My experience with tablets

I had been able to avoid the tablet “craze” for a while, but the need for a more portable computing device that wasn’t under 4″ in size started becoming a reality after lugging a Dell XPS L502X around for 6 months.

I tried to survive using a GalaxyS and a Blackberry but the screens and browser experience was just not up to par with something a bit larger.

So I started looking around at the tablets available. I tried a Galaxy 10.1″, and the 7″ along with a Toshiba wi-fi tablet someone acquired from Dubai. They are all great devices in their own rights but they all suffered from the same lag issue I have with my GalaxyS, especially when flipping thorough pages.

I have now ended up with the only tablet that seems to do as advertised, provide a smooth stable consistent experience. First National Bank are running a promotion where you get a 16GB iPad with 3G for ZAR220 a month over 24 months which if you exclude the monthly cheque account is fee is R420 less than retail. BARGAIN!!!

I have now had the thing for a week and am wondering why it took so long to take the plunge. I am actually typing this post using the WordPress app, and am able to type at a fair tick, even though I am unable to actually “touch type”. Other uses I have found useful

  • Watching Podcast video
  • House shopping for the move end of the month
  • Reading my Google Reader and Twitter feed using FlipBoard
  • General Browsing
  • All in all I think I can safely give the iPad an A+ for doing what they say and doing it properly.

    The only con I have is OMG why did they bother with the cameras, these ones SUCK more than those in my old Blackberry 8520