by Call_Me - 2/23/13 9:05 AM
In Reply to: Advantages of a Tablet by JACK45238
Well, it appears that NO ONE is reading anyone else's posts and simply stating their own opinion. How sad. It also appears that, like politics, the posters are steadfast in one corner or another.
Jack: everything you mentioned about tablet's uses for a business paradigm is so true. When I first got my Samsung Galaxy 7" tablet, NO ONE had seen one. Even though it was 7", the few informed individuals asked (with awe in their voice) "Is that an iPad?" I had to explain to them that "No. It's a Samsung Galaxy and it's a different company." I use my original tablet SO much that I had to order batteries from China and learn to change them out myself, as I burnt through the original battery in less than a year.
You were so correct, Jack, when you mentioned "You may say your cell phone is convenient and portable but if you are showing a client a 6" x 8" picture or schematic they will be more impressed." As an architect, here's just 1 example of how my tablet paid for itself on my first job I used it at: I was at a wholesaler's, looking for items for my client. They had a budget. I saw a "Budget Buster" item that I knew would be extraordinary in their home. I took a photo with my tablet and imbedded it into an email, sending along my thoughts. Sent it off and called my client to "Check email and tell me what you think." While we were connected on the phone, they opened their email, looked at the photo, asked me to take additional photos (while we were chatting) and sent them off to them. Fifteen minutes later, I had a $4000.00 upgrade to my job, my client was BEYOND thrilled with the upgrade, and I cleared $800.00 profit, paying for my tablet and an entire year's worth of 3G!!!! And that was the FIRST job I used it at, in 2011; since then, I've made over $40,000.00 in upgrades from my tablet.
Also on my tablet, I have a Light Meter app and a Compass app. Do you know HOW impressed my clients are when I flick on those apps and can tell them exactly what their conditions are like for solar panels and window positions? When we're at raw job sites in the country and one of our band saws blows a blade, I can do an instant search with my 3G to find the nearest place in Hooterville for a new blade, or extension cord or just plain lunch. For the savvy business person who knows how to ring every.last.drop. of productivity out of a tablet, they are the most brilliantly conceived device since I guess the car.
What I do NOT do on my tablet is play games, ever. Or Tweet. Or Facebook. Or Skype. I refuse to buy a Smart Phone for two reasons: If you're on the Android System, a "New! Improved! Better!" phone is coming at you every second; buy a phone in January and a newer version is out in March. I refuse to buy into the hysteria. And secondly, I love clamshell phones! You can cradle them in your neck, they don't need ANY protection against dropping, THIEVES DO NOT WANT TO STEAL THEM FROM YOU and battery life is off the charts great!!!! 100% of my employees have Smart Phones. 100% of them have dropped them and have cracked screens, dented cases, scratched screens, etc. At construction sites, they are the dumbest phone, possible!!!! My crew foreman has replaced his iPhone so many times, his insurance plan on it is null and void; his carrier will no longer replace them since he goes through 3 per year. So, I use my SIM card in a $9 buck Samsung clamshell that I picked up at Walmart, THREE years ago. LOL
All these naysayers who are Thumb's Downing tablets are lodging the same complaints I heard about cell phones and e-readers. "It's a gimmick! WHO needs a phone in their pocket? Give me a REAL book with paper! BlahBlahBlah." The nice thing is, no one is forced to own a tablet so if it's not your thang, you can keep on keepin' on hatin' them.
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