Smartphones and tablets have a lot in common these days, namely their large size and similar operating systems. The people who I most often see with tablets generally have a corresponding mobile device, most likely for shared documents shared over a mutual “cloud” with the same network. Recently I have decided to join the tablet world myself, and I went out and purchased an iPad (to match my iPhone – teehee!) to see if tablet life would make research and writing on-the-go any easier. After about a month of owning and using my tablet, the answer to my own question would have to be: not really.

I’m not sure if my distaste for tablets has to do with the fact that I’ve grown so accustomed to the smaller screen of my iPhone. I know exactly what goes where in order to make things work, and it just takes less time to maneuver around with my thumbs. On my iPad, I have to constantly switch arms and move my whole hand around the screen, and I often fumble. I have already dropped it on the ground several times. Now, bear in mind I didn’t go all out and purchase The New iPad (what kind of name is that, anyway?) or even an iPad 2. I wanted the most for my money, so I found a good deal online and purchased a 32 GB 1st generation iPad (data + WiFi) for $300. So, it’s pretty heavy, especially with the gigantic case I purchased for it, and fumbling and drops are probably inevitable with such a large and heavy device.

I’m starting to wonder if I would have had less trouble if I had decided to purchase The New iPad. They are thinner, and they also feature my beloved retina display. I will say the resolution display isn’t nearly as noticeable with the 1st generation iPad and my iPhone 4S as I thought it would be, but it’s definitely no retina display. The screen size is another trouble maker for me. It is a huge difference bouncing back between a 10” screen and a 3.5” screen. When I type on my iPhone, it takes a few minutes and I never have to set the device down. When I type on my iPad, I have to set the device down on a surface and it takes longer both to type and for the characters to catch up to what I’ve already typed. This probably has something to do with the processor.

The speed of the device isn’t that bad. It runs Netflix fine, and other apps open and close within reasonable time. The app market itself, on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment in the fact that I purchased an iPad because I already owned an iPhone and had purchased quite a few useful apps on it, to which I assumed I could easily re-download onto my iPad. Boy, was I wrong. Everything has an “iPad” version, to which I have to re-purchase. Most of the time it will give me an option to re-download the version I bought for my phone for free, but of course, it only shows up on the screen as the size of an iPhone. Fantastic.

Before I bought the iPad, I owned a Kindle Fire which I had rooted to run like a regular Android tablet would. My problem with that device was that a couple of apps I would regularly use didn’t work with it, even after the root. That might have been something wrong on my end, though. I can say that I positively hated the Kindle Fire on its stock software, but that’s probably what I deserve for buying a tablet meant for reading books and expecting it to run like a gladiator. That’s like buying a hamster and expecting it to act like a dog.

My overall experience with tablets so far has been less than I had hoped for. If I had to choose between writing an e-mail with my phone or my tablet, I’d have to pick my phone simply for the speed and accuracy I’ve been able to develop over years of repetitive movements on a mobile device. Maybe after I’ve been using my tablet for more than just one month I can begin to see the real benefits of having one. For now, I just have a fancy $300 Netflix machine.  

