Remember my earlier articles, If you get a tablet, what would you need a smartphone for? and Can I really go back to carrying two devices around?
If you haven’t read those articles, I recommend that you do that so you can have a clear background to this subject. Basically, I am finally considering replacing my almost 3-year old netbook with a tablet. And in doing so, I need to take into consideration the issues I raised in those articles.
Someone like Dayo simply just uses his Galaxy Tab as a tablet and phone, so he has no need of two devices. And, no; he does not hold the Tab to his ear for calls!!!
For me, if I get a tablet, I’d want to have a proper mobile phone on me. The question now is, What phone do I use with a tablet? You see, I do not see how it makes sense to carry around a mini laptop like the E7 with me if I have a tablet on me. Having a tablet should mean being at liberty to use a more phone-centric device – something compact and with good battery life, but also smart enough to meet my geeky needs.
I have toyed on and off with the idea of getting a tablet for quite a while now. But with the early reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, finally it looks to me that we have a tablet that can really replace a netbook for me. I prefer the 8.9-inch version of the Tab over the 10-inch version for portability reasons.
I can copy all my files on my old Acer AspireOne to the Tab 8.9 with minimal fuss and simply get on with my life. No fusses about lack of mass storage mode, or requiring some PC software to synchronise a limited range of media files. Add to that the superb UI and functionality of the Tab 8.9, and if the battery life of the original Tab is anything to go by, the Tab 8.9 should meet my stringent battery performance requirements. I am betting that I have a winner.
Looking around, there is no other device that looks like it will cut it besides the soon-to-be launched Nokia E6. Symbian meets all my basic and advanced needs. It packs all the functionality of the E7 in an ultra-compact form, and delivers amazing battery life.
Nokia claim that the E6 offers unbeatable power with its long-lasting battery. So powerful you can talk throughout your workday or watch four movies without a break. That can’t be far from the truth – a 1500 mAh battery on a 680 MHz porocessor powering a 2.46-inch display. Sounds like the real deal.
So, bar any surprises, for my mobility needs, I am going to end up carrying around the E6, a Symbian Anna smartphone and the Tab 8.9, an Android 3.0 tablet. Both of them can talk to one another via USB and Bluetooth. They can also talk to other USB devices, which is a basic computing need for me. Both of them have exemplary battery life. The combination is certainly looking good for me.
However, your mileage may vary. If you had to choose a phone-tablet combination for your use, what combination would it be?