Dilbert’s unique take on the mini-tablet market

Humour aside, a “bad tablet and an even worse phone”? In my experience, an excellent tablet but probably not good as a phone. Much depends on what you want to use such a device for.

I have a Dell Streak (the original 5-incher) and I’m testing a Samsung Galaxy Note, about the same size as a Streak. Both devices are definitely not for primary use as a phone – you feel a real prat with one of these stuck to your ear – but neat as a tool for interacting with people on Twitter and social networks, doing email, etc. Does that fit with the manufacturers’ USP, I wonder.

Still, practical, desirable gadgets, useful depending on your purpose, but pricey. I suspect the niche in Pointy-Ears’ mind will remain outside the mainstream unless the right price point arrives.

Hasn’t happened yet. Wonder what MWC (http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/) next week will bring.

As usual, spot-on insight from Scott Adams. Link to original strip: http://www.dilbert.com/2012-02-23/

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Ari Adler

    Good insight from you, too, Neville. I grow weary of experts claiming what device is best for everyone. It all depends on what you need from a device and if it serves you well. There is no device that can be everything to everyone, and most can't even be everything to anyone.

  2. Tac Anderson

    I have the Galaxy Tab and love the size. IMO the 10 inch iPad is just too big, but that’s because I travel a lot and the 7 inch size is just so much more convenient. I’ve tried out the 5 inch Dell as well and it was fine but I do prefer the Tab’s size.

  3. Armin Grewe

    Wasn't there a time once where upwardly mobile people were holding devices the size of bricks above their oversized shoulder pads and (thought they) were very cool?

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