My iPad dies, what to replace it with?

  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 07, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    My iPad 3 died today. I have been hearing really good things about the Nexus tablets. Maybe it's time to jump ship.

    Anybody have both the Nexus and the iPad want to give a comparison?

    The Nexus 7 sounds really cool, I am not sure if I would like the smaller size or not though. And it doesn't have ha hi-rez screen. It's $250 for a 32GB size which is great.

    The Nexus 10 looks good too, and it has a hi-rez screen, but it's much more expensive.

    Currently on my iPad I use the browser for web pages, I use a few social apps like Grindr and Scruff, I play some tile games like Mah Jong, and I use iBooks to read. Sometimes I watch Netflix or videos.

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    Mar 08, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Nexus 7 has an IPS panel. So you'll get excellent viewing angles and color reproduction. I think the 7" form factor is perfect for reading and web browsing. But this all personal preference. I was planning to get the 3G model. Sure it costs more, but it has pentaband RF. So its possible to get 3G data on either ATT or T-Mobile. If you have access to wifi everywhere you use your tablet, then this is a non issue of course.

    Staples carries both Nexus 7 and 10 models. So you can mess around with it in person to help you decide. Here's a link that goes into some details about the Nexus 7 screen.

    http://m.tomshardware.com/reviews/nexus-7-test-jelly-bean,3249-5.html
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    Mar 08, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    Play with the Nexus 7 before buying it. The overall quality and responsiveness is nowhere near that of the iPad. Also always keep in mind that there are hundreds of thousands of apps for iPad while Android tablets mostly rely on phone apps stretched out on a larger canvas.

    A coworker of mine recently got the Transformer Infinity from Asus which I thought look amazing much better than the Nexus hands down. After playing with the iPad 4 generation(that belonged to another coworker)the difference was like night and day, he returned the Transformer, responsiveness can be quite a big deal when it comes to touch devices.
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    Mar 08, 2013 1:10 PM GMT
    charlitos said.... responsiveness can be quite a big deal when it comes to touch devices.


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  • Apparition

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    Mar 08, 2013 1:50 PM GMT
    i liked my ex's transformer. i need flash. i also want an sd card slot for camera pics
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 08, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
    Well, I got a Nexus 7 on Craigslist for $180, just to try it out. I may resell it on CL soon for what I paid for it.

    I like the Jelly Bean OS, and it is pretty speedy and smooth. You have to ditch the Chrome browser though, it causes a lot of hiccups, lags and shut downs. I'm using Opera Beta and it's much better.

    It took a really long time to charge, and plugged in it doesn't really gain any charge while using it.

    The display is lower rez than the iPad, but it is actually pretty good, I could live with the quality and lower resolution.

    Some of the websites I visit (you know the gays 'social' sites lol), have custom pages for apple devices, but you just get the regular web page on this, or the custom mobile page doesn't display well. This isn't the Nexus's fault, but hopefully the webmasters will learn responsive design better!

    I kind of like how small the Nexus 7 is, it fits good in the hand, and I actually like the slightly rubbery back a lot. But overall, the screen is too small and the extreme wideness of it is not used well by some of the programs. For instance, reading mail is a pain because the right side of most mails is cut off. I don't like the way a lot of web pages display horizontally or vertically with the extreme width or height. Playing some of my games, the tiles are too small, I have to squint to see them. Personally, I think the 4:3 aspect ration of the iPad is much better for a small screen, because more things will fit on it.

    I'm going to go to Staples and look at the Nexus 10 and see if I like the 10" one better, at least there is a lot more real estate to work with.

    Here's a great review of the 10: http://www.trustedreviews.com/google-nexus-10_Tablet_review
  • tckrguys

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    Mar 08, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    Check out the Asus Infinity T700. Great tablet and I have not noticed any lag at all. It is a 10" form factor and has a nice feel to it.

    I agree, ditch or don't install Chrome. Get either Dolphin or try the new Opera beta.

    Also, out of the 150 or so apps I have gotten from Google Play only one has been the stretched out version of the phone app. All the others look good and function well. In addition with almost any android tablet you can side-load apps if you desire.
  • somedaytoo

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    Mar 08, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    Surface Pro. Mine has completely replaced my desktop. It's awesome.
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    I've had my Nexus 7 since August and I love it. Mine's the original 16gb model. I bought it primarily for travel, but I find that I use it around the house all the time too.

    Try using the Dolphin browser. I ditched the Chrome right from the get-go; it was way too clunky.

    There's tons of apps, many free, at Google play. Some are great, some OK, and some aren't worth your time. But they're easy to uninstall.

    If I were to upgrade I would definitely get the AT&T enabled model; with AT&T you can get a no-contract by the month service.

    Email me if you have any questions!

