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8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do

Have we really entered a post-PC world? The new Apple iPad and its tablet rivals still come up short on a few important measures.
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Yes, you can print from your tablet, but the process usually requires some sort of proprietary solution rather than the hardware-agnostic, cross-platform simplicity we've come to expect with PCs. Apple's AirPrint, for instance, allows wireless printing from the iPad to AirPrint-ready printers, including models from Canon, Epson, HP, and other vendors. On the Android side, there's a Wild West assortment of printing options, such as Flipdog Solutions' Easy Print app, which lets you print documents and email via Google Cloud Print. The industry needs to come together and simplify the mobile printing muddle, however.

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stevew928
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3/22/2012 | 6:41:55 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
#1 - or, as I pointed out above, the 'cloud.'
#2 - Agreed. There are a number of very secure apps for the iPad which specifically address the types of attacks the hackers used. Just make sure you pick a good app.
#3 - No kidding! I haven't used a DVD on my computer for probably a year or two. I'm even using them way less for archival (for which I have a burner/reader available on my desktop). That's why Apple has started leaving them off of their laptops as well. They are, essentially, like a floppy anymore (outside of home entertainment).
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3/22/2012 | 6:40:39 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Heaven Forbid you try to create (not consume) business documents like spreadsheets. I can't imagine even trying to use a tablet for ANY kind of serious computer work like most businesses create on a daily basis. Even doing Excel on a Mac Laptop is twice as much work as a PC.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/22/2012 | 6:37:58 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
There are several solutions to this available on the iPad, for example, virtual browser apps like CloudBrowse or VM type sessions. But, the most simple solution to this particular problem would to be avoiding M$ stuff. What kind of idiot developers would use a Flash interface to something that is core functionality?
stevew928
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stevew928,
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3/22/2012 | 6:34:42 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Agreed... is IW unaware of the 'cloud'? Nearly all tablet users are using them as extensions or for mobile purposes, while still having a desktop for more 'power' tasks, or to be a local cloud. For the people who use a tablet exclusively (non-power-user), they probably also don'd need the several things mentioned anyway.
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3/22/2012 | 6:24:41 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Something I never thought about when using the iPad: My sister in-law was visiting and brought her iPhone and iPad, but not her PC, with her. Inexplicably she lost access to her Hotmail account when it was locked out due to suspicious activity.

Because the MSN Live ID site is incompatible with the iPad and iPhone (Flash based?), she could not unlock her Hotmail account without a PC. Luckily I was able to access it from mine and reactivate but if she didn't have one available she would have been completely cutoff from her hotel, car and flight information.

Long story short, the iPad is a wonderful and wondrous tablet device for cloud computing, until the cloud stops playing by Apple's rules...
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3/22/2012 | 4:37:17 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Corrections:

1) Yes you can expand the storage space on the iPad! Using an external hard drive, like the Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wireless, you can add another 500 GB of storage to your iPad. The drive works wirelessly and fits in your pocket.

2) Security is measurable in real-world data. There have been zero viruses for iOS (even though there are currently a half Billion iOS devices in use.

3) Burning DVDs is as antiquated as writing floppy disks. Nobody wants to burn DVDs from an iPad, or even from laptops, when using USB to transfer files is much more efficient, faster, uses less power, and less costly.

All of the other "points" given are just as questionable, and seem contrived and subjective in nature.

iPads are replacing notebook PCs for good reason. People buying the iPad consider it the optimal choice for themselves.
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3/22/2012 | 3:44:54 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Or you can own a Real Tablet PC and by Motion Computing's solutions- use as slate and desktop.... as I have and love it
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jzbak,
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3/22/2012 | 3:38:00 PM
re: 8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Tablets, in my opinion, are an extension of a PC, making these points moot. People will always have some type of laptop or PC. Odds are that most people who have a tablet also have invested in a PC/laptop.
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