Tablets Real World Use: Give Us the Goods

Ever take a complete inventory of all the jobs you do on your tablet? I did. And the results are surprising .

We recently purchased a new Asus Transformer Prime a couple months ago and it’s in nearly constant use at my house. It’s a great tablet. Crisp screen, plenty of apps, and definitely very fast.

The big use for me, as a freelancer, ranged from the Chrome Beta browser, TuneIn Radio, the default Android Camera app, and the Gallery. I occasionally use various network sniffing programs and the cloud-based SpringPad info organizer. But, without question, I use a Web browser the bulk of the time.

My kids, on the other hand, are a completely different story. WOW! They’re on Facebook and YouTube using either Firefox, Chrome Beta, or a standard Android browser. Yup, that’s pretty much it. And, yet, the tablet is very rarely sitting idle.

My point is that we don’t use very many apps – which is a little surprising.

This got me wondering what other people do on their tablet. As my mind wandered, I envisioned some readers might be Web gurus, able to design a fully self-contained, income producing site in a matter of hours. I also thought some readers are likely mobile developers, capable of engineering incredibly imaginative apps for the likes of Droids, iPhones, and Transformers. Others, it would seem, are everyday people simply slaving away trying to build a business, find a job, or get through college with the help of their tablet.

Anyways, this is all my own speculation. It occurred me that I can get the answers directly from you all. And so, with a humble hat in hand, I ask you to help me out in discovering the real deal and list the ways you use your tablet.

I see tablets in the coffee shops. Tablets at conferences. I even saw some kid in swim trunks running down the beach, listening to music, on one. That, I probably wouldn’t recommend.

Simply put, how do you use your tablet? I really want to know and have listed a few questions to get your thoughts flowing:

  • Do you actually watch movies on your smart-phone or tablet
  • Do you use a tablet to prototype your work?
  • Do you have a tablet at work and at home?
  • Do you take your tablet to the beach or park?
  • What is the tablet used for in your off-hours?
  • Do you use more Web apps or mobile apps?
  • Do you use a smart-phone and a tablet?
  • What exotic apps do you use and for what?
  • How do you actually use your tablet in your business or at school?
  • Do your kids and wife have their own tablets and smart-phones?
  • How do you use your tablet in your job search?

Feel free to answer one or all of these questions in the comments below. You may surprise yourself with your answers. I did.

Comments

  1. You’ve got quite a list of questions going here… We have an iPad2 and a Kindle Fire. The iPad is mine and I use it every day for my freelance work (at home). I have a nice keyboard+case that makes this possible. I wouldn’t say I have a long list of exotic apps but I do have a lot on the device. I have more games (for the kids) than anything else. I use Evernote as a word processor and access email using the Gmail app. I use Flipboard and Pocket (formerly read-it-later) to gather sources to read & bookmark the latest Android news. I have Pocket on my Android phone as well (first generation Moto Droid). If I were looking for work, I would certainly use Evernote to store different versions of cover letters and resumes as well as to save job postings I was most interested in – I wrote about how here.

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