Day after day, I surf the web for the latest news about the newest tablet offerings. There is an extraordinary number of news and commentary; seems as if everyone has an opinion. All my friends who have iPads of some vintage, love them, swear by them, and wouldn’t hear of anything that could possibly be better. Being the skeptic that I am, I think that such fanaticism about what one owns is a bit narrow and possibly defensive that they might have been wrong in choosing an Apple product. I have no doubt that Apple products are truly remarkable (I read Walter Isaacson’s excellent biography of Steve Jobs after all), yet I have friends with MACs who are continually frustrated with their computers and have problems finding help because so many computer-fixers work only with PCs.
Let me be clear. When I finally upgraded to a smart phone, I chose the iPhone 4, which suits me just fine. If I have a problem, I just run over to the nearest ATT&T store and their super-friendly staff get me back on track. Apple’s iPhone 4 works just fine and it’s fun to use as well as exceedingly practical. I can now text and send photos easily with my children and grandkids, which I never did before.
Yet, I don’t want to be stuck with a tablet that is so proprietary that my specific applications won’t work on it. I’ve been looking at Android operating systems and Windows operating systems, as well as the iOS. Right now the Android is what I’m leaning toward, but which one.
I have a Kindle reader and love it. It is an amazing invention for someone who reads as much as I do; it’s a device limited to printed words with some black and white photos, and that’s all I ever wanted it for. Therefore, I’m thinking about the Kindle Fire HD 10. It works on the Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, and is a lot less expensive to buy and to run than the iPad. Cost is important. It will release this month, but what is Amazon holding back in terms of what I can use it for?
I’m also looking at the Google Nexis 10 which runs on the Android 4.1 (Jellybean) OS, but it hasn’t been released yet either, so information is sketchy. I’ve pretty much ruled out the Acer, Asus, and HP tablets, although I’ve been a dedicated HP user for many years. Except for my older laptop that keeps shutting down the internet connection and driving its owners crazy, all my HP desktops, laptops, netbooks, and printers have worked well. Oh yes, there was that new laptop that I had to return because the DVD drive was faulty, but generally HPs are reliable and customer service has been good.
I’m getting more and more desperate for a tablet as I have specific applications that I need to use on it. Nevertheless, I guess I will have to be patient and sit bolt upright at one of my computers for awhile longer while waiting for the future to be more predictable.
Rather than sliding down comfortably in the recliner fondling a tablet, I shall limp along on my other equipment for a few more months until the word is in on the new offerings coming soon to market.