Denise from Mandan, ND writes:
I am planning to get rid of my desktop computer and replace it with something smaller. I have been debating the advantages of a laptop vs. a tablet or other device. I mainly use the desktop for e-mail, internet surfing games and paying bills. I have a Kindle Fire for reading books and magazines, Netflix and playing some games. My husband will still keep his desktop so I can use his for the rare times I need a Word or Excel document. this is a tough decision! What do you suggest?
The good news Denise is that you already have an Android tablet and a pretty nice one. Your Kindle Fire should work well for e-mail, Internet surfing and even bill-paying. You can even open Word or Excel documents and edit them if you download an office app from the Amazon app store. (But so far not Microsoft Office. They have an Android phone app, but an app optimized for Android tablets is not available yet in the Amazon App Store.)
My suggestion for you is to use your tablet exclusively for two or three weeks and see how you like it. Now you don’t say which generation of Kindle Fire you have, but if you have a later one, you can also add a Bluetooth keyboard for e-mail and anything that requires a lot of typing.
Since you are already invested in the Amazon e-book and app system with your Kindle Fire, I highly recommend the Kindle Fire HDX if you are considering a new tablet. It is super-light and super-fast and available in both 7 and 9 inch models. The 9 inch has more bells and whistles.
But, as I said, you may not need to purchase anything new at all. Your Kindle Fire could work perfectly for all of your needs. The one problem I can see is with online Flash-based games. You may not be able to play some of your games.
But there is still a light-tablet alternative. A 7 inch Windows 8.1 tablet is also lightweight and available for under $300. I would suggest getting the full Windows tablet and not Windows RT if you go in that direction. You can download a Kindle App and still read all of your books. But if you have an Amazon Prime video subscription, you’d have to try to view in the browser or watch on your Kindle Fire.
But try out the tablet test for a couple of weeks. I think many people would be surprised to find that a tablet can meet all of their needs.