    Mike
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    A door stop?
  • Medjai

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    Mar 08, 2013 10:15 PM GMT
    How much have you invested into your iBooks library? Because it won't be accessible again if you abandon iPads altogether.
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:15 PM GMT
    How did your Ipad 3 fail already?
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 08, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    Medjai saidHow much have you invested into your iBooks library? Because it won't be accessible again if you abandon iPads altogether.


    I have not bought anything from the iTunes Store, for the simple fact that they won't let me own it, or play it on any device I want icon_smile.gif

    I get all my books from other sources online, sometimes from Amazon Kindle which at least supports just about every eReader scenario.
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 08, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    S34n05 saidHow did your Ipad 3 fail already?


    I've actually had really good experiences with the longevity of Apple products. But the screen cracked about two months ago, I don't know how that happened. Then I dropped it about a foot, in a good case, about three days ago. Worked fine, then the next day, dead. I think the cracked screen made it fragile.
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 08, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    tuckers_kahuna said
    S34n05 saidHow did your Ipad 3 fail already?


    I've actually had really good experiences with the longevity of Apple products. But the screen cracked about two months ago, I don't know how that happened. Then I dropped it about a foot, in a good case, about three days ago. Worked fine, then the next day, dead. I think the cracked screen made it fragile.


    Ill take it into the Genius Bar, but since the screen is cracked, I don't expect them to support it.
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    Try the Dolphin browser. Its a wrapper for the stock browser, but it work well and has a few handy extensions.
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    Mar 08, 2013 11:06 PM GMT

    Nexus 7 QC(Quality check) is not good at all!!! icon_evil.gif even it feels nice solid,Nope.

    the charger was giving way the USB cable wire port casing broke.icon_confused.gif which is disappointing, how it actually slip out like a foreskin..icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 08, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    somedaytoo saidSurface Pro. Mine has completely replaced my desktop. It's awesome.


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    Mar 09, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    somedaytoo saidSurface Pro. Mine has completely replaced my desktop. It's awesome.


    If he wants to use it as a tablet the Surface Pro might be a bit too heavy and chunky. It's also twice the price of an iPad and 5 times the price of a Nexus 7.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 09, 2013 12:45 AM GMT
    I love my Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 09, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    I got a surface when it first came out. I kept it for a week and wasn't all that impressed, preferred my iPad, then I gave it to a friend. I saw the pro today and played around with it.

    Its a good effort, but there's not enough apps out, and I don't like using Windows desktop apps with a touchscreen, buttons dont work right, too many clicks to do stuff.

    I use win8 on my desktop. I also have a Logitech TouchPad which adds enough of the win8 touch and gestures to make it bearable.

    Here's a way to get a discount on a surface if you are looking:

    https://tradeuptotouch.com/tablet/

  • nic_m3

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    Mar 09, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    another iPad...over 250,000 apps specifically designed for it and not some jimmy rigged version. Great processor, camera, screen and battery life. What more do you need.
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 09, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    I got a Nexus 10 today. So far I like it. Great screen, its bright, but I'm just wishing it could be even brighter.

    Its very thin and pretty light. It has the same rubbery feeling plastic on the back, that I like very much.

    so far the only disappointment is that the Opera beta browser is not compatible with this device.
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 09, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    snwbordnick saidanother iPad...over 250,000 apps specifically designed for it and not some jimmy rigged version. Great processor, camera, screen and battery life. What more do you need.


    Tired of the iPad hegemony. I jailbroke all my iOS devices, so that I could actually have control of my device and use it to do what I wanted to, not what Apple wanted me to do. It took over 9 months for a jailbreak to come out for the last version of the os, and there is no guarantee it there will be future jailbreaks. So I am leaving the iOS train. Also, I think their pricing is higher than their value.

    Another hit against Apple for me was the latest laptops which do not allow you to change hard drives, customize them, or even upgrade memory. A disposable phone is one thing, but a laptop? Thats not a toy. I've upgraded hard drives twice in my two year old macbook pro.

    Also, the latest android apps are in general just as good as iOS apps. In some ways better, some ways inferior.
  • nic_m3

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    Mar 09, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    tuckers_kahuna said
    snwbordnick saidanother iPad...over 250,000 apps specifically designed for it and not some jimmy rigged version. Great processor, camera, screen and battery life. What more do you need.


    Tired of the iPad hegemony. I jailbroke all my iOS devices, so that I could actually have control of my device and use it to do what I wanted to, not what Apple wanted me to do. It took over 9 months for a jailbreak to come out for the last version of the os, and there is no guarantee it there will be future jailbreaks. So I am leaving the iOS train. Also, I think their pricing is higher than their value.

    Another hit against Apple for me was the latest laptops which do not allow you to change hard drives, customize them, or even upgrade memory. A disposable phone is one thing, but a laptop? Thats not a toy. I've upgraded hard drives twice in my two year old macbook pro.

    Also, the latest android apps are in general just as good as iOS apps. In some ways better, some ways inferior.


    What are you doing with a jailbreak?

    Airs and retinas are soldered in to remain thin as possible. You can still change out everything on a pro.