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Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:58:17 PM »
I'd like to know if other members use a tablet pc and which one. I don't really want to go for an iPad - hence why it's not in the list. Only reason re the iPad is that I've had an iPod and the wife has an iPhone and I'm not that taken with the brand... I've been using a Samsung GSII phone for some time and 'like' it but the screen is looking small for my eyes even though it can be zoomed in so a larger screen is now seen as required - and not to replace the SGSII.

I've been thinking of getting a Tablet PC for some time and seem to have come down to two candidates; the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab2 (7" & 10.1"). Reading numerous reviews I've become a bit 'lost' as, as usual!, some things are 'missing' from one or the other that would make one of the candidates a winner for me. Example, if I've read correctly, the Nexus 7 doesn't have a slot for an SD card but the Galaxy Tab does...

Thoughts, input, recommendations etc., etc., appreciated :)

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013, 02:17:53 PM »
Frank,

I've a Nexus 7 and will throw in Barnes and Noble's Nook HD, and Kindle Fire HD. Why? Because they've got probably the best 7in displays out there. If you need it as a portfolio, then they're probably the best out there. The Nexus 7 has a very nice screen too but reviews praise the two others.

However, if you want it for general purpose usage, then the Kindle may be limiting due to ties with Amazon, rather than Google. Storage shouldn't be a problem - I use dropbox and box cloud storage for my transportable images.

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 03:31:08 PM »
Frank,

What do you want to use it for?

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2013, 03:57:13 PM »
Thanks for that info Carl. The tie with Amazon is what was putting me off the Kindle because of the limits. Hadn't looked too closely at the Nook but will take a look at it. It's also a reason for not putting the iPad in to the list - tied in to Apple. There is one app I'd like which is only available on the iPad/iPhone/iPod but that ONE app isn't enough a reason to go with Apple.

Dave... I guess it's as a sort of all rounder "use" wise. I'm open to other possible uses I may not even have thought of or know at this time I could use it for.

I've found the screen size of the GSII limiting when reading Adobe files, emails, web pages etc., while out & about. I wasn't sure what I'd use the GSII for before I got it - apart from the obvious as a phone and as I was due a phone upgrade I thought I'd give it a go :lol: Found myself using it to view emails, documents, listen to music & audio books, some photos from 500px and when visiting here while out... so a lot of "general" stuff. Yet to watch a full length film on it but have watched a couple of YouTube vids - again screen size is, well, .... small :lol:

I realise the 7" has limits against a 10" screen but it would slip more easily in to a pocket... I don't want to pay oodles of money for one but I don't want to scrimp and wish I'd paid extra later. I trust you guys here on the forum. Realise nothing is "perfect"... I'm a bit long in the tooth to think that ;)

I accept that at the end of the day I'll have to go for a hands on look/feel and then decide re the screen sizes but I'm interested in others experiences on what they use theirs for, ones the may have wished they'd gone for based on the experiences of what they have... appreciated the input.
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2013, 05:55:25 PM »
Frank,

I asked as a guy at work got himself a Galaxy Tab and tried to start editing RAW files from his 60D. It did not go well. Very slow and the colour profiles were well out.

I have an iPad 2 and love it for email, note taking, reading work docs, client contracts and films (netflix/iplayer/itunes). I appreciate Apple products are not to everyones tastes but in all fairness most tablets £300 / 400 plus are pretty much on par.

The Android / Apple debate will probably live on as long as the Canon / Nikon debate ;) At the end of the day personal preference wins :)

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2013, 06:39:49 PM »
Dear Frank
As a Galaxy 10.1 and Kindle Fire (also former Ipad owner) user I can tell you that photo processing on tablet is quite difficult task so you will not be able to get what you expect...
For your kind information and consideration

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2013, 07:11:06 PM »
Thanks Dave, thanks Nezih - appreciate the input from you both :)

Price wise I was thinking of "up to" £250 maybe... hence the Nexsus or the Galaxy Tab2?!

