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10 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Tablet

Eric McBride
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So you’re walking around your favorite electronics store, checking out some new PS3 games, looking at new TVs, and just doing some good old fashioned browsing. All of a sudden, you find yourself surrounded by that new craze that seems to show up on more and more on TV commercials and billboards: tablets. There are so many to choose from at so many different price points, in all shapes and sizes, and with so many operating systems available. But do you really NEED a tablet? Why should you spend your hard earned cash on these “oversized smartphones”? Well, after owning 2 Android tablets and an iPad, I can give you my top 10 reasons why you should buy a tablet, which will hopefully give you a few reasons to see why a tablet is indeed worth the investment. Some reasons may sound a bit silly, some are undeniable facts, but all are definite truth.

10.The perfect toilet companion

I’m not going to get into how much time I spend on the royal throne, but I will say that it’s enough to get boring every now and then. Lots of people lay a magazine in the bathroom anyway right? So why not take a magazine that literally never runs out of articles? You may be laughing now, but you know I’m right :-D (This is the only silly fact on the list, but it’s also completely valid).

9. Great to use when traveling

If you need something to keep you occupied during that long vacation flight to Thailand, a tablet can come in very handy. With so many different sizes of tablets (for Android anyway) available, finding one to slip in your laptop bag or even in your purse is no problem. A great way to kill time on a flight or relax while laying by the hotel pool.

8. As a small TV in the bedroom (or as a second TV)

I have a big 40 inch HD TV in my bedroom, but when the screen is too bright and keeps my girlfriend from getting a good nights sleep, I simply turn off the TV, get out my tablet, load up a TV app like TVGO Live or Zattoo, plug in my headphones, and enjoy watching TV directly on my tablet. All you need is a wifi connection and you're good to go. As silly as it may sound, this is a really great way not to disturb your partner, yet catch your favorite show at the same time. I do this regularly, and I’ve gotten to where I actually enjoy watching TV from my tablet.

7. Your kids will LOVE IT

While I certainly wouldn’t ever advocate letting your kids sit and play with an electronic device 10 hours a day, I must admit that kids LOVE tablets. They are fascinated by them, and my friends that do have kids really love using them. Younger children love using them for reading interactive kids books or audio stories, playing counting and learning games, or even for playing games with their friends. Again, I’m not saying they should stay glued to it, but what I can say is that they can be very beneficial for children if controlled and monitored properly by the parents.

6. The best coffee table accessory ever invented

When my tablet isn’t on the run with me or in use, it lays on my table in the living room. When I have friends or family over, you have no idea how often it gets picked up to show someone something. Whether it’s viewing vacation photos, showing a funny Youtube video, or quickly reserving movie tickets online, it’s so easy and practical for anyone to quickly pick up and use.

5. Whatever you need, there’s an app for that

Google Play currently has around half a million apps (even more on IOS), and whether you want help doing your taxes, a guide to figure out how to level enchanting on Skyrim, or satellite imagery from the Great Wall of China for a school project, there is most likely an app that can help you accomplish whatever you need. While these apps might also be available for phones, the bigger screen on the tablet is a lot easier to work with, and won’t strain your eyes when using it for long periods of time the same way a phone will.

4. Boost your productivity tenfold

My Transformer Prime comes with me everyday to the office, and for good reason. When I need to test an app, check the website to answer comments on the blog, check traffic stats through Google Analytics, take notes for a meeting I have with the content team, convert currencies or crunch some numbers for the App Store, have a Skype video call with someone applying for a job, show a Powerpoint presentation over the TV, share documents with team members with via Google Drive or Dropbox (and so so so so much more), I can do it all with my tablet. The fact that mine has a keyboard dock makes it that much more useful, and it’s lightweight and compact weight means I’m not tied for my desk (which is why lots of my colleagues constantly see me running around our big offices with my Prime in hand). If you want to increase your productivity, a tablet WILL make your life a lot easier.

