People think I have some secret or all-encompassing knowledge about Chinese tablets.
That’s not even in the same neighborhood as the truth.
First, there are many tablets I don’t pay attention to. Why?
Second, because I have specific needs: a 7.9 or 9.7-inch 4:3 screen. Period. I’m not interested in 10.1-inch 16:9/10 screens and I ignore all coverage of them I see at Chinese tech sites. I included some 8-inch tablets here because their low price intrigued and surprised me.
Third, I’m really only interested in what I need. Even though it looks like I’m doing a blog here for everybody, I’m not. Anyone else benefiting is simply a side-effect of my own quest for the best tablet for me.
Fourth, I don’t keep all tablet specs and reviews in my head. That’s a waste of my brain space. I write posts here so I can look up whatever I need. I know how dickish that sounds, but I’m simply being efficient in my wording here. If I was really a dick, there’d be no Comments.
Fifth, there is no best tablet, period. I don’t know where anyone is getting this idea. It’s an impossible notion. It’s like asking, “What’s the best fish?” Any Chef would reply, “The best fish for what? Baking? Poaching? Grilling? Sandwiches? Cat food?” So “best tablet” for what?
Sixth, I really don’t want to know your “for what.” I link to everything here. There’s no secret to what I do or any hidden sources. In fact, if you’re not bothering to click through to the original sources, you can’t be helped at all — because you won’t help yourself. Expecting me to keep track of which tablet does X, Y, or Z is not a burden I want. Again: I’m only interested in a tablet for my specific needs.
Seventh, I don’t own any of these tablets. So how can I realistically render any kind of judgment about anything other than what I’ve read? And I’ll repeat: Nothing is secret here, I link to everything. You can read all the original sources too.
Eighth, I just don’t care about GPS or 3G/4G. I don’t drive, I walk; so GPS for me makes sense only in a phone. The same for 3G/4G. And I’m not about to keep track of that stuff for tablets when I don’t need it. I won’t even bother with it until the time comes to buy a phone.
Ninth, tech recommendations are ass, period. If you’d believed the Nokia ass-kissers back in the day (and there are still unrepentant ones even now), you would have been led to believe Nokia reinvented the tablet with the release of their piece of shit Nokia 770. The one time I followed someone’s tech recommendation, I bought a Palm LifeDrive (used, off eBay, and replaced the hard drive with CompactFlash) — and it’s a piece of shit too, compared to the other Palms I once owned. So much for “recommendations.”
Tenth, I wind up getting emails as if I’m holding something back and will only tell “the truth” in email. I’m not. I haven’t even done any post about tablets I’d possibly buy — because I remain as confused as fuck. It wasn’t until my own recent hands-on testing that I discovered a difference with the Foxit PDF software. I expected to rely on that software; now I don’t know if I can (I’m still waiting for Foxit’s diagnosis of the problem; we’re exchanging emails).
Eleventh, it’s increasingly looking like only an iPad can reliably do what I specifically need: Handle Google Books PDFs without me wanting to slash my throat in frustration. But I don’t want an iPad because of the lack of microSD card slot. I’m stubborn on this point and will hold out until all hope is lost with Chinese Android and Windows tablets (and if you’re about to recommend something else to me, go re-read points 2 and 9 above).
Twelfth, at some point all these posts will end. Because I will have some sort of tablet and then be busy reading with it. So all of this is temporary. I have no overarching interest in spending hours each day — and it does take that — tracking a subset of the Chinese tablet market. If I wanted to be a professional Chinese tablet analyst, I’d be sending out a résumé — and following all the tablets.
So I hope all of the above explains why I won’t be recommending or suggesting any tablet for anyone.