I have been told by Helaine that Santa would like to bring me something if he only knew what I wanted. I have been toying around with the idea of a tablet, but I’ve been totally confused and undecided.
Actually that’s not true. I’ve eliminated one model. I’ve decided not to go with an iPad.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know my dislike of Apple’s tight grip on hardware and software. You might think you own your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, but try and use it in a way Apple doesn’t like! You’re in for a rude awakening.
As it turns out I am happy with Android, the other ‘favored’ tablet operating system. It’s what’s on my phone and it seems to be geekily sweet.
After dinner tonight (Chinese in Newington) Steve Parker and I popped into Best Buy on the Berlin Turnpike. They have a pretty nice selection of tablets, but they’re all tethered for security purposes. That makes it a lot more difficult to feel the tablet out.
At first I thought 7″ might be a nice size. Now I’m leaning toward 10″. The 7″ just felt too small.
On the other hand the 10″ models I held were too bulky… too thick and heavy.
After voluminous reading I’m leaning toward the ASUS Transformer Prime, which won’t be released until Saturday! The specs are crazy. It’s thin and fast with a full complement of ports, quad core processor and high resolution screen hidden behind scratch resistant Gorilla Glass.
There’s an optional keyboard and docking unit. No appeal for me at all.
It’s pricey. $500 puts it near the top end of Android tablets.
There’s still plenty of time to ponder. I’ll let you know when I move into the pre-purchase obsession phase.