tablet , netbook ??????

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  1. greyman1

    greyman1 Read Only Funster

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    can anyone recomend a cheap device[ not phone] for web browsing at wi fi cafes etc while were abroad ? it used to be simple a few years back when it was a choice between desk top or laptop but now im totally confused as to what is what and after a trip to pc world im none the wiser !!! i think the assistant went away to commit" hari kari" when i asked if bluetooth was the same thing as blu ray ?? i think something with a 10" screen would suit us best but which one ? cheers garry
     
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    Sorry I cannot help you but I will watch this post with interest as I am in the same predicament. We currently use an ancient Fujitzu which has a battery life of less than two hours and sucks more out of the leisure batteries than the tele. and Sky box combined
     
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    i got a archos 101 tablet from ebay it was a used 1 but i got it for around 45 quid and it is great so if you can get 1 of those go for it others may have different opinions and their own choice but i can only speak of the 1 i have its bluetooth wireless on a android system :Smile:
     
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    Same dilemma!

    Tablet is OK if only needed for web browsing and emails but anything more serious eg storing photographs, word processing or spreadsheets is better with a netbook.
    I bought an ipad thinking it was going to be more versatile than it turned out to be and ended up buying a netbook as well to be able to do blogs, store photos, run spreadsheets, sat nav update programs. I still love the ipad, but it is not a substitute for a "proper" computer but is instantly "on" when wanting to browse and the touchscreen is great. I have probably confused you even more by now!
    Cheap net books are good from Morgan computers on the Internet.
     
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    i take my laptop with me when im away always but the tablet will come in handy as well for books and sometimes if i dont want to lug a laptop into a internet cafe or mac'd's
     
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    have a look at the New Nexus 7.2 due out next month
     
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    Personally I use a 10" Samsung N150+ /500gb HDD 2gb ram very versatile and light enough to pop it in backpack loaded with AutoRoute , MapPoint ,and Maptech, Total tides and a lot more so can also use it as navigator ashore or marine. with dash bracket acts as sat-nav with gps dongle. much more versatile than a tablet picks up wifi a treat .

    Back-up is an older HP 2710P with 12" screen which does much the same but the screen swivels and automatically turns into tablet with touch screen pen fine when static in van

    my choice :BigGrin:
     
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    ASUS 10" notebook with a 1 Tb Seagate as backup, the portable drive carries all our movies as well.

    Also use a Nexus tablet, smartphone and a Kindle on WiFi.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
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    If you just want something for web browsing, get a cheap unbranded Android tablet. Make sure it has as a minimum (this shouldn't be difficult).

    10" screen
    Dual Core Processor
    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean even better)
    3G
    Wifi
     
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    well I have to say, I like your question:Smile:

    You will get many many different answers:Smile:

    I use an iPad and yes funnily enough you can take and store photos with it.

    You can get an app called 'docs to go' if you want to use Word, Excel etc.

    Browses the Internet a dream.

    You can receive and send emails.

    It is very user friendly and

    You can use it all day and charge up at night:Smile::thumb:

    But

    Like I said some people love apple products (me)

    Others like Android

    Choice is yours.

    Mine is a 32gb iPad 4th generation with cellular and is unlocked to any network.

    I take pictures with my iphone and they are immediately transferred to my iPad.



     
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    wow and i thought "back in the day" having to choose between beta max and vhs was difficult !!!!!!!!!! garry
     
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    tablets etc.

    Garry - I think you're as clueless as me when it comes to the very new technology. All those kind answers have confused me more. Can I wait until you've worked out what to buy and then I'll get the same?
     
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    I bought a Samsung NC10 netbook from that well known auction site, just a small laptop, plenty of hard drive to put photos on when away, wifi connection etc. 10 inch screen. Runs Windows XP,

    Fully charged it gives about 10 hours use
    Used it all over Europe for internet connection and general computing.

    OK, really old technology, but I paid £60 and it works. :Smile:
     
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    The iPad! You can buy a pay as you go chip in whichever country you are in and browse the Internet, send and receive texts, upload, download photos. Added to this, you can use it with a free dash cam app to record your journey etc. plus everything else. Including sat nav apps! :thumb:
     
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    Garry, going back to your original post I understand that initially you are mainly concerned about being able to use the web in places with (free) internet access.

    If so look for something simple and inexpensive and don't be swayed by all the bells and whistles that are available.

    Just like a washing machine you will probably only use a few of the features on whatever you get.

    If you find that you get an interest in learning more then upgrade when you feel ready.

    There are machines out there for around £100 which will do the job you want. Even a relatively basic kindle for example has internet/wi-fi capability.

    HTH
     
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    Another iPad vote here.:thumb:

    We have two and, although we generally limit them to web browsing and photo storage, they're hugely extendable with wireless data storage either at home or with the excellent iCloud and numerous apps.

    The fact they 'just work' is also a good reason to get one.

    I have an old (bought new 4 years ago) netbook which I used extensively when I lived in Australia for a year. Great little thing with a 10 hour battery life (very handy on numerous occasions when waiting in Perth airport for 7 hours for a connecting flight), but blighted (as far as a little laptop device is) by not having an inbuilt CD/DVD drive and operating Windows which, by comparison to Apple, is very clunky and slow. My 11 year-old son now has this for school homework. The iPad is a far superior product with the right tools (apps) and storage, in my view.
     
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    IIRC, there was an ad on tv for a 7" tablet in Carphone warehouse sale for £49. Can't really go wrong with that.
     
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    Tesco Hudl

    Free if you have vouchers!:thumb:
     
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    I have had an Acer Aspire netbook with 10" screen for 3 years, bought originally for work, and find it quite adequate for travelling. Unlike other newer devices, it has USB ports for data sticks etc, satnav updates and slots for camera cards to download pics. I also bought a Liteon CD drive which works fine with it, and some cheap speakers, and am working out how to play dvds on it! Also have a T-mobile dongle for wifi-less places. It's all a learning experience. :BigGrin:

    Good luck whatever you choose!

    Catherine
     
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    USB DVD Drive and the standard media player should do the rest.

    Failing that I use VLC media player. But be careful that it does not add a sales toolbar to your explorer.
     
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