S0 I got a tablet computer. I'm not quite what to say about it. It's another gadget. A nice one, I think. For me, it's more a reader than anything else. I can sit on the sofa or in a comfortable chair and read articles or blogs on it, holding it in my hand or on my lap.
I can put my recipe collection on it and use it as a cookbook when I'm working in the kitchen. I need to get a stand (docking station) for it, I think. Or just a book stand of some kind.
I'll be using the tablet at home much more than when I'm out and about. It replaces printers, toner or ink cartridges, and paper. That represents a certain savings. I could go through a lot of paper in a year's time. It didn't get wasted — I could print on both sides, and then we could burn the used paper in the wood stove to get fires going. But still.
A photo viewer
The tablet will be handy when I'm traveling too, but that's not very often these days. I do plan a trip to the U.S. soon, and that will be the first test. I won't be able to compose blog posts on the tablet, or at least not easily, but I will be able to read blogs, and read and send e-mails. The tablet will be a lot easier to carry around than a laptop computer.
A tablet the size of a book, but a lot thinner
Because of the heft of the thing, both for holding as a reading device and for traveling, I decided to go for a tablet with a 7-inch screen. I decided it was more important to have a lot of internal storage space rather than a larger display. This one has 32 GB of storage. The screen is bright and sharp, and it's covered with a sheet of Corning glass that protects it.
Look what I just found: a picture-frame stand that can hold the tablet computer upright.
It's a wifi-only tablet, with no cellular phone access to the Internet. I'm not connected enough to need cell phone features — I don't use a cell phone. Alors — what tablet is it? It's a Google Nexus 7, produced by Asus (AsusTek Computers Inc.). After reading a lot of reviews, I chose this one. That was partly for price.
On my "fixed" income, I couldn't afford many of the competing models. I paid 249 € on Darty.com, with free shipping. That price includes the 19.6% sales tax (TVA). I ordered the Nexus on Tuesday and it arrived on Thursday at noon, with the day's mail delivery. Once I decided to buy the tablet in France, so that it would have a legal (French) guarantee, I couldn't wait any longer.