Why hybrids are (in some cases) better than laptop-tablet combo
Before I begin, I would like to clear that I'm not trying to convince anyone that hybrids are always better than a laptop-hybrid combo. I'm just here to say that indeed, there are times that it is, and that there is a real market (although it may be small) for hybrids, as an answer to some people who claim that hybrids are full of compromise and that a laptop-tablet combo will ALWAYS be better.
Let me define first the terms I'll use:
Hybrid: a windows 8 tablet that has a keyboard dock. For simplicity, let's go with the upcoming Lenovo Thinkpad Helix for our hybrid.
LTC: laptop-tablet combo. Its a Windows 8/Mac OSX laptop plus any an ipad/android tablet
Okay here it goes:
Many people keep on saying that LTC is better because they're good at individual tasks. If you want to be productive, you're better served by a laptop. For entertainment and media consumption, a tablet works best. I agree, if you need to do these things separately, they are very good indeed.
However, what I noticed in MY use case of my laptop is that I would go back and forth doing productive stuff and consuming media. One moment I may be typing a document or programming, and the next I may want to take a break watch a movie or surf the web. In this case, I think a hybrid would be better. I don't have to physically change devices, but instead I just have to detach the tablet from the dock and away I go. In LTC, I either have to switch devices, or try to stick to the device I'm currently using (which defeats the purpose of having two devices). Either way, I believe that the hybrid approach is better.
Here's another scenario: What if I'm reading an ebook, and I'm supposed to make a report about it after? In the LTC combo, you could probably read using the tablet, and transfer to the laptop after to write the report. In a hybrid, I see myself reading in tablet mode, while annotating using the pen as I go along. When I'm done, I dock my tablet and proceed to write. I still have my annotations and I can copy-paste from the same document (i.e. for quotations). I imagine it'll be much more troublesome to do this on a LTC setup. Annotating would be difficult, and eventually you would have to open the same file on the laptop if you want to copy-paste stuff.
There are probably other things other people can think of, but I'm gonna stop there. I just gave examples of how a hybrid solution is "better" than a LTC setup. That just means that maybe there are people who would like that (I'm sure there are quite a lot). Finally, the good old argument of "bring just 1 device instead 2" still applies.
So there. For me, I would like hybrid, because I "need" a laptop-like device (with keyboard) but I would like to have tablet functionality as bonus, without actually having a separate device. Si yeah, there is a market for hybrids.