In my search for a tablet computer, I have been looking at Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, iPad Mini, and Microsoft Surface. For a variety of personal reasons, but primarily because I do not perceive these toys as long-lasting, I am keeping my budget low. I planned on spending no more than $250, or probably $300 for something spectacular.
As I wrote earlier, Microsoft Surface is a PC and a tablet, but beyond my budget at this time, though I must add it will be my preferred device over iPad. I have already ruled out iPad Mini because it is better to come up with a little bit more money and simply buy an iPad.
Now the Nexus 10 has put me in a dilemma. I live my life with Google (I even make a living using Google advertising on my blogs) and that is why it is helpful to have a device that works seamlessly with Google services like Documents and Blogger.com. In addition, the device has very nifty features and is priced right for what it offers. It is cheaper by $100 compared to an iPad and does a few things even better. So my choice now would be between spending about two hundred bucks and buying a smaller tablet like Kindle or spending the double and getting a real tablet. Right now I am gravitating towards the Google Nexus because as cost effective as 7 inch tablets are, they are fine to read ebooks or to surf casually, but for the kind of heavy use that I put my tablet to, both for consuming and creating content, a 9 inch plus tablet will be perfect.
In my quest for a tablet computer as a toy, I have been evaluating iPad Mini, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD. I am yet to get a Google Nexus in my hands. Lorena had seen a demo of a Surface at BlogHer conference in August, and she had been ecstatic about it, so when we found out that Microsoft had a pop up store at the Natick Mall, we stopped by to take a look.
I must say that this is a very neat machine. Of course, it is a nice looking tablet and I am sure that experts can find things to whine about compared to an iPad, I loved it. But more than that, I liked the fact that it is Windows based, and for those of us who are content creators in addition to being consumers, it is very useful because it runs Windows programs, many of them that we use to manage our websites and blogs.
Unlike other tablets, I can clearly see this device as the only computing unit that I might need to have. When I am in the office, I can use this as a personal computer. As comfortable as I am typing on a laptop or tablet, on my desk I still use a full size keyboard and separate mouse, along with a huge high definition monitor. At the end of the day, I can simply unplug it and bring it to my family room to play with it while watching television or just catching up on business towards the end of the day.
At this time, I am not in the market for such a product because I am pretty happy with my laptop, and that is why I would rather buy something that costs some $200. In the future, though, as I replace my laptop, this will be a strong contender.