If you get a tablet, what would you need a smartphone for?

I have been musing at developments in the mobile space for a while. Before now, we had phones, then smartphones. Now, we also have tablet devices (with network connectivity built in).

If you get a tablet, what would you need a smartphone for? 1

I have spent a number of minutes comparing the features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Apple iPad, for example (there’s also RIM’s PlayBook among others) – and the question that I come off with is: If I own a tablet like the Tab, what would I need a smartphone for?

For me, it would make sense to get a more basic device dedicated to voice and SMS, and then use the tablet for my mobile computing needs. That would also wipe out the issue of short battery life for my mobile phone.

I am not sure that I could use a tablet as a phone. Just imagine putting something of that size to your head. Hello? Hello? Nah. The Nokia 9500 would look elegant compared to these guys!

Oh, but there’s bluetooth headsets (and there goes more power). Or plug-in headsets. Perhaps. Or over time, some new technology that lets us receive calls in our heads. Who knows?

Are we heading back to where we started off years ago – the era of carrying two devices, a phone and a PDA? Or will we take convergence to the next level and simply get used to carrying tablets around as phones?

No; don’t look at me like that; I don’t know. Just thinking out loud. Can’t blame a guy.

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Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

7 thoughts on “If you get a tablet, what would you need a smartphone for?

  • October 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm
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    Yomi, why are you always saying my mind.

    To be candid i have been thinking about this, these gadgets are “kind of” becoming too much. (not that i mind)

    The way things are going , each individual will have a landline,smartphone, tablet, netbook, laptop and PC. Presently I have a landline,smartphone, 2laptops (sold my PC and planning to buy a Netbook). And the question I ask my self is “do I really need a Tablet”.

    But the desire to have a smartphone experience on a bigger screen keep me wanting.

  • October 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm
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    I’d always wanted a tablet, even before the ipad came out. But they were called ebook readers then.Now, I’d choose an ebook reader over a tablet. So my minimum gadget list would read:- 2 smartphones, a powerful netbook/laptop, an ebook reader & maybe an AI robot.

  • October 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm
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    its scary, it is driving us crazy already.
    don’t get me wrong; what those devices can
    do is pretty exciting and fun, but on the other
    side, dah! “o ti po ju.”

  • October 30, 2010 at 11:28 am
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    I will gladly trade in my smartphone for a tablet with great battery life

  • October 31, 2010 at 5:31 am
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    For now those tablets just duplicate smartphone functionality, albeit with extra screen estate.

    I’ll get me one when there’s full PC Operating system running on them.

  • January 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm
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    Smartphones are here to stay, 4inch smartphones are much more better. Soon, we will be able to connect our smart phones to LCD screens and PC monitors and we will be able to view and use contents of the phone via the connection. Imagine connecting your Android to a 50inch LCD screen and it display the phones content in full HD on the screen, its going. to be too cool. Tablets are good inhouse, taking it everywhere is an extra load. For the smartphone, all you need is a pocket.

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