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Of Notes, Pads, and So On

Now that the hype around the iPad Mini and the Nexus 10 has died down a little, I’ve been pondering my lack of use of tablets, despite owning an iPad 2 for 18 months or so.

There is a clear use case for tablets of a 7 inch or 10 inch size. Clearly, given how many Apple has sold of the iPad, people love them. They use them for reading, watching movies, playing games, writing, and who knows what else.

I personally don’t use my iPad every day. It’s a beautiful piece of hardware, but I can, quite frankly, do most of what I need on my phone–the phone which is always with me. That I can’t do on my phone, I have to use a computer for since even the iPad can’t be used for many things (especially work-related).

That said, a bigger screen is desirable. While an iPad mini looks tempting, I don’t think shrinking the tablet 2 inches is going to make it any easier to grab over my phone, which again, is always with me.

Certainly I could purchase an iPhone 5, though the screen is not that much bigger. What about a Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Kinda big as a phone. Definitely small as a tablet. I guess that’s why they call it a phablet :)

I like the idea, but I can’t say I’m thrilled with Android for a variety of reasons, including what operators like Verizon Wireless do to Android devices. That’s the one reason why I use an iOS device–no operator crap inside and no delays on OS upgrades due to the operator.

I do wonder, though, how a Note 2 would feel in my pocket with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 case on it? Maybe I’ll borrow one and find out some day.

I wonder if someone will produce a tablet (or phablet) that I simply have to have. I don’t have the money to buy anything new right now, so all I can do is keep an eye out for the next big (or small) thing in tablets, phablets, or whatever. Fortunately, I’m happy with what I got.


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