The press loves tablets. New-media theorists love tablets. The hardware makers love tablets. Tablets might become the default “Personal Computers”. But in 2012, my heart is still with handsets.
Pocketable · The device is with me unless I’m naked or in my swimming suit. The best Internet device, like the best camera, is the one you have with you.
Speaking of Cameras · They’re really getting pretty good; the days of the point-&-shoot may be numbered.
Online · Lots of tablets are WiFi-only, and that’s fine, I guess, as long as I’m in my home or office. And yeah, if I have a handset I can make a hotspot for a tablet. But whether I’m thinking as a programmer or a civilian, being on the Net by default, wherever/whenever, is huge.
One-handed · I can wave it. I can tap it. I can shake it. I can read the news while I hold onto the city bus pole. I can point the camera at interesting people on a railway platform.
Telephony · Yeah, I often wonder if those “Voice” and SMS apps really have a future, but for the moment I still find phoning and texting awfully handy.
Tablets · I’m totally dependent on mine for reading and browsing and demoing. And I’m sure there’s bucketloads of money to be made building and selling them.
But increasingly, they feel like just another computer, deliciously light but starved for CPU and memory, with a great screen but a lousy keyboard.