There are a tonnne of tablets available now, and I've realized I'm buying none. There's two reasons: (1) I don't need one; and (2) next year's models will be much, much better.
As Apple, HP, RIM, and Google announced and delivered tablets, I debated which one might be best:
- iPad? Definitely not, since it is hobbled by lack of Flash.
- PlayBook? Nope, now that Microsoft has its tentacles growing into it.
- TouchPad? Maybe, out of nostalgia for the 10+ years I owned a Palm PDA, but then I realized that it is going to be DOA.
- Android? Fer sure! ...or maybe not; Honeycomb's been pulled, the prices are a shade too high, and next year's hardware and OS specs are going to be w-a-y better.
So, no model is suitable today. Or, more precisely, more suitable than the 4" Samsung Galaxy Vibrant cell phone that I use daily.
Then I thought about what I'd use it for. I've watched the few fellow journalists employ their's at press events, and didn't see the advantage over my 2.5-year-old LG X110 Linux-running netbook with its fabulous keyboard.
I used to own a touchscreen notebook computers, one of those dismal HP tx1000 convertibles, where the screen swung around to create a tablet form factor. (The screen sensitivity was dismal, the build quality was dismal, and the bad nVidia graphics chip killed the whole system.) While it worked (well, laboured actually, according to the sound of the roaring fan), I used it for... oh, lessee, a sum total of 15 minutes as a tablet. Specifically, trying out MoI software.
I'm not buying a 7" or 10" tablet this year, because:
- Current models are insufficient for practical and political reasons.
- I don't see that I would put a tablet to use for anything more than a few minutes of software testing here and there.
- The LG netbook and 4" Vibrant do all I need, road warrior-wise.