Are tablets still relevant in 2014, or is the love affair truly over?

May 16, 2014

Galaxy TabPro12.2 vs GalaxyNotePro 12.2

While tablets were once considered one of the hottest and fastest growing types of computing devices, this year we’ve seen numerous articles and reports talking about how tablets are no longer must-have items in 2014, largely due to the fact that smartphone screen sizes have grown too the point where the dual-device (tablet/phone) setup isn’t as necessary as it once was.

Our own Jonathan Feist has even refuted the idea of the death of tablets in more than one article earlier this year, which was followed by a poll that showed that while as many as 46% of our readers actively used their tablets, a growing number either found themselves using them less or had essentially given up on them altogether.

Now that we are a little over a third of the way through the year, we’d like to revisit the topic for this week’s Friday Debate. Is our tablet love affair truly over? Has the large-screened smartphone brought its death? Additionally, what can be done to make tablets more diserable and how often do you find yourself still using yours?

Join in the discussion below and answer in our poll!

Joseph Hindy

Personally, I think we’re asking the wrong questions. When you have two devices that more-or-less perform the exact same tasks, you don’t really need to carry around two devices. As it stands right now there really isn’t much of an advantage to carrying a tablet around. You can read news, play games, connect on social media, etc all on your phone just as easily as you can on your tablet.

Sure phones getting bigger has something to do with it. 5″ and larger devices are pretty good sized and I’ve found that I don’t mind even intense, cluttered games like Baldur’s Gate or XCOM on my 5.5″ Galaxy Note 3. My tablet gets used to store the extraneous stuff that I don’t want on my phone. Like my comic books (via ComiXology), my podcasts (via Pocket Casts), and my 4 lesser used email addresses (only my main 2 are on my phone). It’s become my Android overflow tool. When I install apps on my tablet, it’s because I want that application installed, but I don’t want it installed on my phone.

What the tablet needs is for Android to mature more. There are plenty of things people will only do on a larger screen. Video editing, photo editing (real photo editing), computer programming, graphics design, etc. Even things like clerical work and applications in fields like medicine could be added to make the tablet a good option. Why not have a large screened tablet in the surgery room to do stuff? The intensive tasks that are the reason things like laptops and desktops still exist. I think companies higher up have only focused on dealing with people who do nothing but listen to music, surf the internet, and browse social media. All those people can do that from their phone, so a tablet has always been a hard sell. Never mind that most people who do those things on a tablet currently own a tablet and unlike phones, people don’t feel the need to upgrade their tablet very often if it is still working.

So to answer the question: is the love affair dead? No, it’s taking a break to see other people, but it’s far from dead. When Android gets access to those kinds of tasks you need a larger screen for, people will be interested in tablets again. Until then, the phone and tablet usability landscape is exactly identical and since tablets aren’t as replaced as often as phones are, there are fewer and fewer people who can justify buying a tablet this year when the one last year (and in the case of the Nexus 7 2012, 2 years ago) still works perfectly fine.
Bottom line: Until tablets can mirror the functionality of personal computers (as opposed to mirroring the functionality of phones, like they do now), I think we’ll continue to see a disinterest in tablets. However, I do not think the love affair is dead, I just think people are waiting for the tablet to do something their phones cannot.

Gary Sims

My first smartphone had a 3.5 inch screen. It was great as a phone, for sending text messages, and for playing the occasional game. I tried using it for web browsing and for reading eBook, and while it was OK in an emergency, it was never going to be a “go to” device for these activities. So I bought a tablet, a 9.7 inch tablet. Great for web browsing, great for games, great for email.

But then 9.7 inches started seem to be just a little too big, not quite as portable as a 7 inch tablet. My phone went from being a 3.5 inch device to 4.3 inches and I bought a 7 inch tablet. My phone got bigger and my tablet got smaller.

Then I got a 5 inch phone and now I don’t use a tablet at all. I have tried using a 6 inch phone and while having the bigger screen brings back memories of using  7 inch tablets, the phone is just too big. It doesn’t fit in my pockets as neatly as a 5 inch device.

