenge is deciding whether those particular benefits are worth the cost as an "additional" instead of "replacement" device. leaning towards yes, but with a very VERY healthy dose of indulgence.
 
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alecgold

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As a student, it's invaluable for note taking. I currently use my iPad Air 1 and a stylus to take notes with, but I am looking forward even more to use the new iPad Pro 9.7" to take notes on. It will be really nice to switch from handwriting with the Apple Pencil to the Smart Keyboard. Additionally my school has those tiny desks in big lecture halls. My MacBook Air doesn't fit on the desk so it would have to go on my lap. The iPad can easily fit on the desk.
Juist curious, why the 9.7 and not the 12.9? Desk size shouldn't be a problem, the footprint of the 12.9 isn't that big?!
But I can affirm that writing notes and switching to typing is easy. I've seem some journalist/reviewers mock the folding Smart Keyboard but I haven't had any problem switching from keyboard to writing and back. And it takes 1 or 2 seconds.
 

sflomenb

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Juist curious, why the 9.7 and not the 12.9? Desk size shouldn't be a problem, the footprint of the 12.9 isn't that big?!
But I can affirm that writing notes and switching to typing is easy. I've seem some journalist/reviewers mock the folding Smart Keyboard but I haven't had any problem switching from keyboard to writing and back. And it takes 1 or 2 seconds.
Wouldn't the 12.9" Pro have about the same footprint as my MacBook Air (which doesn't fit on some desks)?
 

e93to

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I mainly use my tablets for:

* Storing and reading PDF documents
* Light word-processing
* Reading books
* Streaming movies + YouTube (usually while doing another work on computer, and before I fall asleep in bed)
* Watching movies (again, in bed. Or during flight.)
* Some browsing
* Some gaming
 

happyslayer

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My main apps by order of importance...

Reading on Kindle App
Web Browsing with Safari & Chrome
Sketching with ProCreate (and the Pencil)
A little Office365 work (Word & Excel & Outlook)
Writing fiction on Storyist with Smart Keyboard (hopefully)
The occasional game
YouTube
Music
 

Ghost31

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My main apps by order of importance...

Reading on Kindle App
Web Browsing with Safari & Chrome
Sketching with ProCreate (and the Pencil)
A little Office365 work (Word & Excel & Outlook)
Writing fiction on Storyist with Smart Keyboard (hopefully)
The occasional game
YouTube
Music
Why do people use chrome? Does it have any advantages over safari?
 

spiderman0616

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I will soon be doing almost all my personal computing on my 9.7" iPad Pro. I was resistant to this idea at first but the 9.7" model changed my thinking. After practicing some new workflows on my iPad mini, I have discovered that I no longer need my Mac. (I still have a work machine and my wife's MBP if I were in a pinch for some reason.) I will be using my iPad Pro for:

Composing Word/Pages documents
Posting to Medium
Podcast recording (and listening!)
Streaming TV/movies/music
Work--my company now supports iPad for all of our internal software as well as giving us access to Office 365 on our personal devices
Reading books/magazines/news
Shopping
Browsing
Gaming

In doing some digging around there are only a couple of small things in all my workflows where I can't rely solely on my iPad. They are very minor, but as far as I can tell, not possible in iOS: recording audio from my browser, and downloading my RINGR recordings.
 
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