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Old 04-03-2015, 08:32 PM
 
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I have a desktop Windows 7 gaming system, a Macbook Pro, a Dell laptop, an Asus Aspire one laptop and an HTC smartphone.

I saw the thread asking for suggestions on purchasing a cheap tablet and from the responses see that the prices seem dirt cheap, cool...

But then I stop and ask myself what do I need one for other than have another techno-paperweight.

I'm open to all replies...
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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It depends if you travel or not. IMPOV I have all the everything you've listed (by different manufacturers) plus three tablets. Since I travel in work related activities, its extremely easier to travel with three tablets (Android (Samsung, Windows (Toshiba), IOS (Apple)) then to carry two laptops (Mac, Windows) like I used to. Keep in mind that there is no 100% compatibility across all three platforms. As I home user, I'd go with the Android device due to the multitude of things it can do in ones home.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:57 AM
 
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It depends if you travel or not. IMPOV I have all the everything you've listed (by different manufacturers) plus three tablets. Since I travel in work related activities, its extremely easier to travel with three tablets (Android (Samsung, Windows (Toshiba), IOS (Apple)) then to carry two laptops (Mac, Windows) like I used to. Keep in mind that there is no 100% compatibility across all three platforms. As I home user, I'd go with the Android device due to the multitude of things it can do in ones home.
Sounds intriguing, now I travel with my Macbook Pro and use VMware/Windows 7.

Lighter, less cumbersome I like that idea...
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Old 04-05-2015, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I decided against replacing my old laptop in favor of a larger tablet (Galaxy Note Pro 12). Of course it cost as much as a mid range laptop would have, but I've come to prefer it for most of the things I used to use a laptop for.

I have a keyboard cover and mouse, and use it laptop style for taking notes, surfing, etc, but can also pop the cover off or fold it over and use it comfortably as a tablet.

It has all the benefits of a phone platform (light weight, instant on, cameras, apps, etc), and at this size, I don't really see me having another laptop (maybe a Windows tablet somewhere down the road).
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I do presentations with my iPad on occasion. It's heck of a lot easier with the iPad, Airplay, and an Apple TV, though it can be done with a wire. The laptop just gets in the way. Before the Apple TV, we controlled the laptop wirelessly from the iPad, so that's an option too.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That is absolutely cray that you travel with 3 Tablets Pruzhany. What on Earth would you need one for each OS for?
You are a giant nerd. Thanks for making me feel like NOT so much a giant nerd.

I have all that, too, plhwit. The iPad is a paperweight. The Android tablet became my wife's e-reader when the Windows tablet replaced it for me. Ever since I got the Windows tablet, I barely touch any of the others anymore. What could any of them do that my full blown Windows tablet cannot? Nothing...
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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What could any of them do that my full blown Windows tablet cannot? Nothing...
Android apps

I do some Android development, so I need an Android tablet, but I can see where a Windows tablet could be my "go to" portable device.
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Pretty soon we can run Android apps in Chrome.

Do you know if you need to write the app specifically to work in Chrome? I haven't read up on it much.
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Old 04-07-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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That is absolutely cray that you travel with 3 Tablets Pruzhany. What on Earth would you need one for each OS for?
You are a giant nerd. Thanks for making me feel like NOT so much a giant nerd.

I have all that, too, plhwit. The iPad is a paperweight. The Android tablet became my wife's e-reader when the Windows tablet replaced it for me. Ever since I got the Windows tablet, I barely touch any of the others anymore. What could any of them do that my full blown Windows tablet cannot? Nothing...
It's a lot easier then when I carried a Macbook Pro and a Ultrabook. I carry the Toshiba because it has a real copy of MS office on it, can connect USB devices to it and HDMI is usable on it and printing from it is pretty easy. I carry the Samsung due to many of the apps I use work better on it and it and has flash. I carry the iPad for battery life as it my leisure unit for reading and watching movies. I also have a Chromebook, but its not used for travelling. Its used for internet access only.

Now lets talk costs. The two laptops were around $3000. Yet all the tablets (including the Chromebook) were less than $1000.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I already had an iPhone 4, a nice Sony eReader, a pair of home laptops plus a work laptop, and a couple of media servers, and I was asking myself the same question two years ago.

I was perfectly happy with using my iPhone to surf almost everywhere, and using a laptop to do anything I needed to do at home. My eReader was fine for books most of the time, tho the lack of illumination from the non-backlit ePaper display was an issue sometimes.

To help myself figure out why I might want or not want a tablet, I spent some time with my wife's 10" Galaxy Note. Conclusion: too big! :-)

The next step was to get something in the form factor I thought I might want for as little money as possible. This let me see if I would actually use the thing, and also would give me a chance to see how much memory and horsepower I thought I would need. So I picked up a noname Chinese Android wifi-only tablet on eBay for $45.

After playing around with it for a while, I came to the following conclusions ... just for myself.

(1) A 7" tablet is better than an iPhone or a non-backlit 5" eReader for reading on an airplane. :-)
(2) A 7" tablet is better than my little iPhone 4 for certain types of web surfing and for viewing Netflix.
(3) A single core processor was sometimes enough, but not if I decided to do more than one thing at a time. For me, this is a problem.
(4) No name tablets can die without warning, and I found that I missed it immediately.

While I can't fit the 7" tablet in my pocket, it's a LOT smaller than a laptop, and the two seem to complement each other well. I use the tablet for reading and video, both for tunes and web surfing, and the iPhone for texting and phone calls.

My conclusion: 7" is a good size for my own use, but I needed at least a duel core name brand tablet that had wifi and a card slot.
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