OK, I won’t bore you with any more of  my buying habits. But the point is this, when smartphones were small they could never offer an alternative to tablets. Now that smartphones are larger they can be used as an alternative to tablets, maybe not quite as good, just a little sub-par, but still a workable alternative. So why would I spend the extra money on a tablet?

Having said all that, tablets are still very popular in our household. I am the only member of the family with a large screen smartphone, so the rest use tablets for browsing etc. Since the prices of tablets are coming down (I recently saw a nice 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab for only $150 in my local supermarket) then picking up a tablet for general family use isn’t a prohibitive as it once was.

Bottom line: people don’t want two devices when one will do, but tablets still have their uses.

Andrew Grush

A tablet? What’s that? Oh, you mean those strange smartphone-like contraptions that sit around the house collecting dust? Okay, to be fair, my 4-year-old loves playing with the Nexus 7 2013, but otherwise my Nexus 10 and Dell Venue 8 get very little use these days.

For myself, if I want a big-screen experience I turn to my touchscreen 15-inch HP laptop, and I even am able to comfortably utilize some of my favorite Android apps via Bluestacks. On top of this, I have the full power of Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 for when I need a bit more oomph. As for when I want mobility, I turn to my Nexus 5. Sure, it’s not as big as a tablet, but it’s gorgeous 1080p display gets the job done. Even my wife almost primarily uses her 4.5-inch Moto G as her primary computing device, only turning to her laptop for situations where she needs something more.

Bottom-line, yes, for my wife and I the tablet love affair does seem to be over. That said, it’s still useful for the kids, though obviously we regulate how much they are able to use it.

But are tablet’s really dead? No, not really. They remain very useful for select types of businesses, schools, general education and have potential in medical and many other fields. Many everyday consumers also prefer them to a PC these days, and sometimes the 4.5 – 5.5-inch display on a phone just isn’t enough.

The reality is that things have slowed down in the tablet market, very likely due to the fact that the “fade/craze” period is in fact over. That doesn’t mean tablets are dead or dying, though. It simply means our relationship with them is changing.

Jonathan Feist

I cannot refute the numbers, I am a dying breed. I type this now from a Nexus 7 tablet. I have two laptops and two differing size phones all within arms reach, but this 7-inch tablet is the form factor that works best for me.

I have been, for the last month, attempting to offload many of the tasks I usually perform on the tablet over to a phone. I fully admit that there is absolutely nothing the tablet can do that the phones cannot, but I still prefer the tablet experience.

Perhaps I truly am outnumbered here, but I think the two device method is crucial. Maybe I am juggling too many jobs, web tools, email addresses and all that, but I find myself splitting tasks between devices, generally based upon which will require placing an actual phone call. I find it easiest to talk to someone on the phone while using the tablet to enhance the conversation – take notes, look up info, etc.

I must also admit that my use-case is only possible with a 7-inch tablet, I could not carry around anything larger. I imagine that larger tablets, with their reduced mobility, are prime candidates for dust collection. That is, until they offer resources that can replace a laptop. Android may actually be the problem here. I hate to say that, it makes me cry just a little bit, but I am afraid it is true. I recently purchased for my wife an Asus tablet, it is 10-inch, it docks to a keyboard and it boots into Windows 8. Ever since, unless running an Android specific app, I see her Nexus 7 and phone sitting off to the side as well.

Now that I’ve over described my world, I see I’ve said nothing to convince anyone that a tablet is better than a 5-inch or larger phone. And thanks to the aggressive pricing we are seeing on larger sized phones like the Nexus 5, Moto X and even more so, the OnePlus One, I cannot any longer make the argument that a decent phone and a decent tablet can both be had for half the price of a single phone.

Based on the prices, convenience, average usage habits and size, I see why sales are down for tablets. The current generation of tablets offer nothing compelling for users, except their form factor, a form factor that I truly enjoy. So, call me a dying breed, but the tablet stays in hand or in pocket wherever I go.

