A few years ago, one of the gadgets that caused this ‘purchase rethink’ was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Those days, I had purchased the Samsung Galaxy 3 (after much research for features and the price, obviously) – my first Android smartphone — in fact my very first smartphone.
Due to the phone, I got into the habit of reading ebooks on the smartphone. The phone was actually a boon for me, as I love to read books. As I was accustomed to reading books on the computer screem, reading on the smartphone was not so different. In fact, due to formats like epub / mobi / kindle, it was easier to read a book on the smartphone. I was no longer constrained to the PDF books.
Given my reading habits, my family pursuaded me to purchase a tablet. The reason? Screen real estate – which was limited on the 3.2 inch Galaxy 3 – but quite enough on the seven inch Galaxy Tab 2.
I in my infinte wisdom, decided to go for the ‘phone’ enabled version of the tablet. In other words, I decided to opt for the costlier version that allowed the tablet to function like a phone, instead of the pure tablet version (which had WiFi support). The cost difference? The phone version was 1.5 times costlier than the plain version.
On the positive side, the book reading experience was great on the Galaxy Tab 2.
The reason for rethink? There are two.
Within a few days I realized that purchasing the phone version was a mistake. Operating the tablet like a phone was rediculous. Holding the seven inch tablet to the ear is sight to see due to its dimensions. Reason for rethink number one.
As the next logical step, I moved on from the 3.2 inch Galaxy 2 to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, with a screen size of 4.3 inches. Lavish as compared to the Galaxy 2. Now that I had a high resolutio screen, I found that reading books on the phone was once again pleasurable. This is reason number two.