Going into summer I was very excited about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. It seemed the first tablet to really compete with the iPad and bring Honeycomb to the limelight. After realizing that I don’t have much of a need for a tablet I became very interested in Sony’s new PlayStation Vita. I ended up buying a Nintendo 3DS and never looked back. Why did I pass up two media darlings and buy a platform that has been largely a dud in sales?
I crossed the tablet off my list for the not-so-uncommon reason that I don’t consume a ton of media. I rarely watch movies at home, let alone have any to store on a tablet, and read very few books that I am not assigned. Many people I know who have tablets agree that it serves very little purpose other than to consume media. I almost never use a game on my phone after about a week and felt that tablet gaming would have similar issues with keeping my interest, especially on long flights.
Around the same time I was shying away from tablets Sony began to release more and more information on its upcoming Next Generation Portable and up until their E3 talk they held my attention. This is the story of how Nintendo made me a believer and why others should give Nintendo more credit for what they are doing.