Must have a tablet now

  bumpkin 15:36 25 Dec 2012

No. not a hangover. A friend came today with a tablet PC. having had a play with it I have got to have one. Been doing some research but bewildered by the range and prices and subscriptions or not. All I have decided so far is I want a 10inch screen and not £30 a month to use it. His was an Acer and he said just Google Android, which I did, loads of info. I tend to be an impulse buyer and have gone wrong in the past so I seek your words of wisdom. Thanks have a good xmas. Ray

  john bunyan 16:18 25 Dec 2012

My grand daughter has just got a Samsung 7" tab2 at £155 or so with £20 cash back. A 10" is about £225. A bit thicker and maybe the resolution a bit less good but very good at less than 1/2 price of a iPad.It has a USB out, can take mini SD cards,has a camera. Uses wi fi but there is a 3G version. You can get a keyboard dock to match. We are hopeful of running iTunes on it with a conversion programme and so far it seems great. Look it up on Google.

  bumpkin 16:59 25 Dec 2012

The bad news is it's too expensive. The good news is it is out of stock so I cant buy it anyway. Thanks for your reply.

  bumpkin 17:02 25 Dec 2012

Hi again, I should have said earlier I am looking for something in the range £100 to £150

  john bunyan 19:40 25 Dec 2012

Have a look at Kindle Fire or Samsung Galaxy tab 2 7 inch

  bumpkin 13:54 26 Dec 2012

Still looking at tablet pc's. Looks like I may have to spend more as I don't really want a 7". Basically I don't know what I am doing, the specs all seem similar and the prices vary wildly. Am I missing something obvious.

  bumpkin 14:48 26 Dec 2012

Thanks Woolwell, on that basis the Nexus 10 sounds good although way over budget. What does Android mean? is that an O/S. Sorry to sound so stupid but this is totally new to me.

  bumpkin 16:34 26 Dec 2012

Thanks [email protected], I actually understood that including the ice cream sandwich and jellybean bit, alphabetical updates. You have enlightened me on O/S's so at least I have a clue now, will go for Android. Having got over the "must have one today" frenzy I will do some more research now that I am getting to understand the basics.

  Ian in Northampton 17:17 26 Dec 2012

Some things to think about:

  1. Screen. Apple’s Retina screen and the Google Nexus screen are widely rated the best. That said, for most apps – e.g. surfing the web – they’re perhaps overkill. However, it is said that they make reading the small type used on some web pages much easier. Also, if you’re into photography, they’ll give you much better images.

  2. Connectivity/storage. Would it be useful for you to be able to use some sort of external storage device, using e.g. a USB stick or a microSD card? Not all tablets (notably the iPad) support these.

  3. Do you want to be able to get online wherever you are, whether or not you’re near a wi-fi signal? If you do, you’ll need 3G. That tends to be a very expensive option, but it’s available.

  4. Battery life: if you’re planning to use your tablet on an airplane trip to Los Angeles, will the battery last the duration of the flight?

  5. Sound quality: if you want to watch movies or play music, how is the sound quality? It’s never going to be great on a small, slim device – but some are better than others.

  6. Performance: I you’re impatient about even a small amount of lag, look for a tablet with a faster processor and/or more memory.

Those are just a few of the things I was taking into consideration – having made the Android decision, as you have – when trying to decide what to get my wife for Christmas. I ended up with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Samsung is a brand I like very much. It’s well reviewed (but not as well as the Google Nexus 10), it ticks all the boxes in terms of my wife’s likely usage and, at £238 – less the £50 Samsung cash back deal currently running – it was about the price I wanted to pay. I don’t think it’s as good as the Google Nexus 10 – but it’s also £100 cheaper.

  bumpkin 19:39 26 Dec 2012

Thanks to all for your input, at least I now have some knowledge of tablets. The Galaxy sounds a reasonable compromise,probably go for that.

  bumpkin 18:37 31 Dec 2012

I sometimes wonder why I ask for your advice and then don't take it. I ended up buying a cheapo tablet on Ebay, load of crap, should have listened to you guys. I am able to return it under the 7 day ruling but at my expense. The one I bought had a good sounding spec but was hopelessly slow and no camera lens on the back so could only take photos of the operator, OK as a webcam but useless as a camera. Before I make any more mistakes can anyone tell me if the Galaxy2 or the Nexus 10 have both front and rear cameras. Looks like I need to spend a lot more money. I was told "you get what you pay for" but at times we all think we know better. Happy New Year to all anyway

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