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November 8, 2011

To Tablet or Not to Tablet


So I broke down and bought another tablet a few weeks ago. This time I opted for the Android version and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab. I’d always thought the 10.1 inch was pretty sleek and sexy, but it just seemed too big. The 7 inch was just too small, but when the 8.9 version came out, I was sold. So far I’m pretty happy with my purchase.

Now I learned from my first foray into tablet land that this was not going to be a work device. It’s just way too difficult to do anything work related on this thing. For instance, I’m typing this post on the Tab right now. Even though I have Swype, it’s still difficult to type quickly. It’s kind of frustrating. I’m party sure I can type faster on my Thunderbolt. In fact, I find myself abandoning the Tab in lieu of the Thunderbolt to answer a quick email. Then back to the Tab for what I bought it for.

So what do I do on this thing? Lots! Mostly I check up on social media sites. The widgets on this thing are good for that. I also like to read my RSS feeds. I have several apps for that. You can see my favorites in the photo above. I have all my Kindle books synced with the Tab, so I often read books on it. But I really prefer reading on the actual Kindle. No tablet will ever replace the Kindle. I’m not much of a TV or movie watcher but HD video looks great on this thing. I’ve been watching more Netfix and Amazon Prime movies. I’ve even delved into the realm of torrents. As you can see, this is pretty much a media consumption device. Other than taking a few screen capture shots, I really don’t use it to take pictures or movies. I might try it at some point, but for now I’ll just stick with what I’m presently doing. It works for me.

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