Tablet Shopping

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    Apr 29, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    Hi, I'm looking to buy a new tablet. This is difficult for me because the market is VERY new to me.
    [I've purchased one tablet, ever]

    technology is always developing. Best if I pool reviews direct

    All that said I was really sold with Asus Fone Pad but, would like a few more recommendations or referals.

    1) Voice call functionality
    2) Wifi/Blutooth


    Beyond that is it lightweight?

    If you can offer suggestions - or personal recommendation please do.

    Advanced Thanks,
    -Snaz


    [This was supposed to be posted to science/technology]
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    Apr 29, 2014 5:48 AM GMT
    Too many choices these days. It all comes down to what specific features you're looking for and how much you want to spend.

    If you have a Mac computer or iphone, obvious choice is ipad mini. All the Apple products work well together. And if you've already bought apps/music/movies in itunes, then you can easily utilize them on the ipad. Only drawback is price. ipad starts at $300, or $400 for the retina model. I would suggest checking the refurbished models on the apple website if you want to save a bit of cash.

    If Apple isn't your thing, then get the Nexus 7. Those start at $229 for the 16GB model. But you might be able to get it cheaper on Amazon. Another suggestion would be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. The 7" model starts at $170. But I'd suggest getting the 8" since it has a better processor. Those are going for around $250 right now.

    I'm not sure I can recommend Windows 8 tablets. I have Dell Venue Pro 8" tablet. The app selection is still very sparse. But the redeeming factor is that I can run desktop mode and use all of my existing Windows software. Of course, most of which aren't optimized for touch. So it can be annoying sometimes.
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    Apr 29, 2014 5:58 AM GMT
    I don't know of any tablet that can do voice calls. Except for phablets (smart phones with big enough screens to be considered being a tablet as well)

    if you want a soft phone (Voip and the like) then any tablet really.

    I use my iPad for voip calls regularly and it does the job well especially on an LTE connection (or wifi)
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:01 AM GMT
    What do you think of the galaxy note 10.1 - :O
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:03 AM GMT
    Oh, he wanted phone functionality? I thought he meant VOIP. In that case, forget everything I said previously. You might want to consider..

    - Samsung Note 3
    - Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    - Nokia Lumia 1520
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    Apple cornered the market with tablet calling. I learned after my purchase that android tablets are limited that department - the audio simultaneous input/output

    Is why I'm being so cautious with this purchase

    The 10.1 looks heavy :O
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    Snaz saidWhat do you think of the galaxy note 10.1 - :O

    The Note 10.1 is a regular tablet. It's not a phone. Do you really need the digitizer/stylus? If not, you can save some money by getting the regular Galaxy Tab 10.
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:07 AM GMT
    Snaz saidApple cornered the market with tablet calling. I learned after my purchase that android tablets are limited that department - the audio simultaneous input/output

    Na, all tablets should be able to do voip calls.

    Apple have FaceTime which is really something and has been far and away the better video/voice calling app I've ever used however it's not the only option.

    Viber and Skype I believe are available everywhere as it whatsapp but I don't know if that one just does messages or voip as well
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:09 AM GMT
    I could draw with it :O

    I would never misplace my newsprint again!
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:11 AM GMT
    Snaz saidI could draw with it :O

    I would never misplace my newsprint again!

    Go to a store and try out the different display models.
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:17 AM GMT
    I already did :/

    I've been deciding for months :/
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:18 AM GMT
    I'm fairly sure it'll be a Samsung series now though icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:20 AM GMT
    10" tablets are big. You might get tired of holding it for extended periods of time. icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:22 AM GMT
    Blargh :O so many decisions
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:26 AM GMT
    Well, I like my iPad mini because I can do everything I want on it.

    It has it's limitations but it's nothing I've not found a way around.

    I write, read, play games, watch tv and movies, I make calls, read news.

    I don't have any accessories besides the cover. I do have a bluetooth keyboard that I use when i need to type a lot in pages.

    The real kicker is how long the freakin battery lasts 3 days straight without a charge to flat using it constantly.

    Even now I'm typing this on my iPad and use it to browse the forums a fair bit.

