I don’t own a tablet. And this may come as a surprise to some – it’s certainly wasn’t on my Christmas list either. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are very cool devices and people sure do seem to love them. But (yeah, there’s a but)…

I have a lot of devices. In fact, sometimes it feels like device overload with the cases and the chargers and the accessories – never mind the device itself. The first thing tablet lovers say to me when I have this conversation is: “A tablet would let you combine those devices and allow you to carry less!” No offense tablet users, but I don’t really buy it.

Every time I’ve thought about getting a tablet (and I have thought about it) I just can’t get past the redundancy it would lead to. Sure, it’s cool and probably very fun to use, but what value is it really providing that isn’t already fulfilled (better) by another device that I already have? Let’s see…

  • Android Smartphone – I can stay in touch for work and personal life, effectively surf the web, take decent photos, entertain myself with videos on Hulu plus or a round of Angry Birds and complete transactions like communicating with an eBay buyer, purchasing something from Amazon or depositing a check. I don’t have to worry about having a WiFi connection (or pay extra for network connectivity) as you would with a tablet. And I’m sorry, but people taking photos with tablets look ridiculous. Actually, #SorryImNotSorry.
  • Work laptop – It’s light, slim and powerful. Tablets are great for light work (maybe catching up on a few emails) but I just don’t see how I could be as productive when I am not at my desk.
  • Kindle – I love reading but a backlit screen is brutal on the eyes after a while and keeps me more awake when reading before bed at night. Enter Kindle’s genius e-ink which looks like a good and doesn’t hurt your eyes. I just got a Kindle Paperwhite for Chrstimas and it’s even cooler than I expected. Light (but not backlit) AND e-ink? Genius!

So, if you’re struggling with a belated holiday gift or weighing the purchase of a tablet for yourself in 2013, take a second look at what you already have on the charger. You might just see the same redundancy as me!