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    So I've had my TouchPad for 2 Months now and have noticed that the time I spend on my pc has dropped to only firing it up to game. That's about the only thing that this thing can't do. I was wondering how using the Touchpad was affecting others pc usage.
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    Not yet. The only thing that stops me is the not-so-good fold up stand I have that makes it a little difficult to have long chats because the tilt is not enough. And buying an external keyboard will essentially defeat the purpose (making the whole setup just like a PC) :P

    But otherwise, I can see why I will never use PC for anything but gaming. Of course, YouTube is still a bit annoying at HD resolutions that's one more reason I come to the PC.
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    I'm pretty much the same PC-wise, the TP has replaced my iPod Touch for mobile browsing duties though.

    I have a lot of specialist music software on the PC which keeps me busy as well as media that I just can't be bothered to convert so the TP can play them natively. It's easier to chuck them on a USB stick and plug into the TV.

    I could always Splashtop them but I've not had the need yet.

    All my emails, office documents and Live Messenger stuff is still on the PC and I find the tactile experience of keyboard and mouse to be more intuitive for general work. Plus I just don't trust the QuickOffice app.

    Having said all that, in the evening I don't touch the PC but the TP is always around.

    I guess it depends on what people use the PC for ... I also run my guitars and MIDI stuff through it as well so it's pretty much on all day.

    For the fire sale price it's a handy gadget but it's no PC replacement for me.
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    Nope. I spend less time on my Pre though.

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    I vote for a poll and I agree. Between my iphone and this, I hardly use my pc
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    If the TP can play live stream "smoothly" from sites like twitch, ustream, justin at 720p .. I'll probably use my PC just to play SC2.
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    lol i stashed my laptop and leave it on just so i can use splashtop. Streams 1080 like a champ. I haven't used anything on webos other than splashtop for awhile tho.
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    I spend more time on the commode now...
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    I use my PC & my Pre 2 less now.
    TouchPad FTW!
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    Wow, I'm sorry but it sounds like you have really basic computing needs if the Touchpad is good enough for you where you would never use your PC anymore. There's practically too many things to name that I can't do on my Touchpad, or even just are a better experience on my PC. I mean, I can't even have more than a couple browser cards open without things slowing down drastically, the type of document editing that is supported is super simplistic, and I can't attach files to forms on web pages, just as three examples that are the most frustrating.

    Where the Touchpad shines is an addendum to a PC, for tasks that don't work as well on a standard laptop. Ebooks, magazines, IM, and email/calendar* are done almost exclusively on my Touchpad (or phone as well for the IM, email, and calendar). To be honest though, depending on how Windows 8 turns out, I might end up not needing two separate machines for these different functions.

    *I might be biased on this one because I can't stand Microsoft Outlook and nothing else on the PC connects to Exchange... that and there's no great way to integrate multiple calendar sources on the PC like I can on my Touchpad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keplenk View Post
    If the TP can play live stream "smoothly" from sites like twitch, ustream, justin at 720p .. I'll probably use my PC just to play SC2.
    Do you have a TP? It streams really well at 480p natively, and does even higher resolutions very well with Splashtop.

    I use my TP to watch streams ALL the time :-)
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    Yep, less time definitely. Use my TP for basic needs like checking email, looking up something on the web, etc.
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    yes I have found that I use my phone and pc much less. After patching and overclocking, this thing is super nice!
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    Yes. For casual computer use, my TouchPad has pretty much supplanted my normal PC, and half the time I spend "on" my PC is actually through Splashtop.
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    It has taken zero time away from my PC. However, it has completely replaced my laptop.
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    None. I was really hoping that it would take time away from my phone but haven't found an app that's more enjoyable than Pulse News is on my Android phone. If they made a good news aggregate app then I'd use it a lot more. I have a laptop and an HTPC and am still finding it hard to find a real use for the tablet besides playing games. I love WebOS UI but am probably going to enjoy the tablet more when I can use solid/quality apps on Android when they have a stable release. Give me the apps on Android and I'd be an ecstatic person with WebOS and have no thought of the word Android on a tablet. It is fun for playing games and that's knocked out the time I did play on Android, even though I'd still like to see Plants and Zombies on the Touchpad.

    I was also hoping it'd be a good Ebook reader but I tried and the backlit LCD is impossible for me to read books. I can read magazines and articles just fine but reading a story that has to conjure up mental images completely throws me off. I've actually got the new Kindle and it has reduced my time spent on the Touchpad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalel33 View Post
    None. I was really hoping that it would take time away from my phone but haven't found an app that's more enjoyable than Pulse News is on my Android phone. If they made a good news aggregate app then I'd use it a lot more. I have a laptop and an HTPC and am still finding it hard to find a real use for the tablet besides playing games. I love WebOS UI but am probably going to enjoy the tablet more when I can use solid/quality apps on Android when they have a stable release. Give me the apps on Android and I'd be an ecstatic person with WebOS and have no thought of the word Android on a tablet. It is fun for playing games and that's knocked out the time I did play on Android, even though I'd still like to see Plants and Zombies on the Touchpad.

