Help. What computer?

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  1. gordoncbrown

    gordoncbrown Funster

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    Popped in to my inlaws on the way back from our travels and they want to know which laptop they should get to do emails, bit of surfing, word etc, some games ( solitaire types) and possible Skype . I must admit I keep thinking they would be better with a simple tablet but I will become the helpline over the next few months. Any suggestions?
     
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    couldn't possibly advise... don't want to become YOUR helpline.. :Laughing:

    seriously.. buy them what you are happy helping with.. lots of very good cheap laptops around.. I'm not a big fan of tablets.. good when your out and about but for home use I prefer a PC .. that's just me.

    a cheap lappy is a hundred times better than a cheap tablet
     
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    I have a 14" i5 laptop and a mini I pad, I am typing this from the I pad and use it most of the the time for browsing etc and rarely use the laptop even though it's in front of me.
    Also my laptop has a cellular data card so I can browse anywhere without the need for a separate dongle.
    The only drawback I find is the I pad needs the laptop to sync certain photos and music.
     
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    Don't get a tablet........get a laptop. go to somewhere like John lewis get a good free extended warranty. Don't pay more than £400

    barry
     
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    Depends how techy they are or newcomers

    Take em to computer shop

    Let em try them out

    Then try an apple shop

    for me being non techy apple was for me

    Microsoft seemed always to be a problem with updates

    On opening and closing the Lappy and PC

    And I understand windows 8 is a little difficult to navigate
    If new to putering

    Swopped to an apple I mac three years back
    Just had the new operating system as a downloaded freeby
    From apple so no complaints there


    No inclination to think of a new puter since
    Used to change it every year or so

    Since then I have an I phone and pad 2

    But to try an apple visit an apple shop

    Evan if you get it from elsewhere

    Like john lewis with two year warranty

    I have tried to unbiased in my reply

    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    My opinion is

    For non techy people...anything from Apple...Ipad, macbook etc... Most expensive option but less problems, more reliability and good after sales service at apple store

    A tiny bit techy...anything tablet or phone mainstream android ...google nexus, htc etc

    Techy ....get an cheap laptop with windows on it and then install a linux distro such as ubuntu or mint et al.

    I will never pay for anything microsoft ever again, its absolute rubbish and will be a constant pain.

    regards Steve
     
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    I agree, I pad faultless for me no daily downloads of windows or anti virus , always works and boots far quicker than a laptop.:thumb:
     
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    If that's all they want it for, and intend to limit their use to when they are at home, it's a no-brainer. It has to be a laptop. :thumb: Far more convenient and easier to use. Take them to PC World - if only to have a look before they decide.
     
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    It's simply not true to say that IOS (Apple) devices don't get infected, the Trojan backdoor flashback was a prime example.
    You can pay possibly twice as much for an Apple device comparable with a Windows device, reliability is on a par. Sure you can get support from Apple stores but it's not free, it's built into the cost of the device.

    My advice would be to buy the cheapest laptop from John Lewis. They all work fine these days (well almost all:Laughing:) and JL's support is better than most.
    Edit: I love my Ipad but it's no substitute for a Windows machine IMHO.
     
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    I have a Macbook Pro and an iPad mini and use the iPad all the time. Its simple to use and just works.
    My Dad, who is 90 has a 26" display on his PC that he uses all the time. He liked the look of my iPad but wouldn't pay the price, so bought a Huddle from Tesco and loves it. It is small, but it doesn't seem to bother him, he uses it more than his PC except for his photos.
    On the other hand, Mrs A and my daughter both have Dell 10" tablets. Good as they are, they have persevered with them but now both prefer Apple products. Both tablets crash regularly, are tricky to navigate and to be honest we all think Window 8 is a nightmare to use.

    There is a massive choice of techy stuff out there. You need to take them to somewhere like PC World and let them play with all the tablets and laptops.

    Allan
     
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    I wouldn't touch a new laptop with windows 8, it's a mess :Eeek:
     
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    I would say an iPad for what they intend to use it for.

    So simple to use.

    No messing about logging on no installing anti virus stuff.


    I use nothing else now at home.
     
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    As others have said you should take them to the shop and get a feel for what will suit them best.

    Although I've just treated myself to one of these :thumb:
    Lenovo Thinkpad S230u Twist Ultrabook
     
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    [/HI]

    Had it a week and not taken it out of the box yet, just looked at it again and I bought this one not the one above:Rofl1: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 2191 - 13.3" - Core i7 3537U - Windows 8 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. Gave them the choice all the way. They have gone for a laptop. I have just been setting it up for them and windows 8 is a nightmare.
     
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    That's what most say who have been used to W7.. and from my limited experience of 8 on my friends lappy there is absolutely no way ever going to have it..
    I'd rather spend the extra for W7 .. I believe you have downgrade rights if you buy W8 professional.

    However.. All is not lost .. have a read here , it may be of help ..

    Top Ten: Making Windows 8.1 Work Like Windows 7
     
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