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reply to aurgathor

Re: So many tablets

said by aurgathor:

First, you need to figure out what exactly do you want with your tablet, which you more or less did. Everything you listed is doable, but the photo taking capability is usually not as good as you can get from a dedicated digicam. It's good enough for Skype or for quick website pics, but not much beyond that.

Yup, aurgathor, as I mentioned in another reply, the cost may become the limiting factor. It would be nice to have a good photo taking tablet but I would probably rely more on my 35mm and be able to store photos on the tablet, in moderation. Of more interest would be the WiFi capabilities as well as reading books or watching movies on a trip.

Thank you,
Ron


aurgathor

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said by chapter_one:

Of more interest would be the WiFi capabilities as well as reading books or watching movies on a trip.

Pretty much all tablets had Wi-Fi, the only difference may be whether it's 'b', 'g', or 'n' -- as long as it works I don't think type makes that much of a difference.

What may be optional are Bluetooth, GPS, micro/SD slot, OTG USB port, connector for external display, the ability to charge the battery via the USB port, or via a cigarette lighter.
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chapter_one

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said by aurgathor:

Pretty much all tablets had Wi-Fi, the only difference may be whether it's 'b', 'g', or 'n' -- as long as it works I don't think type makes that much of a difference.

What may be optional are Bluetooth, GPS, micro/SD slot, OTG USB port, connector for external display, the ability to charge the battery via the USB port, or via a cigarette lighter.

Wouldn't Bluetooth and GPS require a data plan via a phone contract? The micro/SD slot is a major concern to me. Not sure what the "On The Go USB" port would be for. Charging via USB port as well as dedicated charger, yes. What's a cigarette lighter? One of those butane things? Sorry, couldn't resist. There's an electric outlet on our new Escape but I haven't found it yet (didn't look for it yet).


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said by chapter_one:

Wouldn't Bluetooth and GPS require a data plan via a phone contract?

Not in either case... Bluetooth is dependant on another Bluetooth device, and GPSes are usually satellite and maps based, although I'm not as knowledgeable about GPS as I am about Bluetooth.
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said by El Quintron:

Not in either case... Bluetooth is dependant on another Bluetooth device, and GPSes are usually satellite and maps based, although I'm not as knowledgeable about GPS as I am about Bluetooth.

Thanks, I was mostly thinking about the MyFord Touch on our car. We have a portable GPS, but to use the MFT Turn by Turn, it works through the phone that's paired to the Sync.

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said by El Quintron:

said by chapter_one:

Wouldn't Bluetooth and GPS require a data plan via a phone contract?

Not in either case... Bluetooth is dependant on another Bluetooth device, and GPSes are usually satellite and maps based, although I'm not as knowledgeable about GPS as I am about Bluetooth.

The vast majority of phones and tablets have assisted GPS so you need a data connection. You could always use map caching but if you go off course you could be screwed. I absolutely love having a tablet with its own data connection, too bad the Evo View is long in the tooth and will never see Ice Cream Sandwich. I moved my two phone lines and USB data card over to Verizon from Sprint, but kept the tablet on Sprint for the time being. As soon as Verizon comes out with either an HTC tablet (very doubtful) for a successor to the Motorola Droid Xyboard, Ill get that. Like I said I love the Sony tablet, but thats my tablet for home use. It sucks having wirelessly tether my phone to the tablet everytime I want to do something with it when Im away from home. Id rather just have the connection built in and pay Verizon and additional $10 for the privilege.
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Well NO

Device has good enough GPS hardware absolutey no data connection is necessary.

Asus Transformer TAB puts me spot on to few feet with with GPS and no network connection at all.

Also does very well with GPS off and kinda scary how close you can be tracked by just the WiFi hotspot you are on. (Even your own at home)
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