Monday, February 28, 2011

Where do tablets fit in your life?

7 and 10 inch tablets are all the news these days, but a lot of people are still wandering how they fit into their life. you already have a smartphone and a laptop. Well, let's take an example of an IT consultant(i.e. me!)  to explain how they can fit into your life. I am a blogger, IT consultant, stock trader and  an avid reader.

How I use a 7" tablet:   I have been using Samsung galaxy tab for about 2 weeks, its a perfect balance between screen size and mobility. I think 3-4.3" is too small, 7" is probably the biggest size you can carry in your pocket. From my personal experience, its an 80/80 device. what do I mean? it will fit into your pocket 80% of the time and if you remote into your pc, you can comfortably see about 80% of the screen of your laptop. plus for browsing or reading a kindle book, its perfect size. I use this as my primary device and my Iphone as a backup in case I am going somewhere in shorts and this tablet wont fit in.

How I would use a 10" tablet:  Currently I dont have a 10" tablet so this is just a hypothetical example. I would really use this size as a second screen when I am travelling. I do have to read a lot of books etc and take notes. so this one would become a book reader while i take notes on my laptop. Plus most of the time, I can probably get away with this tablet and a keyboard. If I need to work on my laptop, I can just use remote login softwares like Logmein or teamviewer.

I hope this was helpful.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Should you buy a Squaretrade warranty?

It seems like everyone in the tech community is in love with Squaretrade warranty. I personally have used them, they have decent pricing with top notch customer service. But there are some things you need to know before purchasing.

They wont reimburse the complete replacement amount:

Squaretrade warranty will only reimburse upto the purchase price. E.g. when I purchased my laptop for $700 plus $56 in tax they will only give back $700 in case something happens. Now this clause kind of hits my nerves because the concept of insurance is its supposed to make you whole.

If you had more than 1 issues, you will only get partial replacement cost:

I think this would be easier to explain by example. Lets say your laptop keyboard broke and they spent $100 fixing it. Lets say two years later, while still under warranty, you had motherboard issue and they decided it was cheaper just to replace it. They will only reimburse your purchase amount(no tax included of course!) minus $100 they spend first time fixing your laptop.

So please do your due diligence before purchasing.