To Tablet or Not To Tablet?

4 years ago

I would love to hear your thoughts on tablets.  Specifically, please tell me whether I should get one.

Generally, I'm a gadget girl.  I like shiny new toys and up-to-date tech, but I haven't made the jump to buying a tablet.  I bought a top-of-the-line MacBook Pro in 2011 (mostly so I could play the Sims 3) and I have an iPhone 4S until new phone time this summer.  I didn't really see why I needed what seemed to essentially be an iPhone with a bigger screen that didn't have as much functionality as my lovely and convenient laptop.  I also didn't want to pay for another cellular connection and my wifi experience with my iPod touch was not especially encouraging.  So, those are the reasons against.

The reasons for were that I could (with an appropriate case) get a digital subscription to my favorite cooking magazines and use the tablet for recipes, which would be a big convenience in the kitchen.  But that still didn't seem compelling.  I thought it might be a nicer way to use some of my knitting patterns, too, but I wasn't sure that it was several-hundred-dollars nicer.

But now that I'm branching out into knitting design, I've been thinking that it might be a lot more convenient to be able to use a stylus or my fingers to draw schematics, etc., rather than stumbling around using my mouse (especially since I use my mouse with my right hand and I'm left handed).  And I can't begin to imagine trying to do that on my phone -- way too small.

What do you think, especially designers?  Should I make the jump or will it just be another hunk of shiny metal and plastic hanging around the apartment (see: husband's netbook)?

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