Let me start with the most basic of questions first “Why should I buy a tablet , when i can get a decent configuration laptop at the same price ?”
Bang this is one of the questions that many folks are trying to answer today and till recently I myself did not have the answer.
Here are my top 10 reasons to buy a Tablet :
1. Its always on unlike a PC or Laptop there is no startup time / shutdown time. I just pull it out and start browsing. For the instant search results it cant get any better. The other side effect of being always on is that your always online on Skype / FaceTime / any other app. ( no need to call a person ask them to come over to the desktop , power it on and then call them on skype / gtalk )
2. Its always near you … just by your bedside / desk / couch .. The effort effect of reaching out to a PC or Laptop is not there with tab … its always reachable without any effort.
3. It can be used anywhere , anytime and anyhow : Anywhere – being 3G enabled if you insert a sim card with 3G services you can use it anywhere you want to. A less known fact is that put in a 2G Edge enabled sim card and you can still do your browsing on the tablet but at a slower connection. Agreed this is not the best way to browse but if you need connectivity for things like email , facebook then a GPRS pack of Rs.99/150 will suffice for you; while at home /office you can always use the Wifi.
4. Longer Battery Life : Tabs by Samsung and Apple provide upto 10 hours of video playback which is by far the double back up of any top of the line laptops in the market. Tabs can be used for a lot longer on the move.
5 Use it the way you want to : you can lie down , sleep , sit , stand and pretty much do everything you want to without having the learning curve of a desktop OS. The tablet OS are very simple and anyone who has used a touch phone will be easily able to adapt to the Tablet ; unlike the desktop / laptop OS which has a significant learning curve.
6. No virus or slowing down !!! Unlike a PC where I am always worried about virus and malware the Tablets are so far insulated to such slowing down and adware / malwares.
7. The perfect size 10″ … the mobile phones 4″ are a little too small to do serious browsing. The 10″ Tabs are perfect for browsing / watching movies / youtube / video chat.
8. Better performance than the Intel Atom based netbooks. There are a zillion netbooks in the market running on a Intel atom processor. When compared to these tablets offer much superior performance in all aspects including graphics.
9. Google : Yes Google is another important reason why you should buy a tablet. Google docs its a online version of your MS WORD / EXCEL / PPT on the FLY , on the CLOUD , always on , realtime sharing of the file and real time editing … Currently editing in google docs is only supported in Android based tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom. I would not expect this support for IPads anytime soon. So if you are looking to for such Office like applications and are not willing to pay more for it stick to Android. ( Note : Ipad had MS OFFICE APP to do all these but these are paid apps. Apple has Page (Word processor) , Numbers ( Your excel ) , KeyNote ( For your Presentaions) each priced at $9.99.
10. Entertainment Quotient : A tablet is a lot of fun , millions of games from single player to multiple player games like UNO , Scrabble , Sand-storm . Streaming Videos to watch movies like Netflix , google movies , ( Netflix and Google Movies are not in India Yet!! ) , ofcourse there is youtube . Apps like Flipboard are so amazing that they give the feel of a magzine to the tab but with your customized content.
In short you can do almost everything you do on a traditional laptop/pc on a tablet in a fun filled way.
So if you are in market for a netbook , laptop or pc for basic browsing , videos , mail and sns my suggestion would be to consider a tab instead.
After having used the iPAD-2 for 2 months now here is why i believe I should have bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab and here is why i am going to buy one shortly exchanging my ipad2 :
Samsung Galaxy Tab 750
1. HD Videos and photos + movies means a lot of memory 64 gigs is just not enough. This is where the samsung galaxy tab wins over Ipad with a galaxy tab USB adapter you could connect a thumb drive or a external hardisk and offload all content to the external device http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab-accessories/EPL-1PL0BEGSTA.
2. Connect generic mouse / keyboard to the tabet using the USB adapter this is a big win for Android and Galaxy Tab again. I dont need to spend $$ on all the iPAD2 specific accessories can use my old keyboards and mice.
3. On a tablet like Samsung Galaxy Tab you could also voice/video call people once you have the sim-card installed. This is not a feature available on the iPAD.
4. Flash support !!! Apple still does not support flash on iPAD or iPhone while android has full flash support. There are many website which rely heavily on flash all these are unusable on iPad.
5. Better Camera on both sides front and rear on the galaxy tab get better videos and pics. Galaxy also supports Full HD 1080p video recording which is much superior than the iPads 720p.
Check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab Launch below :