I want to not want a tablet

I want to not want a tabletI’ll freely admit that I almost – almost – bought an iPad 2, literally the minute they went on sale. I must’ve been gripped by some sort of temporary insanity.

Fortunately for my wallet, the iPad 2 immediately appeared online with an estimated delivery time of several weeks. As such, the fun was kinda sucked out of the potential impulse purchase, and ultimately I decided against it.

Since then, I’ve contemplated buying a tablet on occasion. It seems somewhat inevitable, given that I have one of just about every other portable thingy; smartphone, Kindle, Nintendo DS, PSP, laptop... The glaring omission there is a tablet.

Also, my mate recently picked up an iPad 2, and it’s hard not to be impressed by the Apple slickness. Damn it.

However, I’m a logical type of guy, and don’t really see the point in tablets to be honest. I figured I’d outline my reasoning in this handy feature. I can refer back here in inevitable moments of weakness.


There’s not a whole lot to choose from at the moment, and I’m reluctant to give Apple more of my hard earned. In the past five years or so I’ve bought an iPhone, iPod touch, MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac from Jobs and Co. Sigh.

I had high hopes for the HTC Flyer after coming tantalisingly close to it at Mobile World Congress in February. Alas, it’s an over-priced Gingerbread-running disappointment. I can’t imagine anyone but HTC diehards forking out for a 16GB HTC Flyer when they could have a 32GB iPad 2 for the same price.

While we’re on the subject of the HTC Flyer, it’s still not out yet, and there’s already muchos talk about the 10in Honeycomb-running HTC Puccini. Not cool, HTC. Not cool.


I’d probably (reluctantly) go for an iPad 2, or possibly an Eee Pad Transformer. Either way, I’d be looking at £400+. That’s a lot of money. In fact - to give that figure some context - you could buy a 42in TV, or an Xbox and a PS3 for the same price.

Or maybe booze is your vice? How does 20 bottles of Jack Daniels sound?


What do tablets actually do? Well, quite a lot, to be fair. I think the problem is that they do a lot of stuff quite well, but there’s always something better.

  • Browsing? I’ve got my MacBook. Even if I’m on the move without it, I’m perfectly happy using my 4.3in HTC Desire HD.
  • Gaming? Admittedly titles like Infinity Blade look pretty awesome running on the iPad, but I’ve got an Xbox, a PS3, a PSP and a Nintendo DS. Oh, and not forgetting my HTC Desire HD and iPod touch. I don’t really need another gaming outlet, thankyouverymuch.
  • eReading? I’ve got my humble Kindle for that. And I can use it in the sun, too. Er, not that there’s much sun up here at the moment, but, y’know.
  • Film and TV? You can read my thoughts in Size Matters.

Yet somehow, despite my own irrefutable logic, I still kind of want a tablet. Maybe. Sometimes. I’m no psychologist, but I believe this is an example of cognitive dissonance; holding two conflicting opinions simultaneously. Or perhaps 'indecisive moron' is a more fitting term.

So I can not buy a tablet and live with the niggling feeling that maybe I should, or give in to temptation and secretly hate myself for the rest of time. It’s a tough life, huh?

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2011 at 13:27

HTC Flyer has been in stock at Expansys UK & Ireland for weeeeeks...
But yeah...who doesn't not not want one or none?!

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 24, 2011 at 13:30

Flyer just sold out on Amazon £414.99 for WiFi.
You can still get 3G one £550.98.
It's not more expensive than iPad 2.

blizzard7  Jun. 24, 2011 at 13:42

Personally, I'd rather take my £400+ and spend it on a top of the range phone on a short contract or buy a new PC (or upgrade an existing one), hell you can buy an SSD for less than that and you'll definitely get a benefit from that unlike a tablet which risks being used for a week and then left on the sidelines.

critch36  Jun. 24, 2011 at 14:14

just get the ipad you know you will in the end and sing its praises to all who will listen

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 24, 2011 at 15:03

Too expensive for me. Tablet cannot cost more than laptop in my world and £500 is more than I paid for my Dell Adamo 2 years ago.

tim12  Jun. 24, 2011 at 15:10

Well, coming from a Yank...I suggest that you give the TouchPad a look. Really. The webOS experience can't be described. I'd never consider another OS on a tablet or phone. I got my wife an Ipad 2, and it's beautiful and great fun (and very useful), but all the advantages of webOS make it a no-brainer for me.

cliche123  Jun. 24, 2011 at 16:19

I just shelled out for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer last week. I was of a similar mindset to the author for a long time, but the Transformer adds the additional functionality of a netbook which adds a huge amount of value to the offering. In a week, I've barely put it down, and my phone and iMac have hardly had a look in. It is more than competent for mosty browsing tasks, indeed certain websites with dedicated apps like Reddit, BBC News and any vbulletin forums are actually better viewed on a tablet than on a traditional computer. Having my work email on it has meant that I have spent more time away from my office, without having to rely on the small screen and awkward keyboard of my mobile. And the gaming is quite excellent, Gameloft and Tegra offer a wide variety of exciting and good looking games, which are more in depth than the standard mobile offering but still perfect for casual play. I don't regret my purchase on bit.

Nevasleep  Jun. 25, 2011 at 16:50

I've had an iPad since launch, and now an iPad 2 (family member wanted the original).
I'm still using it everyday. Some fantastic and unique applications/games.
Haven't touched my netbook for about a year....

emmajk42 / MOD  Jun. 25, 2011 at 21:40

Yeah there's a netbook gathering dust in our house too Nevasleep :)

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 26, 2011 at 13:30

Never had a netbook. Never understood a point in having one. I'm a subnotebook person. Netbooks are just too underpowered for me. screen resolution is too small. Cannot play flash in high resolution. Same limitations that tablets have.

blizzard7  Jun. 26, 2011 at 14:21

My parent's next computer could well be a tablet but I can't see myself buying one yet. No video or music encoding, no serious MS Office rival, limited screen real estate and multitasking being the main things preventing me from even considering one. If Windows 8 turns out to be awesome then maybe I'll jump on board ;)

iamdamien  Jun. 27, 2011 at 00:05

I'd never shell out for an iPad. When it doesn't replace a laptop what does it achieve? I've played on my friends and I can't honestly say I'm that impressed for the price tag. I have an iPhone and that does almost all the task that an iPad does but on a smaller (albeit higher resolution) screen. I would be tempted on a sub £200 Android effort though. Providing it's not just a cheap shoddy device to help shift units. Maybe if the Xoom drops like the Samsung Galaxy has I'll take the plunge.


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