3. The ultimate media center for whatever you need

Want to check the news from literally every news source in the world? Want to rent a movie? How about make a playlist for the party you’re throwing? Want to listen to ANY radio station on the planet from anywhere? Like reading books with literally tens of thousands of titles to choose from? Do you like keeping photos archived of all your vacations or family events? Need to pick up that new Muse album without heading to the department store? All of this (and a hell of alot more) can be done right from your tablet. Magazines, music, movies, photos, radio...you name, your tablet can serve you right up.

2. Games anyone?

This was almost my number 1 reason. I cannot stress enough how many AMAZING FREAKIN GAMES THERE ARE FOR TABLETS (both for Android and IOS)!!! From arcade games like Granny Smith or Subway Surfer, to hardcore "gamer games" like N.O.V.A 3 or Max Payne, mobile games are getting very close to console quality. Like FPS games? Dead Trigger or Counterstrike will keep you occupied. More into third person shooters? Then check out Mass Effect Infiltrator or Dead Space to have your mind blown.

Into sports? Pro Evolution football or NBA JAM will keep you occupied. Like RPG’s? The Bards Tale or HORN will make your jaw drop. Racing anyone? Riptide or Asphalt 7 deliver to the fullest. Flight games? Checkout Bombshells or Galaxy on Fire 2 for an insane experience. MMO anyone? Order and Chaos Online = Guild Wars for mobile. Arcade? Angry Birds, Temple Run, Canabalt...and it goes on and on and on. But it doesn’t stop there.

This is where Android tablets shine in particular. My Prime is a Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Gameboy Advance, and PS1. That’s right. There are emulator apps that allow you to play orginal console games WITH GAMEPAD from your tablet. From there, I hook my Prime up to the TV via HDMI, and enjoy my favorite old school titles with no problems at all. If you’re into gaming, you NEED a tablet (many games mentioned here are available on Android and IOS, but some are exclusively available for Android). 

1. Surfing the web

I bought my first tablet last year, and as God is my witness, I have literally stopped surfing the net using my computer at home. Surfing the net, checking emails, looking around on Facebook, checking out your favorite websites, or just poking around looking for interesting articles is so much more interactive and fun when you’re doing it on a tablet, and thanks to Android’s flash support, you won’t run into constant issues when surfing (assuming you choose to go with an Android device).

Not having to hold the laptop on your lap or being stuck sitting in front of your PC after a long day of school or work is SOOOOO much more relaxing, fun, and engaging when doing it from a tablet. It simply never gets old, and my tablet gives me a great way to kick back and relax on the couch after a long day of work. I honestly can’t ever imagine going back to surfing at home on a PC.

Conclusion/Android tablet or iPad?

So that’s about it guys. I hope you found a few of these reasons useful, and I hope that you believe me when I say that I’m talking from personal experience and not just something I read. I’m on my second Android tablet (about to be 3rd), and it has honestly became a loyal companion that I find myself constantly using. I simply couldn’t imagine getting through my day without it. I was careful not to write that only Android tablets can accomplish all of these things, as the iPad can accomplish many of the same tasks just as well or better. That being said, both Android and IOS based tablets have their pros and cons, and you will need to try out a few different kinds of tablets to figure out which you're more comfortable with (also keep in mind that the examples mentioned in this article can all be accomplished from my particular Android tablet, but doesn't mean they be done on EVERY Android tablet/only on Android tablets). 

A tablet will make your day at work more productive, your school projects easier to manage, your business trips more comfortable, your vacation even more relaxing, your parties full of great music, can provide your children with fun learning experiences, can keep gamers on the edge of their seats, will keep your partner from going crazy when you want to watch that kungfu film that’s coming on at 4AM, and can make a relaxing day at home even more relaxing. So if you have been considering getting a tablet, try it out! I promise you that if you get a quality tablet from a brand you can trust, that you will not be disappointed.

Picture credits: www.digitaltrends.com

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  • Glostermeteor Oct 3, 2012 Link

    Dont beat around the bush of course Android tablets are better than the iPad!!

