Thursday, September 1, 2011
On a Different Note - Tablets
The eBook formats are great for reading, and I really resist dead tree format books these days. My house is literally full of books. I have two ceiling to floor bookcases in front of me, two in the next room, and then other smaller bookcases in almost every room of the house. And small piles of books everywhere else. I'd rather not come up with more silverfish food.
The problem comes when I port Acrobat pdf files onto the phone. I have several applications that will read them, but pdf is a page description language, and you get the whole page, shrunken into the tiny iPhone screen. At my age, I need glasses and an Optivisor or electron microscope.
So tablets are appealing, but the very thing that appeals (the larger display) makes it less likely I'll always have it with me. (I have literally read entire books on "scrap time": short breaks, waiting for a meeting to start, waiting for some little task to finish, or even in the bathroom).
Since I know I have pretty erudite bunch that stops by here, I thought I'd fish for opinions. Tablet computer or book reader (Nook/Kindle) or stick with the phone? iPad or Android? If you've gone the Tablet route, do you find you carry it all the time, or do you find it too big? What do you folks think?