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Posted on 04/03/2014 2:18:32 AM PDT by F15Eagle

OK, why should I buy a tablet or iPad? Just want to have some more mobile computing and run a few apps.

Buffet's NFM has an iPad mini for $200. Would you recommend this or another tablet?

This is a new area for me so I need some input if I'm gonna do it. Thanks in advance.


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1 posted on 04/03/2014 2:18:32 AM PDT by F15Eagle
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To: F15Eagle

Depends on what you’re going to be doing; I have a nook (which is an android) and it does all the e-reader stuff I need.


2 posted on 04/03/2014 2:21:06 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: F15Eagle

IMO......Look at the Samsung Galaxy line or a generic Android. Much cheaper than Apple.


3 posted on 04/03/2014 2:21:32 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: F15Eagle

I will keep an eye on this thread - I received an ipad for Christmas and haven’t a clue what to do with it. Everyone tells me they’re wonderful, but I find it easier to check email and FR on my computer. It just sits on my desk, beside the little thing I got for music for my birthday (ipod?) because I have no idea what to do with that either! Good luck!


4 posted on 04/03/2014 2:22:36 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: F15Eagle

I’ve got a Nexus 10, its fairly inexpensive, but it does everything I need it to do, including some fairly intensive graphics applications (games, lol). The google translate app is useful, using the kindle app on it is better than using it on your phjone, skype, google drive.

Just be prepared that every time you download an app, it asks your permission to access lots of personal info, but as long as you are prepared to accept that, its pretty good.


5 posted on 04/03/2014 2:24:02 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Red in Blue PA

I have a samsung galaxy. Highly recomended.


6 posted on 04/03/2014 2:25:40 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Patriots needed!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I have a samsung galaxy. Highly recommended.


7 posted on 04/03/2014 2:26:35 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Patriots needed!)
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To: F15Eagle

Love my mini iPad. Best toy I’ve ever gotten! It’s slim and smaller than the regular iPad, yet big enough. Use it for photos, better than my phone. Easier to type messages than my phone. Functions as a portable computer for my needs. Listen to music or radio with the apps. Rarely do I get frustrated with it, if ever. Yes, I’m using it right now. Where I go, it goes. Wouldn’t trade it for the world!


8 posted on 04/03/2014 2:36:36 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: F15Eagle

I use a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet. With a mobile hotspot on your phone its great for when I’m mobile.


9 posted on 04/03/2014 2:37:50 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: F15Eagle

I have an I-pad...well, I should say that my wife and 3 yr old boy have one. It is obviously very infectious, as one or the other is using it every waking moment. I have not even tried to learn to and use it, not that I could ever get my hands on it. When in the house, it works through my WiFi.
Anyway, it is obviously a fantastic, but addictive device.


10 posted on 04/03/2014 2:38:41 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: F15Eagle

I’ve got an older Asus Transformer for a couple of years. Definitely recommended.

Note: tablets are not a replacement for desktop computers, but when you are on the road, they are a whole lot better than lugging a laptop around with you.


11 posted on 04/03/2014 2:41:54 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: F15Eagle

My wife loves her Kindle Fire HD, it does all she needs it to do. But it isn’t as capable a web browser as an iPad would be. (No Flash player.)


12 posted on 04/03/2014 2:49:14 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: F15Eagle

I’ve used both Android and iOS tablets and found the iOS (Apple) to be more stable overall.

I have no experience with the Kindle. Avoid the Nook, as it’s soon to be discontinued.


13 posted on 04/03/2014 2:49:41 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: F15Eagle

I would definitely get the Ipad mini for $200!

In my house, we’re computer happy. Big gaming desktops, regular desktops, laptops, two mini laptops, Ipad, Samsung tab, a cheapo Pipo brand tablet, and our Iphones.

The Ipad is just a quality device. It’s the original version, and I’d still rather use it than the other tablets. It’s really handy for car use, traveling GPS device, etc. but the Iphones have become a replacement of sorts. My wife is completely Macced up. Ipad, Iphone, and the mini-Mac desktop. It’s an integrated world, and she absolutely loves it. Simplifies everything she does.