    I was also hoping it'd be a good Ebook reader but I tried and the backlit LCD is impossible for me to read books. I can read magazines and articles just fine but reading a story that has to conjure up mental images completely throws me off. I've actually got the new Kindle and it has reduced my time spent on the Touchpad.
    I use pulse news on my touchpad -ALL- the time, but we're not allowed to talk about that here .

    I don't really have trouble reading on the touchpad at all - I found the key however is a SUPER low backlight. I'll crank it to minimum, then down even further using the reduce minimum lighting patch. Theres a sweet spot that really works for me and I end up enjoying it. I've comfortably read several books on the device.

    As for it supplanting my PC, I'd say yes, a bit. I spend more time couch-surfing rather than desktop-surfing. It's often just easier to fire up the touchpad browser rather than bother going in to deal with the computer. I even use the TP for my basic computer uses - like I'll fire up splashtop from the living room to start a new download or move a video file into my shared directory for viewing on the bigscreen. My PC has definitely been downgraded.

    Also, the response above about not being able to open multiple browser windows.... What device are you using?!? Yesterday night I had 3 pdf's and at least a dozen different browser windows open simultaneously on my touchpad with no issues and no obvious slowdowns. I was flipping between stacks of research while typing up a document in google docs (bluetooth keyboard). No lag, totally usable...

    Note that I did have to use google docs though - I can't bring myself to trust quickoffice either. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, fool me three times and I'm just not going to attempt to edit a freaking document with your software. I've lost -PAGES- of typed notes in that stupid program because it goes into an infinite and unrecoverable loop on saving - even when saving to the LOCAL touchpad drive. The only option is forcing the card closed, and wouldn't you know it, that erases everything you wrote. Insanely aggravating. I have -no- idea if this has been fixed in the newest version of quickoffice, I'm so annoyed from previous experience that I haven't even given it a shot.
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    i dont really use my touchpad as often as i used to when i first got it a month and a half ago. it just sits on the touchstone all day and i sometimes use it after every few days. when i do use it though its spent exclusively on android.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncinerate View Post
    I use pulse news on my touchpad -ALL- the time, but we're not allowed to talk about that here .
    Pulse news is fantastic and far more powerful than people initially think - I have it tracking a range of custom feeds. The first thing I do in the morning is use my touchpad to get upto date with what's going on - also one-click save to evernote is very helpful. It looks great on the touchpad's nice bright screen.

    Beyond that, I'm using it quite a bit in conjuction with my PC, so I'm writing and annotating documents on the touchpad and writing on the PC at the same time. Ocassionally in skype meetings, I'll also refer to a document that someone has uploaded to google documents so there is that usage as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGK View Post
    Beyond that, I'm using it quite a bit in conjuction with my PC, so I'm writing and annotating documents on the touchpad and writing on the PC at the same time. Ocassionally in skype meetings, I'll also refer to a document that someone has uploaded to google documents so there is that usage as well.
    Hah.

    The other day I was writing a -large- paper. I was sitting at my desktop with my main screen doing document editing, my secondary screen full of research, and my touchpad with a half-dozen different windows open with various docs I was quoting. sitting just behind my keyboard and filling my vision slightly below my primary monitor screen. The touchpad was doing a great job - I could quickly flip between docs on it without messing with the mouse, the whole swipe/card system is brilliant for this sort of multitasking.

    My wife walked in and concluded loudly that I was perhaps the biggest nerd on the planet.

    I mumbled something back about how I was working on -her- thesis and that she should probably be super nice to me .


    On a sidenote - maybe I am a bit of a nerd. I try to hide it, but honestly... My main PC monitor is a 24" sony trinitron that weighs half a ton, and I'm convinced no modern monitor can come anywhere near matching it for quality of picture and authenticity of color (1900x1080 @ 100 Hz on a 24" crt = amazing). I worked reasonably high up in advertising at Honda for almost 12 years and when they switched our computers over to LCD monitors I saved my "baby". My wife gives me crap about this monstrosity on a roughly monthly basis (in fact, my secondary screen came from one such attempt at getting me to give it up - she bought me a new high-end IPS LCD for christmas, it was immediately delegated to "secondary monitor" status).

    One of these days I'll be rid of what she calls "a space-heater", but that will be a sad day in the ncinerate household.
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