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Why Get a Tablet when you have a Smartphone?
February 25, 2015
3:25 pm
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I’m hoping to start a real discussion here. We see lots of people with tablets, but we also hear from lots of people who see no need for them. 

I tend to agree that there is no real purpose to a tablet if you have a good smartphone. My Galaxy S5 phone can do everything my Note 10.1 Tablet can do and it is so much less cumbersome!

What I have found is that tablets become special-purpose devices. The only real benefit to tablets over phones is the bigger screen, so anywhere you want a bigger screen, and you don’t want to take your laptop, a tablet is good. So, my tablets are found by the couch for web browsing during TV commercials. A tablet is also found in my purse for setting up when visiting friends and showing my pictures. We also have a tablet that serves as our cash register when we are in a sales situation. The credit card swiper fits into the headset jack, and the bigger screen is much easier for customers to see.

But – if you DON’T have a smartphone: I have often recommended getting a tablet to someone who really likes their old flip phone. Starting out with a smartphone can be extremely annoying when it’s not obvious how to answer a call, or hang up, or get back to where you were when you tap someplace accidentally. When you replace a trusted phone with an annoying device … I think you know what I mean! So, keep your flip phone, but get the advantages of mobile technology with a tablet. If possible, get a tablet that has a cellular data plan. That way, it can get online anywhere (almost) and it will do everything you want of technology except be your phone.

Can a tablet replace your laptop: No. Not yet. Some Windows 8 tablets almost can, but I’m talking about Apple and Android here. Here’s the article I wrote about trying to using an iPad instead of my laptop: iPad as Work Computer

What about you? What do you use your iPad or Android tablet for? 

March 16, 2015
9:10 pm
Jay Norris

I have a Droid Maxx and a laptop. My provider wants me to also get a tablet and I ask why?

With the exception of doing my finances on Quicken, working with the pics in Picasa, and occasionally typing a long email, … I do everything else on my smartphone. Email, calendar, everything for my memory, most web searching, and even reading books on it routinely. And it fits into my pocket. Personally, I have no use for a tablet at this time. 

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