Are Tablets Necessary?
I call myself an early adopter and in true gadget geek fashion, when HP Mini’s hit the market, I was the first to buy one. It was cute and portable, much less cumbersome than my Toshiba Satellite that I would lug to the job to do schoolwork on breaks.
It was a love affair that would go on several years and from coast to coast. When I got addicted to my home desktop, however, I sold the Toshiba and a secret Dell that I kept stashed, because, you know, everybody needs three laptops and a desktop, not counting their work PC. I stuck with the desktop and mini until one fateful evening it dawned on me that I hadn’t cracked open 7″ laptop in weeks.
Soon, it too became fodder for the classifieds. I had no use for it. A year later and the desktop died a sad death and I chose another Toshiba Satellite the second go round. We, too fell in love.
But I’m the fickle type. I hate carrying it with me and the solution everyone offers is the iPad. If you couldn’t tell, I’m anti-Mac, having tried the products and being convinced they weren’t idiot-proof as people claim.
Here I stand, debating on whether to chuck out the laptop, keep the laptop, buy an Android tablet, preferably the Moto Xyboard, the Windows Surface, or a Kindle. I sigh, and look down at my Android phone, and decide it’s all I need, just in a smaller package.
Alex Ngiem of Expert Riches pointed out some facts that show how most of us will be chucking our desktops and laptops and moving entirely onto mobile devices. Until that time, when devices will be chosen based primarily on size, tablets seem like the main thing a person wants to work with while on the go.
As software and apps become more mobile-friendly, as the Android market grows, and people become adept at using their mobile devices for tasks they formerly may’ve only done on a desktop, laptop or peripheral device, I think Alex’s prediction will be true.
Google Glass and other hands-free devices are a totally different thing. America is behind on everything making tech concepts and realities in other countries appear to us as mere science fiction. Until those technologies become consumer favorites here, we’ll still be stuck on our horse drawn wagons arguing whether tablets are just big smartphones (that’s what Samsung products are right?).
On the tablet thing, I’ll be a non or late adopter. I like my Android, its apps (especially the iPhone app knockoffs) and the flexibility and capabilities I’ve only recently learned and got comfortable doing exclusively by phone. I’ll sit sipping chai tea proclaiming that tablets are an overrated, unessential placemat.
I like the concept of mobility and full productivity–meeting with clients live, doing virtual meetings (Speek and G+ Hangouts rocks), sending email, and writing content, and mocking up graphic design concepts–with this already been paid for, already paid for data plan, and already always connected teeny tablet, phone thingy. Not to mention not lugging anything more than this while traveling.
When this newfound contentment with my Droid 4, I suddenly feel my inner Charlie Sheen screaming out #WINNING!