I hate to play Angry Birds or Temple Run now, I guess I don’t get all the excitement about tablets anymore.
I got a daily dose of screen time at work on my desktop doing engineering stuffs – 40 plus hours a week. While I am out and about, the smartphone has a fair share of my personal time, I’d check updates on my social network accounts and flip through the cards on Flipboard.
With all of the new tablets coming out each year, ever since the introduction of the first generation iPad, I think everyone at least must have a tablet to supplement the smartphone and laptop. Thanks to the excitement of what a tablet can do, easily cramming all the functions into a single, compact, lightweight, long-battery-life gadget, I joined the hype. Yay!
A couple of years ago, I owned the iPad 2. A year later I downsized to a 7-inch Nexus 7, 10-inch was just too big for me. Months later I decided I need that extra productivity of a stylus, the Galaxy Note 8.0 was the call. I played around with it, it was fun.
Here’s a list of things I normally do on a table: watch video and TED talks, read ebooks and papers, surf the web, light productivity (email, calculators, document editing), social networking, listen to music and play games.
The tablet is especially valuable for its mobility and is great for travelling light. But when I’m at home it’s just not the most productive way for me to do anything that I do, I have the laptop and smartphone.
Back then to fully enjoy the portability of the tablet, I even subscribed to data plan. What is a eight-inch tablet if I am somewhere with no WiFi? An expensive big brick? I consider tethering a bad choice because it drains both the tablet and smartphone batteries altogether.
Instead of a going out care free and not looking awkward by ‘stuffing’ the tablet into my pants, I have to carry a messenger bag with me. More things to carry, double the worries.
And when I am out with friends, I’d rather talk to a real human in front of me than to Siri or Google Now. During my me time, I’d rather write a blog post on a laptop (with plenty of room for my fingers to type) than to split the tablet screen into half (half for display and half for typing).
It wasn’t fun anymore over time. The wonderful little tablet starts feeling ignored. Frankly, by the end of the day I just want to get away from screens, cook a meal, take a walk, go for a run, go out for a beer. In fact, it was a nice-to-have from the beginning, not a must-have for living and working.
Last week, I sold off my Note 8.0. I don’t see myself plunking down ~RM1000 for one of these tablets anytime soon.
I still look at my smartphone, of course.
[Update: Just got myself a Nexus 7 (2013) and I love every bit of the slate]