Are Tablets good or bad?
I understand that is a subjective question, in fact that kind of questions are the ones you should try not to ask, so, let’s change it.
- Are Tablets useful for you/me?
OK, now that is a better question, and the answer is: It depends, and it depends on what you want to do with it, and what do you want it for.
In the last months I was really tempted to buy an iPad, have also been looking at Motorola’s Xoom, Dell Streak 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab, but then I made myself this question.
What are you going to use it for?
In my case, the anwser was:
- To read emails
- To surf the web
- To edit documents
- To travel lighter
You may have different reasons, but as far as I could have seen a tablet is only good for these task:
- Surf the web
- Read emails
- Reply with short emails
- Use social networks
- Play games
- Watch videos
- Listen to music
As you can see in my opinion besides the email part, a tablet is not good for productive task, and only good for leisure/fun activities, activities I can do in my phone (yes smaller screen, but easier to transport too).
In my case I need a computing device to prepare spreadsheets, to access my servers, to blog, to work with documents and create PDF documents, so for me it is better to get a good Laptop instead of a Tablet. At the end of the day I would be carrying two devices (not small ones) with me, I prefer to surf the web and reply to short emails with my Blackberry or Android phone (smaller than a tablet) and use the Laptop for other tasks.
So as Jeff Hoogland says in Why the Tablet Craze?
If you have an extra few hundred dollars laying around and want a new toy - go ahead and pick one up.
What did I buy?
Well, I got a Macbook Pro, yes it is not powered by my beloved Linux, but anyway Android is not Linux :)