I’m a glutton for punishment. In the last two months, I’ve tried several different tablets, despite the fact that I haven’t been able to find a reasonable reason to keep the device after spending the money. While I don’t think most tablets are overpriced, it’s still quite a bit of money to shell out for a device you may not use every single day. Or, in my case, even every other day. That’s ultimately why I don’t keep them. After a few days of watching the device just sit there, unused, I always choose to return it. No reason to buy something I’m not going to use.
But, I keep trying. I keep trying because I absolutely love the idea of tablets. I keep trying because I think back to the launch of the original iPad, and the fact I used it all the time. I don’t even remember what I was doing on it, other than browsing the Internet. But since then, I just haven’t been able to find a need that a tablet fills. Everything I want to do with a tablet, I already do on my computer, or my phone.
That’s been made worse since I got my hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, of course. While I was finding plenty to do with the iPhone, courtesy of apps and what not, I’ve found more to do with the Galaxy Note II. The S Pen is just too good to pass up, and the technology used for its accuracy on the Note II’s display is second-to-none, from my tests.
That makes for an overly enjoyable experience. That, and the Note II is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which means I’ve got Google Now at my fingertips, just waiting for me to use it every single day. And believe me, I do.
I still want a tablet, though. I still want to have one, because in my head I feel like it could really do some great things for my productivity. That’s in my head. I’ve done all the scenarios with other tablets. I’ve put an iPad Mini next to my laptop, opened Twitter on it, or just generally browsed the Internet while I was doing some writing. But then, I just stop doing that. I think it has something to do with the fact that I’ve gotten used to switching apps on my computer that having the app opened on another display just doesn’t “add” anything for me.
I think I’ve just been bored with the options. I think that has something to do with it, too. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve been using iPads when I had an iPhone, which makes me think it was just too much iOS for my own good. Running the same mobile OS on my phone that I’m running on my tablet doesn’t seem like the greatest idea ever, unless you really love the OS you’re using.
Apparently I really like Android Jelly Bean, because now that the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note is real, I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on it.
I’m staring at my Galaxy Note II, with the S Pen resting on the display, and I want a Galaxy Note 8.0. Just as Anna pointed out in her article a couple days ago, the newest portable tablet from Samsung is a great idea. Why? Because the Note series of devices are a great series. While the S-brand has seen plenty of attention over the years, I think the newest Note-branded devices are some of the best in class, especially for their productivity. Especially for the productivity.
Being able to use the S Pen to interact with apps, with everything is huge in my opinion. I don’t even care that in 2013 I’m using a stylus on my phone. It works, and it works well. I love drawing on the Note II, and I know that I’d love drawing on the Note 8.0 even more. (More space!) As long as it works as well as the Note II, and thanks to Android 4.1 I have no fears that it won’t, the Note 8.0 is one of the only tablets launching this year that I can say I’m genuinely excited about.
Are you excited about the Galaxy Note 8.0? Is the size perfect for you? Or did you pick up the Note 10.1? Do you care much for an Android tablet with TouchWiz on it? Let me know!