So, I'm sitting at a conference last week and I look over at the guy next to me and lined up in front of him are an iPhone, iPad and a Mac Book. On the one hand, I'm fairly elated because I own some Apple stock and I'm wondering if there is an iPod in his pocket. On the other I'm wondering if there is really a need for all three devices at once and just what can I do to get this guy some therapy.
I'm sure this may be even something you've begun to wonder as well. If I've got a phone and a laptop, do I really need a tablet as well? I don't know about you but I don't need another portable device just to answer email and play Apache Sim 3D (I can do that on my iPhone). Two is just fine for me; one in my pocket and one in my backpack. That's about all the room I have anyway.
Without a doubt, the tablet form factor is ideal for certain applications: Data gathering in the field, going lightweight for quick demos, and visualizing map-related data for meetings and presentations (although this one is a bit dubious because a laptop could suffice just as easily).
Certainly, you need a communication device (phone) and a work device (take your pick, tablet or laptop). Would you give up your laptop for a tablet? How much do you think they are interchangeable? Have you moved everything to the cloud yet? You see where I'm going here.
The funniest thing I've seen so far is someone standing up to grab a quick photo and pointing their tablet device. It just looks so clunky! I mean, they do, still make nice digital cameras for that type of thing. Certainly, for my purposes, the 8 megapixel camera that comes with my iPhone 4S is sufficient for my needs in covering events. I leave my 10 megapixel Nikon home for family affairs.
Eventually I'll get a tablet but not before I can identify a true, personal or professional use that renders the other two devices as less than ideal. But for now, I'm good.