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My Galaxy Tab, along with the keyboard/case that I bought to accompany it.

My Galaxy Tab, along with the keyboard/case that I bought to accompany it.

I have a modest laptop. Not too big; not too small. Enough oomph to render a video (slowly) now and then. It has now traveled to Mexico, Spain, Greece, France, and Italy and served me well. It is named “Gulliver,” in honor of its many travels.

Alas, with accessories, Gulliver weighs more than five pounds. He travels with case, a power brick, a wireless mouse, a charger for the wireless mouse, and a backup hard disk.

I just bought a tablet – the Samsung eight-inch Galaxy 3 pictured above. To my mind, a seven-inch tablet is too small (especially for word processing) and a ten-inch tablet is too heavy.

That, you see, that is my motivation: reducing weight. The Samsung weighs eleven ounces.

Bingo! I just saved four pounds. That may not sound like much, but four pounds is more than ten percent of the target weight for my travels going forward. (It’s remarkable what effect all those bridges in Venice had on my ideal target weight.)

The tablet will replace Gulliver when we leave for Mexico. It’s a bold experiment: Can I edit photos, do all my writing, and maintain the blog with an eleven-ounce tablet? Any opinions?

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