So Taylor carries multiple devices. He likes to, actually. And, based on the reactions he received when he asked all of you, Dear Readers, if you did the same thing, there are plenty of you out there who choose to carry multiple phones at once. Or, maybe you have to do it for work. Either way, you have more than one phone on you at any given moment.
Not too long ago I asked all of you if you carry multiple batteries around. I did this in part as a reaction piece to whether or not our device features are leaving our batteries in the dust, but also because I was having to carry two batteries around with my Galaxy Nexus just to take advantage of all the cool things I wanted to take advantage of.
Now, I'm here to ask you yet another question, based entirely off my recent series of flights. Admittedly, I never thought I'd actually ask this question. More to the point, I never thought there'd be a *reason* to ask it. Why? Because I never thought I'd see it happen.
On my first flight heading southwest, I saw a lot of iPads. Both in the airport before the flight, on the airplane itself, and then leaving the airport. They were all over the place. Honestly, I think we can safely call the iPad a pretty ubiquitous product at this point. It's not like I was shocked to see it or anything like that. I was shocked, though, that I wasn't seeing smaller tablets. You know, that 7-inch device that's supposed to be perfect for media consumption.
That all changed on my flights back. I had a layover in Denver, and it was there that I saw the madness in physical form. There was a man sitting at a small desk area, working on an iPad. He had it tucked away nicely into a case with a keyboard, and he was typing away furiously at it. Again, pretty standard fare here. He packed up his stuff when we started to board, and I was lucky enough to get a seat next to him.
He kept his iPad in the bag, and he pulled out Amazon's Kindle Fire.
I'd be lying if I wasn't taken aback by this a little bit. I even stared. This guy had two tablets. And he was using them for exactly the reasons I believe they were meant to be used. Yes, there were a few other people on the flight (which was the only one equipped with WiFi) that had iPads, traditional Kindles, and even a nook Color -- but they all just had one of them. They weren't pulling out tablets to fit their specific needs at a specific time.
Not like this guy. So I had to ask him. I had to know why on Earth two tablets were the way to go for him. His response? He hates laptops. All of them. He even gestured towards my MacBook Air sitting on the tray in front of me, saying that he didn't want to take a laptop around with him, no matter how little it weighed or what it offered. He felt tablets were built for being mobile, and he had found through usage that that's exactly what fit his needs.
So, he had his iPad for work (he said he did some writing, but wasn't specific), and then he had the Kindle Fire for moments where working wasn't what he wanted to do. He watched a movie, played some games, and browsed the Internet while we traveled through the air.
I asked him why he had the Kindle Fire and not, say, the Nexus 7 (which I'd suggest more than Amazon's aging tablet device), and he told me that he had purchased the Kindle Fire just a few weeks before the Nexus 7 was announced. "Bad timing," he joked. Without me even bringing it up, though, he did say that he hoped the 7-inch iPad rumors turned out to be true, because he'd buy that in a second -- Kindle Fire or no Kindle Fire.
So here's my question to you, Dear Reader. Have you even considered carrying multiple tablets around with you? Leaving that laptop or ultrabook at home, and going with the device without that dedicated hardware keyboard connected to it? Are you already carrying two tablets? If so, which ones? Let me know!