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I got a smartphone a bit over a year ago.  It has an e-reader on it, and I like it lots.  However, it is small, and the battery life sucks.  While I have been mostly happy with it, I think I will be swapping phones once Verizon offers an upgrade.

My desktop computer is old, and it is noisy,   I rarely turn it on these days.

My laptop is a hand-me-down from my brother, and it, too, is old.  I struggle with it a lot, as it is not responsive, but at least is it quiet.

I think what I really want is a tablet of some sort.  I spec'ed out a Nexus 7 recently.  It has more RAM than my laptop.  I recently got a substantial raise at work, and my birthday is two months out, so a new toy is not out of the question.  There is more money in each paycheck, even after I increased all of my savings streams.

I realized recently that all of my bras are over a year old, and one clearly needs replacing.  I wandered over to Nordstrom's Rack after my workout at the gym to see if they had my favorite style in stock.  Four bras later, I wander out to walk the rest of the Mall - it was a hard workout at the gym, and I needed to move.

There is now a Best Buy at the MoA.  I wandered in to look at the various tablets.  They didn't have any of the Google tablets, but they had lots of others.

Boy, the 7 inch tablet is small.  I like the 10 inch.  The 9 inch is pretty good, too.  One consideration:  I'd like to try digital drawing/sketching.  The 7 inch table just does not allow for much gesture in the drawing motion.  But then I'm looking at prices around $500, which is not toy range.  I'm pretty sure I'd want to add a keyboard, at least for at home.  Light laptops start at about $600.  Some even do touch screen.  Intuos peripherals of the quality I want start about $300.

So, do I upgrade to a laptop, complete with keyboard , or try a tablet? Which brand? I thought a Nexus 7 would be appropriate, but if I already think it is too small....

Date: 2013-01-13 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alinore.livejournal.com
I love love love my Nexus 7 tablet. It is very portable and fits in my purse. It is great for mobile internet and e-reading and games.

But....

If I had to pick between a tablet and my laptop? Laptop all the way, every day and 3 times on Sunday. It's just a better device for computing.

my $0.02

Date: 2013-01-14 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-c-fiorucci.livejournal.com
I have an Asus Transformer (with optional keyboard/dock). I like it a lot but it is not, much as I wanted it to be, a laptop replacement. It's good for web surfing (sites recognize it like a phone but you can set it to look at desktop-format sites) and playing games and music, I think it would probably be good as a media stream player also. (Pandora and YouTube and Vevo all work fine.) I also keep meaning to set up my accounts to read technical articles on it, since I stopped getting paper copies I never read. The keyboard is handy but I found it a little awkward, I didn't try very hard to adjust, though.

I have no input on drawing tools, sorry.

(I now have an Asus laptop and I really like it. My previous was an HP and it died a slow death as the motherboard finally gave out after ~3 years. M has a Lenovo which has gone through 2 hard drives in ~6 months(?). Provided as anecdata should you wish it.)

Good luck!

Date: 2013-01-14 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roxelana.livejournal.com
When it comes to computers I only buy Toshiba and I love them to death! they last an average of 6 years each.
I have 5 e-readers. I like the 3G kindle with keypad the best. Battery lasts a super long time and reading is so convienent plus I can use the web browser anywhere if I need to although I only needed to once. I have an ipod too which is really only good for music and games.
It took me better than a year to decide what computer I wanted and I was only dealing with one brand - I found it most helpful to go to bestbuy and play with them all a lot and see what I really wanted before I invested more money. I got a netbook to travel with because I could load pictures and update my website and it was about 300 so I was less concerned about it getting lost. But I hate touchscreens as they seem to hate me. :)

Date: 2013-01-14 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixel39.livejournal.com
I have a refurb Asus Transformer with a keyboard dock, and as a tablet, I love it. I also have a desktop for "serious" tasks that require lots of monitor space, or speed, or RAM, or whatever. Also also I inherited Mikey's original iPad which is just fine as a Kindle replacement, since the actual Kindle I inherited has serious battery issues. (It also has a serious availability issue, in that I cannot find it, but that's a different problem. ;-))

I like having the option of the keyboard and glide pad. I like that the on-screen keyboard includes the number keys (the on-screen keyboard for the iPad does not). The battery life is pretty decent--the keyboard has an additional battery in it thus giving you a few more hours of life. I like the Android apps.

I am planning on acquiring an Android smartphone to sync with the tablet, which will hopefully make my life THAT MUCH MORE ORGANIZED.

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