I don’t like tablets. I tried writing a blog post on Himal’s MediaPad once and it took me half an hour. I couldn’t figure out how to copy and paste, I literally wrote down URLs and rewrote them elsewhere. They’re great for consuming media, but not for creating it.
I can’t see myself buying one, but I tried a few out for a review on the MTV morning show. They were the Motorola Xoom, the Huawei MediaPad and the Asus Transformer.
Of these the Transformer was the most promising. It has a keyboard dock (with its own battery). It’s essentially a netbook where the tablet part pops out. The problem is that the thing is so delicate and breakable, and it doesn’t consistently work. On my model the keyboard touchpad works, but the keys don’t. I spent some time painfully looking up a fix and then just gave up. I also, uh, broke the 3G Sim slot thing by using it, I think, quite normally. I took it out, tried to put it back in, and it got stuck. Gave it a delicate pull with my fingertips and the glue came right off the metal part.
Since the Transformer costs Rs. 125,000 in Sri Lanka, it’s actually too scary to use. I just put it down. It’s a great concept, but it just doesn’t quite execute. It’s available at EPSI, who I have to now go apologize to.
Then there’s the Huawei MediaPad, which Dialog sells. They gave away quite a few yesterday. It’s small, but not quite pocketsize. It’s fine, you can use it, play Angry Birds, but at Rs. 50,000 it’s not cheap either. A tab like this should really be about Rs. 25k.
Finally, there’s the Motorola Xoom, which I borrowed from a friends dad. This is interesting cause Google bought Motorola, but this particular model is quite vanilla. That said, it’s the only one I enjoyed using. I read a bit of White Fang, played some games. It’s not innovative at all, but simple and gets the job done. Only thing is that this was a WiFi model, which makes it kinda useless outside of the house. Unless you’re reading White Fang.
Anyways, what tablet would I get? None. I’d get a MacBook Air, ie, a functioning but instant-on laptop. Barring that, I’d get an iPad (3 perhaps) with a keyboard attachment. Barring that I’d get a Samsung Tab, who I woulda reviewed but they wouldn’t release a model. Apple is still the innovator, Samsung is the best copier, and other companies really have yet to find a niche.