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  • Eric McBride Oct 3, 2012 Link

    LOL...I really wanted to say it, but I tried to keep things objective :-D

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  • Anna F. Oct 3, 2012 Link

    Thanks, this article was pretty helpful. I've been thinking about getting a tablet for a while now. My dad wanted a tablet too, just for surfing the web more comfortably so he doesn't care about specs at all. I, on the other hand, want a tablet almost exclusively for gaming. So you guys can imagine my horror and frustration when I woke up yesterday only to be treated to the sight of a cheap chinese 7" Froyo tablet that had a RESISTIVE touch screen!!!! My dad bought it from some guy for 50 Euros (about 65 USD)!!!!!!

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  • Anna F. Oct 3, 2012 Link

    At least, my dad was quick to assure me we would be getting a normal tablet soon but he'd still keep this one 0.0

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  • Eric McBride Oct 3, 2012 Link

    @Anna - Glad you liked it Anna! If you want a tablet for gaming, stay away from the Nexus 7. THe reason I say that is because it has so little storage. If you play arcade games its no problem, but if you want to play premium titles like The Dark Knight Rises or The Bards Tale, you need a device with some serious space!

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  • Sean Foster Oct 3, 2012 Link

    When my laptop seemed like it was on it's last legs I looked at a tablet as a replacement. After a little research (and a sale) I picked up a Xoom and I've not looked back.

    My other half has inherited the laptop (not died yet) and I love the interactive touch screen mode of surfing the web. Their are better apps for keeping up with sites and forums that I'm interested in. It's easier to stream to the TV or stream to the tablet so I don't disturb others.

    My 2 year old daughter plays memory, number and alphabet games on it. She's interested because she interacts more directly via the touch screen. We struggled to get her interest in similar things for the laptop, she doesn't have the fine mouse control it needed.

    Like you said Eric, after market keyboards can even make heavy typing reasonable.

    I'm glad I made the move.

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  • David H. Oct 3, 2012 Link

    I've actually found typing with Swype to be just as fast as my keyboard, and out doesn't take very long to adapt to it, less than a day or a few hours of heavy use.

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  • David H. Oct 3, 2012 Link

    Of course there are the occasional typographical errors, but on the up side, no need for a spell checker!

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  • Janez Zajc Oct 3, 2012 Link

    The perfect toilet companion.....SO TRUE:))...Every time i go to toilet....tablet is no1 thing to take it with you.

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  • Edgar Cervantes Oct 3, 2012 Link

    Honestly, I have been recommending tablets to a lot of people, even as a computer replacement. Some people buy computers just to check their email and social networks. They don't need a full PC OS. Later on they realize how much simpler and funner it is to use tablets for such tasks.

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  • Denis Oct 4, 2012 Link

    My main reason for tablet is no.1. I like to get cousy on the couch and surf/read books etc. Laptop was to heavy on my belly and it got hot. Also i'm a smoker so i can just take it with me on the balcony. Tablets are great. But if i bought one of the phablets i wouldn't get the tablet as i don't mind reading stuff even on my Galaxy Ace.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @Sean - That's exactly what I mean bro. So many people out there don't realize how useful and fun tablets actually are. I get so much usage out of mine. Can't imagine not having one anymore!

    @David - I was on the swype wave for a while, but I kind of just snapped out of it. Not really sure why, as swype really is great!

    @Janez - LOL! Same for me bro! :-D

    @Edgar - I know exactly what you mean! Tablets are not only more compact, but a lot more fun in so many ways due to the apps!

    @Denis - Im the exact same way. When Im getting cozy on the couch, the tablet is always within reach!

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  • Bruce Hutcheon Oct 4, 2012 Link

    I love my tablet too. I don't take it with me do to the lack of wifi sites. Does anyone have any suggestions.?
    Hutch

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  • Eric McBride Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @Bruce - You mean wifi hotspots?

