Remember when PDA’s were all the rage? Well I got lured in about 13 years back and thought that I needed one. I tried to use it, I really did. It turns out that after 2 weeks of trying to incorporate it into my life and type my appointments into it I was done. It just didn’t work for me. That PDA became just another outdated electronic item cluttering up my drawers – as it might have for some of you.
I think that the tablet computer, in many cases, is today’s version of the PDA. Many of us already carry a 4 inch screen around in our pockets and have a 15-17 inch screen at home. Do we need an in between size display to update our statuses, do mobile gaming, and suck up even more of our time? I don’t know about you but I get enough “screen time” as it is.
Now I know that for some folks tablets are a necessary evil. Some of you road warriors need one for work and it isn’t negotiable. But for us everyday folks with normal jobs, I believe it is something we would do well to live without. Sidenote: I put e-readers in a different category considering the free books you have access to with them.
One of the major benefits that the tablet makers tout is how easy they are to carry around with you. Yet more than half of consumers never take them out of their homes according to consulting firm McKinsey and Company. Tablets have become the “gotta have it” item of our day that quickly becomes an afterthought in our lives. I can think back to many things in my life that I wish I wouldn’t have purchased. The procurement didn’t live up to the hype and I would much rather have that money back in my pocket instead. For some taking this electronic gamble may be worth it, but for the majority of us money saving types out there I just can’t recommend it.
By the way, if you had only invested your money in apple stock instead of buying that original iPad, you would have $1439 dollars instead of a used electronics item that isn’t worth much more than $100. Now that is smart.
Do you have a tablet? Are you glad you spent the money on it, or like my PDA, is it sitting idly by collecting dust as a rarely used item?