[QUOTE=ChristineBCW;2696203]Would tablet-owners describe their tablet-uses for me? Jester’s given this good “124 mile mapping” description.
I wonder what uses your tablets offer you that a smart-phone won’t - can’t. (There will be some benefits that the larger screen offers which aren’t matched, of course. E-Reading, for example, is fairly useless on a 40-character wide screen for a smart-phone. I guess if that’s all I had, well…)
I’m wondering what the experience has shown you to be unique uses along the way.
(And no, “carrying 4 cups of coffee on it” won’t be among my list of ‘unique uses’. Not even a German chopping block qualifies… not really.)[/QUOTE]
I have both an Android Cell Phone and Tablet.
Reasons to get a Tablet over a Smart Phone?
No cell data service is required for a tablet. The thing that has killed smart phones for me until now is the required additional monthly expense. I have learned how to get by with wifi just fine and it doesn’t cost me anything beyond the cost of my land-line i-net service, which most people have regardless. For a regular monthly data service the bare minimum cost for myself and my wife would run about $30 a month more than what we pay for our regular voice plan. Obviously if you have to have data access everywhere you go and are already paying for it that isn’t a concern, but for those of us who are content to just use wifi it saves quite a bit of money.
With a 10" tablet screen size it’s a no brainer for watching shows/movies and having a keyboard that doesn’t require a toddler’s fingers to type things in. I have very thin fingers and my little Android Phone is a pain to type anything in (even horizontal). Also for me personally I can’t imagine playing games on anything smaller than my tablet.
Not sure how it is with the phones but the Samsung Galaxy 10 inch tablets (and to my knowledge the Google Nexus 10 tablets) have very cost effective HDMI adapters that work great. I couldn’t live without mine after finding a great TV Show/Movie database app for the android. We can either watch it on the 10 inch screen if we don’t want to be bothered with hooking it up to the TV (or if we are on the go and have access to wifi service) or we can hook it up to the big screen and watch it like regular TV.
Now given these factors, one might wonder why I bothered with an Android Phone. I discovered that with the pre-paid smart phones that there are a few options that will allow you to keep a regular pre-paid voice service (no data purchase required), but still have the ability to access and load up things on wifi. The sole reason I purchased the pre-paid Android? Airtime Free wifi calling. We don’t have a land line at home so we are always using our airtime when at home. With the wifi calling it cuts down significantly on the amount of airtime we use/need, therefore we can drop to a cheaper plan and possibly do away with our regular cell service as a number of calls we make are at home. Don’t get me wrong, wifi calling isn’t 100% perfect, but then again neither is cell service. The difference is that you pay a lot less for it. I guess technically I could do the wifi calling on the tablet but holding a 10 inch tablet up to my head or trying to do speakerphone with it on my lap (and my head bent over to speak into the mic) just really isn’t practical.
Now that said, if you have regular data service and are fine without having a 10 inch screen, I would get either the Galaxy S4 (5.5 inch screen) or the new Samsung Mega (6.3 inch screen) that is coming out. No point getting a 7 inch tablet with options like that.