Penury is how I feel after last weekend. I had decided to buy a new Lenovo tablet. It was in stock at the big blue office supply shop in Elsternwick. I had done my research, I thought. It was not on display and we couldn't actually see it until we bought it. Not happy. But wait. What is this other one? A Samsung tablet for the same price. I was familiar with the specs for the Lenovo and I had a look at those for the Samsung. I liked it. I asked the salesperson about it. Why could I not see this for sale on your website or come across it elsewhere? The reply was that it is the entry level model and not promoted. Well, by not promoting it, Samsung almost lost a sale to Lenovo. For better or worse I decided to go for the Samsung, $299.
So, yes, we chose one. C'mon said R, it is only $20 each. $19 to be precise. So we have a new keyboard and it connected up easily. This must be about our fourth or fifth cordless keyboard and mouse and boy, did the early ones give trouble. It's all quite seamless now. But there is something quite different about the key positioning, especially the Caps Lock button. In the first five minutes of typing, I HIT THE CAPS BUTTON HALF A DOZEN TIMES. Annoying, but I am getting used to it.
I taped the mouse and the little usb sender unit to the underside of the old keyboard along with a sticky note, "Works" and I removed the batteries. I am sure it quickly disappeared after I placed it in the recycling room. There was Contessa electric sewing machine in the recycling room, complete with operating pedal, also with a note, "Working, but lift only underneath, not by the handle".
But R had not finished with my wallet just yet. Finally out of the store, there was phone repair, phone case shop next door. You need a new case for your new tablet, R said. Yours is old and shabby which is quite true and I didn't know if it would fit the new tablet. The case protects it when travelling, and I can sit up in bed and prop it on my legs. Another $40 gone.
As for the new tablet, I did not realise how slow and clunky mine had become. The new one has a much newer operating system that is almost identical to my phone. The only thing where it is less is the brilliance of the screen. This one is just a screen whereas my old one had a Super Amoled screen and there is just not the brilliance with the new one. I can live with that.