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    Tablet help

    Never thought I'd have the need for a tablet, between my Toshiba R500 and my SGS3 I thought I had my bases covered.

    But recently the need to handle/read/manipulate/show/share a whole bunch of PDFs has got me considering one. Currently printing pages and then lugging them around (sure defeats the point of having super light laptop!).

    Have seen what can be done with ipad + stylus. That really impressed...except the price tag is pretty ridiculous! Not to mention all the proprietary Apple bullshit....(already have microUSB MHL, USBTG, etc, etc - have many Android phones around the house).

    Also, being a comic book geek, having a digital collection would be an added bonus.

    My needs are:
    - big colour screen (10"+, don't want a 7")
    - battery life
    - Enough processing power to handle 300-400 page PDFs and apply bookmarks, notation, etc to them.

    Are there any other tablets worth considering? I would like an android one, so I can share apps, maps, browser data, music, movies, etc across my devices. But they all seem to be 7"?

    Don't suppose there are any similar devices that would run Windows? I use Excel/Creo/Motec/Link software a lot - this has been the main reason for holding on to my R500.

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    Re: Tablet help

    Samsung 10.1 Tablet is great from my limited play with one

    Friends of ours have a iPad3 and Samsung Tablet each for work and both of them agree the Samsung is the better of the two.
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    Re: Tablet help

    For your purposes, I'd be leaning more toward a hybrid laptop/tablet. Like an Asus Transformer:

    ASUS - Tablet- ASUS ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T

    There are some out there along these lines running Windows.
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    Have you considered tablet pc like the HP Elitebook 2760p? A full functioning Windows laptop, plus flip the screen around to shift into tablet mode. 12.1" screen, good battery life. Handles touch input by finger, and has a stylus pen for fine input or writing. We've used them (and preceding models) at work for years, as do a number of organisations we deal with. Hanging out for the final release of Windows 8 too, as these things are just made for it. It's the best of both worlds - full Windows based laptop, and touch input when you want it.

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    Sounds ideal. Been googling and stumbled across this. Though with the price, I could upgrade my r500 and buy a couple of tablets.

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    Re: Tablet help

    My old employer had an older version of the IBM Tablet/laptop thing. In a word: Shit

    Everytime my co-ordinator came for an apprenticeship appraisel (12weeks) it crashed or froze. Their ones didnt have the finger mouse pad either, just the stupid little red toggle thingy.
    And to connect to the net (appraisel was an online thing) you need the T-Stick or similar

    They have all swapped to iPad now, inbuilt 3g for connectivity, fast, light, portable (no bag with cords and chargers etc to lug around)
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    Re: Tablet help

    Check out the Motorola xoom, There are good deals on TM s/h. Most the Nz ones have 3G built in.

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    Tablet help

    I have a Lenovo tablet, it's pretty robust, ideal for traveling with, also pretty grunty, plays HD movies via mini HDMI to my 40 inch tv no problem, can't comment on much else about it, it rarely gets used.

    I have used a few Samsung galaxy slate tablets, they are amazing, win7 i5 etc etc, but pricey tho
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    Re: Tablet help

    Having used all sizes of tablets, I would highly recommend actually considering a 7" tablet.
    I'm lucky enough to have the chance to trial a 7" Vodafone Smart Tab; which is FAR from perfect in terms of performance - but it makes me want a Nexus 7 so badly.
    Personally I find it the perfect form factor mix between laptop and handset (13" Macbook Air + SGS3 user) - its portable enough for me to want to travel with all 3 devices, and the screen size/resolution is surprisingly comfortable to use for browsing websites, checking/typing emails etc.
    Its not the same experience as trying one in-store.

    My partner has a Asus Transformer, and TBH most of the time is spent with the keyboard unused except for the sheer fact it doubles the batterylife - and for its size incl. keyboard its not that portable compared with say, an iPad without a keyboard.
    If you're like me, you'd likely end up trying to decide which to bring out with you rather than both.

    The Samsung 10.1 tab is nice, but as a SGS3 user (even comparing it with an SGS2) you'll find the performance most likely won't satisfy. I would wait to see how the new 10.1N goes.

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    Re: Tablet help

    I have a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet.
    I have never had an issue with it, has a big screen and has great battery life.

    There is many PDF readers for Android, including Adobe Acrobat which works great.

    I have all my Uni text books on my tablet (biggest one being 345 pages) and I have not had any issues displaying them.
    Having them on my tablet also makes things a lot easier with assignments, study etc as they are the touch of a finger away

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