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Comments

  • Igor Antolović

    Well, I consider phone as pocket device. That means that I prefer smartphones about 4.7″ screen size. Also prefer tablets as very mobile device with decent screen size instead netbooks and notebooks (I have desktop computer) so for one hand use prefer 8″ device. I think that tablets are and will be very hot products because of multimedia purpose which is need of very big computer users population.

  • Shark Bait

    I love my tablet, always have android authority on refresh sitting on the sofa.
    7 inches is perfect for me, at home and travel

    • dogulas

      Would you rather use that than a touchscreen laptop? I find that having to hold up the screen as well as not being able to type as well as on a laptop to be kind of annoying. Tablets have always felt handicapped to me.

      • Shark Bait

        Yes I would, I find touch screen laptops unnatural and hard to use, its just not the right shape for touching the screen

        • Jayfeather787

          Yep. Have a tablet for casual and have a real laptop with only a mouse. I just don’t see the point in a touchscreen laptop. It already has a mouse, and whenever you touch it, the screen moves. The screen is also further away and you cannot move it closer than what the keyboard will allow. Plus, operating systems are not as touch optimized, as Android, and touchscreen laptops usually runs operating systems such as Windows and preferably some Linux distribution. Though Windows 8 is better for touchscreen, I would still use a mouse on it.

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      You have excellent taste, Shark bait!

  • Peerpressure

    I have an Android phone, but an iPad. I’m sorry everyone, but I did switch from Apple to Android, and keeping an iPad lets me use some of the money I sunk into the Apple ecosystem.

    That being said, my tablet paired with a bluetooth keyboard is the next best thing to a laptop for word processing. I enjoy writing books, but it wasn’t in the budget to get a laptop (I have a desktop computer, and sometimes I like writing elsewhere than our little home office). Instead, I bought the keyboard for $30, and word processing is now great.

    I also use it for the bevy of iOS apps that are great on a tablet, but not a phone. Some games, like Eternity Warrior 3 and Settlers of Catan, are much better on my iPad than they are on my LG G2. I don’t think we’ll ever get rid of our tablet.

  • Corey Watford

    Patiently waiting for that nexus 8in tablet

  • dogulas

    I’ve never seen the appeal for tablets for personal home use. You have to hold it if you’re gonna watch something in bed, and if you’re anywhere else, just watch on the TV or your computer (which holds up the screen on its own, not needing you to prop it up).

    • wezi427

      I occasionally watch Netflix on my tablet, only as a last resource. If the kids are occupying my TVs and the computer is being used it is great to have.

  • dogulas

    I can’t wait for a 5-inch tablet! I hope they make one soon!

    • MasterMuffin

      Sarcasm? :D

      • abazigal

        Not really. There’s a market for the iPod touch, which is basically what a smartphone-sized tablet would be if you didn’t have to lock yourself into a 2-year contract.

        Take any Note phone (unlocked) and insert a data sim card inside (or simply use it with wireless), and that’s what you get – a 5″ tablet.

    • Pouf

      Lol xD

  • Pete S

    Wait, so the press has already established that PCs are dead in favor of tablets. Now they’ve decided tablets are dead too. So what are we supposed to be using now? What’s replacing them?

    More likely, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet and new models don’t offer anything worth upgrading for, so sales ease up and then suddenly the sky is falling again.

    • wezi427

      I think that tablets have the longevity. I have a Motorola Xoom that I bought a month after it was released, it’s getting long in the tooth. I’m holding out for the new Nexus to replace the Xoom.

    • dogulas

      PC’s will never be dead, until we can write with our minds, or in some other way that isn’t speaking out loud and is on par with a physical desktop keyboard. When writing an article or entering a complex password is as easy as it is on a regular keyboard, then I think there’s a chance.

      • Pete S

        Yeah, my mention of PCs being dead was done (in my brain anyway) in a tone dripping with sarcasm. Of course PCs aren’t dead, and neither are tablets.

