I've been thinking about getting a tablet for the longest time. Researching tablets. Playing with tablets at Best Buy and Office Depot. (But as you can see from the picture, I haven't even mastered the computer yet...ayayay. I can't get the picture to turn sideways!).
Anyway, I checked the ads this morning and saw that Office Depot had 10" Lenovo tablets on sale for $229 so I broke down and bought one.
I had a number of concerns about getting a tablet:
- Cost was a big factor. I have been really wanting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 but they are close to $400(!). Apple tablets are even more (but I am not an Apple fan so this is kind of a non-issue).
- Then I was worried that I wouldn't use it. In theory, I will take it everywhere with me and be able to work anywhere. In theory.
- Plus it is one more gadget to keep track of.
- I was also wondering if I could ditch my cell phone all together and use this tablet. It doesn't have a 3g or 4g connection but it does get wifi and most places I go have free wifi...but not all.
- I was even hoping that I could replace my laptop with a tablet. That would be great!
And after playing with my tablet all day, I have found that:
- You get what you pay for. While the price was very reasonable and the tablet itself is pretty good, I found that some apps are not configured for Lenovo tablets (I'm guessing I wouldn't have a problem loading these on a Samsung tablet).
- I love the fact that it is so small and portable but it's still big enough so that I can easily read stuff on it.
- It doesn't multitask and nearly all of the work I do on my computer (as opposed to reading the news or using social media) requires both writing and research at the same time. I also do a lot of formatting documents and I am not sure how feasible this would be on a tablet.
- Ditching my cell phone all together probably won't work that well. I did put a texting app on it as well as Skype but there will be times (like when we are driving or in the mountains) where if I needed to make a phone call I would be out of luck.
- I can return the tablet within fourteen days if I don't like it (this may, in fact, happen).
- On the other hand, I have wanted to get hubby a tablet so he may get this one if I decide I want to pay more for a better tablet and decide to buy the Galaxy.
- I will play with this tablet for a couple more days and figure out if there are any good ways to really use the tablet for work.
- I will also consider getting another type of tablet (like a Surface or an Envy which I understand can multitask and use MS Office programs, etc) which is a little more "computer-ish" and a little less "tablet-ish".