Posted by: Jamison Cush
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What tablet should I buy? It’s a question I get asked an awful lot by friends, family and readers. The answer always depends on the user’s needs. Do you want something portable? Try a seven-inch tablet. Do they want to take notes on it? Make sure the tablet supports pen input. Is price an issue? Check out some older models, or maybe the ASUS Transformer or HP TouchPad.
Of course, after all the quizzing and conversing, they usually go out and buy an iPad. And while Apple’s tablet is a fine device, it’s not always the best tablet for any given user.
I made that point last week by claiming the iPad is not the best business tablet on the market, despite being the most popular. According to a study by Good Technology, which manages mobile devices for approximately half of the Fortune 100, Apple iPad activations for its customers actually surpassed Android smartphone activations in Q2 2011.
That’s astounding to me, especially considering how little you can do on an iPad out of the box. Without expensive accessories, you can’t load files from a thumbdrive or SD card. The iPad battery is not user replaceable. And the iPad, while well built, is not especially suited for the daily rigors of business use and travel.
Yes, the iPad reinvented the tablet market, and as the most popular device, it continues to define the market. But just because the iPad does, doesn’t mean it does it the best. Ask any artist with experience using a Wacom-powered slate just how “great” the iPad is for his or her needs.
And just because the iPad doesn’t do something, doesn’t mean other tablets don’t either. Take a look at the Thrive and its replaceable battery and full-sized SD and USB inputs.
What kind of tablet should you buy? Again, it depends on your needs. Chances are, there is a tablet out there, iPad or not, that will address them completely.