Do You Own A Tablet? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Do You Own A Tablet? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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When I set out to write last week’s poll — which mobile OS is truly the best (regardless of what you’re actually using) — I expected it to be a battle between two giants and two underdogs. You’d think that iOS and Android would beat Windows Phone and Blackberry out of the water. Turns out you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the news. If you still think iOS is the most popular mobile OS out there, prepare to be surprised.

No less than 3,870 of you voted in this poll, and we appreciate your enthusiastic participation. It makes the results that much more reliable, even if somewhat surprising.

9% of the voters think iOS is the best mobile OS out there, 24% think Android is the one to beat, 29% think the winner should be Windows Phone, and (are you ready for this?) a full 37% of the voters think Blackberry has the best mobile OS of the lot. An additional 1% voted for “none of the above”.

What can we say? It seems it might be time to try Blackberry OS!

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Comment Of The Week

Last week’s comment section was home to some great debates, and some very interesting opinions regarding which operating system is truly the best. Some of you also pondered about what “best” actually means, is it about features, or about personal needs?

There were many excellent comments to choose from, but in the end, there can only be one winner. And this week, it’s Monty, with a detailed comment about why Blackberry 10 is the best OS out there. If you’ve never used a new Blackberry before, this comment is quite educational. For this useful comment, Monty wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt from the choice available through MakeUseOf Rewards:

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BlackBerry10 really is the best OS for me. The features packed in are based on making the most common functions & tasks one will be doing most often on a communications device the easiest way possible.

Accessing text-based communications (BBM, email, twitter, facebook…) are all accessible with a simple thumb-movement from within any screen. Responding to a message from any of these apps will allow you to without ever leaving the Hub — so you don’t have to open the facebook app to respond to a message, then open twitter to respond to a tweet, then go back and close them, then finally return to whatever task you were working on before you got the messages. With the hub, just slide up and right, open the message, respond, swipe to the right, select next message, respond, swipe up to go back to the home screen and select the active frame of whatever you were working on.

Unable to take a call at the moment? Decline, and select a custom response to send via text such as: “I’m driving right now, but I’ll call you back in a minute.”

The browser handles just about any website I throw at it fairly well. An occasional hiccup here and there, but it is certainly a browser that I don’t have a problem with relying on.

The picture password available on 10.2.1 allows the user to have a password that can be entered in plain view of an entire crowd and not easily duplicated, but there is a slight possibility of someone trying to guess happening upon it. I prefer this password method over a 4-digit PIN.

Then there is the ability to run Android apps. While I will always choose a native “Built for BlackBerry” app over it’s Android counterpart, this closes most of the “App gap” argument. It is as simple as finding the correct APK, which there is a fairly extensive list available on some BB enthusiasts’ sites, and downloading it onto the BB10 device. This is able to be done without a connection to a computer, so no “sideloading is difficult!”. If you really need to have that app that isn’t available on BB, it’s a simple procedure.

There are other features that make this OS the best for me, but this is already long in the tooth. I’m sure that there are apps available on other platforms that allow the user to have similar experiences, but these features are built-in straight from BlackBerry. No need for extra apps for these features running through battery life.

And as far as the argument as “BB is dead”, this isn’t a poll on which company has the best business plan, or who has the most money in the bank. This is a poll for the best OS. And again I say that the BlackBerry10 OS is the absolute best.

Do You Own A Tablet?

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Tablets seem to be taking over the world. When the first iPad came out, people were excited, but they were also baffled: what is this thing really good for? As useless as tablets may seem, their popularity is definitely on the rise, and even those who couldn’t see the point at first have by now been tempted. In fact, it looks like tablet sales have taken over PCs this recent holiday season.

Where are you in all of this? Do you own a tablet? Did you use to and gave up on it? Do you plan to become a tablet owner soon?

And now for the juicy part: which tablet do you own? Why did you choose it over other options? Or if you don’t own one, why not? Please share your opinions!

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Comments (62)
  • Frank P

    Toshiba thrive, AT100. it maybe big, it may be bulky. but I have full hdmi, full USB and mini USB. no need for special adapters, or custom cables.

    thankfully everything is plug and play ;)

  • Prateek J

    i have an Indian brand tablet (Lava etab Xtron) based in rockchip JB7 which i got for roughly 100 $ (1 $= 60 INR).

    It had crappy version of Android 4.1 and i had decided to toss it out or give it away to my cousin who is a kid.

    Luckily somebody posted a way to root the tablet and also provided a baked Android 4.1 ROM on XDA forum which made my tablet fast and fun to work with. It is running very smoothly now and will use it until i feel the need to upgrade.

  • williamworlde

    I finally settled on the Lenovo Miix 2 8″ Windows 8.1 tablet. I say “finally” because I initially bought an iPad 2 which I swore I was going to keep, as well as a Dell Venue 8 Pro, a device very similar to the Miix. What factored into my final decision? –––– The Miix is good-looking; it’s the lightest 8″ Windows tablet; runs cool; and with an OTG cable, I have been able to connect 2.0 and 3.0 USB sticks, a USB hub and my 500GB USB HDD! –––– I have been able to work with Word and Excel documents and have installed Outlook 2007! And yes, my movies and YouTube look way better than on the iPad 2! –––– I wish if the finish was more Apple-esque, but that might have cost an extra $100! I am not saying it’s bad though. And I wish Lenovo had done a better job at providing accessories. –––– All that said, at under $300 and extremely portable (more so than my sub-3lb. notebook) it’s a fantastic piece of kit!

  • williamworlde

    I finally settled on the Lenovo Miix 2 8″ Windows 8.1 tablet. I say “finally” because I initially bought an iPad 2 which I swore I was going to keep, as well as a Dell Venue 8 Pro, a device very similar to the Miix. What factored into my final decision? ––––

    Although the Apple device is super fast, extremely beautiful and dare I say, perfectly constructed, I couldn’t run my business on it. I could have lots of fun though, even if that meant looking at movies with huge letter-boxing and YouTube videos that were amazingly at lower quality than a non-retina 1280×800 Windows device! Hmmm….. ––––

    The Dell seemed marginally faster than my Miix, but it almost always ran hot. That is not good and add the fact that I still don’t trust Dell’s consumer-end electronics after being burned so many years ago, it was a no-go for me. ––––

    I could have waited a little longer to see what CES2014 had to offer and indeed Lenovo has brought out their “killer” 8-incher ThinkPad. But, I spent just $299 on my 64GB Miix and I would have had to pay $399 for the TP, perhaps $419 here in the Great White North. I paid $499 for my super-fantastic 11″ touchscreen notebook last year; I had no intention of paying anywhere near that for my tablet! (My Dell 10+ years ago ran me over $4,000; I’ve reevaluated how to spend money towards new devices.) ––––

    The Miix is good-looking; it’s the lightest 8″ Windows tablet; runs cool; and with an OTG cable, I have been able to connect all sorts of USB devices! I wish if the finish was more Apple-esque, but that might have cost an extra $100! I am not saying it’s bad though. And I wish Lenovo had done a better job providing accessories. All that said, at $300, it’s a fantastic piece of kit!

  • Oswaldo Bellido

    I got my first Android tablet about 18 months ago. It didn’t go too well, it turned out to be kind of weak, with its 7″ screen and low memory and processor specs. Then I got an iPad 2 in a local contest. That was another thing altogether. However, I ended up giving it to my wife & my baby daughter. So a couple months ago, I ended up getting myself another Android tablet, but this time, I got myself a better machine than my orignal android tablet, with better memory and processor at probably half the cost of an iPad.

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