I figured I deserve some sort of reward. I’ve been working my butt off this year, and blogging wise this has been a fantastic year for me. I have experimented with different income streams for my blog, and most of them turned out well. I’m specially ecstatic with my Amazon affiliate experiment which turned out to be unexpectedly good for some of my sites.
So I wanted to give myself a little reward. Most of the stuff I bought from my blog earnings were used to buy things for the house and poured into savings. I did indulge in online shopping once in awhile and bought a few dresses, a bag or two but that was it. Hence my wanting something a little more substantial for me to reward myself for working hard and also to inspire me to work harder the next year. I was thinking of getting some musical instrument because that’s my dearest wish, to learn how to play at least one instrument. But I really really can’t decide on what I want to learn, so short on jumping the gun , I just decided to wait a bit until after I have a firmer decision.
Instead, I bought myself a tablet – a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 3G and WIFI version. Eeeeep!
Why did I pick this? I like the size. I could never go for the huge 10 inch tablets, I think its like holding a tray. LOL. And I also liked the price point – just right. I dare not spend on something so expensive for something I will just use for reading and casual net browsing. A tablet would never be my main driver, I prefer to work on a laptop that can run my graphic design software fairly fast. And lastly, I prefer my device to run Android. I’m sure other OS are brilliant, but I know myself. I’m a tweaker by heart, so Android is really where I’m totally at home. When I buy my gadgets I always, always go by what would best suit my needs and personality. I could never be one that would buy something just because its IN or everyone else has it. I think that would be a total waste of money. Buy things to please yourself, not others. That’s my motto anyway.
It took me awhile to make the decision and these are the devices that made my shortlist:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WIFI version only. – This is incredibly cheap but the one with 3G won me over. Mainly coz I do move around a lot .
Asus Google Nexus 7 32 GB – awesome device. Pure Google Android experience and I’m huge fan of the Nexus series. It just didn’t have 3G. That said, I’m waiting for the next Nexus tablet.
Kindle Fire HD – I love to read and Kindle’s content was a big draw. But the tweaker in me is not that happy with this filtered version of Android. But this is still a fantastic buy. Great price point and lots of content available.
For prospective buyers out there who are at a loss on which tablet to buy, here’s a few tips:
- Buy one that would best suit what you would need it for. If its just for basic browsing and reading, then a reasonably priced one would be a good choice. Do ask yourself what you want to do.
- Price. Lots of choice here. But really this should be tied in with how you want to use your tablet.
- OS – some say Apple iOS is fairly easy, it has a great app selection so this would be great for those who want an easy out of the box experience. Android on the other hand, while it can be used easily out of the box, it also offers more customization and personalization options for users, tweakers delight so to speak. Windows is also nice, but right now not much apps to offer. So best consider how this would suit you.
- Get yourself over to the nearest gadget store and try out the demo units. That way you’d have a feel for what you’re signing in for.