Thank you for lining out exactly what a Tablet can do, what if will be able to do and the difference between it and a laptop. I actually bought my family - my daughter, son-in-law, 4 grandkids 5yr old twins and 9 yr old twins - a cheap tablet through HSN for Christmas. I am on a "fixed income" (I'm poor) and the only way was for me to get one through HSN where I could pay it out. It is a nextbook 7" and although it was initially blocked to all the apps they wanted (comes with getjar where you get the proprietary apps), my smart son-in-law figured it out - he is now able to get all the games, apps, etc., they all want on there.. It's great for the kids. But my "Kids" use it sometimes as well. I bought the upgraded 16gb memory (I think it's only up-gradable to 32gb), with a cool little mini-SD card that fits a camera card onto it. This way, my son the photographer can take pics, hook it to the minisd card and upload them, or not; can just view them.
I do not think I need one.
I don't find putting a book in my purse the least bit cumbersome.
I have a 3"x 2" digital picture holder that attaches to my keyring. I can update it with the latest photos of my grandkids, or my garden, or both.
I do not own a smartphone; I have a "pay as you go" phone, complete with qwerty keyboard (it looks exactly lie a Blackberry, but it's not) with unlimited mins and txt for $30 mo. It's all I need.
I enjoy my Dell desktop and my HP (old) laptop and for portable use I have an Acer netbook.
But my family wanted the tablet.
For them, and for the low price of $159.00, It is worth it. I got something for 6 people that they all enjoy, and I end up spending about $26.00 per person. Not bad. It's no iPad. I think the Apple products are all overpriced, but I'll let someone else explain why Apple can put an "i" in front on anything and charge a fortune for it, and get it!! It irks me. But I would like to know if you are getting what you pay for, e.g., iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad tablet.
I'll admit, if I had all the money I needed, I would buy a smartphone - a big one 4G with all the latest. I would buy either a Nook HD+ or a Kindle Fire; I would use mostly to get books a bit cheaper, but also upload eBooks from Libraries. But I do not have all the money I need or want. So I get by fine with what I have.
Thanks again for your thorough reply.
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