Don’t get me wrong. I really love my Nexus 10. It is great for web- or social network-surfing at the breakfast table, on the couch or wherever. I like the Kindle app for reading color comics and children’s books that aren’t compatible with my Kindle Touch. And it’s a nifty portable stereo, accessing my music from where Google magically placed it somewhere in the cloud. But can it replace the computer? Not even close.
It’s not the awkward keyboard, although that is part of it. I got a wireless keyboard to help with that, and it’s only a little cumbersome to set up. However, I don’t break it out much, because it’s not as convenient as going upstairs and using the desktop.
Here are the issues bugging me:
a) Apps don’t work well or consistently. The New York Times app is gloriously beautiful one day, gloriously broken the next. All apps seem to have these issues. But they are still better than…
b) Web site viewing, which ranges from fine to completely unintelligible. That’s just in the browser. When an app, like Feedly, tries to display websites, behavior gets even worse. And the apps won’t let me switch to the browser when they get overwhelmed. Web browsing is the primary function of the tablet, and it should work very well always.
c) Constant crashing. I can’t figure out what causes it. It’s inconsistent. But it happens all. the. time.
What does my tablet get right? Google Now is awesome. Right now, I use it to check the weather, my calendar, shipped packages, nearby events, driving times, winter olympics standings, college basketball scores, TV show recaps, book reviews. It knows what I like based on my Google searches and Gmail usage. Spooky, right? But here is an example of all that data mining being put to good use, i.e., to a use that directly and immediately benefits me.
I’m not ready to give up the desktop just yet. The tablet will have to get a lot more reliable before I am. But will I give up my tablet? Not likely.