This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Is Google Play A Smart Rebranding Or A Bad Miscalculation?

Two years after Steve Jobs famously started the tablet race with the original iPad, they remain a controversial subject. There are those who use and enjoy them on a daily basis - some of whom consider it a necessity, others a luxury. And then there are those who consider them useless to some degree or another, not worth virtually any realistic cost.

This week's particular poll is oriented towards those who fall into the former category, and now own a tablet. Ever since I received my first tablet - an ASUS Transformer - I've wondered what other people use them for primarily. Business/Productivity? Gaming? Leisure (news, magazines, and the like)? Social Media? Pick whichever options you primarily use the tablet for below (up to 3), then share your thoughts in the comments below.

What Do You Primarily Use Your Tablet For?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Brian

    I chose other, as I equally use my tablet for all the choices given..... mine does remote desktop tasks, media playing, idea and note taking, gaming, social interaction, and many other tasks........... I have the EEE Transformer v1 with dock

  • Matt

    I also use it for development on the go ever since AIDE came out. Now if only dropbox would sync folders when on WiFi...

    Transformer Prime

    • http://www.androidapphighlights.com Leif

      File Expert lets you at least upload and download complete Dropbox folders.

      Sure, this isn't perfect - but at least a bit better than official Dropbox client.

      SugarSync or so offers folder sync if I remember correctly

  • Gr8Danes

    I would have to say I use it for all those reason. So, "Other" is what I voted.

    • Gr8Danes

      Should I say "Equally"

  • GraveUypo

    i'm still not sold on tablets. i don't think i'll need one as long as i have a good phone with an hdmi port.

  • https://plus.google.com/109578626846766237897 James Field

    All of the above, really. Primarily leisure & social, a bit of business (great for exploring large diagrams in meetings!) and a smidge of gaming. I also use it for location-based apps a shedload.

  • Larry

    I use my tablet, for all of the above. I am in the tech industry. It is important that I keep up on all the new tends in technology.

    • http://www.oakfurnitureland.co.uk Ronnie

      My Transformer has pretty much replaced my laptop.

  • Rammstone

    I guess "Leisure" means watching porn in bed.

    • FappStore

      I don't have a tablet, for that's all I would do with it.

  • Tim

    :/ I use my personal one for personal stuff and my work one for work stuff. So both, but not together. :p

  • koniczynek

    Where is a option "I am to poor to own a tablet"? ;)

  • david poma

    Surfing, reading

  • http://www.247smartphone.com Flavio

    Also for me the three options (excluding gaming) pretty much equally: from email and news reader (mainly Google Apps), to media player (TuneIn rules!), social (TweetDeck, Google+, ...), internet browsing, some blogging and use of several apps for travel planning, online shopping, and more. I can't leave my HTC Flyer!

  • http://blog.spidey01.com Spidey01 / TerryP

    I also use it for development purposes in a variety of programming languages by way of a Debian stable chroot.

    All I'm missing is a decent browser-integrated JavaScript debugger.

  • Mark Coppock

    Because I have a Transformer Prime with the keyboard dock, I use mine for writing drafts (which I finish on a notebook or desktop). I also use the Prime for ebook reading and RSS feeds. The rest is casual gaming, some Twitter, and the occasional Facebook.

  • Derek

    I use my TouchPad for Netflix probably 99% of the time.

  • Kaustubh Ghanekar

    I don't use one. Probably waiting to win a trans prime in giveaway.. :)

  • Lefty

    I said other because "I only bought it to keep my 4yo off of my phone" was not an option. The only tablet I have it's an epad I bought for her.

  • Adam Sablich

    When I had a tablet without a keyboard, I pretty much only used it for leisure - a few games, a tv remote, etc.
    Now that I have an Asus Slider with built in keyboard (fantastic) I use it frequently for remote desktop, web development (through rdp usually) occasional browsing, streaming music in the background, and to travel with (since rdp can handle just about all normal tasks).
    With keyboard - awesome.
    Without keyboard - waste of money.

    • http://www.247smartphone.com Flavio

      You can always use an external Bluetooth keyboard when needed, or stay with the virtual one for most apps. Once you get used to it, you won't need a real keyboard anymore, excepted for entering long texts. A case that can embed both a tablet and a BT keyboard is a very useful alternative to native Transformer-like solutions.

      • Adam Sablich

        I had a BT keyboard for my last tablet, hated it. The constant pairing/unpairing was a nuisance. Then I grabbed a wireless keyboard with a usb transmitter - this was better, but still requires me to remember to change (and buy) AAA batteries frequently.

