why i hate tablets so much
see the thing is i am a power user. ok, what exactly is a power user? a power user is a technology user that makes use of most of if not all the features of current technology be it hardware or software which in contrast to "normal" users that are limited to basic usage or core functions of technology. lets look at the hardware and software aspects of tablets, which i will mention the cream of the crop in comparison to why i think they blatantly suck. (funny how i almost mis-spelt blatantly-i'm such an idiot)
first is the software side
features - on tablets, which is mostly limited by hardware - and we will get to that in a moment - is SEVERELY limited. what that means is the features you will get out of a tablet are CASTRATED versions of what is available in non-tablet form. Even in netbooks, you can download a FULL VERSION of Chrome, Firefox with extensions and features. So add-ons which i absolutely cannot live without such as ghostery, adblock, chromey calculator, wiki mini, forecastfox, google dictionary, hoverzoom, and more are simply not available on tablets. I tried this on an ipad 2 and 3, and Chrome reported that my browser is "not" supported yet. Go figure. I would rather use a netbook, despite it can be slow, to have a decent experience
touch - ahhh yes, everyone likes touch. i don't. it's not perfect as you all well may know. i prefer my blackberry because i can type perfectly on it-something i cannot do at all with a touch software interface. misspellings, hopping between sets of screens to find the adequate key isn't something i want to do. it is funny however to watch other people mistype texts and have it autocorrected, leading to the phrase "fsuk/da*n you autocorrect" websites that publish funny but real life examples of why touch keyboards or touch is generations behind tactile response input. try and do office document editing, it is a nightmare.
operating system - i have no problem with android, other than it runs mainly on java, it is insecure. android and mobile devices are still on their way to mass adoption and their marketshare is increasing by the nanosecond, but for now, it is insecure though it won't be long before that is 'truly' fixed. yes there are antivirus solutions out for mobile devices but considering the youth of the whole 'born mobile' nature of this relatively new market, i wouldn't hold my breath and still prefer to say that android antivirus needs some time as of not to mature a bit for my general acceptance of security.
now onto the hardware bit -
ARM - ARM makes low power chips for all devices as of writing this post, yes there are intel variants like medfield, silvermont, etc but for now let's just say those intel variants are such a small group they are not worth mentioning. since netbooks have died, [acer stopped manufacturing in jan 2013] intel will officially make ARM competitor products in the mobile space. what that means is that finally, competition is here and consumers will start to see features and innovation for lower prices. i hear the galaxy tab 3 will have an atom chip inside it but i will wait and see. the bottom line is that ARM, without any 'real competition' of late, and until intel products start their stampede-have produced sub par products. the best most decent SoC (system on a chip i can describe) other than the big.Little arctiectures from ARM that are promising is the 800 snapdragon series from quallcomm with an adreno 320 gpu. despite those advances that sap precious battery life, i am still lacking in performance. the take home message is that until decent snapdragon 800's class or exynos 8 core chips start flodding the market (which they will soon) but as of this writing, tablets and mobile devices are simply underpowered-and thus feature crippled making that a big red flag for me.
memory - right now you can get a 120gb ssd for roughly 100 us dollars or 5000 philippine pesos where i currently reside. until prices reach say the same 100 usd for 250 gb, tablets are memory castrated in what i can call decent storage options, even with high compression on files like jpegs/h264 movies.
resolution - most tablets operate at 1024x600. simply intolerable, enough said. there are phones that have 720/1080p screens. i am looking to get either a optimus gj, xperia zr or galaxy active-if they are good. either way, i haven't given up on tablets/smartphones i am simply expressing my utter fustration with them. like i said i will wait for reviews, and if any of you out there can advise me, on the above mentioned phablets (or large smartphones) i'd be happy to hear it.
weight - i love the weight of an ipad mini. all tablets should weigh that much!. too bad ipad mini weight isn't available on a galaxy tab. try gaming on temple run for more than 15 min, or reading a book. i go to the gym, but c'mon it feels like a brick after half an hour of angry birds. if only all tablets weighed as much as an ipad mini-then i'd have no problem.
s/amoled - i want a tablet i can use at 100% brightness, i like colors, graphics, and bright displays, especially when watching movies and i want it 100% bright all the time with the same wallpaper. this will destroy an amoled screen as oled screens do not have backlights, but rather have self light generating pixel elements. as portions of the screen never change such as the taskbar, or whatever you call it, those pixels get used more as they are always illuminated than the pixels surrounding the taskbar. this causes those pixels to lose brightness relative to its surrounding pixels causing permanent destruction of the screen resulting in 'image retention' commonly known as burn in. s/amoled-no thank you!
ram - lpddr3 is good, in fact samsung can fab high density 2133 mhz lpddr3 modules as of the time of this article's writing. but we need [lp]ddr4. 2gb of ram is NOT going to cut it for me-and definately not for windows 8 (rt).
ok now that i've blabbered about all this, i could be wrong on some of the points but i will never know unless i post my 'opinion'. i want to buy a tablet but am stopped by 'myself' due to the points above. if you can correct me, then do so. i'd gladly want a mobile device that can replace my ageing blackberry 9320 in tablet (but preferrably in smartphone form). my current choices above are the xperia zr, lg optimus gj, and the galaxy active-> which hopefully isn't s/amoled or it will be wiped out my shortlist with no mercy.
-sincerely yours crazy gadget guy - ps. i want to get my gf a tablet but unless we solve all the issues above [tablets and mobiles are making headway] then she can forget about it....