Then my son bought an Ipad mini. It’s tremendous; as good as our Iphones, upgrade from the original Ipad, and lightweight. He can fit it in his pants pocket. We Skype with him from his device and it’s got a beautiful crisp camera on it.

I hate to sound like another Mac fanboi, but they’re really high quality devices. They last, have great battery life, and are just a pleasure to use. There’s a small learning curve if you’ve never used any Mac type device.

Just think portable computing. Even portable around the house. You can take it in the kitchen with you, or outside.

Go for it.


14 posted on 04/03/2014 3:03:35 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: F15Eagle

I like the iPad mini for better portability versus the full size tablets. I just have the wifi because I didn’t want another device on the data plan, and free public wifi is getting pretty common.


15 posted on 04/03/2014 3:06:44 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: F15Eagle

I have had an ipad for about two years and use it everyday. It’s easy to use and does just about everything my Android phone does except make phone calls.

Apple’s App Store has plenty of Apps to choose from. Many are the same or similar to what you will find on Googe Play. As already noted, downloading apps requres a password entry every time. While annoying, it does prevent my 5 & 6 yo from downloading every app they see.

That being said, I prefer the Android OS. If I were in the market I would lean heavily toward Android. Just my personal preference. OTOH $200 for any reputable tablet would certainly make me stretch my eye.


16 posted on 04/03/2014 3:08:06 AM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

> Just be prepared that every time you download an app, it
> asks your permission to access lots of personal info, but
> as long as you are prepared to accept that, its pretty good.

That’s because every keystroke you make on that app will be sold to any and all advertisers, and will likely be given to the government for free.

Android and iOS are phishing expeditions masquerading as operating systems.

My advice would be to steer clear of them.

If you are technically astute, you can buy a Samsung Galaxy and install Ubuntu on it. That should put some distance between your online activity the Google/Apple/Micro$oft parasites.


17 posted on 04/03/2014 3:10:57 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Big Giant Head

>>You can take it in the kitchen with you, or outside.

It’s the computing device that finally, after 40 or 50 years, fulfills the promise of “you can keep your recipes on it,” and you’d actually want to. I use an app called Paprika. One of the few apps I’ve spent any money on.


18 posted on 04/03/2014 3:11:47 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: F15Eagle

Samsung galaxy has been great for me. It was cheaper than an ipad and one can expand the memory.

I downloaded the dolphin browser for better web experience. Flash wasn’t reliable.


19 posted on 04/03/2014 3:11:50 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: JudyinCanada
I received an ipad for Christmas and haven’t a clue what to do with it.

I'd probably use it as a coaster for my beer........LOL!

20 posted on 04/03/2014 3:18:28 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: F15Eagle

I have an ipad and use it for everything but work.
I use it as a portable web browser basically. I can be watching a movie at home and wondering where I’ve seen that actor before, pick up the ipad and look google him. I can look up a recipe or check a YouTube video.

The beauty of it for me is I can use for things I want to find right away with out having to wait for my PC to boot up and I use it as a portable radio. I can take it out onto the back porch or in the yard and not miss a beat if listening to a program and need or want to go to another room.

I read and post at FR, see what my coworkers and kids are posting on FB, check the news, listen to Rush, listen to IHeart radio for stations in other areas, like Lars Larson out of Oregon. I find it to basically be a handy tool for doing most of my reading from anywhere other than my desk.


21 posted on 04/03/2014 3:21:35 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: F15Eagle

Not a Microsoft or Apple fan, but I do like my Nokia 520 with Windows 8.

I’ve had a couple of hiccups, but they turned out to be my mistake.

If you’re in an Apple house, stay with the program. If you want to try something different, go with a beta test like I did. You’ll be able to tell others what you REALLY think!


22 posted on 04/03/2014 3:26:37 AM PDT by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: F15Eagle

I prefer a smart phone. (iPhone) for day to day computing away from home. Using mine right now. I have a kindle fire for ebooks, and when I travel and plan to read a ‘book’ I carry it in my luggage. At home I still prefer a computer and I prefer a good laptop so I can be mobile around the house with it, with my wifi.


