I have been thinking about what I want a tablet to do. From talking with a lot of power users I know that a tablet will never be my work machine for book writing, building Excel models or editing the work of others. I am also confident that tablets will not become the principal computer for college students for similar reasons.
What I want a tablet to do is:
- Access the Internet through WIFI
- Retrieve and read email
- Open and read email attachments such MS Office documents
- Run apps or widgets for FB, Twitter, Evernote and Skype or Google Talk
- Have a battery life of 7-10 hours
- Weigh as little as possible
I have no interest in playing games, watching videos, or finding the nearest __________.
Online.WSJ.com provided a nice solution to my requirements. Hack the Nook book reader from Barnes & Noble. With the hack you have a fully functional Android tablet. Warning: if you blow installing the hack the Nook becomes a paper weight.
Why doesn't Barnes & Noble sell the machine as a cheap Android book reader. Probably because it would then be able to download Kindle software. Of course with Barnes & Noble stock price in the dumptser, it might be time for what the Stanford entrepreneurship mafia calls a "value capture pivot". Maybe Barnes & Noblle should become a cheap book reader/tablet company. Might be a better future than operating book stores.