I have to admit, I’m a bit of a technophobe. Despite the fact that I started this blog over two years ago, I only signed up for a smartphone last summer, after playing around with Instagram on D’s device during our Summer holiday, and finding it rather fun (and nowhere near as complicated as I’d imagined).
3 Mobile recently sent me a Gemini D7 tablet to try out and – if I’m honest – I wasn’t convinced it would add any value to my usual way of connecting to the world when I’m on the move (ie an iphone). But I’d heard that tablets are useful and, with the Summer holidays looming, I thought it would be a good idea to conquer my fear of new gadgets, and try out the Gemini.
The Gemini is a straightforward model, and came with Kindle and a few Amazon apps pre-installed. After I’d powered it up, some basic instructions flashed up on the screen, which guided me through the setup process. So far, so good.
The tablet connected to the internet easily via our home wi-fi. In fact, it was speedier than our pc, which for some reason loses connectivity whenever it’s windy. Being the technophobe that I am, I have no idea why this might be. But it’s darned annoying.
I installed all the apps that I use in my day-to-day blogging: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. In fact, the tablet ended up feeling a little like a slightly bigger duplicate of my smartphone. Which led me to think, why would I choose this over my phone? You can’t even make calls on it.
After a bit of scouting round on the internet (and playing with my new toy), I came up with a few reasons why a tablet might be better than a smartphone.
– It’s much easier to type on a tablet. Although it’s not as good as a laptop, I’d consider writing a short blog post on this tablet, which I’d never do on a phone. So, if I wanted, I could put out a travel post or two while on the move (so long as I was in an area with wi-fi).
– I prefer the look and feel of a ‘real’ book, but they do take up an awful lot of space. I could use this tablet to store all my travel reads, something that just wouldn’t work on a tiny phone screen.
– I hate to say this, but….tablets are great for keeping children occupied, through games etc. They’re much easier than phones for little fingers to manage. So they’re a good fallback option if you want some downtime in the hotel (just remember to turn on the parental controls….).
– A tablet’s battery life is usually longer than a smartphone’s.
– The pictures taken by the Gemini aren’t as good quality as those on my phone. And I found it a little trickier than the phone to ‘point and click’.
– What if I wanted to make a voice call? I still need to speak to people regularly during the day, so there’s no getting round this.
– A phone’s easier to carry around. Having said this, its smaller size does make it easier to lose.
Verdict: tablets have their benefits, but they’re no replacement. So, this Summer, both will be accompanying us on our travels.
Do you own a tablet? Which do you prefer, tablet or smartphone?
Disclosure: I was sent a Gemini D7 tablet for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.