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Maybe We Are All Wrong… REALLY?!?!


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I am going to preface this with a disclaimer. You won’t agree with me. Odd, I know.

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For over a year now I have struggled with the seemingly never ending question – when am I going to succumb to the marketing of tablets. If there was ever a device that the majority of people truly did not NEED, but WANTED, it would be a tablet.

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Any time there is a good sale or a new tablet is released, the “Fire” inside me comes back… could this be the time where I finally break down and get a tablet? No… I am going to wait for the latest greatest to go on sale… No… I am going to wait on the TouchPad to come back… No… I do not want a refurbished one. This pattern goes on and on. The only constant is me still staring at my small 4” screen.

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I am fed up. I am ready to have a tablet. I could buy a cheap Chromebook or any other assortment of cheap laptop now. Be honest, those options may do more than the tablet too. But here I am, still craving a tablet.

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The easiest argument to justify not buying a tablet is likely the same reason you use…. why in the world would I pay up to $600 for something my phone currently can do? Yeah…. why would you do that?

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Maybe…. just maybe… we are all looking at this wrong.

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Imagine the year 2004’ish. You all likely had a cell phone. This phone likely had just a few functions… it allowed you to store contacts, call people and maybe send text messages. O my, cell phones have changed. They are our MP3 player, camera, camcorder, GPS unit, hotspot, social network tool, and this list goes on and on. We can’t get by without this can we – not after being accustomed to it.

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Well, maybe we could all get by and be happier with an Android tablet and a cheap phone (yeah, like a basic voice/text phone). WOAH CALLIP. You have gone too far, what?!?!

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Like I said, you won’t agree….. but be patient.

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Imagine having a 10.1” screen to play your games on, to browse sites, to check twitter or Google +…. If you had a tablet, why in the world would you use your phone?

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Having a basic phone plan with voice minutes and text would save all of us money. Most of us could use a tablet over WiFi and avoid the $20 data fee… not to mention what you could cut back on your current cell phone bill.

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Perhaps the best part? No more cases, screen protectors, SD cards, other accessories…. heck, not even worrying about putting your phone in the same pocket as your keys. This may not apply to all… I take care of my phone (but I hate screen protectors and avoid those).

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So I suggest that perhaps we are looking at it all backwards. Maybe we should be more open to having a tablet. By selling your phone you are ½ way there to the price of the greatest tablets on the market likely. EVERYTHING on the phone would likely be more fun or better on the tablet anyway.

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All that said, am I going to be selling my phone anytime soon? A resounding Hell No. I adore my phone. I suppose I will be waiting till I finally can convince myself I need both devices. But after writing this, I am not certain I’ll ever be able to justify that. For those who have both… you justified that purchase? REALLY?!?!