        Onscreen keyboards? SUCK. Not only do I hate the absolute lack of tactile feedback to let me know if I've pressed a key/the right key, they take up 40-50% of my screen and cause me to have to constantly scroll. The only time I use them is when I'm sitting on the toilet and decided to bring my tablet with me.

        Also - it's a tablet. I don't text on it - if I'm writing anything, it's an email, and that's a lot longer than "a long text".

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com deidein

    I use my imaginary tablet for posting whiny tweets about how I don't have a tablet, and my bitterness when I don't win giveaways for free tablets.

  • dave

    4g hotspot tethering has come in handy several times on business trips. had 3 laptops using it at one point. (Xoom) Once stuck in an airport, very useful.

  • Ravi Shah

    i didn't think my ipad 2 was essential but as soon as i let my mother borrow one for a month i realized how much i missed it.

  • Dion

    Desktop is primary use, then laptop if I want to hang out in the living room or need to do some serious typing in bed. Tablet is generally used in bed only for youtubes and surfing androidpolice, engadget, reddit, etc.
    I never thought I'd find a legit use for it (Got it on a whim for the HP firesale), but it has managed to find a nice spot in my daily routine.

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    I do a lot of drawing on my iPad 1, primarily using SKETCH CLUB app.

    I read news on it too, specifically using Zite.

    And then the usual... Gmail, book reading (using Stanza), Web (using Dolphin HD), and controlling my media centre PC (mostly via SplashTop).

    I have an Asus Transformer 1 + dock. Which I use very seldom. Android has only two useful drawing programs... Sketchbook Pro and Infinite Design. They're both okay programs. But not up to scratch for my needs. I want ArtRage and Sketch Club on my Android, and I'll be able to ditch iPad. And I want Zite on Android too. There's NOTHING that even comes close. I occasionally read a Kindle book on my Transformer, and sometimes an epub book in Aldiko. But not often. And I hate to say this... But the Gmail app on iPad is WAY better than it's equivalent on Android. Wtf???

    Lastly, I have a Galaxy Note, which has virtually replaced my iPad, has definitely replaced my Transformer, and keeps me from switching my laptop on for days at a time. It's become my desktop replacement. When the Note 10.1 comes out, there's a good chance I'll be ditching conventional computers altogether.

  • Ahmad Fayiz

    i don't have one :D

  • http://www.ossramblings.com CyberMage

    My family owns two Acer A500, a Nook Tablet (rooted, market installed), and a Nook color, plus a Nook classic and a Nook touch. Also had a Viewsonic G Tab, but the Acer's replaced it.

    I think mostly it's replaced the need to get up and go to the desktop PC, making me more lazy. I would go to the desktop instead of getting the laptop out of the bag when I wanted to browse the web. A 10" screen is just large enough for decent web browsing and fits nicely on a nightstand.

    I also do OpenVPN and administer various servers using SSH at times, though a touchscreen is a bit of a pain to do that with and I never bother to get out the BT keyboard. It's kept me from getting out of bed on a few occasions though when I needed to reboot a server at 3AM.

    If I'm going to read, I prefer the Nook touch to a true tablet. The mono screen is just easier on the eyes.

    Then there's Dungeon Story, Mega Mall Story, and World of Goo... ;-)

    So primarily I'd say web browsing (leisure?) with a dash of business, a touch of social and the occasional gaming. Less social than anything though.

  • http://rwj.me Richard W. Jones

    I bought my Transformer & dock lats May, with the intention of replacing the vast majority of the time I spend using the Wintel laptop. It far, far exceeded my expectations. I've since found that it's replaced a good 95% of the time I'd otherwise spend on the laptop. I only wish I could have bought it many, many years ago. It's ideal for email, web, Google maps, OS maps, Youtube, videos, films, photo browsing, raw file photo conversion, a bit of Office, blogging, calendar, e-books & e-magazines, eBay, Twitter, Skype, G+, internet radio, music player, plus a variety of apps that I just can't get on Windows. It's absolutely indispensible. And for showing a video to a family member, I just hand it over. A damn sight lighter than the laptop. Everyone who sees it in use, and sees the tablet go in and out of the dock is instantly sold. Even iPad users are converted. Asus, it's a win-win. It's just a pity that the Asus cloud storage has never worked, but I use Box & Dropbox anyway.

