I PAD thingy

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  1. Terry

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    Hi all you experts out there Ann has decided we need a I pad or something along the same lines.She intends to use it in free wi fi spots in the van -but really she means she wants one for the house :BigGrin:Are there alternatives worth looking at ? From my very very very limited knowledge on them I think I pads only use Apple stuff thus eliminating all my mp3s etc (thinking of in the van :Wink:) Do they take memory sticks and play films via the tv or what ? As I said know next to nothing about them -Any recommendations ? or links for cheapest place to buy ?(NOT PROMISING TO BUY JUST THINKING:BigGrin:)She keeps thinking of me doing another van so :Wink::BigGrin:
    thanks terry
     
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    I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from Carphone Warehouse about a month ago. After 3 days Jill was so impressed that she bought one too :BigGrin:
     
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    I was anti ipad for ages and had an android tablet.
    But the ipad works so much better, yes a couple of drawnbacks like no usb plug in or flash player but for operation and easy of use go ipad. As big memory a memory as your wallet can stand.. Lots of used ones about.
    Ref .mp3 music and video files they can be loaded and played. .avi needs an application like goodplayer but once on it works fine.
    If you go Android you get what you pay for. Make sure its a capacitive screen ! The top ones are good, Samsung, Motorola etc
     
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    Oh god they do 7 ins and 10 ins :thumb: What is ice cream and honeycomb ?IS the A 8 processor not as good as the A9 or quad core ?Do I need this lot to surf the net and play a memory stick film ? Following Admin Bryans post anybody upgrading ?:BigGrin:
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    Can you explain please ?
    also Graham is the samsung 2 7 a 7 ins screen -she has already said 10 ins wanted :Doh:
    I like Samsung phones simply because I can work them :BigGrin::Sad:
    terry
     
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    if your after an i pad for traveling or at home

    go to an apple shop
    and bore em to death with your questions
    you can also get refurbs direct from apple
    http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/mac


    dont forget you can get them from phone shops on mobile plans

    obviousley works out dear but less cash up front
    bit like h.p

    myself i have an i pad 2, 3g
    in case the bt wires are stolen again
    mrs t has an
    original
    which i found not as good as the i pad 2



    i have my music stored on the i pad mac and i phone
    yes i am a recent convert to apple
    i just find there stuff easier to get along with

    i tried other gadgetts
    but failed to get them to work using
    microsoft puters

    i have not tried any other tablet
    to compare with

    if you decide on a pad john lewis give 2 year guarantee
    i dont think you will find any price variation between
    at the shed shops currys comet type
    as apple lock em down
    all the best in your serches
     
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    Most are capacitive screens now - more responsive than resistive.

    Yes, our Tabs are 7 inch screen.

    Best way to compare is to visit Comet, Currys/PC World & Carphone Warehouse to play with the display models. That's what we did.
     
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    Terry

    I have an iPad 3 or so so called

    Do not have the 3G as I will use iPhone via wireless or tether

    As to not using mp3 and the like without iTunes well there is usually a way around it, I have over 1,500 not as many through iTunes, but they are all on iPhone and most on iPad

    For example apple does not play flash files, I can using iswifter app, cost £2.99 but well worth it.

    I am no expert either, just do a search and most can be resolved

    Me..........I like it

    Steve
     
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    It's a pity the geeks who write Android get to name them. Ice Cream Sandwich is simply Android 4, the latest. You don't want 2 but 3 is OK.

    7" or 10", it's a compromise. 7" more portable, 10" for the Specsaver generation.

    Obviously quad core is better than dual, but my dual is plenty fast enough to watch movies. Gives about 8 hours use which is very impressive. Runs a Kindle app and other book readers. Many do not plug in a memory stick, my Asus uses a micro SD card, so up to 32G or 30 hours of movies if you wish. You can load it by removing it, by WiFi or USB to/from a PC.

    Only pain is finger marks, common to all of course.
     
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    That's true. My wife bought me a little cleaning kit that is really neat. It was from Amazon, aboout £6 and made by Muck Off. you get a little bottle of spray muck off and a cloth t.o clean the screen. All folds up into a tiny case that is very portable.

