Tablets Are the Greatest Holiday Present You Totally Don’t Need

The Amazon Kindle Fire
The Amazon Kindle Fire
Hey, how's it going? Did you have a good weekend? You did? Awesome. You know who had a GREAT weekend? The Amazon Kindle Fire, the $199 tablet with a 7-inch color touch-screen that's totally not an iPad. Those things sold like hotcakes. And apparently, the Fire is Amazon's best-selling product across the board since its introduction in September. To this I say: Really?

See, I'm the owner of a tablet myself. Last Christmas, my generous father gifted an iPad to me after I absent-mindedly said the word "cool" after watching a commercial for one in his presence. And don't get me wrong, it is cool. I used it a ton this weekend against the backdrop of five burping, farting, video-game-playing men while at my in-laws. It was a tremendous escape. Buuuut I still don't think tablets are here to stay.


I mean, yes, they're sleek, sexy, lightweight as hell, and pretty damn impressive, but ... they're just really not necessary. As they stand now -- and I know we're still in the early stage in the market -- they can't replace computers. Also, you can't make calls on them (and let's be honest, even if you could, what with their size, would you want to?). I just don't see the point of them.

I look at them as a gift. A gift you give to someone who loves all things tech. A gift you give to someone if you have a lot of money. A gift you give to someone if you've no clue what the hell else to get them. I, personally, would never have bought myself a tablet with my own hard-earned money. A regular ol' Kindle? Sure. I get those. But definitely not a tablet. Because I have no need for one. I already own a laptop and an iPhone. The only thing my iPad has that my laptop doesn't is better portability. I admit, it was much easier to travel with my iPad this weekend as opposed to my MacBook; but if I didn't own the iPad, I would've just flown with my laptop, complained, and been fine.

So, for those of you out there who feel like you seriously can't live without your tablet (sort of like how I feel about my laptop), enlighten me. Please. I feel like I'm missing out on some life-changing app or feature or something with my iPad. Is there one? I'd love to know.

If there is, great. I've already got the tablet. But I have a sneaking suspicion that there's totally not, and they're just really fun to play with.

Are you pro-tablet or anti-tablet? If the former, tell me, why?! I'm dying to know!


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