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Once upon a time, a time not so very far away, this is what a tablet looked like:
A Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet laptop.

They were useful. You could draw on them with a stylus, you could angle the screen however you liked it, the whole thing stood itself up, and you could transform it back into laptop mode any time you liked. You also could work on the very same things that you did on your desktop computer, with the same interface, since it ran the very same applications.

But then one night, a certain someone tripped and fell, accidentally shooting his "smart" phone with a growth ray. For whatever reason, calls did not work on it anymore, but it sure had a big screen! Pleased with the results, his company made another cash-in, changing the world for the worst once again, and next morning, this cash-in was named the "tablet". Fans of this company were excited to no end, pre-ordering faster than you could say "Do you know how useless that is?", trampling over what tablets truly were.

What good is this device even? What is it for? Is it a fancy-schmancy reflective knife cutting board with a cell phone operating system on it? Tell me why it makes sense to buy one, especially with the prices considered. For about a mere hundred dollars, one can buy a machine just like the one shown above, which you can actually accomplish things with, besides wasting time: a shocker in today's world of fiddly, useless electronics. Let's get down to business on what we lost from this transformation:

  1. Drawing. Nowadays' "tablets" mess up when your drawing when your hands hit the screen. Way back when, they didn't even support fingers to mess it up in the first place.
  2. Programs. The tablets of 2008 were true computers that ran Windows like any other, and could run whatever you wish, as long as it was a reasonable demand. Now? They're worthless.
  3. Flexibility. You could transform it from laptop mode to tablet mode and back, whenever you liked, and wherever you liked. You had a real keyboard and pointing device available when you needed it, and it could be shoved out of the way when it wasn't necessary. Now? You're either forced to type with your fingers on a gimped virtual keyboard, or have to haul a physically separate keyboard with undersized keys.
  4. Upgradability. Way back when, you were able to upgrade the memory and storage however you liked. Do you see a hard drive as more fit than a solid state drive? Bam, easy. Other way around? Just as doable. Want 2x4GB of DDR3? Toss it on in. Nowadays? "Can I upgrade this?" is the same question as "Am I a soldering ninja?".

Seriously, these things are just giant "smart" phones. As soon as tablets gained rear-cameras and lost their keyboards and x86-based processors, they were ripoffs. It doesn't help that it's too big to be a sensible camera device, anyway, so it's tossing out the useful, and replacing it with the useless. That's what people do these days.

There are also the type of tablets that are actually more like "half-laptops". My HalfPad is still better than those, because the "half-laptop" type of tablet still doesn't fix all of the problems with tablets.

These type also tend to raise another problem: they're too weak to be useful, e.g. the MSI WindPad. Golly, watching that thing crawl in Windows 8 is painful. You're better off using Windows Vista on an Athlon XP 1900+ computer, because I've done it before, and it works better.

These things are just useless!

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