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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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.
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.
Have a look at http://clouddiscussions.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-future-of-mobile-user-interfaces-and-devices/
It fits your discussion about who needs which device in the future,
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?