Bitterwallet poll - will you be buying a tablet PC in 2011?

17 February 2011

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, all the talk has been around tablet launches. That, and how not to get mugged in every third street of the city centre. The HTC Flyer, LG Optimus Pad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are just some of the headline devices to be announced in the past few days (see Mobot.net for in-depth mobile news from MWC), and this activity follows on from January's Consumer Electronics Show when nearly 100 new tablets were launched.

Apple doesn't attend MWC, although the iPad was certainly the delegate's hardware of choice. It's a little odd to hear company CEO's making derisory comments about Apple, when they're already a year behind the game, and throwing everything they've got at a market Apple created. Regardless, the tablet PC will dominate 2011 and manufacturers in Barcelona are expecting big numbers from their sales.

The question is, is all this activity enough to make you consider shelling out for another portable device? Is there now a tablet that has the functionality you've been waiting for? Or are you still struggling to see the point of a device bridging the gap between your mobile and your laptop? Let us know and share your Marmitesque feelings concerning tablets in the comments.


9 comments

  • M4RKM
    I need an option of - I already own a tablet PC, and really really don't see the point in them
  • Mark C.
    The Motorola Xoom is the only one that has even remotely interested me so far, but that's purely because of ooh-shiny and statistic porn, and I still can't think of any use for one whatsoever that's not being filled by something I already own. Plus most of the early adopters and Apple fanatics I know are starting to admit that they don't really use theirs, and surreptitiously trying to get rid of them. If anyone's brave enough to knock a non shite one out at a sub-netbook price, they may be onto something - till then they're overpriced and under-functional.
  • M4RKM
    I'm not getting rid of mine, it comes in far too useful on long haul flights, load it with movies, got some games on it, and the battery lasts for hours, especially with wifi and 3g off etc. I used to use it for work, however, recently changed jobs, and currently have no need for it as much as I did before.
  • The B.
    What he said, I reckon the £200 mark for a no frills Android device with a >1Ghz processor, 2GB of Ram and an SD slot would do me fine, basically the same sort of spec as a notebook.
  • Big M.
    I have seen the Viewsonic Viewpad and quite liked the look of it. 10.1" screen (there is a 7" as well), dual boot - Android and Windows 7. The 10" retails around the £400 mark (7" £350ish), which, I suppose isn't going to worry netbook users, but its not the ridiculous figures being banded about for the Samsung and others. Cant really give more of a review than that as I've not had the chance to have a good old go with it, but certainly adds another option.
  • LanceVance
    No. Might upgrade my desktop to something that runs windows XP.
  • Alexis
    I have a desktop and an iPhone. I don't need a laptop or pad.
  • Steve
    If anyone ever makes a good one I might consider it. None of the current batch are that great IMO
  • Kevin
    I'm going to get myself an iPad2 when they come out. A few people at work have iPad's and they are great. Not saying any of the other non-Apple ones aren't great but they all have certain bits that just don't work for me, Pity as I'd love an SD card reader in one, that I would use the most as the photo showing off element of the iPad is amazing.

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