At this time I'd not thought I'd try to do any editing of shots... didn't think the tablets I was considering had the power - - - probably more along the lines of viewing shots taken... making up a "library" or portfolio to show around saved to a separate SD card for that purpose... that sort of thing. Change SD cards as and when?

I'd keep any editing to being done on the laptop with the software installed; CS6, LR4 etc. If I'm correct that would probably rule out the Nexus 7? No SD card slot - but some accessory required to connect a USB stick?

I've attempted a bit of editing with apps on the SGSII and haven't been impressed. Obvious reason being it's not got the power of the laptop etc., etc.

So... reading documents (Adobe... a77, f11 mag and other such 'papers'), writing letters when not by the laptop, editing such Office docs... a video/film or so... music (which I realise I can still use the SGSII for along with the audio books)
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2013, 07:31:21 PM »
As mentioned, for the portfolio shots, I'd stick with Cloud if you can utilise a wi-fi hotspot, you can download as required.

Nexus 7 would cover most bases Frank, but take a look at displays - Nook has one of the best, but no Google Play which is a downer.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2013, 08:22:22 PM »
If you will just view the shots you've taken no problem at all I think you can have a Galaxy Tab 2 with tons of free applications and also your SD card plus you can connect to your external hard drives like me

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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2013, 09:05:08 PM »
I have an iphone and an Asus EEE transformer 10.1, complete with detachable keyboard. I do not like being tied to Apple which was the main reason I bought an android tab. As Nezih says, forget PP on a tablet, the screen is too small at 10.1", editing apps are limited in use, and my pad, being the first from Asus is a bit dated, even with the latest Android 4 installed. It does have 16GB internal memory, a 32GB micro SD slot in the pad, a 32GB SD card slot in the keyboard and a second battery in the keyboard which charges the pad when required. No need to use the cloud for storage, unless you have huge storage requirements.

I have limited needs, but I think pads are good for viewing photos, music, lots of various apps, angry bids for my grandchildren and above all for me, books. I have all the Minolta/Sony and G. L. Friedman's camera manuals in pdf (IMO, best for reading books with lots of photos) and numerous ebooks (I prefer Kindle mobi format.)

There is a free app on Google play that allows you to connect to your computer wirelessly. Very handy not having to dig out a usb cable and you can sit anywhere in the house.

From all accounts including the latest stock news, apple is losing the race, but that could/will change overnight.
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2013, 08:51:39 PM »
Thanks Guys - appreciate your input :)

Looks like my next step is down to a local Currys/PCWorld to handle the ones I was thinking of - and add the Nook to the equation... and also a look at an iPad. Feel the iPad is a bit pricey but it makes sence to look at them all side by side.

Additional question regards to 'storage'. Why, apart from some really high price ones, is the SD card size limited to 32Gb?
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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2013, 09:16:52 PM »
don't worry you can have 64 GB, 128GB even 2TB
check at
http://www.picstop.co.uk/memory-cards/sdxc-memory-card
This might give an idea
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2013, 09:30:17 PM »
The kids wanted to buy me one for Christmas but, "why would a retired bloke with fat finger syndrome want to look at a p%**y little screen when he can go into the computer room and look at a 24 inch calibrated monitor?
I would ask yourself what DO you want it for.
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2013, 09:48:57 PM »
Frank, 32GB is all I tried, It may take larger but a total of 80GB was more than I needed and was what I had available. You must ask or read the manual as some pads do not have the ability to read cards larger than a specific size. Some ipads do not have a slot or usb, don't know about the latest ones.
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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2013, 06:08:39 AM »
I wanted a tablet primarily to show family photos to someone in a nursing home and when visiting other relatives. After a bit of web researching I bought a 64GB Blackberry Playbook for £120. Couldn't be more pleased with it! Does all I want very well, including web browsing and email plus GPS and Kindle (Amazon recognises it and will download via their "Whispernet"). There's plenty more apps but not nearly as many as for the iPad, more than enough for me though. Despite my age and chubby fingers I have no problem operating it. :)
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