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  1. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Hi, Steph having problems with the mouse on her pooter due to arthritis in her thumbs.
    So, thinking of getting her a tablet as the "swipe" screen would be easier for her to use.
    She would need internet access and to be able to plug a usb external drive into it and use the files/programs installed on it.
    Any recommendations please? :Smile:
     
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    Lynda may have some good tablets going spare very shortly Steph is welcome to them
     
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    Is it a lap top Steph uses, if so why not have a go with the pad that just uses the tip of your finger, I have never used a mouse and use the pad just as quickly as the mouse is used.
     
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    Hi Ken and Stef

    Julia got herself an iPad2 and she absolutely loves it ,ourLaptop is virtually obsolete now and am toying with the idea of getting a iPad myself.
    Alan
     
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    Like me Steph hates the touchpadso n lappies also her hands have always been a bit "shaky" I think it is the exitement of being married to me. She can't believe her good fortune. :thumb:
     
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    Yes love the ipad2 also but flash is limited on it...
     
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    Several aspects to this.

    Internet access should not be a problem as all tablets are designed to offer it (either through WiFi or 3G).

    Running software/accessing files on an external hard drive might be a problem though because of OS incompatibility. Most tablets (apart from iPad) run on the Android OS which might not have an app capable of processing files created under Windows and is most unlikely to be able to run Windows software. Software normally has to be installed on the main disk within the device as well, rather than on an external drive.

    I've never been a fan of trackpads so have always used a mobile mouse (with retractable cable) with the various laptops/netbooks I've owned. I've found, though, with the Asus netbook I bought a few weeks ago that the trackpad is much more responsive and I can use it comfortably with two index fingers (one for the tracking of the pointer and the other on the buttons).

    On that basis a netbook with a responsive trackpad, running under Windows, might be a practical answer. Plenty to try out at Comet & PC World at Teesside Park. If you do go for an Android tablet, Jill is highly satisfied with her Scroll from Maplins. A case with built in keyboard is available for that tablet as well.
     
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    Thanks to all for the replies. If they won't run windows programs then it would seem not for her. :cry:
     
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    Totally off topic, but what's the weather like on Fantasy Island this time of year?
     
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    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Now there is a thought, is there a netbook with a touchscreen? :Doh:
     
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    Several according to Google but don't know how responsive the screens are. You need capacatitive rather than resistive.
     
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    If you try a trackball don't get one where you use your thumb on the ball as that will be worse than the mouse. You need one where the ball can be operated with the finger such as [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kensington-Orbit-Elite-Trackball-Corded/dp/B000NLHA22/ref=sr_1_16?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1318154765&sr=1-16[/ame]

    Many others available:Smile:
     
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    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    I wondered about that Geo, when I started finding Gin bottles behind the pillows and in the loo cisterns. :Blush:
     
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    I emptied them before I put them back he he. :Rofl1:

    Thanks for the ideas folks either the HP or the Dell look good we shall see when the chancellor of the exchequer (4cups) decides to spend some of my money.:RollEyes:
     
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