    The only real let down for me is that movies and tv shows need to be converted to a format it can play but with the apps VLC and now with Plex app having a conversion function built in they've pretty much been eliminated.
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    Apr 29, 2014 8:14 AM GMT
    After all that.....

    I've decided to put the money towards the uber laptop...

    I'll buy another newsprint book


    When the galaxy tablets get antiquated Imma buy one with the s pen feature :3

    I read google voice will be merged with google hangouts soon anyway :/
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:05 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidThe only real let down for me is that movies and tv shows need to be converted to a format it can play but with the apps VLC and now with Plex app having a conversion function built in they've pretty much been eliminated.


    The iPad in my bedroom is primarily used as a TV. I use a Belkin TV+ to stream video from the satellite TV box, and I use ServeToMe/StreamToMe to play videos off my PC. I have yet to encounter a file type that ServeToMe can't stream to the iPad.
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:23 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    Snaz saidApple cornered the market with tablet calling. I learned after my purchase that android tablets are limited that department - the audio simultaneous input/output

    Na, all tablets should be able to do voip calls.

    Apple have FaceTime which is really something and has been far and away the better video/voice calling app I've ever used however it's not the only option.

    Viber and Skype I believe are available everywhere as it whatsapp but I don't know if that one just does messages or voip as well


    We use FaceTime on our iPad Airs, it reminds me of some futurist sci-fi thing we dreamt about as kids. Here I am holding this thin, magazine-sized device, seeing and talking with people anywhere on Earth. And at no cost using Wi-Fi. Of course wearables like Google Glass will soon do the same and be even more astonishing.

    Embarrassingly it was my husband's 77-year-old sister who showed me how to connect using FaceTime. It's the way she keeps in touch with her kids & grandkids around the US, all also on iPads, so it's not very difficult to use.

    But I still avoid using it, at least with her, because I almost never look presentable when she calls me. Mainly it's used between my husband & me, when we're apart and have something lengthy to discuss, or do a conference call with additional parties. Quick calls continue going through voice-only iPhones.

    BTW, I carry along a small Bluetooth keyboard for most character inputting. I dislike virtual keyboards, force me to hunt & peck, and take too much screen real estate. I use it for a lot of my RJ posts.
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    Apr 29, 2014 9:13 PM GMT
    I'd go with a Microsoft Surface. I have one and it's my one and only device. It can do things like multi-tasking, flash, great keyboard, USB and more things that other tablets could never do.
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    Apr 29, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    Snaz saidI could draw with it :O

    I would never misplace my newsprint again!

    For drawing you can use a Nintendo DS. That is to say, I'm amazed that this guy does this with a Nintendo DS, an app called Colors! apparently.

    Munin_DS_Dog_Walker_Ynyslas.jpg

    http://munin-sketchblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Nintendo%20DS

    Back to the original question. I had a Nexus 7 but sold it as soon as the Nexus 10 came out and got that. The Nexus 7's display was too small for me.
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    Apr 30, 2014 3:38 AM GMT
    somedaytoo saidI'd go with a Microsoft Surface. I have one and it's my one and only device. It can do things like multi-tasking, flash, great keyboard, USB and more things that other tablets could never do.


    I see you're another fan like a friend of mine who bought one after seeing me with one. He claims that he does everything with it--even bringing it to work to do work-related computing. I, however, find it too small to prepare my presentations on or do spreadsheets. It is heavier than a typical Android or iOS tablet. It should be categorized as an ultra book with a detachable screen. Also writing (or drawing) on it gives me a different feel than writing on paper. On a positive note, anything I write (I love cursive writing) can be saved digitally. And if I do the sketching or writing with a stylus while the device is charging, I'll get a mild electric shock (so that's inconvenient). Since I am always on the go and use public transportation, I favor the Surface as it is portable and lighter than a laptop.
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    Apr 30, 2014 1:59 PM GMT
    Homerk said ... And if I do the sketching or writing with a stylus while the device is charging, I'll get a mild electric shock (so that's inconvenient) ...


    dont use this puppy for porn sites
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    maybe just a new experience.