If you pay attention to what the corporate mucky-mucks say, they feel that people want and need tablet computers. The one you see in the video above is the Samsung Galaxy which uses Android (watch for the little green Android character at the end).

I have two questions for you guys and girls out there.

1. Do you plan on buying a tablet, and if so, which one?

2. If you already have a tablet (such as an iPad), has it lived up to expectations?

While you’re thinking about that, here was my most recent experience with a tablet.

I went to a local auto repair center to have the axle seals replaced on my truck. Knowing this was going to take at least three hours, I brought my netbook with me. The place had free wi-fi, but unfortunately my Dell mini would not pick up the signal.

The owner of the shop runs in the back and comes back with an iPad.

Yes, the guy at the auto repair shop had an iPad and was totally willing to let me use it for as long as I wanted.

It was able to grab a wi-fi signal with no problems at all compared to my netbook, so I said sure, I’ll go ahead and use it.

What I did was basically read Reddit for three hours straight. General operation of the iPad was easy enough and I purposely used it in “horizontal” mode so I could get the most text across the screen. Scrolling was okay. Not great, and certain doesn’t replace a mouse. But it did the job.

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I think the best part of the experience was the fact I did not care it was made by Apple. As long as I could fire up a browser, that was the only thing I actually needed to work. And I honestly believe that any other tablet user would feel the same way. If it can browse, you can do stuff. Doing other things like reading e-Books, using a weather app and so on, yeah, that’s all well and good – but it’s all about the browser. iPad’s browser gets the job done on an above-average level.

This is the second iPad I’ve used. The first was Dave‘s, and now a second one. Worth $500? Not to me. I’m happy to use someone else’s iPad, but I’d never buy one because 500 smacks is just way too much for such a limited device. Oh, and by the way, that’s $500 starting price. They go up from there.

Fortunately however there are alternatives like Samsung Galaxy Tab as shown above  and the recently introduced Dell Streak. Personally I think the Galaxy Tab is the better of the two, but I haven’t used either yet so I can’t say for certain.

Tablets be they big or small are essentially the modern version of a PDA, with the added advantage of better apps, easy-read screens and Internet connectivity. That’s how I see them. I don’t see any of what’s out there as “magic” or “revolutionary”. I see a modern PDA. When I put tablets into that category, they make a lot more sense to me because at that point they actually have purpose. “Oh, okay.. I get it. I could use this little 4 or 5-inch screened thing for to-dos along with some e-reading and web browsing.” Right. There’s your advantage, and there’s where it can actually serve you better than a netbook in some respects.

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But what do you think? Will you be buying one? Or have you already?