Well, of late I’ve changed my mind. It takes a big man to admit he was wrong and I’m now admitting it. Tablets aren’t Netbook replacements, just as Netbooks aren’t full powered Notebook or desktop replacements. Each of them has a specific place and does some things better than the others.
I came to this conclusion while preparing for a trip. My plan was to just carry a Motorola XOOM and a Logitech wireless bluetooth keyboard and leave everything else behind. In preparation for the trip I tried using the XOOM as my day-to-day computer to see if it would work. Nothing brings out the problems with any plan faster than trying to implement it.
The biggest headache I encountered was dealing with email. Just as most other people do, I get scads of emails every day that I don’t want to read and usually just delete them. With the XOOM the only way I can delete an AOL email is to have it open and then click the trash can. What a pain that is!
The other problem is cutting and pasting articles I write in Google Docs for use in the ePub and this blog. It's simple with a Netbook but a tedious pain in the butt with a Tablet.
My plan has now changed. I’ll be carrying the XOOM for the tasks it does very well. But I’ll also be carrying a Netbook for the tasks it does better than a Tablet. Apples for when I want apples and oranges for when I want oranges.