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Shoaib17 smart phone
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Aravindh Rajmohan smart phone
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Ada Clarke Both:-) I like the phablet concept like the Samsung note :-)!
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Jose Villa Had the Iphone 5 then Galaxy s3 now got a crapy Phone :( LOL
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Joshua Kish Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPad 2
Jamil Cooper
Jamil Cooper Both
Jose Santos
Jose Santos Only a Samsung focus
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Aaron Summers Both
Gary Bowling
Gary Bowling Nexus 7 and Galaxy S3
Bubba Norman
Bubba Norman Both. Nexus 7 and G2x. Waiting to change the g2x to a nexus phone soon.
Tremaine Fowler
Tremaine Fowler Now that I got a tablet. A blackberry is just fine with a tablet.. The xoom goes evey where I do now
Duane Gibbons
Duane Gibbons Both The Note, Playbook and ipad2
Eddie Phang
Eddie Phang Nexus 7 for home, Note 2 for work, s3 for play.
Eric J. Powers
Eric J. Powers Nexus 7 at home, HTC incredible 4g on the go
Craig Inglis
Craig Inglis GS note
Sasa Ratkovac
Sasa Ratkovac I have smartphone, but I would like to get tablet too. Both
Stefan de Wilde
Stefan de Wilde HTC DHD (1 month to go until I can upgrade to the Note II) and Asus Transformer Prime
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Muhammad Noman Memon Both that is my galaxy note II
Nick Kalman
Nick Kalman Phablet is the best. Love my Galaxy Note.
Kizito Nestor
Kizito Nestor SGS3...all the way
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey My Galaxy Note phablet is all I need!
Saurav Singh
Saurav Singh I have GS3 And lumia i need nothing for now.. :p
Matin Raj
Matin Raj I carry 2 in 1 which is a phablet. .....
Jason Charles
Jason Charles the phablet known as the galaxy note 2 but I jumped the gun and got a galaxy s3 so I'm good for now
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Sophia Margareth Cordero S2
Julian Scott
Julian Scott Android phone
Santiago Alexander Cruz
Santiago Alexander Cruz Galaxy S3
Eric Fenstermacher
Eric Fenstermacher Phablet!
Oliver Friginal
Oliver Friginal I carry a phablet. Note then Note 2!
Cody Simshauser
Cody Simshauser depends, if my day is long ill grab my tablet if not ill just grab my smartphone and listen to pandora
Kevin Joel
Hector Alvarado
Hector Alvarado well an iPhone but soon a phablet note 2! Bring It!
Rene Arce
Rene Arce Galaxy note!
James Carew
James Carew Bring on the Galaxy Note 2!
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz phablet
Markus Howard
Markus Howard Both. Gnote!
Howard Abraham
Howard Abraham My answer will be "both" after 10/26.
Sek Bunna
Sek Bunna Tablet
Mohammed Husam
Mohammed Husam Smart phone
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Sebastian Gomes LG Revolution
Ben Ransome
Ben Ransome i carry iphone 4s and iPad
Tanya Buttons
Tanya Buttons iphone over tablet!
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte phone since they can do everything a tablet/computer can do
Curtis M. Cook
Curtis M. Cook Both...Nexus 7 & Galaxy Nexus.
Naj Khan
Naj Khan they are two different things home tablet outside note 2 tablet got to be ipad 3 the best
August White
August White Phablet. Your move.
Adan Soriano
Adan Soriano Galaxy note... With paranoid.
Howie Eastin
Howie Eastin I use my phone now more then my tablet, now thay I switched to the galaxy s3.
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson The New iPad & Galaxy 3
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James Thomas bold 9900 and playbook
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella tab. bit too poor to afford data plan
Oscar Sanchez Palomino
Oscar Sanchez Palomino Gs3 ...
Gerald Mccrae
Gerald Mccrae Samsung g3 it's the best
Sterlyng Taylor
Sterlyng Taylor IPad and Samsung galaxy s 2
Rivelino M. Sellier
Rivelino M. Sellier New IPad & htc one X
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Jose Be Julme Both, Asus TF Pad 300 & Samsung Galaxy S3.
Chris Cole
Chris Cole Both, iPhone 5 and the new iPad.
Eric King
Eric King Smartphone
Loch Ness
Loch Ness Tabket, and i have 7 +
Carlos Camacho Del Valle
Carlos Camacho Del Valle Why bother choosing??If you can carry a Samsung Galaxy Note
Chris Kang
Chris Kang smartphone, because noone really makes PDAs anymore other than the iPod and galaxy player
Jack Hutchinson
Jack Hutchinson I get tons more work done on my Samsung G S3 than I ever did on an iPad which I sold.
Philip Ramirez
Philip Ramirez smart phone!
Dani Hayes
Dani Hayes both, and both are on iOS.
Chris Genther
Chris Genther I carry an android phone everywhere I go, but keep an android tablet at home.
Huey Liggins
Huey Liggins Have both. Galaxy note.
Bent Christensen
Bent Christensen A Samsung GS3 and a Nexus 7
Taunja Bauman
Taunja Bauman Both. Samsung galaxy s3 and Samsung galaxy tab 8.9 :-)
Tracy Fitzpatrick
Tracy Fitzpatrick Galaxy tab 7.0 plus & GS3 Baby!
T Louis Michael
T Louis Michael Samsung Sunburst.
Stephen Victor
Stephen Victor iPad 3 and Atrix HD here.
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski gs3 is all i need for now. might pick up a nexus 7 next month.
Sean Watson
Sean Watson Smartphone. I have no need for a tablet. Super expensive toy
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JerryandAudrey Smith Both
Brad Opphile
Brad Opphile Both
John Smith
John Smith Both galaxy nexus and an ipad. But I didn't buy the iPad!
Kris Sinclair
Kris Sinclair Smartphone
John Le
John Le Smartphone.
Eric Belanger
Eric Belanger Both. The ASUS TF300 with the seperated keyboard makes it a worthwhile laptop replacement :) And GS2 as my phone... until I get a hang of a GNote 2!! :)
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano Both.
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Marcelo Suriel smartphone
