But that's the point, these stylised maps are to navigate the transport system, not to get around at a surface level. They serve different needs. When you've a map where all the lines are geographically correct it makes it hard to understand how to get from station A to station B, make out the station names and there is a lot of wasted space! Have a look at the London underground geographical map vs the actual tube map for example.
Far better to have a map that fits the purpose. If you want to navigate at the surface level, buy a proper map.
The circular tube map, in my opinion, is much better than the square one we have now. Since the original was created quite a number of lines have been added, as well as tram lines and the overground lines which has caused it to be come quite cluttered. The circular map seems to solve this and give a much better indication of where the line actually goes. I'd hope TFL look at it closely.
I don't know much about the NYC subway system but one thing is obvious, they really need to rethink the colours for the lines in Brooklyn, as they're far too similar!
But for most home users, they are a gadget without a purpose.
Its a cheep, small, light device for consuming media.
There are many cases where a tablet is better than a laptop for me:
- Surfing the web while on the sofa. Laptops are too large and cumbersome. Really don't need the keyboard here.
- Entertaining kids. While not being water proof, they are at least jam proof. Easily cleanable and the size makes it easier for kids to use. A laptop is much more susceptible to accidental damage.
- Portable media. On a train\bus\plane\holiday a tab is perfect for watching films or TV.
- At £160 (For a Nexus 7) its not that expensive that it would be the end of the world if you lost it. It's also not likely to have all those important documents on that you've not backed up either!
- Easily charged. If you own a non-apple device, it can be charged via a standard USB cable, so if it runs out of juice (AFAIK they've much better battery life than a laptop) its simple to recharge than a laptop with its custom cables.
That's not to say I don't need another device, as they don't do everything. But to say they don't have a purpose simply isn't true.
If you have a Facebook page, the business may demand your password.
For what it's worth, that would be illegal in the UK, and presumably the rest of Europe. I believe it is also illegal in some parts of the US.