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I am a complete whore when it comes to electronics. Selling myself out to the hockers of electronic wares. I am really pathetic when it comes to this. It does not help that I work in a field that thrives on technology, cellphone carrier. Every time that we get something new in I have to play with it and try it. “Ooo look at that shiny!” When you are around things like this every day and have such a drive it tends to be a bad thing. Now granted I don’t have a ton of things, well, now that I think about it probably more then a lot of people. So often though I get something and then the novelty wears off then I just spent a bunch of money on something I don’t use.

Lately I have been jonesing for tablet computers. Some will call me a complete hypocrite. On some level I am. When the ipad came out I pretty much relegated it to a fad. Something that was more a toy than anything else. Some of its limitations set me up to feel this way. No USB, no hdmi, no expandable memory and the normal over inflated apple price. I will give you that once it is in your hands it is a thing of beauty. It is built solidly and works very well. But I just can’t see plunking down $700 dollars for one when my laptop that can do everything, cost about the same. I have had the urge to take a look at tablets again though. I see that there is some advantages. Portability and ease of use highest up the list. So I have been doing some research. One of the first devices I looked at was the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This is a sharp device. It has the newest android software, a brilliant touch screen and full android app market access. the down side is the requirement of a data plan from another wireless carrier. Given that I work at a regional carrier and already have access I don’t see forking over the dollars to start up a new account. We don’t have the device yet and I can dream of it in the future. the second hold back for me is the cost. This device is still pretty pricy for what you are getting, apple set the bar high and they are following in the same footsteps.

Archos 70 Internet Tablet

I looked at a few other devices and the one I keep returning to now is the Archos 70 Internet Tablet. The device is supposed to be released this week, on November 18th. I say supposed to because it has been delayed on more than one occasion. The device does have some points going for it. It has a full USB 2.0 port, hdmi port, bluetooth, android 2.1 (upgradeable to 2.2) and best for me the ability to purchase a device with a 250gb hard drive. This is the one thing with tablets I did not understand. Why create a device like this with such little memory when you can’t really run software off of a disk with it. Everything has to be stored on the device, games, movies, music, apps. So many of these devices only have 8 gb memory expandable with sd cards up to 32. Even the ipad only has 64 gb with its most expensive model. I have 16gb of music alone stored on my phone. I don’t want to have to pick and chose what I can store on this type of device if I am plunking down a sizable amount of my pay check. When it comes to cost the device has found a nice place in the market as well. The device, with the largest hard drive, is going to be priced around $370. Seems like a good value to me. So a lot of pros to look at.

There are some drawbacks. The device is not google certified so it will not have full android market access. They offer their own version of the app store but it will not have as many apps. Definitely a strike against it. But as I searched different devices I only found 2 so far that have this certification. The Samsung Galaxy Tab and something called a Huawei. Hua what? I have never heard of this company before. It was an option though as you did not need to purchase a wireless agreement to use it, but again the memory capabilities are pathetic. No thank you. Another negative for the Archos is that it does not have GPS capabilities. This is a drawback too, but one can get an add on to use through the usb if you want it for directions.

Galaxy Tab

No device seems to be perfect but as I look I think this one has the most positives for the money. So many devices have 1 or two great selling points but there is always a drawback that has me feeling uncomfortable with having them as a viable option. So in my head this seems to be the answer. The company has been around for more than a decade and making media and tablet devices for about just as long. Out of anything out there this is the only one that does not have something holding me back. Now I just have to figure out where I can get one, and hope that I will get more use out of this than so many other gadgets in my life.



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