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Josh Avondoglio Smartphone.
Chris Clark
Chris Clark Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and a 4th gen (soon to be 5th gen) iPod Touch.
Ruben Castaneda
Ruben Castaneda Galaxy Note 2
Timothy Phillips
Timothy Phillips Smartphone
Constantine Perenne
Constantine Perenne I carry both Galaxy Note 2 (international version) and Galaxy S3 international version and a Nexus 7 16gb for working remotley.
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez Last time I checked the note2 didn't run tablet apps so why do people keep regarding to it as a tablet. It's a phone, a very big heavy ugly plastic phone
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Juan Jose Rios iPhone, iPad, and Dell streak 7
Andrew Stivelman
Andrew Stivelman Smartphone mostly but I love my BB PlayBook as well
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams iPad 3, and Galaxy S III combo but looking to trade in the S III for a Note II.
Richie Soares
Richie Soares Both..Nexus 7 & Droid Razr M
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Michael Sutton I have a Samsung Galaxy nexus bit would love to have Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 can't afford it right now
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George H Nguyen in 1 month i will be carrying both, my phablet Samsung Galaxy Note 2 :)
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Matt Clark Well said David Barton. They all pretty much do the same anymore..
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Matt Clark Smart phone...
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Timeka Vershae Both!
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Malik Chambers both Galaxy Nexus & Nexus 7
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Vicente Reyes But I use my atrix 2 more then the tablet.
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Vicente Reyes Atrix 2 with ics and Samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0.
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David Barton the are morphing into one. when the new 5.7 inch Androids hit later next year, who needs a tablet anymore....
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Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich Phablet phone slash tablet 5inch
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Jim McDuffie II Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Linda Beheller Mazziotti
Linda Beheller Mazziotti Both
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Wayne Cearley Galaxy note
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Yasir Sohail ever since I have gotten my Note 2, I didn't take my Tab to work yet.
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Larry Hoover Sp
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Jesus Martinez Both! S3 and Nexus 7
Roduel Chinchilla Estrada
Roduel Chinchilla Estrada Both
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Darren Penix Both
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Skylor Mitchell I have a smartphone, but would also like a tablet but cannot afford both, so I'm planning on getting the Note 2 when I upgrade/switch carriers in 4-6mon.
Hayden Harrison
Hayden Harrison phone all the way
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Sam Sun phone
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Sonya Williams I have both.
George Cruz
George Cruz I have a phone but if you give me a tablet I will carry it anywhere.
Dounutz Sesar
Dounutz Sesar Galaxy note!!!!! Half tablet half phone n love it
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David Cipollone Both
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Hosam Mohamed Depends
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Mahdi Nourideen Safa I hate tablets
Hunter Remington
Hunter Remington Both.
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Geoff Ollis I have neither. I need a smartphone PhoneDog!
Brenda Needham Riley
Brenda Needham Riley I have an iPad and an iPhone, hardly ever touch the iPad, can't live without my phone!
Aaron Delgado
Aaron Delgado Both
Lawrence Lepes
Lawrence Lepes I will be getting the best cell phone on the market; the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. So my answer to that question is both!
Mark T Thornton
Mark T Thornton I'll be carrying a phablet by the end of the month.....the galaxy note will be my phone of choice
Rene Robledo
Rene Robledo Phablet
Nakai Flores
Nakai Flores nexus 7 right now
Ian Calvin
Ian Calvin both
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Sai Lo both
Ishpreet Kohli
Ishpreet Kohli both galaxy s3 and galaxy note 800
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Nathan Wright I can live without my iPad but not my phone lol
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Anthony Evans Jr my skyrocket + my asus tranformer prime best combo out there
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Jdcrz Psn both & one is both ... i717 w/ p6200.
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Zainal Abidin Both! Although I'm looking forward to upgrading my TAB
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Travis Bowen Nexus 7 and razr ftw
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Daniel Quintero Smartphone
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Janet Revell Smith Both Galaxys3 and nook
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Brandon Le Depends.
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Roger Schubert DeOliveira I carry a galaxy Note.
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Brett Day Both. HTC One X and a Galaxy Note 10.1. Perfect mix for work and play
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Devin Martinez Both iPhone & iPad
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Ediben Yoonan Phone!!

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