With the release of the new iPad, I find myself constantly considering buying a tablet. My Samsung Galaxy S smartphone does a pretty good job at keeping me connected to the Internet and allowing me to consume content. My laptop stays at the office most days as I can easily work from home on my powerful desktop. So when I’m out and about, it would be nice to have a larger screened device that I can use, or what would essentially be a personal laptop that I can load with games, movies, and music for travelling or when in bed.
I had a bad experience with a Macbook Pro a few years back and it totally threw a wrench into both the quality and customer service expectations that I had when it came to paying extra for Apple products. Basically, my laptop had everything go wrong with it, and I replaced nearly every component of it over the course of three years with a few snide remarks from an Apple store employee and a lack of help through their online support.
After long discussions with a friend of mine, and his endless success with Apple products, I’m almost considering giving them another shot. Now that we are getting past the first two generations of their tablet product, I think it is a pretty safe buy.
Now you might think that because I have an Android phone that I would instantly go for an Android powered tablet. I’ve considered this, but the market is filled with tablets, and it can be hard to determine the right fit for me. I’ve been very interested in Lenovo’s tablet products, as well as Motorola’s and Samsung’s. RIM’s Playbook continues to be a very inexpensive option, and while it has huge limitations and issues of its own, being half the price of the other options is definitely a strong draw for me.
At the end of the day, I don’t expect a tablet computer to be a huge content generation machine like my laptop or desktop. I expect it to basically be of similar use to my smartphone, providing me a larger screen to watch videos on wherever I am, in a light, easy to manage form factor.
If only I could live with each of them for a period of time before deciding.
So, what about the rest of you? Have you purchased a tablet computer? Are you planning on buying one this year? Which one really captures your imagination?