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As part of our RedBoard series about how tablets are changing the way we live, work and play, we asked Bob Stein, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, five questions about his tablet use and what’s next for this technology. He sees the tablet as a device designed for consuming content.
1. How do you use your tablet?
As a consumption device. surfing the web via FlipBoard and Facebook, reading email (and writing short replies), watching video, listening to music, reading books, playing expressive games (e.g. SoundDrop, my current favorite)
2. What has surprised you most about the device?
I always expected that when “the tablet” arrived it would be a new form factor for an all purpose consumption/production device. However, with the arrival of the iPad, Apple separated consuming from creating.
3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?
There are going to be lots of new models and the Android-based tablets are going to begin challenging the iPad’s dominance in the market.
4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?
If there is internet connectivity I want a Macbook Air because I can use it to create as well as consume. If no internet connectivity, i would reject the iPad with it’s limited memory in favor of the Mac Powerbook with the largest hard drive so I can load it with books, music and video.
5. What’s your one must-have app?
Kindle reader for iPad
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Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.