Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tablet or Laptop

I am terrible at making decisions.

Everything from what to wear and what to make for dinner to where to go on vacation or should we move?

This Christmas, my husband and kids gave me a tablet. It was super cool, especially the kindle app, but it didn't do everything I wanted it to, namely help me write a novel. My computer is dying and my husband thought this might replace it.

We soon discovered it wouldn't, so he suggested I take everything back and just go get a laptop. Believe it or not – I couldn't decide.

The tablet was cool. I could read, go on line, and play games, plus see what the weather was at the push of a button. Also my kids loved it. What to do?

It took me four days to decide to get a laptop, because the only down side I could think of was that I couldn't use it like a kindle and yes MS Word still worked on my old computer, but nothing else.


So what do you think? Did I make the right decision? Do you have a hard time making decision?

15 comments:

Joanne said...

Oh that is a tough one. But a laptop is portable, so you can move around the house with your work if you have to. And since your desktop still has word, it seems like a good choice. Now your second choice ... PC or Mac ;)

Miranda Hardy said...

My writing partner loves her iPad, but I prefer my laptop. I just am more comfortable writing on the laptop. I do have a nook, but I rarely use it any longer.

Laura Pauling said...

My impression is that tablets aren't meant to replace the functions of a laptop but I could be wrong. Sure you might be able to some word processing on it - but I'd still use a laptop to write and a tablet for reading/traveling.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

These kind of decisions (electronic ones) tend to be difficult for me b/c I feel like I'm behind the times. Seriously, my kids know more than me.
~ Wendy

Lynn said...

Decisions on electronics can be hard especially since it is always changing. My clients talk about buying ipads, and I have to stress it is not a computer. In other words, you cannot load programs on it accept for apps. I've seen the external keyboards for Ipads, but most still want the functions in PC word programs. So, the lap top is a really good decision in your case, I'd say!

Susan R. Mills said...

I think you made the right decision. I need a new laptop myself. Have fun with it and happy writing!

Colene Murphy said...

I totally understand. My hubs got me an ipad for Christmas this year and was so excited it would be easier to carry to work and I could write on it (surely) but we quickly discovered you can't really write on it. But as much as I love the pad, I love my computer just as much for different reasons. Donno if I'll ever give up a computer for a little tablet, just like I probably can't give up actual books for a kindle or anything. Old fashioned?

....Petty Witter said...

A fine one to ask, I'm not nearly technologically advanced enough to even offer an opinion. Until a couple of weeks ago as far as I was concernd a tablet was something you took when you weren't well.

SHANNON O'DONNELL said...

I think you DID make the right decision. I love my kindle fire, but if I could only have it OR a laptop, I'd go with the laptop first. As writers, that keyboard and word doc. potential comes first. :)

Martin Willoughby said...

You went with what feels right for you. That's what made it the right decision.

Ruth Josse said...

I can't make a decision to save my life! It's annoying. But I think you did the right thing for what you need. Those tablets are pretty cool, though. Too bad you couldn't keep both. :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Totally the right decision. At the end of the day, you need to get the writing on the page, right? :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Laptop. You were right, girlfriend. You gotta get the writing done. Now if we could have it all. Ahhh. But then there would be no wrestling with choices. *wink*

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You made the right decision if you're planning to write. If you weren't, then the tablet would be a great choice.

Yep, I have a hard time making decisions, too.

Julia Tomiak said...

I've been having the same debate, and ultimately decided that a laptop would be more useful. The tablets are cool gadgets for reading, watching movies, and playing "Angry Birds", but not for writing. Thanks for confirming my decision.