        • dogulas

          Maybe tablets’ killer feature can be reading comments out loud with the intended inflections of voice.

    • Gertb

      Tablet will always relevant as long as:
      - It uses x86 processor and Windows 8.x.
      - Has stylus and digitizer screen.

      That will ensure productivity (which means you can use your tablet for some serious work, not just some entertainment device lying around). A productive tablet will be carried more often, because it become part of your daily activities.

      x86-based tablet also serve different purpose than your smartphone, so you won’t feel redundant. If you have two device with similar characteristic (i.e. arm tablet & arm smartphone), why bother to carry both?

  • wezi427

    I have a Note 2 and I use it for everything. My tablet is usually used by my wife, because the kids use the computer. I actually prefer the tablet over the computer. 10 inch tablet is perfect for the home.

  • Fabian Taveras

    I love my nexus 7 2013 best tablet in my opinion the 7 inch form factor is great for portability and looking things up on the web, YouTube and watching Netflix is amazing plus the 1080p display makes everything look good my number one thing I always do on my tablet is play games Lol like as soon as I get home I just put my phone on the charger and just game on my tab :). I do everything on my phone and tablet my Mac mini has become rather irrelevant. But I do think that Google needs to take steps to making a difference between the phone version and the tablet version like give both their own identities.

  • alacrify

    I think you’ll see one of two things – improvements in the “tablet as a second screen experience” i.e. what the media producers want and expanded, or “tablets cheap and purposed everywhere” i.e. multiple ones all over the house. Whereas phones will continue to evolve as the “device that’s with you everywhere” in different form factors.

  • David

    I used my Nexus 7 2013 for reading e-book, listen to music, and play game. My Note 3 is for talk, text, tapatalk, facebook.

  • jules

    Love my Nexus 7 2013 too. But I am looking now for a replacement for my 12 inch laptop (upgraded Windows 7 to 8.1) which definitely is going to be a convertable Windows 8.1 (with multiboot to Ubuntu always in my case and greatly improved Bluestacks Android installed). Buying one dimensional laptop (& desktop!) these days seemes overkill and often perhaps even dumb. And using Win 8.1 for a while on both desktop and laptop the multi environment between normal applications and apps has really grown possitive on me. Although I still love Android in tablet environment more. Also much better apps still. Looking in the Windows Store more quantity but apps bad quality. And same as Play Store and App Store too much garbage apps which should be banned. F* quantity go quality.

    Concerning devices collecting dust. My iPad Mini Retina is doing that.Bad display quality and iOS 7 is still an Gingerbread era compared to Android 4.3+.

  • wizardx

    with the notes who needs tablets? lol

  • J_Pod

    I just use mine to take notes on at school. I used to use it more until I upgraded my phone and now it’s much better than my tablet. So I don’t use it nearly as much as I used to.

  • Andrew White

    An ultra HD TV with a bluetooth keyboard and the incoming LG G3 or Oppo’s also yet to be released Find 7.
    I don’t see a tablet in this picture.
    Agreed tablets have a place in schools and workspaces right now, but when highly capable wearables with easy to carry roll-out or foldable graphene based screens hit the market…..goodbye smartphones, tables, ultrabooks and most PC’s.

  • ichuck7

    I use my tablet at home so I don’t drain my phone. I suppose if my phone had nearly endless wouldn’t need my tablet as much. But I like it.

  • Droidfan

    My Nexus 7 2013 always goes with me when I travel. But at home or the office….where I can use my laptop, PC or Droid Maxx…..rarely sees service.

  • David Bennett

    My Nexus 7 is for reading, gaming and web browsing (commenting on here). My Nexus 5 is for staying connected on the go.

  • Trysta

    I feel like I am (once again) the late one to the party! It took me a long time to be convinced that tablets could be useful for anything. My first tablet was the Nexus 7 (2012). I was hooked after that! I love not running down my phone battery when i decide to have my hour long browsing sessions before work. I love being able to step out from work for a coffee break and have something more comfortable than my phone screen to browse the web or read a book. I really love reading and it is even better on a tablet. I now have a nexus 7 (2013) and an ipad air. The iPad Air in particular feels like it is coming close to replacing paper for me (I’m a student and i have to keep notes and read tons of pdfs). I really hope that tablets get more functional and less like blown up smartphones. I really hope they are not a fad.

