I have been thinking about getting a tablet as of late, going as far as to even take one for a test drive not too long ago. Of course, the question then becomes “Why?” Here are my reasons for wanting to “small-grade” down to a tablet:
I DON’T REALLY DO A LOT WITH MY LAPTOP
When I am on the road with my laptop, I increasingly find myself either doing stuff inside of a web browser or in Microsoft Word. I don’t play games with it, I don’t do any programming (yet!) and except for the occasional trip to YouTube, I don’t watch very many movies or videos. All of the “big stuff,” such as editing audio or video, I do on my desktop, which has plenty of horsepower and a nice, big 24-inch screen.
PHONE TOO SMALL, LAPTOP TOO BIG
I have owned smartphones for about four years now, with my first one being a Windows Mobile 6 phone that I had before my current Samsung Moment running Android. They work okay, but their screens and keyboards are just too small to type on for extended periods of time. I am due for an upgrade soon and am leaning towards a phone with a larger screen, but even then I don’t think that they will not be big enough to use for any extended length of time. As I mentioned in my Vizio Tablet review, I tend to carry a lot of crap in my laptop bag, which even at 12-inches, makes more cumbersome to lug around than it should be. A tablet, on the other hand, would be more usable than a phone because of its smaller screen, and more portable than a laptop. It should be the best of both worlds.
Ideas don’t wait, so when something pops in my head I want to be able to jot it down before it gets lost with all of the other stuff being tossed around in the clothes dryer that is my brain. While Windows 7 is nice, it does take a while to boot up and shut down. With a tablet, I can turn it on at the touch of a button, type down whatever Big Idea I have, put it back into sleep mode and then get back to using the crapper or whatever it was I was doing when inspiration struck.
BACK TO A DUMB PHONE
These days, Wi-Fi is widespread enough to the point where it’s available nearly everywhere you go. For those times when WiFi isn’t available, I have a pre-paid MiFi device which works well, even in the hole in the Internet that is my hometown. Since an Android tablet can to do everything that my phone can do, there doesn’t seem to be much point in carrying an Android phone. Thus, I should be able to ‘downgrade’ my phone to a more basic model that does not require a data plan which should save a few bucks in the long term, especially since Sprint is bumping up the price of the their smartphone plans another 10 bucks.
So there you have it, four reasons I will be soon purchasing an Android tablet. I’m looking forward to having the near-ultimate in portability in the palm of my hand! Move over, laptop!