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I think I'm turning into a Luddite. I see all these shiny tablets and... I just don't want one!
Don't get me wrong, I drove myself crazy trying to get an HP TouchPad because a) Massive discount and b) under a hundred quid.
You see, everyone I know with a tablet has one of two accessories.
- A bluetooth keyboard. Because it's really hard to do any sustained typing on a touch-screen.
- A dock. Because it's really hard to do any sustained typing on a touch-screen.
You see, I like to use my computer. Tablets are perfect for a consumer who wants to see pretty lights and occasionally prod at a large target with their fat, sweaty thumb. But that's not me. I want to type, to blog, to code, to comment, to design. I want a laptop. And, indeed, that's what I have.
If I want to do something passive, I'll watch TV. Or my laptop screen. Or my phone. If I want to read, I'll use an e-ink screen. My Kindle is lighter and has better readability than any tablet.
Why do I need another expensive device? Especially one I can't create on?
Oh, and don't tell me about the camera on these devices - does this look anything other than ridiculous?
So, Samsung have released the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - see Samsung's YouTube Channel to see it in action - and once again I have gadget lust. It's big, shiny, runs Android (and will run even better when Cyanogen is ported to it).
But once more, I shall have to turn it down. It's lovely, I'm sure, but just not for me.
To help me justify my descision to forgoe this beautiful fondleslab, here are the top three worst things about the Galaxy Tab.
- Non-standard charger. It uses some awful "media port" rather than micro-USB. (Note: it's not even PDMI
- No USB OTG - so I can't use a keyboard, mouse, or external drive with it. Well, I can, but I have to shell out for a dongle that I'll invariably lose.
- No external storage - so if I want to take a bunch of movies and music with me on a trip, I'm limited to internal storage.
You can gaze at Samsung's FaceBook page but it won't improve things.
Am I crazy? Is there any reason to own a tab if I've already got a (great) Samsung Android phone and an (awesome) ThinkPad running Ubuntu?
What on Earth do you people do with a tablet that I'm missing out on?