I hate to play the Luddite again, but I guess I don't get all the excitement about tablets.
I get a hearty helping of screen time at work on my Lenovo notebook -- 45+ hours a week. I supplement that liberally with daily web crawls for my personal life on the same system. While I am out and about I am, like many others I see around the Bay Area, with my face in my smartphone a fair share of the time -- I swear not when driving!
Thanks to Google, I now have a new Nexus 7 phablet. I played around with it last night before going to bed. It was fun. I actually watched Obama's video talk on Trayvon Martin, something I had been meaning to do for a week.
I'm not sure but I wouldn't be surprised if over time this wonderful little slate starts feeling ignored. Frankly, by the end of the day I have a bit of eye and finger fatigue. I want to get away from screens, play my guitar, take a walk, go out for a beer (and look at my smartphone, of course).
A couple years ago I had one of the first Samsung Android tablets, thanks again to Google. It was fun, although the software was a bit funky. I generously gave it to my son who sometime later called to ask if it was OK to sell it so he could get a new set of tires for his car.
I said yes and laughed. He may be the son of a Luddite, but he's active in social networking, and loves his Asus Bamboo notebook and iPhone 4.
About the same time I got a BlackBerry Playbook on review -- two actually. I actually thought its software was more sophisticated in many respects than the Samsung galaxy Tab, albeit its lack of an email client was unfortunate. Anyway, I gave one away to my son (I don't think he sold it but he might have). The other one is still in its box in my closet.
When I'm around my apartment I tend to sit down at the notebook or smartphone or pick up my guitar, sit at the piano (not enough), or watch TV (too much). Sometimes I even pick up a book or Outdoors or Mad magazine. (I admit it.)
When I am out, the tablet, even my new seven-inch phablet, is too big to take -- and what if I am somewhere with no WiFi and it's just an expensive big brick?
I catch the excitement around tablets when I read and write the tech news and go to tech events. I am a curious guy and like to play with this stuff. I have my share of gadget lust.
But at the end of the day, something in me craves less screen time, not more, and my tablets are on the losing end of that struggle. I don't see myself plunking down ~$300 for one of these things anytime soon.
What's wrong with me?