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St0ney

join:2001-02-25
uranus

which tablet to get

I cant decide whether to get a 7 or 10 inch. and asus or samsung.

i know i want android.

I've played with the asus prime (tf200), i did like it. the tf300 is $350 on newegg, with free dock keyboard.
I heard good things about asus google nexus 7 . samsung google nexus 10 is good too.

what other options are there?



craig70130
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I have the Nexus 7 and really like it but wish I would have got the 10". So much more I could do with it if it was just a little bigger.

Just my thoughts.



Octavean
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reply to St0ney

Those options you mention are not technically PC hardware so this topic might be moved to:

Forums > OS and Software > Android >

Or something like that.

For what its worth I have an iPad 3rd gen and like it just fine. As well as two HP Touchpad units (16GB and 32GB) with one running Android. I also have a Kindle Fire and an Asus Eee Slate EP121 Core i5 based PC tablet running Windows 8.

A good (powerful) PC tablet will likely run you about ~$1000 -/+.



SysOp

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reply to St0ney

I too am looking for a tablet style computer.

You are going to need a bag, case, purse, pack or one hell of a big pocket for anything over 7".

7" able to type with both hands while holding it in landscape or portrait
7" you can hold it with one hand and write with a pen or swipe
7" portability
7" price
smaller screen should equal longer battery life

If you go 10", why not go a little bigger? And get the keyboard cover, pen + touch input, hdmi out, and latest gpu. I really like the lenovo helix

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLaYktyWEU


Camelot One
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reply to St0ney

I have the Nexus 7, and previously owned the Asus Prime. (I had the original version, TF101 I think)

It all boils down to what you want to use it for. The Nexus is the perfect size for a book reader, movie player, web reader, etc. But it is a little small for things like remote desktop or content creation work. I used the Prime almost exclusively for remote support using LogMeIn, and it did a decent job for that. But I found it too heavy to use as a tablet, so it was always just a laptop alternative. And once I picked up a 13.3" windows laptop, the Prime went up for sale.
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Sandman
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reply to St0ney

I will start by saying that I really like my Nexus 7; it is a very capable device.

As far as which Android tablet to get, first you need to decide what size you want/need, and only you can decide that. Think about what it will be used for and how portable you need it to be. I do not own a 10" tablet, but don't think I would want to take one out of the house. So a 7" tablet is more portable, but then you have a smaller screen.

Edit: I guess I'm pretty much echoing what Camelot One said, I had not read his response yet.
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St0ney

join:2001-02-25
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i would use a tablet for reading pdfs, powerpoints, word docs, excel sheets. watch movies.

i already have a 11.6 inch laptop.



Camelot One
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Then I would think a 10" tablet would be a redundant. Go for the portability of a 7".



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reply to St0ney

My needs are well met with my Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1
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sk1939
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reply to St0ney

If you have a laptop, get the 7" tablet as anything larger is a laptop replacement and a duplication of function.


me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
reply to St0ney

nexus 7.



banditws6
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reply to St0ney

said by St0ney:

i would use a tablet for reading pdfs, powerpoints, word docs, excel sheets.

Have you considered any of the Windows tablets? The Samsung ATIV 500T (Atom CPU) or 700T (i5 CPU) are fantastic for all of this, plus they can run much of the other software you already run on your Windows x86 laptop (assuming that laptop of yours is a Windows laptop). I love my 500T.
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Octavean
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To that end the Acer Iconia Tab W700 series ranges from Core i3 to Core i5. The Acer Iconia Tab W510 has an Atom.



dbmaven
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reply to St0ney

(topic move) which tablet to get

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The post that was here (and all 2 followups to it), has been moved to a new topic .. »Tablet Discussions



St0ney

join:2001-02-25
uranus
reply to St0ney

Re: which tablet to get

are there any new tablets coming out soon wondering if i should wait a little and maybe prices of current tablets might go down



Octavean
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said by St0ney:

are there any new tablets coming out soon wondering if i should wait a little and maybe prices of current tablets might go down

The only one that comes to mind is the Microsoft Surface Pro (x64 / x86) tablet which will be in the ~$900+ range.


SysOp

join:2001-04-18
Douglasville, GA
reply to St0ney

I just learned of the Asus transformer book. Check it out!



Octavean
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said by SysOp:

I just learned of the Asus transformer book. Check it out!