    PS it also helps to be a girl. I can carry my laptop, tablet and phone with me at all times without trouble in my gigantic purse.

  • abazigal

    Personally, I disagree with Joseph’s assertion that a tablet has to be more like a PC to be useful (and therefore relevant).

    I feel the best spot for a tablet is still where Steve Jobs described when he debuted the iPad in 2010 – between a laptop and a smartphone. I find that my iPad has proven to be a “good enough” substitute for my Mac (which can also be any PC you own) in certain situations, without any of the complexity of operating a PC. I have all 4 (an iMac, macbook air, iPad and iPhone), and I find that my iPad continues to remain useful enough that it isn’t obsoleted just because I have a smartphone and a laptop. Likewise, even if I upgrade to a much larger-screened phone some day (even if it is a Galaxy Note 3 or even the mythical 5.5″ iPhone), I believe there continues to be meaningful and relevant use cases for a giant screen with inbuilt cellular and 10 hours of battery life.

    As such, I feel that the future of the tablet is not to become a better PC (which is why I personally don’t think much of Microsoft’s Surface hybrid offering). Let the tablet (defined here as any Android or iOS tablet) continue to be the computer for those whom normal computers are too complex to handle. I can’t speak for Android, but I would like to see Apple continue to plug the gaps in iOS (restore some of the more basic functionality, like adding group contacts), while encouraging developers to discover and build new iPad use cases. You see the advertisements by Apple showing people bring iPads with them up to mountains, inside helicopters…that’s a good place to start, if any.

  • Major_Pita

    Regular Wi-Fi tablets are getting to be commodities sold even at the office supply stores. Pretty soon even Walgreens and CVS will be selling them. From my own recent experience however, connected tablets are the rage. I made the mistake of waiting to buy a Nexus 7 LTE at Verizon and now they are sold out into June. The LG Gpad 8.3 LTE is also sold out at Verizon.Funny, they have plenty of iPads though. My job requires handling service calls dispatched via a website. While that is do-able on a five inch phone screen, an LTE Tablet like the Nexus 7 at Verizon would be perfect…if I could find one.