23 posted on 04/03/2014 3:27:52 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: F15Eagle

I have an iPad. It’s with me almost all of the time.

I use it for web browsing and reading. Since I started with the iPad, I don’t think I’ve bought a paperback. I like it because I can increase the typeface on the kindle reader—voila, no reading glasses.

It is well made and it has the biggest availability of apps.

My only advice is to get a cover. I break the glass on mine regularly. I bought the insurance that let’s me get a replacement for cheap when I drop it.


24 posted on 04/03/2014 3:29:23 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: FreedomPoster

I am waiting for the app which cooks dinner.


25 posted on 04/03/2014 3:32:08 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: F15Eagle
If you read and purchase music hands down Amazon's Kindle is the winner.

All my friends who don't have Kindles and instead have iGadgets or Nooks etc. wish they would have opted for a Kindle Fire when they see mine.

Kindles connect to your Amazon account which has a free cloud storage system.

Buy a physical music CD from Amazon and you get a free digital copy loaded to your cloud that does not count against your cloud storage limit. If you don't want physical music media you can still pay for digital downloads and they are still loaded to your cloud and do not count against your cloud storage limit.

Buy a physical book from Amazon and you can get a Kindle version for 99 cents (if available).

I use my Kindle Fire for reading mostly, listening to music, and occasionally I use it for surfing the net. More and more I am using it for "on the go" journal writing and reminder notes etc.

I love my free calender, weather and journal apps and would be lost without them. I wear a safari/photographers vest everywhere I go and my Kindle fits in the pockets snugly. Also I just recently discovered that Amazon teamed up with the Ohio Digital Library and I can borrow Kindle eBooks via Amazon and My local library. (I hear they have done so with Other State Libraries as well)

26 posted on 04/03/2014 3:32:13 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: F15Eagle

Something to consider. Buy cheap.

Tablets, like computers, become obsolete after a short amount of time. My wife bought an iPad 1.0 when they first came out and spent a lot on it *$800). Yet only 3 short years later, most apps could not be updated on it. Suffice to say, that is the last time she will spend that much and also the last time she will ever buy an Apple.


27 posted on 04/03/2014 3:34:30 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JudyinCanada

I got an iPad because I figured I could do anything with it that I could do with the laptop I wanted to replace. As it turns out, I use it far more than the laptop (that I still have).

I can watch youtube videos, listen to my favorite radio stations or stream Pandora radio, surf the internet, use it for writing—there is an app that reads words I write with my finger on the screen and converts them to typed words—I can read books on it, do online coursework, play games, etc.

The iPad is highly portable, too. I can use it anywhere in the house, or take it on the airplane or to the gym. I did not get the 3G or 4G options, meaning that online use is limited to areas with Wi-Fi—but there are plenty of “hot spots.”

Its uses may be limited in comparison to a regular desktop or tower computer, but it is still a highly useful device.


28 posted on 04/03/2014 3:48:43 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: martin_fierro

You can download Nook or Kindle apps for the iPad, so it doesn’t make much sense to have those devices anyway.


29 posted on 04/03/2014 3:50:15 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: F15Eagle

Like most other commenters say here, it all depends on what you have in mind for its use. For high volume typing tasks, a tablet is horrible (I’m typing this on an iPad mini, and it’s taking 3 times longer to do with 4 times the difficulty.)

If you just want it for entertainment, like movies, that’s the main draw.


30 posted on 04/03/2014 3:57:24 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: F15Eagle
OK, why should I buy a tablet or iPad?

Much easier to read FR at Bob Evans on a tablet or iPad (what I use) than on a smart phone.

31 posted on 04/03/2014 4:02:39 AM PDT by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: OneWingedShark

I bought a tablet because my ereaders had a habit of freezing.


32 posted on 04/03/2014 4:04:06 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: F15Eagle

Ping


33 posted on 04/03/2014 4:11:00 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: F15Eagle

I’m using a Nexus 7 and I love it. I rooted it it and now its running the latest and greatest Android 4.4.2 Omnirom. Its cheaper than an ipad, it’s easily customized, and it’s flash compatible.