Some nice specs indeed:

»www.asus.com/vivo/en/transformerBook.htm

With a Core i5 3317U and Core i7 3517U option it won't be cheap. My guess is it will cost more then the Surface Pro (I'd guess about ~$1300+) but I would prefer the ASUS personally.


SysOp

join:2001-04-18
Douglasville, GA

Apple claims convertable tablet as their idea. next iphad in 3...2..1.


me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

I hope they patent it and sue apple if apple does that.



Octavean
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reply to SysOp

Video Perspective: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Preview

»www.pcper.com/news/Mobile/Video-···-Preview

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFAw-ZDd-oQ


Octavean
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reply to St0ney

From Anandtech,...

Microsoft Surface Pro Review



Juke Box
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said by Octavean:

From Anandtech,...

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

Ah bummer. This is a deal breaker....

"The usual tablet bells and whistles are all still here: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, front and rear facing cameras. The only missing checkbox is the lack of any cellular connectivity. Both of Microsoft’s tablets remain WiFi-only at this point."
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sk1939
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said by Juke Box:

said by Octavean:

From Anandtech,...

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

Ah bummer. This is a deal breaker....

"The usual tablet bells and whistles are all still here: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, front and rear facing cameras. The only missing checkbox is the lack of any cellular connectivity. Both of Microsoft’s tablets remain WiFi-only at this point."

Just get a cellular USB dongle; it hardly matters with the Surface Pro since it runs a full version of Win 8 I believe.

n_w95482
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reply to Juke Box

I'm fine with WiFi only, I'd just tether it with my phone over WiFi or USB.
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Octavean
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said by Juke Box:

said by Octavean:

From Anandtech,...

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

Ah bummer. This is a deal breaker....

"The usual tablet bells and whistles are all still here: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, front and rear facing cameras. The only missing checkbox is the lack of any cellular connectivity. Both of Microsoft’s tablets remain WiFi-only at this point."

I've never seen a PC tablet with cellular capabilities. The Surface Pro is a PC tablet. Having said that, it's not an issue for me as I have been looking for an excuse to try something like FreedomPop were you get free (all be it limited) data service for multiple devices. Also one could tether from ones phone as well.

So again, for me, it's not an issue unless I try and make it an issue,........artificially. Same for GPS as I could always get a Bluetooth GPS device,.....and so on,....


banditws6
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said by Octavean:

I've never seen a PC tablet with cellular capabilities.

The AT&T branded version of the Samsung ATIV 500T has LTE built in. Oddly, though, their model does not include the stylus or the integrated slot for it, but I believe the Wacom digitizer is still present and just about any Wacom stylus (including the ones shipped with certain Lenovo notebooks) will work on it.
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Octavean
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Oh I don’t doubt that there are some. I was only saying that I myself haven’t come across one yet which suggest that they are decidedly less prevalent. This spans not just the most recent models I’ve seen but all the way back to some of the first Windows 7 models of tablet PC I’ve come across (years ago).

Its good that these are starting to come out as an option though I don’t see it as a necessity in part because its not a closed or walled garden that we are talking about when referring to Windows 8 tablets.

I also think people are having a tough time resisting the urge to compare these PC tablets to the iPad. This causes a host of preconceived notions and expectations. I don’t like contrasting them in this way because I believe there is room in the market for different kinds of tablets. The confusion comes in when people try to fit that square peg in that round hole,…



banditws6
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said by Octavean:

I also think people are having a tough time resisting the urge to compare these PC tablets to the iPad. This causes a host of preconceived notions and expectations. I don’t like contrasting them in this way because I believe there is room in the market for different kinds of tablets. The confusion comes in when people try to fit that square peg in that round hole,…

I agree on this point; my wife loves her iPad 4 and I'm sure her experience would be drastically inferior on my 500T, but the reverse is also true: I haven't turned on my old iPad 1 since I got the Samsung, and the word processing experience with real MS Office is light years ahead of every single one of the iOS word proc apps I spent real money on. But I primarily write and draw on my tablet, while she primarily reads. Different devices built to suit different functions.
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reply to Octavean

Yes it is true one could connect a dongle device to get cellular service. That isn't the issue.

The issue for me, is the purpose of having a tablet in the first place. Which varies from person to person.
For me, I use one for on the go situations. To have something that is light weight and useful. I like built in cellular service, not that I am declaring iPad king of gadgets, but for the convenience.
Also, less items to carry or lose.
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