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Brad

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Tablets in 2017
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:11:32 PM »
Okay, fess up, how many tablets do you guys and gals have and what one do you use most: where, why and how?

I have an iPad.  Itís like 3 years old, still running like it was new, I use it everyday. I just updated it to iOS 11 and nothing broke.  I have no real justification for getting a new tablet other than Iím getting that antsy feeling like itís time to try something new.

Iíve been looking at Android tablets, anything standout there?

Iíve not looked at Windows 10 tablets.  Should I?

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 03:09:01 PM »
Never owned one, and probably won't.
But I am close to buying a Chromebook (that supports android apps), that will fold into tablet mode if that counts :)
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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2017, 03:11:12 PM »
> how many tablets do you guys and gals have

Eleven, maybe more.

>Windows 10 tablets.  Should I?

The headlines in my reader generally say 'no' --but not emphatically.  That said, they're usually talking about TABLET tablets. That hybrid W10 Walknbook I bought 2 years ago for $180 has become my primary machine, though I keep it set up as a laptop unless I'm traveling, then it gets some use in tablet mode.  The big plus here are cheap/free .exe's and browser extensions.

>Ipad

My Ipad2 still runs great. I marvel at how the battery is still holding a charge as long as it does. But the Walknbook above as relegated it to "I'll use this because it's closer" status.  

>Android

That cheap Fire 10 is interesting and the android environment has grown legs ...but if I had only $180 to spend, I'd buy the Walknbook.

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Eleven Twelve (forgot Louise's Ipad2, which she uses constantly ..but, more & more, I notice she's slowly morphing over to her Note 4 phablet.)
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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 03:26:15 PM »
I have an iPad mini that can connect to the cell network and I carry it around inside a leather case that looks like a book.

I even made a pouch out of old blue jean denim so I could carry it around my neck. That works well for listening to audio books. I've listened for many hours while picking raspberries!

I don't have a smart phone and don't feel any urge to have one.

I own a older iPad but I "lent" it to my brother and might or might not ever claim it back.

I have a Kindle Fire that gets occasional use but only as a book reader. I haven't souped it up with apps etc. Finally, I have a very old Kindle reader that I sometimes use for text-to-speech listening.

I have a Surface that was assigned to me as a board member of my local credit union but I only use it for a limited range tasks so I can't comment on it fairly.

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If you have Mac tablets check out these cases:

https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/bookbook-for-ipad

I have one of these for my laptop, my iPad, my iPad mini ... I love 'em.

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 04:38:53 PM »
Okay, fess up, how many tablets do you guys and gals have and what one do you use most: where, why and how?

Kindle Fire 7 with a semi-broken USB port (only certain cords will still charge it). That's it. I use it
1. RSS reader.. typically when I should be going to bed or getting to work
2. Movie watching with Miracast broadcast to TV... typically when I should be going to bed
3. Playing chess... typically when I should be going to bed and I've already done #1 and should have been in bed an hour ago.

By design, it does not have email, Twitter or any online communication capability.

Kindle Paper White (do you consider that a tablet?) for when I'm more disciplined and not doing #1-3 above

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2017, 09:19:36 PM »

Ipad somewhere in a draw. Bag of shite that is as useless now as the day we got it. Even the kids can't be arsed with it.
2 Kindle Fire's that the kids use mostly for Youtube plus a little casual gaming.
Old Hudl occasionally used by the kids when they forgot to charge their Kindles.

I am wondering about switching the kids to a couple of refurbished android tablets though.

Laptops for proper stuff. Phones for quick/casual/no keyboard stuff.  Still haven't found a use for a tablet that can't be done better with laptop/phone/small tray

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 09:22:01 PM »
>Walknbook

Dang.  They have a new one out.  The price is so good.  

Buckworks I really admire how you have adapted to not having a smartphone.  Thanks for the tips because I might yet get a mini tablet.


Iím tempted to try something with a stylus, but not a iPad Pro, too pricey.

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 09:31:57 PM »
>something with a stylus

I thought a stylus would be perfect for me. Samsung Note 4 phablet came with one but I quit using it within a few days. I've bought 4 or 5 nice, quality styluses for the larger tablets but they end up in a drawer even if they were kept out somewhere handy.  It's something extra that you'll soon skip, imo.

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2017, 11:50:51 PM »
Laptops for proper stuff. Phones for quick/casual/no keyboard stuff.  Still haven't found a use for a tablet that can't be done better with laptop/phone/small tray

I'm not a tablet person either, but have been thinking about a cheap Chromebook.
 - has a keyboard
 - light weight
 - long battery life
 - cheap enough that I would part with it without sorrow and since all data should be in the cloud somewhere

To me it seems like a better middle ground. Most of the time if I don't want to use the phone, it's because I want to type and a tablet is not great for that.

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2017, 04:33:28 PM »
Laptops for proper stuff. Phones for quick/casual/no keyboard stuff.  Still haven't found a use for a tablet that can't be done better with laptop/phone/small tray

I'm not a tablet person either, but have been thinking about a cheap Chromebook.
 - has a keyboard
 - light weight
 - long battery life
 - cheap enough that I would part with it without sorrow and since all data should be in the cloud somewhere

To me it seems like a better middle ground. Most of the time if I don't want to use the phone, it's because I want to type and a tablet is not great for that.

My better half uses a chromebook. Very cheap, very quick.  My favourite feature is that neither her nor the kids have managed to ruin it in any way - which is really quite incredibly. No security worries, no updates "just works" as the Apple folk like to falsely claim* .  My one complaint is that printing is a bit of a pain as you have to use cloudprint and I can't be arsed to read the manual on our printer to set that up.  I usually just share the doc and print from my laptop.

Offline mode hasn't been an issue as it's only ever been out of the house once.

*My family can, and have, broke many Apple things.

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2017, 05:26:40 PM »
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My one complaint is that printing is a bit of a pain as you have to use cloudprint and I can't be arsed to read the manual on our printer to set that up.  I usually just share the doc and print from my laptop.

We are cut from the same cloth. I think I could reuse that comment verbatim

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2017, 07:57:28 PM »
>cloudprint

Thanks rooftop and ergo, at least Iím not alone. 

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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2017, 09:18:40 AM »
Printers seem to be the one technology getting less useful by the year. I never used to have a problem with printers. Now I find myself swearing at one at least once a week.

My favourite printer issue at the moment:  I have the same printer at home as I do in the office (free ink!). Windows doesn't seem to let me rename either. As a result when I print a report at work I either have to check the IP address of the target printer, or have a 50% chance of scaring the wife and kids at home with some random noises and a spare room overflowing with freshly inked paper.



I usually opt for the latter

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2017, 10:10:22 AM »
We have 5, not counting 2 old broke ipads.

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Re: Tablets in 2017
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2017, 10:36:17 AM »
There are two tablets in our household - an old iPad and a Kindle Fire HD. The novely factor wore off some time ago and it's only the young 'un that uses tablets consistently now.

When considering a tablet with the inherent inconvenience of having a worse battery and heavier than my mobile phone I would just prefer to use the mobile phone. Everything that a tablet can do can be done just as well on a decent large screen mobile phone.

Saying that, I would prefer to use a small laptop over all devices tbh. The only time I use tablets these days is for website compatibility testing (and even that can be done online instead).