    • tumpero

      Is the Transformer really capable to do raw conversions or are you just screwing with us :)? I'm wondering which one is the better approach to get best of both worlds - a decent laptop for photo editing + upcoming Asus transformer 300 for leisure OR get Asus transformer 700 for superb tablet experience + decent photo editing capabilities

  • L boogie

    Should consider putting an all of the above option.... With that said, using a rooted gtab 10.1 & 7.7 for school (IS & systems engineering major) & personal use; gaming, media, web surfing etc. Looking forward to the new pack of tablets coming like the Asus Infinity, gtab 11.6, Huawei mediapad or even Windows 8 tabs.

  • Jim Oles

    The Lecture Notes App on a ThinkPad Tablet

  • Mihkael

    I don't have one, but if I did, it would be the one you guys are giving away. Pick me for the giveaway guys!

  • Chris J

    I like the bigger screen for surfing. I game once in a while and watch movies as well. IF I had one. I did have one but it was stolen. I hate college.

  • Jason

    I use my transformer daily for email, social media, wireframing, quick image editing and posting, and gaming. Just the fact that it has and SD card slot makes it far more superior.

  • Pat He

    I use my transformer mostly for remote desktop. it turns my gaming rig into a mobile touchscreen companion basically. aside from that, light gaming and web browsing, though i still do the majority of my web browsing via an RDP session

  • Eye4detail

    Other - because there was no "all of the above" option.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Well, you had 3 votes, you could pick 3 of the 4 you use the most, leaving the 4th one out.

  • Yourissues

    I don't have one yet, but plan on using it mostly for reading, work, web browsing, games, and from reading all the comments a lot more than I thought.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I pretty much only use mine for media. Very occasionally for reading feeds and email. It's pretty much useless compared to a laptop.

    • http://code.google.com/p/lg-v909 Aaron

      I wholly disagree, You can see my post a few down from here. I use it for everything, including full IT work. It does a great job. I did purchase a mouse/keyboard to help out with this.

  • Jeffrey

    I picked other and what I mean by that is I also use my tablet as my main computer. Anything I ever did on my computer I now do on my tablet and it works fantastic.

  • Ernest

    If i win one ill use it for everything.

  • Jon

    I primarily use mine for taking notes in class and studying.

  • Ali Jawad

    With the advent of an app called AIDE, my Moto Xoom is now my everything device of choice. Gaming, reading e-books, programming, surfing the web, and media management. Never knew I could do so much on 1GB of memory! lol. WTG Google.

  • Finaldeath

    I only really use mine for games while on the can. Really wish i didn't buy mine and just waited for the vita lol.

  • jordanjay29

    Notes for classes, viewing documents while away from computer, and recreational activities. It's basically a netbook for me with the added ability to touch the screen.

  • Chris Bozsik

    Voted for Leisure. mainly use it for reading manga and ebooks, listening to music when I'm not around my laptop and minor gaming when I find a little puzzle game that looks interesting.

  • Michael C.

    My tablet is slowly becoming not just for any of the things listed. I have an ASUS Transformer TF101, and thanks to ASUS' unique keyboard idea, this thing is what I use to get just about everything done.

  • http://code.google.com/p/lg-v909 Aaron

    I use it for everything listed in the poll. In addition, I use it to sync git repositories, development work, and a full time navigation device. Love it having data. LG G-Slate is a great device.

  • Robert

    I'm like many others, I selected "Other" because I use my Tablet for all of the options. I do calendaring, note taking, email for business. I read news and keep up with sports scores. I definitely play games (not during biz meetings, that wouldn't be right! wink-wink). I even visit Facebook, even if I don't visit nearly as often as I did in early days of FB. Of course I tweet from my tablet.

    Ummm, I think that's all!

  • Bernie

    Since I'm retired, I said "Leisure". My primary purpose in getting a Galaxy Tab 7 Plus was for reading books. But as I use it, I find more uses. I like to to read my RSS feeds on it; better than on my Atrix. I do a little web surfing (Dolphin HD browser) and like to use it for checking my email (Gmail). I'm now researching offline map/navigation apps (CoPilot and Navigon) since I think my Tab would be useful for navigation on my bi-annual drives to SE Alaska. I see myself getting a larger tablet in the future and using my 7: Galaxy Tab just for reading in bed at night it being an optimum size for that IMO.

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    A bit of everything I suppose. I have the OG galaxy tab 7.