  • Wolf Warren

    Well here are my two cents for what’s worth
    The set up
    I own an ASUS 17 inch laptop that for the omost part has become the “DESKSTOP” computer for the house.
    Galaxy Note 3 Running 4.4.2
    Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Tablet and finally just for fun the Gear 2
    When I got my first Note, the II, I was uneasy about the big screen, but needed a Smartphone for work, and some sideline work I do. Because my industry (travel) can be so regulated, and Apple so closed in it’s app licenseing, Apple lost early. The Note II beacuse of the screen, main reason for purchase) seemed so HUGE at the time. I adapted quickly and it began religating the laptop to the CASE more than out. This of course was not the case for Word Processing and Editing VIDS and all.
    Well Budget and need at the time recently as always clashed, and I bought the Tablet, instead of the new Laptop. Plust 2 in 1 was still to unreliable and just homestly to damn expensive.
    The Laptop stayed home, on so I could do the MY PC thing, and the phone became more a PHONE again.
    I admit that in the first few weeks ( 2 and 1/2 to be precise) I was very close to returning it. Well right after I had one of THOSE weeks, it became te Center piece, ad still is, of my GObag for all my traveling, as well as being used at ome often.
    I learned the Keyboard is what I was missing. Yes I’m a proud throwback when it comes to a tactile keyboard. The like got stonger as I got used to the Keyboard. The Laptop now stays home all the time, The phone has be reformatted to be mosstly a phone, Phone and e-mail address book and my personal tracker of where I am for those that need to know. I do not even have the e-mail come there exept for during the over night, and even then it is personal only in case of emergancy, plus it is a great Camera, let’s be honest.
    With ( I will not use the Brand Name) certain word/office apps, Log books, e-finace abilty to take ad make payments and the FANTASTICLY perfect size the 10 inch gives me. My Note 10.1 is now my Primary system for the Road kit.
    The bonus is I use a completly stand a lone GPS for Trucks app that allows me to be able to have onbooard GPS with no service or limited service areas. Such as North Dakota, Montana and some areas of Southwest Texas.
    Photo and Video editing is great on the Tablet, and just being able to be in a hotel in a place like Van Horn Texas and have a Battlestar Galactica Marathon in my room on a good size sceen is wonderful, or share it to the Room TV.
    Now however, as the ASUS ages, money is not great but better. I will replace it (although not a fan) witha 2 in 1 Windows 8 machine. Will this be the best of both worlds? Should that be true the phone will get smaller and the tablet used less. What is true however as well. I will ALWAYS have use for the Tablet. I have learned as I used it more, there are some advantages to a Tablet that a REAL computer will never have. A computer always looks like a computer, a phone always a phone. With the right case, a Tablet looks like a good book or binder and does not attrack the attention of those that would take it. In my Pick-up and Semi, the Tablet mounts very out of the way for GPS and “voice to text” and speaker phone as well as reading to me my e-mail/ Low weight long battery life tc.
    Thanks for allowing me to ramble and go into a lot of detail. I only hope that this in some small way helps y’all out.
    I will post more if and when I get the new Windows machine. Right now cannot justify the money, because the Tablet right now eets and exceeds my needs.

  • Flip Jumpman

    Thank you for not using the term ‘Phablet’ anywhere in this article. “Dual-Device” yes, I like that!

  • Mochammad Santaka

    I think tablet has the potential to replace laptops for office work. It won’t replace x86 x64 laptops, but it will have a good market share for people who finds tablets to be enough for them. I think that’s what Samsung sees with their 12 inch note and what Microsoft sees with their Surface series. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple push iOS into that area also.

  • AS

    The tablet revolution has simply just never happened for me. I have a nexus 10 and use it daily, but I still need a laptop for work and a server at home.

    The problem is that there are a few essential apps that don’t exist. For me, it is a real useable CAD system, a 3d modelling application and proper multi window support, amongst others.

    I look for these on a weekly basis, but never find any that work well enough. I was really disappointed that Google never made sketchup for android, and a tablet seems perfect for a split screen that works at a level that integrates the launcher(essentially allowing the screen to be split into two instances of android)

  • Manya3084

    I’ve had a nexus 10 since launch and I’ve pretty much used it everyday. In fact I’m using it to type this right now. The only problem I find is Google failed on the point of marketing it correctly which ment few people bought one, and devs couldn’t be bothered optimizing there apps for it. Sure, there’s the galaxy tabs, Asus transformers and so on, but nexus is suppose to be the driving force that never happened.

    I still think they are relevant because whenever there’s a sale for cheap China 10″ tablets on sale at Aldi, they are gone within 2 hours, and I know a lot of older people buying them because they do what an iPad does for a better price.

  • forenuser

    At home the my 10″ tablet replaced the computer for most of the daily work. The computer just comes in mind when i have to write larger text or have to handle multiple documents at once.

  • Murzyn

    I’ve thought recently “what is better to buy, when I go studying to another city? A laptop or tablet?”. And the laptop still wins, mostly because of all Windows apps that are not available on Android. I own a 5 inch phone so I really don’t see any point of having a tablet to do the same stuff, only on a few inches bigger screen.

  • Otto Andersson

    It’s mostly about software and the software sucks right now. The only benefit of a tablet is increased screen real estate and barely any apps take advantage of this. Instead of giving users true multitasking abilities, everything is just bigger. That’s not very creative thinking.

  • Phil Brown

    Many parents use tablets as travel movie players for their children. Their large storage and cloud based movie apps make them much more desirable than carrying around a portable DVD player and several DVDs.

