That made me realize exactly how many things I do use a tablet for.
My response was:
These days, at least 80% of my personal (non-work) computing time is on a tablet. I read and write emails, collect RSS feeds, move files via FTP, write fiction, read newspapers and magazines, read books, mark up my drafts, post to my blog, comment on other people’s blogs, listen to and edit MP3 files, listen to my drafts read out loud (a great way to catch certain types of errors), organize my life, and get updates about weather and transit.
The one weakness (so far, and I’m willing to admit that this may be a failure on my part) is moving files horizontally. Vertical file transfer, to and from remote servers, is fine. But moving a file from one tablet to another, or between a tablet and an external drive, is way more difficult than it should be.
But, hey, nothing is perfect.
I reported here that I bought a Nook HD when they were discounted to $149. Am I sorry, now that more recent news is that Barnes and Noble is getting out of the hardware business? Nope. It’s still a good device for a good price, and since it’s hooked up to the Google Play store it shouldn’t be an orphan any time soon.
By the way, I think the key to typing on a tablet is to stop trying to type as if it was a computer. Embrace the predictive keyboard. So far every word of my new story was written using SwiftKey (an absolutely wonderful program). For serious editing sessions, I switch to the Go Keyboard (which allows for easier access to arrow keys and keyboard text selection).
Other essential apps:
Really only one essential one: ColorNote. I’m sure there are other programs that do the same thing, but powzers! is this a good program. I use it for making lists, reminding myself of things, writing first drafts, making notes, organizing my life (which needs an unusual amount of organizing right now), and drafting emails and letters. I currently have over 50 notes, all sorted and color-coded, and synced between my phone and tablet. Very handy.
Other useful apps:
MP3dit, for editing meta data in audio files
The WordPress app, which I’m using to post this. It doesn’t allow you to create links with target=”_blank” (so links will open in a new window), but otherwise it’s really good.
Jota Text Editor, the best text editor I’ve found for large files.
So, what about you? Do you use a tablet at all? What do you use it for?