It’s happening. The cracks are beginning to form. Despite aligning myself with the tablet naysayers, I find myself increasingly drawn to them. But don’t ask me why. Whenever I try to rationalise my feelings, I realise they make no sense whatsoever.
I guess it’s a symptom of writing about the damn things. As much as we try to focus on the smartphone side of the industry, tablets continually demand a significant slice of news pie.
Then there are the conferences, where company reps cajole you into playing with the latest gadgets, months ahead of their release. “Have you played with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab yet, sir?” “It feels good, doesn’t it? You want one, don’t you?” Must. Resist.
If I do succumb to my tablet cravings, it’ll likely be the result of some insane impulse purchase. There is not one single reason I can think of for owning one.
Personally, I spend my working day on my laptop, writing stuff for Mobot. If I want to surf the web at any point, I do it on my laptop. Even if I had, say, an iPad at my side, I can’t imagine why I’d opt to use it instead.
So what else do people use tablets for? Well, there’s the gaming side of things, I guess. There’s no denying Angry Birds looks great on the iPad’s large 9.7in screen, but it’s not like I find myself gaming on the iPhone, thinking: ‘Christ, I really wish this screen was about 6 inches bigger.’ And if I’m up for some serious gameage, I’ll invariably look to the X-Box.
There’s also the portability element to consider. I’d feel like a bit of a tit if I whipped out 10 inches of tablet beef on the train. Tablets look ridiculous. I tend to favour my Kindle when it comes to on-the-move gadgetry.
Actually, that’s probably why the HTC Flyer appeals so much, namely because it’s not as huge as most other tablets. But then it’s only 2.7 inches larger than the Samsung Galaxy S II, which again brings me to: why? If size were a concern, I could go for the S II and kill two birds with one stone.
Do any Mobotniks own tablets? What do you use ‘em for? By all means shoot me down in flames and drag me over to the dark side. Just give me one good reason.