    Highly recommended:thumb:
     
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    I use a stylus, no finger marks

    Just like a pen with a rubber end

    :thumb:

    Steve
     
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    Hi Steve. As a complete dumbo when it comes to computers, laptops etc I was very cautious on the iPad 2 with 3g purchase. What a surprise, it is easy to use and if you have any problems about anything on it just go into the Apple store and it is sorted free! If you really want to be a whizz kid for a reasonable one-off fee you can have weekly one to one training. I have a rolling contract with 'Three' for £15 a month which gives me all the downloads I need in the middle of a field eliminating the need for campsite etc wifi which is increasingly expensive on site. Hope this helps.
     
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    I have built up a very large collection of mp3s over the years. Over time I have also converted most of my CD collection onto mp3 on my desktop/laptop.

    I have only ever bought 2 songs from iTunes. There is no problem putting mp3's onto the ipad, ipod or iphone. I have all 3, and they all sync automatically from iTunes on my laptop via wi-fi.
    So if I add some songs to my playlists they automatically add on to all my devices.
     
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    Don't know what your computer stash is at the moment, but if you dont have a lap top then go the whole hog and treat yourselves to an Ultrabook. It is a laptop but as thin as paper with more power that the Apollo rocket and excellent battery life. Runs windows with solid state drives and is as fast as lightning.:thumb:
    As far as the Android tablets go, the Xoom is a good bit of kit.
    See link for ultrabooks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrabook
     
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    If you do want an iPad, you can pick up a refurbished iPad direct from apple for £259 delivered (plus £5 off via Quidco). I ordered one last night.

    They've sold out now, but they do come up ever couple of weeks. Same 12 month warranty as a new one.

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FC979
     
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    Now come on Buttons you know I am a tight git from Yorkshire :BigGrin: Although the UB sounds nice it is not a pad thingy and she wants a pad thingy :Smile: I had a all singing and dancing Toshiba laptop (about 19 ins ,harmon kardon ? speakers) a few yrs back that cost 1800 quid :Eeek: we intended to use that in the van as a sort of tv comp entertainment centre all in one but it sat around for about 3 yrs getting used about 1 a month at home until I gave my mate it who gave me this HP micro comp I am on now :BigGrin:It's reliable and does what I want it to even though it may not be the fastest thing about It does me.I stopped chasing latest tech yrs ago :thumb: hence knowing nothing about Tablets :Doh:Indeed I could not remember at the time of posting they were called Tablets :Doh::BigGrin:
    What she needs,rather wants is to basically surf the net,large enough to see (hence 10 ins) but still small. It is me that thinks it should have some form of connectivity-pen drive etc to play movies via the tv in the van :Smile:
    It may be a bit early but it will do as her birthday and xmas pressy in one -did not get her anything last yr or yrs before so it will do for this yr :Rofl1:-told you I was a tight git :Wink:
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    What's this look like for spec ?
    • 10.2-inch TFT LCD resistance touch screen

    • 1024 x 600 pixels display resolution

    • Android 4.0 operating system

    • CPU: Cortex A9 1GHz

    • RAM: DDR2 1GB

    • WiFi: 54Mbps 802.11B/G

    • Lan: 10/100M Ethernet Access

    • Built-in Micro-SD card slot up to 32GB

    • Built-in G-Sensor

    • Supports external 3G devices.

    • Built-in 1.3 megapixels digital camera

    • Built-in 8GB memory

    • Plays AVI,RM/ RMVB,FLV,MPG4 - 1,MPEG – 2 video format files

    • Plays MP3,WMA,AAC,AC3,WAV audio format files

    • Picture browsing of JPEG,BMP,GIF,PNG,TIFF format files

    • Built-in 7000mAh Li-poly battery

    • 3.5mm earphone socket

    • 2 x USB ports

    . 1 x RJ45 Ethernet port

    . 1x HDMI port

    . 2 X 1 Watt speakers

    • Android keyboard and Google keyboard input

    • Multi-language support

    . Battery Life: 6-8 Hours

    ZENITHINK not heard of the brand but its deffo cheap :BigGrin:
     
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    Resistance NO NO.

    Must be a capacitive touch screen or you can't multi touch.

    I have an old one of these, it got me hooked on Android but it's too slow.
     
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    capacitive touch screen - Cheers Brian it went over my head the first time you said it :thumb:
    will search again :BigGrin: Rest of spec OK then ?
    terry
     
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