    For UNI: it reads PDFs, lets me log onto blackboard via a app. I don't write essays on it though, a bit too small for that and touch keyboard is quite annoying.

    For leisure: Light gaming (not intense) on the train, reading XDA, flash on websites etc

    For Social: Emails are alright on this, my emails are generally short. Facebook...

    I think a transformer would be much better overall. However, I'd really like a wacom pen as well.

  • Erik Gaudin

    I use my tablet more for reading RSS with gReader pro, than reading.
    I follow this site with the rss feed.

  • duplissi

    for me? reading and toilet web browsing!

  • Guardurgirl

    Bought the TF for my girl she made it very clear I wasn't going to root and ROM it. My phone is just easier and faster so I rarely use it. Like the youtube app. I'm waiting on the nexus tab 5000 come on Asus. This GStree is snappy

  • Tony

    How is there not a "Reading"(books) option in this poll? You do realize this form factor is so important to reading and selling books that they have entire devices (Kindle) dedicated to just reading right? Tho after reading, I'd say web browsing and RSS feed, which could be said is reading too I suppose and email, then iHeartRadio since tablet speakers are way better and louder then my phone, but mostly 95% for reading books.

  • JoAnn

    Kindle Fire that lives in my purse. It's my on-the-go Read/Watch device. Movies/TV shows/Books/Magazines/Web/Games.

  • Latise

    I haven't picked up my laptop in weeks and have used it maybe a hand full of times since I got a XOOM last year. For browsing the web, light email, social networking, books, simple games, and movies/videos, it's the perfect device. You aren't going to write a thesis or a business proposal on a tablet, but for leisure activities, it works perfectly for me. It's mobile and gets great battery life for my use compared to a laptop.

  • Stephen

    Watch movies primarily. But I game a lot

  • sgtguthrie

    All of the above when I'm on the couch or on the go... It's easier to carry than a laptop :-)

    I think we will soon see that the tablet is becoming the new laptop, and the laptop already is the new desktop...

  • Diarrhea Burrito

    Don't want a tablet.

  • Deltaechoe

    I actually use my tablet as a laptop replacement for schoolwork. My laptop was too big and heavy to carry around and has a "stellar" battery life of an entire 20 minutes (smartphones eat your heart out) whereas my tablet (tf201 with dock) lasts for freaking ever and is light and has the ability to do just about everything my pc does either natively or through remote access to my pc

  • James

    Reading manga and watching movies and TV and listening to music.
    Very rarely I edit a document.

  • Jade Walker

    I use the Pleco app to help me in studying Chinese.

  • Jaz

    I use my tablet mostly for leisure internet surfing, sometimes social media but very rare and for my kids to game on it. I also use to replace my laptop when I go on vacation. Tablet is a lot easier to replace than a laptop.

  • Darkseider

    The Transformer and T-Prime are the best investments I made. My kids graduated from Archos 101s to an Acer A500 and iPad2 and they have never been happier. What puts a smile on my face is that they use it to play games, chat with friends using Oovoo and do homework... yes homework. Best investments I have made.

  • montgoss

    I use mine almost exclusively to watch video (while exercising or on the occasional flight).
    I did play a few games once when my BT headphones died...

  • Slighter

    For all that minus the social media

  • Al McDowall

    After the initial fun of downloading everything I could find and trying it on the tablet, it is now used for pretty much two purposes:

    Reading BBC and Guardian on the bus in to work

    Playing Triple Town.

    Mine is the super cheap Novo7a and to be honest, it does exactly what I need it to. Still chuffed with it and eyeing the new ICS ROM with interest.

  • Hector E. Gaxiola

    I don't have a tablet.. :-( I know.. its sad

  • Simon Forgues

    To read electronic newspaper and RSS feed.

  • steve

    I bought the transformer prime to read technical PDF on. but ended up using it to do almost everything. chrome needs to support extensions then it will be good enough to replace my laptop. though sadly for PDF its not quite perfect. afraid I may have to go to the dark side with the ipad3 as its sadly way way better for PDF. but not any better in any other category.

  • Joran Betker

    I have a desktop and the Sony S tablet. And I dont think I have touched my desktop in two or three weeks. The Sony S tablet is the nicest device I have ever owned. I simply love it.

    I even use mine for skyping with my friends.

  • Joran Betker

    I have a desktop and the Sony S tablet. And I dont think I have touched my desktop in two or three weeks. The Sony S tablet is the nicest device I have ever owned. I simply love it.

    I even use mine for skyping with my friends.