So I've been doing some thinking, and I'd like to post my thoughts on tablets. This comes partially from realizing a need for portability (and this is coming from the guy without a cell phone), and also from having spent some time with an ipad, and seeing how other people integrate tablets and various other portable devices (smartphones, macbook pro/air, gaming laptops) into their lives. I need something portable, so it's a tossup between a laptop, netbook, and tablet. I consider electronic devices to be in two broad categories. Those that can create well, and those that mostly digest. As far as creation, a desktop is the best, with laptops/netbooks second place to varying degrees depending on their size, config, and if controlling a mouse with a touch pad is acceptable for what you do. A tablet however, is not very good at creation. Typing up essays, making presentations, writing long forum posts, compiling information... tablets are second-rate at many things. However as far as digesting information... tablets and desktops seem tied. Digesting often needs way less power than creating so none of the three are crippled there, but it also involves the ability to interact with the data fluidly. To swap around between projects and pull up standard media with no hassle. Desktops have the full-keyboard and mouse combo, while tablets have touch screens and interfaces specially designed to use them properly... while the keyboard/mouse combo wins out, desktops aren't an option for portability. So it's between laptops/netbooks and tablets. Well, while a laptop and a mouse (or a nice touchpad) could well be better, a laptop with the kind of specs I'd like would be out of my price range, since I'd also want it to be able to video edit and play games and such. A desktop replacement to my specifications would likely be out of my price range. Netbooks are smaller and such, but even trying to use a 10.1 netbook for a while is aggravating, and the restriction on touchpad sizes would mean carrying a mouse around for a lot of things... not my cup of tea. Taking those things into consideration (as well as all the things a tablet brings such as startup time from sleep and lack of micro-management compared to windows), I think a tablet's right for me. There's other things that are more personal choices... such as the fact that I'm fine with flash-site-quality-games to kill some time with if it comes to that and I don't have my DS/PSP with me, and that I can use a tablet to share pictures and videos with my family without having them walk upstairs to my computer, but I wanna' see what people think about how tablets are starting to fit into the world, sort of the way cell phones once started. EDIT: Added in some other tablet benefits that are swaying me.