34 posted on 04/03/2014 4:13:26 AM PDT by Keeper of the Turf (Fore!!!)
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To: F15Eagle
I suggest you read the following comparison article. With some caveats.

Android v. IOS Devices

Caveats:

APPS: note that the vast majority of so-called Android Tablet Apps are merely scaled up phone apps. On the iPad, all 250,000 iPad Apps were built from the ground up as iPad apps only PLUS the vast majority of 750,000 iPhone apps not related to telephony also work scaled up just fine.

Stability of Apps and the Operating System
The Crittercism Mobile Experience Report published in March 2014 ranked Android KitKat as more stable than iOS 7.1. Other findings from the report include:

The Crittercism module is used far more in Android Apps than in any iOS apps as Apple provides its own debugging tools in the SDK. In addition, the percentage of crashes refers ONLY to apps that have the Crittercism debugging module installed in their app! which means the software is suspected by their authors of being prone to crashing. Since Apple provides debugging tools, the apps most likely to use the Crittercism module in iOS 6 and 7 and report "crashes" are those in Apps for "Jailbroken" iOS devices. Other statistical reports show that iOS is far less crash prone than is Android.

Messaging

The article mentions that have iMessage for MSM messaging between Apple devices, but implies it lacks the ability to message other devices. Not true. There are many free apps that provide that ability. Video Messaging

Similarly, the article glossed over the iPad's FaceTime video messaging with the comment that it communicates with Apple devices. True, but the article mentions that the Android devices use Skype without also mentioning it's also available for iPad, as well as dozens of others. Maps

The article fails to inform that the much panned Apple Maps has been vastly improved in the two years since it's release. . . leaving an implied criticism in place.

Browsing

There are dozens of alternate browsers on both platforms. On the iPad Chrome allows playing of Adobe Flash content, as do several other browsers such as Puffin. . . without the battery hit Flash is known for.

Payment Features

The article is flat out wrong on this ignoring Apple's support for iBeacon which is already being installed and being used in many venues and is safer than NFC which can be triggered from a remote device.

Malware

97% of all mobile malware, now over 3 million, is targeted toward Android devices. Less than 0.2% is targeted toward iOS devices.

Unsaid

Unsaid in this article is the fact that over 90% of ALL worldwide tablet Internet traffic comes from iPads despite Android tablets now outselling iPads worldwide. Why? The simple explanation is that the vast majority of the Android "tablets" being sold are toys in the under $50 category. A more complex answer is that Android tablets really don't get used. They wind up in drawers due to complexity and user interface issues. "Pfeiffer Report released in September 2013 rates iOS significantly better than Android on cognitive load and user friction." Only 5.3% of Android users are using KitKat, the most up-to-date and best version of Android while Apple iOS users have reached 70% adoption rate of the latest and best iOS version 7.1 and only 2.1% remain on a version older than version 6.

Resale Value

Apple products retain their value for a long time. When I upgraded my iPhone4s to an iPhone5 18 months ago, I traded-in my 18 month-old 4s for $75 more than what the $200 plus activation fees the new 5 cost me on contract! At the same time, a friend was upgrading his fairly new Samsung Galaxy S2 to an Apple iPhone 5. . . and the trade-in offer was $32.75 on a phone that cost him the same as my 4s! I sold my 3rd generation 64GB cellular iPad for $650 when I upgraded to an iPad Air several months ago. The Samsung Galaxy 10 Tablets that were being sold at the same time? About $200 used. Today, a wholesaler offered me $400 for my SEVEN YEAR OLD 24" iMac. He's selling all he can get at retail after refurbing them for $650.00! As I said, Apple products hold their value. . . so total cost of ownership will be lower over the life of the device.

