Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Android, Small Tablets, and Apple

Here's an interesting article from CNET that discusses the rumor of a small tablet kind of/sort of iPad from Apple. But with android tablets working so well for so many people is it really necessary for Apple to compete in this market?

I've posted about how much I love my Nextbook tablet more than once. For me, the Nextbook tablet was the alternative to an iPad...because I have three dedicated e-readers, an iPhone, and three working computers. I'm not even counting Tony's notebook, his computers, or the two laptops. We work at home; we need to have backups at all times.

So the last thing I needed was to spend over five hundred dollars on an iPad that may or may not become obsolete within the next two years. For me, tech devices aren't a hobby and they aren't toys. I need to think about performance as well as cost at all times. I opted for the Nextbook tablet instead, mainly because it was cheaper and because I knew it wouldn't be around for more than two years. I simply just assume nowadays that new devices will be launched and I'll wind up looking for the next best deal. And I've been more than satisfied with the performance and the speed of the Nextbook. I even love reading on it. And it's evident I'm not the only one who feels this way.

I (and presumably millions of other people) have been using the 7-inch Kindle Fire since late last year. It's a great deal for $199, offering the basics that satisfy a lot of non-techie consumers: a good e-mail app, fast browser, Kindle reader, good movie viewer (I quit Netflix and went with Amazon's service). And it has a good display, to boot.

Then, of course, we have the $199 Google Nexus 7, which got an Editor's Choice rating from CNET Reviews.

I'm curious about this one myself. At this point, I don't need it. But if I did it would probably be in my top ten choices.

Which brings us back to Apple. It already offers the 9.7-inch $399 iPad 2. Does Apple need to go lower, smaller than that?

I will admit that if Apple did come out with something very different from smaller androids I would seriously think about buying one. Although I've never been a huge Apple fan because of their philosophy, I have to be honest about the fact that I do prefer the quality of my iPhone over all other devices I own. As I said, I'm happy with my Nextbook. I would do it over again to save the money. But when I switch from using my iPhone to my Nextbook it's a lot like switching from a well made luxury car to a basic economy car. In this sense, you get what you pay for. But then again we don't all need well made luxury cars to get from point A to point B.


Anonymous said...

I haven't jumped on the eReader bandwagon because for me to buy an iPad it would need to be able to handle real world Word and Powerpoint and be able to be docked for use as a real computer. I won't do the nook/kindle thing at all because to me they are very limited. What I like about Apple is their philosophy of bullet-proof quality and longevity. My Mini Mac is 7 years old and still robust enough to work. I adore my 5 year old MacBook and am just now thinking of a new mac. I only buy Apple products BECAUSE OF their philosophy. I'd like to see Apple make the iPad a full computer replacement (with a dock) for $599.
Matthew Darringer

ryan field said...

That might happen. I read something about it, but don't quote me.

I have three dedicated e-readers, and the reason I bought them was because they are limited. In other words, I only read on them. I can't be distracted and for me it's a more personal reading experience. It takes me away from the Internet and the noise. I actually prefer my oldest e-reader, a Kobo with e-ink, because it had an old fashioned book feeling to it.

The main reason I'm not fond of the Apple philosophy is because I don't like the control. I like the product. I thought Jobs was a genius. But I didn't like the mindset.

mary gresham said...

Ryan, I decided a couple of months ago to step into the tablet area and ordered a Samsung Galaxy from Verizon and added it to my air card plan. I have to say I've been impressed with it so far, it qas a lifesaver after the fire. I paid $50 for it and $40 a month, so I dont think I got a bad deal with it. I could have gotten it where it would connect only thru wifi, but I wanted to be able to use it in the truck while on the road, so I got the cheapest plan available. It is small compared to the ipad, 7", but I like it that size and I use it to read my kindle purchases on

ryan field said...

I know a lot of people who are doing things like this. I've heard good things about Samsung Galazy, too. I was telling my mom about it the other day.

ryan field said...

Galaxy...I type fast.