What else do I do? I view my calendar and emails. I take remote control of Windows PCs using RDPLite (http://www.remotespark.com/). I use Pulse Reader (http://www.pulse.me/) for collecting news from a bevy of different sites and giving it to me in one scrollable view. I edit pictures, create quick videos, and Skype with my tablet thanks to two built in cameras (front and back). I program my DVR with my tablet (www.directv.com). I even have a DirecTV remote on my tablet (http://www.facebook.com/WiredDFWSoftware). Really, DirecTV remote? Absolutely. View the guide, select programs to record, watch recorded programs...all without interrupting my wife as she watches "Dancing With The Stars." I must confess it is also fun to play and pause Peppa Pig, from another room, as my daughter stares at the remote control and doesn't seem to understand ;)
Being a music guy, I constantly find the need for a good tune or two. Over the years I have amassed a serious digital music collection. But I don't have everything. And sometimes I just don't want to think about pulling together a playlist. On the tablet, I use Audio Galaxy (www.audiogalaxy.com) to listen to my personal music collection anywhere I go. But I am also a hopeless addict to Pandora (www.pandora.com). Both have native tablet apps that work amazingly well over WiFi and 4G. They even work well when I fly. Nothing like "Comfortably Numb" at 35,000 feet.
Now that so much content is digital, you feel compelled to read on the tablet. And unlike a laptop, it becomes personal again. Years from now, I fully expect that a study will be released that speaks to an increase in reading thanks to tablets and other readers. Personally, I find myself immersed in articles and e-zines (no surprise here). But what I have picked up on recently are these enhanced websites that go along with the different television series I choose to watch. It offers me a deeper appreciation for the show since the tablet gives me extra content that both answer questions and fill in the blanks about the series episode. After all, there is only so much you can cram into :47 minutes of airtime. Don't understand what I mean? Go and watch an enhanced episodes of "Lost" or "Boardwalk Empire," using your tablet and you will get it.
My Crystal Ball
If you have been around me the last year or so, be it at a conference or onsite, you know that I have maintained a very clear and certain level of thinking when it comes to tablets: You won't have one of these things; you will have two or three of them. And in a very short time (likely within the year), the average price for a 10" tablet (not a 7") will be less than $300. I believe the "magic" price to be around $200. At that level, they will be all over your house and everywhere you go. Device controls (think TV remotes, whole house AV, and thermostats) have already began the transition to tablets (http://www.nest.com). And Microsoft isn't even in the game yet. Their turn will begin this time next year with Windows 8. While you may be incline to think that the Apple iPAD or the Amazon Kindle Fire are behind the revolution, you should really be thanking HP. You know, the company that recent bailed on the tablet business after six months and $12 billion dollars spent. Next blog I will tell you how the demise of HP led to the real tablet revolution, enabled Amazon to become Apple's biggest competitor, and forced Apple to do something it has never done before. Man I love a good story.
P.S. Even in these uncertain times, I find many things for which I am thankful. I certainly hope you do too. Happy Thanksgiving.