35 posted on 04/03/2014 4:19:57 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: F15Eagle
Having given this much thought just before CHRISTmas i finally took the plunge on a tablet.
After spending hours in the shop the winner was the Samsung tab3.
It operated smoother than all of the others, bar Apple ,and was a reasonable price.
The usb port in the Samsung was the clincher.
Files are easily transferred between it and a windoze machine.
Plus is will accept an external keyboard and mouse without any special equipment.
If smooth is everything: Apple
If you like to use your own files, music etc, Samsung.
This was how i found things....have a play in a shop. :)
36 posted on 04/03/2014 4:22:31 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

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37 posted on 04/03/2014 4:23:20 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Westbrook
That’s because every keystroke you make on that app will be sold to any and all advertisers, and will likely be given to the government for free.

Android and iOS are phishing expeditions masquerading as operating systems.

While that is certainly true for Android and Google, it is not for Apple. Apple sells hardware and software. They are not in the advertising business to sell data. . . and they've been fighting the government intrusion. You don't know what you're talking about. It's why Apple has the DOJ after them.

38 posted on 04/03/2014 4:27:59 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: F15Eagle

I’m sitting here watching the morning news while typing this on my iPad. I can be watching anything and can instantly look up more info on the internet. I can be out on the deck smoking a cigar while websurfing. I read digital comic books and books on it. I still have a PC, but like the iPad for its portability.


39 posted on 04/03/2014 4:29:57 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: JudyinCanada

Newer Ipods will do waaaay more than play your tunes..Take yours to a wifi hotspot and play with it over coffee... You will probably be impressed.


40 posted on 04/03/2014 4:32:39 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: F15Eagle

I love my iPad mini - use it for everything, including adding this post.


41 posted on 04/03/2014 4:35:44 AM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: F15Eagle

iPhone here, my kids finally convinced me to get one a while ago. Sometimes it’s a pain to see, but it does almost everything. I now touch the computer maybe twice a month.


42 posted on 04/03/2014 4:40:42 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: JudyinCanada

Configure the wifi and hang it in the throne room.


43 posted on 04/03/2014 4:49:15 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: F15Eagle
My kids all have a kindle fire HD and love them. If I were to get a tablet it would be the samsung. more “horsepower” and a good price tag. I can do just about everything on my phone, but the bigger screen would be nice from time to time.
44 posted on 04/03/2014 4:57:48 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!! (this post approved by the NSA))
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To: F15Eagle
A major advantage of a tablet is it is mobile, you can take your “stuff I need to remember” with you. A tablet is quicker to use than a laptop & much, much lighter. In the time it takes to boot up my laptop, I could have checked my email, messages, & weather in the tablet. A touch screen can be easier/quicker than a mouse or a touchpad.

A drawback of a tablet is typing. If you do a lot of it you'll need a real keyboard. Touch typing is out on a small on-screen keyboard.

Our Ipad Air is a great product, but a USB port & a DVD drive would be useful. So would an Ethernet connector. With Apple approved apps, I don't worry so much about viruses & hacking.

45 posted on 04/03/2014 5:00:28 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

That’s not really true. I am in a four-ipad, three iPhone, and two-Mac household. Three of the iPads are first generation, and most apps work just fine on them, including many games.


46 posted on 04/03/2014 5:01:31 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: fwdude
-- For high volume typing tasks, a tablet is horrible --

Samsung Galaxy has a speech-to-type facility. Talk about an upgrade from texting with a 12 key keypad!

I don't use the tablet much, but I do use it daily. Newsreader, Kindle app, guitar tuner, metronome, GPS, maintain Google calendar (lets my clients view my schedule too), skype for video conferencing, and when I am away I can ssh into the computer network at home.

47 posted on 04/03/2014 5:03:04 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Swordmaker

> You don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s why Apple
> has the DOJ after them.

Really? Do you have a reference that supports your assertions?

Here’s at one reference for my assertion about Apple.

http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/28/apple-sued-over-spying-mobile-apps/


48 posted on 04/03/2014 5:11:47 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: F15Eagle

Love my iPad mini! I use it all the time. Heck, I’m using it now!


49 posted on 04/03/2014 5:18:50 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: JudyinCanada

This man found the purpose.....

http://us.yhs4.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=visicom&hsimp=yhs-lavasoft&type=vmn__adawaretb__3_1__ya__hp__yrie&p=man+gets+a+tablet+utube


50 posted on 04/03/2014 5:25:11 AM PDT by annieokie
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