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  • Anna F. Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @Eric I heard Google may announce a 32GB Nexus 7 soon? :) oh, and the same thing happened to me with Swype. After a few months I snapped out of it and started using SwiftKey.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 5, 2012 Link

    @ Anna - Seems so! I just wrote it about it a few min ago:

    http://www.androidpit.com/nexus-7-32gb

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  • william koffke Oct 7, 2012 Link

    I agree with Sean Foster - I Don't Need No Stinking Laptop(especially when the new university issue is 1.1 pounds heavier than the previous. I bought a Cruz T301 as a Palm substitute 2 1/2 Years ago. We got a HTC Rezound this past summer. Out of simpathy my wife told me the get a 10.1/honeycomb, now the Xoom I got has replace the laptop for email, report grading(Dropbox), meeting notes, hope soon GoToMeeting-meetings.

    The only thing missing withe the tablet is the yoeman, like in Star Trek TOS.

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  • Bruce Hutcheon Oct 9, 2012 Link

    Eric, yes yes I did mean hot spots.
    Bruce

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  • Eric McBride Oct 9, 2012 Link

    @William - LOL! True! I barely use my laptop anymore, but there are times where I do need it to perform certain actions that I struggle to do on my tablet. But I have a feeling that all that will change over the next few years. Tablets might kill laptops all together one day!

    @Bruce - Do you have an Android phone? If you do, you could always tether your connection and share it with your tablet wirelessly.

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  • Victor Bouffier Oct 10, 2012 Link

    Hi Eric.
    I'm thinking of buying a tablet, specially to stop carrying a laptop around as I work mostly from customer offices. Reason No. 4 is then the most appealing for me. I am considering the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity for its capacity, and the dock/keyboard for note taking and presentations.

    However, I'd like to know how do you show a Powerpoint presentation over the TV using your Transformer Prime, or the other things you mention on this particular point that seem to be more suited for laptops? I'd really love to be able to leave the laptop behind, but MS Office is still present in my life, at least regarding Powerpoint. Any comments would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

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  • Mark R. Oct 10, 2012 Link

    Another reason not listed, they make great gifts. It will be the one gift that stands out from all the others.

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  • Gary Tittle Oct 10, 2012 Link

    How about an acer w510 to test your top 10 on :)

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  • Eric McBride Oct 10, 2012 Link

    @Victor - The Prime has a built in mini HDMI adapter, so all you need to do is buy a mini HDMI cable, and you're all set! This makes it really easy showing presentations at work on a projector or TV (provided your TV or projector has an HDMI port).

    @Mark - Very true! They do make amazing gifts!


    @Gary - Are you offering me one? :)

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  • Victor Bouffier Oct 10, 2012 Link

    Thanks Eric! Excellent advice!

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  • Usman Nisar Oct 10, 2012 Link

    The one & simple thing is which every one needs to use is that there is no any USB & HDMI slot for a support in any apple tablets, but there is a software called Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Simplicity, performance, and no rebooting required can be little bit useful software but still useless because of no USB support !

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  • Eric McBride Oct 10, 2012 Link

    @Victor - No problem at all. Glad to help!

    @Usman - Exactly. For Apple, you need a special adapter for nearly everything, and lack of USB is pretty damn annoying!

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  • CJ Brown Oct 10, 2012 Link

    by the time I get around to buying a Tablet, it may end up being a Phablet (lol - here I am waiting to the last minute to see what is available & on sale by December) ... great article Eric :)

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  • Shailaja F. Oct 11, 2012 Link

    @Eric, thanks for all of your helpdful articles! I will be purchasing a few tablets soon; would you suggest a phablet v tablet? I ask because I'm wondering if a tablet endure longer than a phablet; due to the use of the phone!

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  • Eric McBride Oct 11, 2012 Link

    @CJ - LOL! If a phablet is what your after, there's always the Note 2. I just ordered mine a few days ago!

    @Shailaja F. - Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoy reading them. If your after a tablet, DEFINITELY go for the Note 2. I can't recommend that device enough!

    For me though, I also need a 10 inch tablet, which is why Im happy to also have my Prime. I use my tablet a lot as well, so both should last you for a very long time!

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