So, non-Eve related post incoming. Brace yourselves.
Ever since I traded in my laptop at work for a desktop that could do the new development I was involved in, I missed having a solid piece of hardware I could use on the go, like on the couch while watching TV or traveling to the inlaws or back home to Greenbush (where the dogs and cats outnumber the inhabitants). I've been eyeing up several things over the past few months and with a work bonus that was higher than expected I found myself with SWMBO permission to indulge in a bit of shopping.
I have a number of criteria to consider:
- it has to be portable
- would be nice if it was easy to use for the carebears and the SWMBO
- has to have fun games, browser, utility apps, etc
- Ability to use Flash a plus
- and I'm interested in developing an app or two on it
I was faced with three options:
1) IPad - since we are an iphone house, this option has the advantage of leveraging a lot we already knew from the phones and it would share the apps we already bought/downloaded through Itunes on the PC. Kids could operate it, wife could use it, got the apps... but no Flash in browser. And I'm getting put off by some other Apple policies, and ITunes is a piece of shit... so I'm reluctant to buy into an Apple product once again.
2) Android tablet - a lot of the functionality of the IPad, plus not an Apple product and supports (possibly) Flash in the browser. However, there is a lot of variation in quality and prices of the tablets and I'm nervous about getting one that looks good but falls apart in the first month. Plus the app pool is not as developed as IOs apps are but is improving.
3) Notebook - for maximum flexibility, I could go notebook and get Windows OS on it and have access to everything the net has to offer, as well as possibly some light PC games. However, no touch screen making it harder for family to use, and possibly the extra bulkiness might be annoying after a while. Plus developing a windows app does not inspire me right now.
I debated back and forth, browsed the options, talked to people with the various types, and ultimately went with an Android tablet. Specifically, an ASUS Transformer which a co-worker has and enjoys.It should arrive in a couple days and I'll probably have a review post on it next week.
Until then, any recommendations on apps to install?