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Last week we asked you if tablets will eventually replace laptops Will Tablets Eventually Replace Laptops? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will Tablets Eventually Replace Laptops? [MakeUseOf Poll] Up until less than 2 years ago, most people had never even heard of tablets. With the historical release of the first iPad, tablets have leaped into immense popularity, and are now being manufactured and... Read More . We got all sorts of interesting opinions in the comments, but at the end of the day, most of you thought that tablets will never replace laptops, and that they will always have different niches to fill.

Out of 415 readers who voted, 48% think tablets will never entirely replace laptops, 32% think it might actually happen, but that today’s tablets are still missing some key components, 20% think it’s a sure thing, and is only a matter of time, and 1% think that the iPad will replace laptops, but other tablets won’t.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

As you can see, 3 voters thought that Apple’s iPad will manage to replace laptops, while other tablets won’t. Would be interesting to know the reasons behind these votes!


This week’s poll question is: Do You Use Social Recommendation Apps To Find A Good Place To Eat?


Social recommendation apps for restaurants are all the rage lately. Apps and websites such as Yelp and Urbanspoon are highly popular, and many people use them as a gauge when deciding where to have dinner. These apps can be a great source of information when you’re looking for a good place to eat in a new town, and can also be used to find new places in your own local city. This method is not foolproof, however, and you can find yourself in a place you would not otherwise go to, just because you trusted a stranger’s recommendation. Some people still prefer asking their own friends for help, and thus reduce the chance of falling on a dud. So what is your view on the matter?

Have you had good or bad experience with these social recommendation apps? Or maybe you never even tried them? And if so, why? Share everything in the comments.

  1. Cell Travis
    January 24, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Those apps may be useful to travelers new to a city but for regulars, I prefer to go by hands-on experience with an eating place.

  2. bobconstans
    January 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    first, I'd like to say that when I go to participate in one of these polls, I don't appreciate the extra stop on the Polls page - I'd rather just go straight to the poll.
    second, there really should be an option between 'Sure, all the time, it's really useful' and 'I do sometimes, but it's hit and miss.', or maybe it's that the choices should only specify one factor each.

    • Yaara
      January 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Hi bob, 

      I appreciate the feedback! When writing the poll, I do try to think of every possible answer and include it in the poll. However, I do feel that including more than 5-6 answers could be a bit over the top. And, of course, I can't always think of everything, this is what we have the comments for. :)

      What would you have included between "Sure, all the time", and "Sometimes"?

      • bobconstans
        January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        'Sometimes, it's useful', I guess

        • Yaara
          January 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

          Well, in that case I feel that you can choose the first one. If it works well for you and you use it when you feel you need it, that falls under the first option, I think.

          but I do understand what you're saying, I will keep it in mind. Thanks!

  3. AdrianMaftei
    January 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    When traveling is it very useful to check the restaurant before to eat

  4. curts
    January 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    They are fantastic for when you are traveling or new to the area.

    • Aibek
      January 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm


  5. sandt
    January 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Online content is never fully trust able.
    I don't trust even Wikipedia fully.
    So i would never go behind the suggestion of such apps. Offline world is a lot better than online I don't know why everyone is running behind online things!

  6. Dave Parrack
    January 23, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I tend to trust recommendations from friends rather than from strangers. They're a nice idea, but they're a little too hit and miss at this point in time.

  7. Achraf52
    January 23, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Those apps doesn't even work on my location now .

    • Aibek
      January 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      where are you based at?

      • Achraf52
        January 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        At Morocco - Errachidia city .

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