How dependent we are on our little gadgets.
Saturday, after trying to limp along a laptop with a cracked case (caused, according to my son, by a loose screw!) the hinge broke. I knew this was going to happen, but was still not totally prepared for it.
So I am going to ask you, my reader, for some help. (No contest, no prizes, just the satisfaction of helping a fellow blogger).
I need a portable device I can comfortably blog and email on. It has to have a screen big enough for the eyes of a 60ish nearsided person. It needs to have some keyboard device that an excellent touch typist can comfortably use. It's as simple as that.
This is what I've done so far:
Brought to where I bought it (a computer store). Find they are now closed on weekends.
Took to Staples. Quoted $349. No way.
Now what? I am going to check with the computer store above later today-actually my long-suffering spouse will, while I am at work. I also have the phone number of someone who repairs computers and did work for my guest photographer. But I fear the price will not be right. I am lucky right now - I can blog and email on an old desktop. But I already miss my laptop terribly.
When the crack in the case first appeared to be fatal, a neighbor let me test-drive his new Google Tablet (officially called an Asus Nexus 7). He showed me the on/off switch, and how to charge it, and left me to check it out. Trusting man, him. (yes, I did return it.)
I'll report on the Nexus 7 later. (I also got the chance to test-drive an iPad last week).
In addition to my main needs above, this device needs to be able to:
1. take pictures off my camera (yes, I have an iPhone but I still use my camera. A lot.) for my blog, and general emailing purposes;
2. Email (yes, I still use email), Twitter, and (sigh) Facebook.
3. I would like to be able to read Word documents. I use Excel, but not that much, and I am not that good at it. But I do use Excel sometimes to keep track of financial stuff.
4. Good battery life. I've already lived with my present laptop's 2 hour battery life. I need better than that.
5. Weight. Yes, lighter would be nicer.
6. Last (but not least) price. I'm afraid if I get a tablet, the "add-on"s will add up to as much as a new laptop. (but would I be happy with a $500 laptop? Maybe. I don't game, except for FarmVille.)
There's the part of me that rebels against even starting this exercise. My almost 60 year old mind, dragged kicking and screaming is shouting "leave me alone! Can't you just curl up with a good book?"
No, I can't, and, come to think of it, a tablet would also make a good eReader, as long as I didn't have to read in the sun.
So, I am asking you, my readers, to help me make this decision. What should replace my PC laptop?
PC laptop? (what I use now)
Mac taptop? (probably not but it is in the back of my mind.)