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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!


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Billy Thompson
Billy Thompson hp android/webos tablet, htc amaze, laptop, PC, shuttle, media server pogoplug, Love my devices.
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes Motorola tablets, nexus 7. Laptop, PC of course. No Icrap
J Litz Van
J Litz Van Nope.
Ed Seitzinger
Ed Seitzinger 1 Galaxy Note 10.1, period
Bird Orellana
Bird Orellana One tablet one phone an 3 blunts
Anthony Andrade
Anthony Andrade No
Naser Al-jummah
Naser Al-jummah Only ipad1 but i dont use it anyomore lol
Christopher Kugel
Christopher Kugel like i said on the site i carry my ipad every were i go ipad in my hand and my beats on my neck
Brandon Le
Brandon Le One, when I need to open a .pdf file to read in class. Some of the college desks are too small for a full sized laptop. :/
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa The most 2 if needed...
Carlos Guerrero
Carlos Guerrero Yes, Phone for me and Tablet for the kids
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon I can't afford one lol
Corey Torrid
Corey Torrid 1. I don't even want to carry the one I have.
Jeff Cross
Jeff Cross I gots no tablets bro! And only one phone, I don't deal drugs.
Graham Strother
Graham Strother 1 - Transformer Infinity, and my qwerty android phone.
Ravin Schmidt
Ravin Schmidt If we got out for a long time I will take my ipad but just a few hours only.my phone.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Only one.. what would be the point in carrying around multiple tablets? Smh
Josh Veerkamp
Josh Veerkamp Multiple phones, yes. Tablets? I don't even carry around the one I have.
Santiago Alexander Cruz
Santiago Alexander Cruz Just my phones, tablets can stay at home.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Only one or two. That's why I got my Galaxy Note so I could get rid of my tablet. Phone + tablet in one. Although I am interested in the Galaxy Note 10.1.
John Resch
John Resch 0, I have a life..
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Nexus 7 and iPad here. But I would only carry one
Omar Ahmed
Omar Ahmed I carry multiple phones but not tablets :/
Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich
Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich i have a ipad tablet laptop and phones...but i carry my phone more as a modile device than my tablet...too bulky i guess n dosent fit in pocket like my phone does and battery life is ugly...ill stick with my cellphone anyday....so ill say none or one tablet is enough.
Susie Tracey
Susie Tracey Two tablets? No... but I bring my iPad and iPhone wherever I go and if traveling I bring my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro.
Luis Reich
Luis Reich I have a Nexus 7 and a Galaxy Note 10.1
Conrad Cody Cline
Conrad Cody Cline 1 phone, 1 tablet, and if I am going to be gone for a bit I may take my laptop...mainly if its an overnight stay or road trip or something significant. The only reason I would carry more than one tablet would be to have one for the kids or another person to use, or if I had to have one specifically for one thing, such as work, and another as my general use. Typically, everything gets centered around my mobile devices. My photos, music, movies, etc. Between laptop, tablet, and phone, I dont want to have to split it all up further.
Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner I don't even carry the one I have
Arturo Atherly
Arturo Atherly Y???!!! I thought it was abt consolidating......ridiclous!!!
Vincent Jean
Vincent Jean 1




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