Tablet advice

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  1. Lord Valumart Hype's Dr - It's Canon

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    So I'm thining about getting a table computer, mostly as a kind of mid point between brain and laptop for notes and some writing. I mean all I'd probably get some games and comics on there, movies etc.

    So my main question it, is it worth the money getting an Ipad or can I get something on android that's just as good for maybe a bit less? I mean I'm probably looking to spend around £200 on this thing.
     
  2. Soapy Registered

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    I don't know about Android tablets, but depending on how soon you need one you might want to wait for Microsoft's Surface tablet to be released and see how that pans out. It looks like it's going to be the iPad's best competitor.

    I say this because you mention you want to use it for writing and note taking, and the Surface is going to have a very sleek keyboard and kickstand built into the cover that comes with it. I have an iPad, and I love it, but I can't imagine using it to type out anything longer than forum posts.
     
  3. huskerwebhead Registered

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    Several of the top Android tablets are very good and, if you don't want to wait for the Surface or break the bank on an iPad, they are certainly very good alternatives. I have the ASUS Transformer Prime currently and love it. The Galaxy Tab, Nexus 7, and Lenovo tablets are also very good products.

    In regards to keyboards, there are plenty of options that out there for external keyboards, some that I feel are better than what the Surface is going to provide. The ASUS line of tablets each have a keyboard "dock" accessory that you can purchase. Not only does this provide a physical keyboard to use but it also doubles the battery life, adds 1-2 additional full size USB ports, and a full size SD Card port. Lenovo has one coming out with a keyboard dock as well that looks pretty slick.

    There are smaller, travel keyboards you can get that connect via bluetooth. Logitech makes a great one that works with just about any tablet.

    Whatever you end up getting, download Evernote. If you're going to be doing a lot of note taking and writing, it's amazing.
     
  4. Arach Knight Abstraction of Logic

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    Tablets in general are lovely devices. I find that desktop/laptop computing is more for power users. For instance, I still have a Mac Mini because I record music (which isn't quite as robust an experience on tablets). If you just want to write, listen to music, read, surf the web and watch videos, you'll find them all enjoyable with a tablet. They are extremely light weight, responsive and have long lasting batteries.

    As far as Android tablets are concerned, I have two issues with them;

    1) Android tablets are a bit sluggish in regards to the user interface

    2) Android is too fragmented. Even if a new OS update is available, it is entirely up to the tablet manufacturer to release said update. This is why so many Android tablets run Honeycomb (Android OS 3.xx) where as the most current release is Jelly Bean (Android OS 4.1xx), which is two iterations later. Apple may have the bad habit of limiting updates for older iOS hardware, but at least that is a hardware issue. It isn't as if some iPad 2s and 3s will run iOS 6 while other iPad 2s and 3s are stuck with iOS 4 because they refuse to release an update.
     
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  5. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    That was true 6 months ago but the Nexus 7 running Jellybean with Butter (hungry?) is one of the smoothest experiences ever. Just as smooth or moreso than the iPad.
     
  6. KALEL114 Impending Return

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    Did you get one yet Phere? That was going to be my recommendation for Valumart. It hits all of the right specs and has a great price. I think it will meet all of his needs.
     
  7. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    I'm on the waitlist because I sprang for the 16 GB version, should get it in the next week. I have a friend that got one already and yeah, the interface is smooth as hell and it's very fast.

    The only thing is, Android developers need to step up and make more tablet optimized apps.
     
  8. Arach Knight Abstraction of Logic

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    I'll concede that to an extent. The new Iconia is a smooth user experience and it runs Ice Cream Sandwich. Still, other recent Android tablets are still a bit chuggy when switching between apps, switching between pages for app icons amd when opening apps.
     
  9. Lord Valumart Hype's Dr - It's Canon

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    The Nexus 7 does look to be the one that ticks all the boxes. Unless anyone has any others they'd like to throw in the mix I think thats the winner.
     
  10. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    It's the one I'd recommend. If you want a 10 inch option ASUS just released the Transformer Infinity though I haven't heard much if anything about it, it's gonna be triple the price of the Nexus 7 though.
     
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    My biggest gripe with the Nexus 7 is that it does not have expandable memory.

    MS Surface does look nice but it doesn't have the market for apps like Android or iPad.

    I have a Lenovo Thinkpad which I really like. It has a stylus which I use quite often to take notes in class. I mainly use it for reading textbooks and taking notes but games and netflix run smoothly on it. Here is the link: http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/tablet/thinkpad/thinkpad-tablet/
     
  12. KALEL114 Impending Return

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    Thinkpad is way out of his price range. Plus it has an older processor (compared to the Nexus) and doesn't even have Jelly Bean yet. The memory shouldn't be an issue for what he wants it for.
     
  13. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    So I finally got the Nexus 7 and I absolutely love it. It's fast, smooth and it's full Android for $200 (not like the Kindle Fire). It's gorgeous honestly, Jellybean is great so far and Butter makes it very smooth. Videos looks great (You get a free copy of Transformers 3 if you're into that). The speaker is actually pretty decent. The front facing camera seems like a waste a 3 mp though. I don't see myself ever using it and probably would've preferred more memory instead. I mean for $200, I don't think you can beat this. Sure the iPad has the retina display and looks gorgeous but it's not something that makes it $500 worth it to me. I also love the 7 inch size. I can hold it with one hand and it's quite light.
     
  14. Lily Adler Politically Delicious (P) (she/her/hers)

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    I have question, should I get the Nexus 7 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2?
     
  15. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    Depends really. Are you talking about the 7 inch model on the Galaxy tab? Either way, I would get the Nexus 7 because you'll get a cleaner and fuller Android experience. Samsung always has all this extra **** you can't delete for some reason that you'll never use. The only plus on the Galaxy Tab 2 I can find is expandable memory. But still the Nexus 7 16 GB version is still $100 cheaper at $250.
     
  16. Lily Adler Politically Delicious (P) (she/her/hers)

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    I don't mind bloatware, but can the Galaxy Tab 2 upgrade to Jelly Bean, if not then I will most likely get the Nexus 7.
     
  17. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    Galaxy Tab is on Ice Cream Sandwich right now. Not many devices have Jellybean and they usually take their time with those type of things. I would expect it to get it eventually but that could be next month or 6 months from now.
     
  18. Lily Adler Politically Delicious (P) (she/her/hers)

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    On second thought, I might wait for the Microsoft Surface or the Samsung Ativ Tab.
     
  19. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    I'm intrigued by Surface and in general the new Windows OS on these tablets. Surface seems like a winner if it pulls off everything they say they can.
     
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    Anyone used the nexus 7? How would you rate it? A good iPad alternative or just save for an ipad?
     
  21. KALEL114 Impending Return

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    :up:
     
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    :doh: I should have browsed a little further back.

    Appreciated. :cwink:
     
  23. KALEL114 Impending Return

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    No worries.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/kindle-fire-hd_n_1861981.html
     
  24. Lily Adler Politically Delicious (P) (she/her/hers)

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    Dang I was just about to post it... Looks good.
     
  25. Prison Mike Don't drop the soap!

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    I'm thinking about getting a tablet for my mom for her birthday. My budget is around $200 so I'm thinking either Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Google Nexus 7. I'll have to go to Best Buy and check out the demos. You can watch youtube videos on either, right?
     

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