  • wmsco1

    I strongly disagree to the title of article, tablets are not dying. But the first thought was those samsung tablets cost to much the 8,10, and 12 need a $100 on average taken off the retail price and some $150, to be in a viable category for consumers. Size does matter but it has it place. Away from home the note 3 is with me. When I am home the tablet is used regularly and the phone is placed down. With a app I can still make and receive text and phone calls from tablet. If android apps were compatible on pc’s by the same name then the tablet debate would be different. Also might add when doing work on pc it is handy having another device to help get the job done. Tablets are a lot more palatable for enjoying personal surfing or enjoying media or sharing on the big screen entertainment center. I am a older person and do not enjoy the closed in environment of a phone while I am at home. So tablets are still viable.

  • Andrew T Roach

    It’s almost like Apple kept screen sizes small to keep their tablet lineup relevant.

    Since you all are saying Tablets are unnecessary because your phones are so large, seems like that strategy was correct.

  • JV

    I found interesting the first opinion, with the new srcreens, 64x processors and everything getting “smarter”, It could be really useful having photoshop on a tablet and doing professional edition easier than doing it on a desktop computer. This kind of production programs should fully perform on tablets, adobe, corel draw, even visual basic! the thing is making a smaller computer with all the perks of desktops, that kind of tablet won’t “die”.

  • David 7

    Great article. Here are my 2 cents.
    I have a Nexus 7 and an LG G2.
    I love both device. For me they serve to different functions. Right now I’m out at a graduation and bored out of my mind. I read this article a and typing my comments on my LG because it has a data plan. If I we’re somewhere with WiFi I’d use my Nexus 7.

    My Nexus was my 1st smart device and I have learned to use it for everything. While at home, I listen to music on it, I watch TV on it while my kids control the flat screen in the living room. I take with me from room to room. I read comic books on my Nexus, regular books and right my articles and stories on my Nexus.

    I could do all these things on my G2 but I find the screen to small. I would like a 6″ phone in the future, but in truth, I also want an 8″ tablet, the G pad or the up coming Nexus 8 (8.9)

    While I am studying in school I use my Tablet to watch videos and take notes on my phone.

    This is just me, but if sells are in decline, it’s not that the love affair is over, Its that we still love our old devices.

  • Billy Baker

    I always use my tablet, I have sadly an iPhone 4S for a few more days until I upgrade to android next week. But my iPad I almost use it like 40% of my day. I store almost all of my text books on it reducing my bag weight massively. I can also use it to carry my exam notes on something smaller than my school laptop which is so nice because my iPad is smaller and lighter than the laptop and easy to stow away. My tablet will always play a major role in my daily life with or without a larger phone

  • Pavi Guru

    I actually have a Windows Tab (I bought it to replace my Galaxy Tab 7) and it is the single most important piece of tech I own. Its main use is actually as a replacement for my laptop (it’s smaller, lighter and thinner than my current laptop) so that is what I take to school. At home, I use it to watch videos, get updates on news, sports etc. My tablet is my go to device!

  • Mikestroh

    I have a total of 3 tablets and each tablet serves a specific purpose. the first tablet is an HP Slate 8 pro with a 7.9 inch screen and a 4.3 aspect ratio. I use this one primarily for web surfing and an elctronic daily planner for work. The second tablet is a 10 inch Asus MemoPad full HD in which I primarily watch movies from YouTube and play specific games on. And lastly I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab pro 8.4 and this one I use basically for media and web surfing magazine reading etc. So its a case by case situation then I also have an lg optimus G pro smartphone and I pretty much use this one for basic telephone usage as well as other Android based games like words with friends and such. When I travel it depends on what I’ll be doing during that time so I may take either tablet depending on what I plan to do with it. So basically it’s a case by case situation. but I definitely do agree with the Writer in regards to tablets needing to be a more diverisfied.

  • denis gallagher

    tablets are too fussy / awkward …. notebook are okay but I always go back to my large screen laptop.