|The first hit is free - or at least cheap
||[Oct. 24th, 2012|01:27 pm]
So, I bought a tablet - the Samsung Galaxy 2 7.0. It was a low cost tablet, I figured I could drop that much on a toy even if I didn't end up using it a lot. |
First: it's a very good Kindle replacement, with one huge, huge caveat - it's awful for late-night reading. Seriously: wake up, realize you're not going to sleep for a few minutes, and want to read something? You *do not* want a tablet. A book, or one of the old-style Kindles, or one of the Kindle paper-white models, would be better. A low power bedside light is much easier on the eyes than even the dimmest LED screen shining full in one's face. (At least, the dimmest setting I could set manually - maybe if it's set to auto-dim it's a bit better. But I get why they warn people not to use these right before bed.)
Second: it's a damn good reason not to get out of bed. The third best I've ever experienced. (The second best is warmth, on a cold morning in a somewhat chilly house. I don't have to mention the first, even by reference, do I?) Check e-mail, browse a few web pages (do lots of adjustment because they're so tiny on a seven inch screen!), decide to read a few more pages on the latest e-book... when I was visiting kightp, once I'd started coffee and become confident that the coffee maker wouldn't attack (it engages in guerrilla warfare, inflicting sabotage on counter tops and caffeine supplies if the carafe isn't positioned correctly) I was able to lie next to her for a good half hour without boredom.
(Why was that important? Well, waking up next to one's beloved for a quick cuddle, and an announcement that coffee is ready, is one of the best ways for most people to wake up.)
Third: It's addictive. I now want a bigger, faster tablet - and I'm still not really using the one I have! Well - part of the reason I'm not is that the one I have can't quite manage video as well as I'd like.
I'm also convinced that I'll never buy a Kindle, iPad, or a Nexus, unless they start to include an SD card slot. I have far too much music, and far too many videos, to allow myself to be trapped without WiFi and therefore separated from my entertainment. Maybe if I had a mobile data plan... but I'm too cheap to pay that much monthly, unless and until I kill my landline.