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Nov 20, 2011

A new way to Blog....

8 miles on the schedule today.  We went out to the Paint Creek trail.  It sure does look like a different place when there is no leaves.  I can't complain though because it was in the mid 40's.  Can ask for better than that a week before Thanksgiving in Michigan.


For those of you in Blogland, I'm sure many of you use your computer, laptop, tablet, ipad2, whatever to do posts and/or read the blogs you follow.  I recently picked up this:

This thing really does so much but most important, it does what I want it to do.  This is the Vizio Tablet and I got one from Costco for $189.  That's less than the ipod touch!  Essentially it's a competitor for the ipad.  What I do want to say is that it's NOT an ipad so if you decide to buy one, I'm warning you that it's not as good as the ipad but it's also over $300 less than the ipad too.  I also love Apple products - I use an iMac at home and love it.  I'm going to upgrade next year to the iphone as well.  But....$300 is BIG difference!

There has been a lot of hype coming out about the new Amazon Kindle Fire.  I did consider the Kindle - it's actually pretty nice - you can go see it at a local Best Buy.

It's about an inch smaller than the Vizio.  It does have some features that the Vizio does not have which is a faster processor and more memory(although I can add up to 32 mb of memory to mine and you can't add anything to the Kindle).  It also has a Cloud feature to save things off the tablet itself.

The main reasons I wanted a tablet included:

1) Nice to sit in living room and watch TV and surf the web
2) Can send e-mail from it for both my SBC and Gmail accounts
3) Can post blogs posts through either the Android app for Google or just through the web.
4) Can use Google reader to read the blogs I follow
5) Easy to check the current weather before going out to run
6) Read and occasional book on it.

The Vizio does everything on my list.  Of course, you can also watch movies, tv shows, play games, listen to music etc but I don't use it much for that especially since the videos do not really come in very good.  I would say the Kindle has much better videos, is faster, but is also smaller by 1".  While one inch does not seem that much, it really does make a big difference.  I don't want to have to pinch the screen larger and smaller all the time.  Frankly, I could live with a smaller screen but the Kindle is so tied to Amazon that you must order things through their app store and I prefer to have access to the Android Market app store since it has so many more options to choose from.

I have 90 days to keep the Vizio and make sure it's what I want before I would have to return it to the store.  I may do that after I do more research on the Kindle and after I see more reviews from people that purchased it and are using it regularly.

Either way, it looks like there are some great options besides the ipad2 to choose from if you are looking for a tablet.  While I would love to have the ipad2, I just can't see an additional $300 cost for it.  Frankly, I would not be surprised to see Apple reduce their prices by $100 in the near future to be more competitive on price.  We'll see.  In the meantime, I'm perfectly happy with what other choices are out there.

Question of the day:  Do you have a tablet?  Which one and why do you like it?

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!


  1. HA, I guess I'm old-school still.....

    1) I have a laptop and a television so I can to sit in living room and watch TV and surf the web
    2) See #1
    3) See #1
    4) See #1
    5) I walk outside to check the current weather before going out to run
    6) Go to the library to read and checkout a book.

  2. I don't have a tablet but want one... I'm just not sure I actually need one. I have a laptop, a netbook, a Nook... I think I'm good

  3. I don't have one but I just bought an iPhone off of Ebay and i can't wait to get all those cool aps!

  4. I just bought the Kindle Fire for the wife. For $200 it does just about everything the iPad can do. Apps, Music, Movies, Books, Web, email.... I can't justify spending $500

  5. My husband just asked if I was interested in a tablet, and I don't know. Maybe? Is it worth it??