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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Telling the Truth Tuesday: wanting a tablet

I have coveted ipads for years. Most of my friends have them. I have a mac computer and an iPhone. I have a Kindle. How many devices do I really need? But it isn't about need, is it? It's about want. Now, I can justify this because my new nonfiction writing project (which isn't really new - it began about 4 years ago) will require my doing interviews. It will be much easier to shlep a tablet with a keyboard on it than my computer. I do not want to record on a device and then have to transcribe.
There! I have a good reason for my desire.

Do you have to justify your wants before you can purchase? Is it ever okay just to buy into consumerism just for the fun of it?



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

For my wife, no. For me, yes. Although if I really want it, I just buy it.
Get an iPad! It's so diversified. Once you've used it for a while, you'll wonder how you survived without it.

Manzanita said...

Just buy it already. I have the triple-apple-pac too and I love the iPad the most. It's so small and handy and I keep it by my bed in case I'm thinking of some last minute day thoughts that I want to look up. I keep the iPhone in a drawer, mostly. Too much radiation. It's worse than sticking a micowave oven in your ear. I like using the computer when I have to do a lot of typing but I do have a keyboard for the iPad too. I have a love affair with apple products.

Karen Walker said...

Alex, I will look forward to discovering its diversity.
Manzanita, good to know I'm not alone - I got the keyboard, too.

L.G. Smith said...

I got an iPad last year and I like reading on it way more than the Kindle. I think because it's bigger and the "pages" turn easier/faster. Plus you can touch on a word or phrase in the body of a book and it will go to the Wiki page for a definition/image. Love that.

Liza said...

I love my I-Pad!

Karen Walker said...

Wow, so many of you already have this - I'm impressed.
L.G., I was wondering if it would be better than my Kindle.

Chrys Fey said...

I don't have any devices but my desktop computer and a tiny laptop that I can't use. Want to send me that Kindle? ;)

Karen Walker said...

Not yet, Chrys - jury is still out on the I pad, LOL.

Joss said...

I have to justify my purchases to my husband before I can have them :) because he has a much more sensible head than me when it comes to the finances, but an Ipad was something I longed for too. I have one now, after a lot of attempts at convincing him that it was a useful item. Best part is that despite saying that he felt it was a waste of money, he now uses our ipad air more than I do. In fact it can be quiet difficult to get it off him :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I now have one with a keyboard - you will love it.

Patricia Stoltey said...

There are quite a few wants, mostly kitchen appliances, I've indulged in over the years that ended up at Goodwill, so I try to think it over a bit before buying anything. However, computer electronics, including tablets, are indispensable writing tools, right? Right!

Sharon Lippincott said...

Given your consistency with Apple products, the iPad makes sense. I switched to Android from iPad and like it better, but I'm a die-hard Windows user. The difference in keyboard size have a step learning curve before it feels natural enough to not get in your way and produce clean enough copy that you won't spend more time fixing it than transcribing a recording. Can you try a friend's iPad with keyboard?

If the new iPads have an onscreen keyboard that let's you slide from letter to letter rather than typing, you may prefer that. See if they can work with the Google keyboard app. Now that I have that, I can't imagine why I'd want a hardware keyboard. I type almost as fast with my "cursive" keyboard. (Cursive because letters within a word are a single squiggly stroke as opposed to tapping each key.

But there also value in handwritten notes. Recent research has shown those engage your brain more effectively. Students with paper notebooks have higher grades on average compared to keyboarders.

You had no idea this was such a complex topic, LOL!

Even before you decide about the iPad, you could keep handwritten notes about impressions and use your phone to record verbatim. That would be rich, and I think that's what I would do, even with the iPad.

But still, buy the iPad because you want it. That's a good enough reason.

Arlee Bird said...

I'm very careful about what I spend money on these days. I can understand your logic about wanting the tablet. It would be a good tool to have, but I'm not quite ready for the investment. Maybe I should though.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Karen!! Yes I think it is ok sometimes to buy something for the fun of it. you are a hard-working adult and there's nothing wrong with rewarding yourself on occasion :)

LD Masterson said...

I think one of the questions is - can you afford it? Meaning, is there room for it in your budget right now? If there's is and you want it, then why not?

I have a Droid tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard in the case and I love it. Totally replaced my laptop.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks for all your thoughts and suggestions. I got an IPAd with bluetooth keyboard in case. Now I am trying to learn how to use it. It will be so much easier to cart around than my MacBookPro.

Tracy Jo said...

You will love having an iPad!! Make sure to tell us about it. I justify for sure, it makes me feel better convincing myself I "need" it. haha Happy 2015!

Robin said...

Okay to buy in just for the fun of it? IDK. But, a whole bunch of people do it. I think in this case that you'll get a whole lot of use out of it. Some fun. Some work. Does that balance it out???