Do I need a tablet if I have a laptop?
If you’re asking yourself “Do I need a tablet if I have a laptop?” you’ve come to the right place!
To give you a bit of background, I’m an entrepreneur. I own my own wedding photography studio in Atlanta. I find myself in coffee shops multiple times a week. If I arrive early for an appointment, I often have time to kill. In the days prior to getting my tablet, I would be forced to lug my laptop around if I wanted to get work done, or I would play around on my smart phone as I patiently awaited my clients to arrive.
The need for a tablet arose when I was looking for work related productivity tools to spend my money on at the end of the year. I had the initial thought to purchase a tablet – but then I asked myself WHY. What can you DO with a tablet? I already had a laptop and a smart phone (albeit, not a great smart phone). A tablet is more portable than a laptop, but less portable than a smart phone.
What can you do with a tablet?
I turned my attention towards my business needs. A tablet would allow me to show documents to my clients during our meetings. A tablet would also allow me to showcase photography to clients who had yet to see my work. A tablet could easily fit into my purse, and be a much more acceptable form of presentation rather than a smart phone. I would never show up to a meeting, proudly hand my cell phone to my clients and ask them to review documents!
In addition to valuable presentation ideas, tablets are more portable than laptops. If I could fit a tablet easily into my purse, I could carry it around always. If I arrived early to meetings, or found myself at a coffee shop with time to kill, I could get legitimate work done on my tablet as well. This said work, could just as easily be done on a cell phone, but having a 10 inch tablet would afford more screen real estate. I’m the type of person who concentrates better on a dedicated computer. I’ve always had a hard time being productive on a cell phone. I’m not sure if it’s because the screen is so small – or maybe the fact that I typically don’t purchase the most high end and efficient phones on the market at any given time. Regardless, I tend to be able to focus better on laptops or desktops.
So I found my answers to – what can you do with a tablet?
My next thought was this – how expensive are tablets? I remember when the ipad first generations came out. They seemed ridiculously expensive with how few practical uses there were for them at the time. Doing a couple quick internet searches, I discovered I wasn’t alone in my early tablet prejudices.
My main requirements for choosing my tablet were this – it had to be thin, and it had to be light. It had to have better specs than my smart phone, and it had to fit easily into my purse.
As I started compiling a list of the newest tablets on the market, I found a superior model rather quickly. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was just released into the android tablet market at the end of 2015. It had stellar reviews on Amazon and everywhere else I could find. Done. I was sold.
I placed the order, and awaited patiently for it to arrive.
I’ve had my new Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet for a couple of weeks now. It fits easily into my purse and goes with me everywhere. It’s incredibly light and paper thin – I think it rivals the Ipad air. I even bought a foldable bluetooth keyboard to accompany it. I figured I could make the most of this tablet with the use of an external keyboard – something to help type emails and blog posts with when I have time to kill at coffee shops. And of course, it was the smallest and most lightweight foldable keyboard I could find with the best reviews on Amazon as well!
I know everyones needs may differ when you you ask yourself – Do I need a tablet if I have a laptop? But this post explains the reasons why I saw a need for it in my business. It’s already come into great use a couple of times. I enjoy watching webinars and photography-related workshops while I wait at coffee shops. One morning I was rushing to a client consultation and my printer wasn’t working. I typically prefer to have a printed copy of my documentation to hand over to clients, but the fact that I had a great shiny new tablet to take with me solved my problems instantly! It’s definitely a great form of backup or even a more green alternative to printing paper.
I can’t wait to figure out more practical business uses for my tablet this year.