Tablet question - before I purchase

  AngeTheHippy 15:52 30 Aug 2012

Hi Readers,

I'm very interested in getting a Tablet. Galaxy Tab 8.9 specifically. Although I've searched, I've yet to find definitive answers to the following::

a) Can one watch BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on tablets? b) All of these tablets, iPads included, have very little storage - I have a Seagate portable HDD - could I use this to transfer files from the Tablet?? I dare not purchase online, only to find none of the above are possible as the sellers would not refund.

Thanks in advance,

AngeTheHippy x

  Woolwell 16:13 30 Aug 2012

a) Yes with an app. ITV Player and Iplayer

b) Not with an iPad and it depends on the connections with others. I haven't found storage to be a snag on my 32Gb iPad. You don't carry everything that is on a desktop/laptop.

  Woolwell 16:14 30 Aug 2012

Should add that they may not provide sufficient power to drive an external hd but depends on tablet.

  KRONOS the First 16:23 30 Aug 2012

It would not matter if you purchased online and then found the tablet was not what you wanted as you would be covered by the Distance Selling Regulations (DSR's) and have a cooling off period of 7 days to inform the seller that you will be returning the item. You would of course have to pay the postage.

Google Distance Selling Regulations for more info.

  lotvic 17:34 30 Aug 2012

But surely you can't try it out first and then send it back under the DSR's?

  Forum Editor 18:00 30 Aug 2012


You can return an item within 7 days of the date of purchase without giving a reason, provided the item is in its original packaging, and provided it is 'as new'.

That doesn't apply to computer software if the pack has been opened.

  Forum Editor 18:07 30 Aug 2012

You can buy various adapters for the iPad - even a connector for your electric guitar if you fancy a bit of practice on the bus to work.

  KRONOS the First 18:15 30 Aug 2012

It does not have to be returned within 7 days but you have to inform the seller that you are going to return it within 7 days. As I do most of my shopping online I have on many occasion returned goods. In fact I returned a motherboard just this week for no other reason than I bought it in error, I need a M-itx not the M-atx I bought.

I have also returned laptops that I bought and found that they were not suitable. I am always careful with packaging so I do not have a problem there.

  chub_tor 19:14 30 Aug 2012

I have the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and can use BBC iPlayer and ITV player on it via the apps suggested by Woolwell.

My Tab is only 16Gb but I have not found this to be a limitation for two reasons - first I have a 64Gb USB stick which with an adapter can be plugged into the tablet and secondly by using Allshare I can network the tablet to my desktop and play all the music, video and picture content that is on it.

I doubt that you can attach a portable HDD to the USB adapter because of power limitations.

  AngeTheHippy 21:33 30 Aug 2012

Thank you all so much for your help and advice with this! Thanks F.E. for your input too. I WON'T get an iPad, I personally think all things Apple are far too expensive, and don't like how Apple tend to *lock down their equipment. Can I ask you chub_tor, are you happy with your Galaxy 10.1?? What's the screen like? Would you say it's a better size to use than the 8.9? Ange xx*

  Forum Editor 22:42 30 Aug 2012

"I WON'T get an iPad,"

Obviously it's a matter for you to decide. In my opinion the iPad beats all other tablets by miles. I wouldn't want to be without mine, it goes everywhere with me, and is without a doubt the best mobile device I've ever used.

They are expensive, but it shows in the sheer quality of the product.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by Apple locking down their equipment.

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