re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
Mike, for someone with an unlimited budget and oodles of storage capacity in their travel gear to carry chargers and cables, this all sounds well and good, however I would argue the simple point that not everyone needs to take notes or make a shopping list on a mobile device. Most shopping lists end up in the recycle bin, never to be seen again. A 7-inch tablet costs $200 minimum. I can by a whole stack of paper notepads at Staples for pennies apiece.
Sure, I'm a gadget geek, but I'm also a pragmatist. Before I buy another device, I damn well better justify the need. I personally consider it tremendously wasteful to spend $200 - $300 on something I could spend $0.50 on. You can't clip a tablet to your fridge, or stick it on the mirror to remind your wife to pick up your shirts at the dry-cleaners. I'm quite happy with my smartphone for most travel purposes, a larger tablet when I am more stationary (not stationery - that's a joke, son).
I'm as tempted as the next guy to buy things for myself, but I am constantly reminded that there are those who live with much less than I do. I can think of a lot of better ways to spend $200. There are far greater needs in this world - and for that matter, in our own communities - that could use that money for greater good than filling a pocket in our briefcases. For those who have excess cash burning a hole in their pocket, they might consider donating to a local charity to help the less fortunate in their community before they consider buying yet another toy (oh, excuse me, "business toy"). I would be willing to wager that there are kids in your own town who have never owned a computer, much less a tablet. Many charities have been hit hard by the downturn in the economy, and the money we might rather spend on ourselves could buy a lot more than another mobile device that we may or may not use.