As you all are well aware, I use my tablet a lot. In my two years of searching for the perfect lightweight companion, I have yet to find the perfect tablet. But what I have found is a plethora of useful features and ways to incorporate a tablet into my daily life. Of course, I use my tablets mostly for work, which has made a lot of readers call me crazy. "Tablets are for play, not work!"
To each his own, I suppose.
I will, however, add that recently, I have found myself playing and tinkering more with my tablet in my downtime than ever before – playing games, watching Netflix, etc. But something I have found myself doing with my tablet more than anything else (other than working, of course) is reading the news and looking at magazines.
I never really had a knack for reading magazines before. But a few months back, my friend recommended Zinio for reading magazines from my tablet. I told him he was nuts – mainly because he won't pay $0.99 for a game, but he'll buy a subscription to an electronic magazine for $20, but I digress. Curious, I downloaded Zinio on my Galaxy Tab a few weeks ago and didn't really know where to begin. I remembered back to when I used to flip through my dad's Popular Science and Popular Mechanic magazines while he was off building some type of bulldozer or something when I was a kid, so I decided to purchase a subscription to Popular Science.
Instantly, I found myself hooked and I can't exactly explain why. I've had to limit how much I open Zinio and look through the magazine catalog – one edition of Popular Science per month isn't enough, but I don't need to go all willy nilly on magazine subscriptions I'll probably forget I bought six months down the road. Sure, Zinio could be better (with clickable links to different stories or embedded videos instead of just being a scanned image of the actual issue), but it gets the job done.
Since then, though, I've found myself using my tablet more and more for keeping up with news, too. I downloaded the CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post, News 360 apps and more several more. I don't necessarily check them every day or very often. But when I get a minute away from my chaotic life, I take to the couch and pull out the Galaxy Tab to read news and other things.
Maybe it's because I'm getting old (I'm a 21-year-old with the mind of a 60-year-old, so my mother says), but this is what I feel the current crop of tablets were made for. It's no secret that they were meant for media consumption over creation. But tablets let you consume what you want, how you want. And that's the kicker. You can get your local news through a bland and straight-to-the-point Google Reader app, or you can import it to Pulse or News 360 and get it in a much more flashy, natural kind of way. And using apps like CNN or USA Today, you can sometimes view the corresponding video and get live streams for important news.
Personally, I find this to be the absolute best way to get my news. I can easily do this from my computer or phone, but using a tablet is much more leisurely. I would rather whip my tablet out while kicking back on the couch, peruse my news through feeds and view videos at my own discretion over turning on my TV and listening to local broadcasters tell corny jokes to each other between stories.
This isn't groundbreaking or awe-inspiring, but I'm interested in how you lads and lassies use your tablets. Do you use your tablet for reading news and to get your magazine subscriptions electronically? Do you sit and wait until the evening news, or do you hit the browser or launch a specific app to get your news when it suits you best? Sound off below!