Skip to comments.Why buy a tablet? (chat)
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.
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.
IMO......Look at the Samsung Galaxy line or a generic Android. Much cheaper than Apple.
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!
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.
I have a samsung galaxy. Highly recomended.
I have a samsung galaxy. Highly recommended.
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!
I use a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet. With a mobile hotspot on your phone its great for when I’m mobile.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 $200 for any reputable tablet would certainly make me stretch my eye.
> Just be prepared that every time you download an app, it
> asks your permission to access lots of personal info, but
> as long as you are prepared to accept that, its pretty good.
That’s because every keystroke you make on that app will be sold to any and all advertisers, and will likely be given to the government for free.
Android and iOS are phishing expeditions masquerading as operating systems.
My advice would be to steer clear of them.
If you are technically astute, you can buy a Samsung Galaxy and install Ubuntu on it. That should put some distance between your online activity the Google/Apple/Micro$oft parasites.
>>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.
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.
I'd probably use it as a coaster for my beer........LOL!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I am waiting for the app which cooks dinner.
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)
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.
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.
You can download Nook or Kindle apps for the iPad, so it doesn’t make much sense to have those devices anyway.
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.
Much easier to read FR at Bob Evans on a tablet or iPad (what I use) than on a smart phone.
I bought a tablet because my ereaders had a habit of freezing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
97% of all mobile malware, now over 3 million, is targeted toward Android devices. Less than 0.2% is targeted toward iOS devices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love my iPad mini - use it for everything, including adding this post.
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.
Configure the wifi and hang it in the throne room.
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.
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.
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.
> 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.
Love my iPad mini! I use it all the time. Heck, I’m using it now!
This man found the purpose.....
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