Which is the best 'non apple' tablet?

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My wife has got a samsung galaxy tab a and looking for something a bit faster but we still want to be able to comunicate with our other devices, any suggestions?
 

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My wife has got a samsung galaxy tab a and looking for something a bit faster but we still want to be able to comunicate with our other devices, any suggestions?
What communication with other devices are you referring to?
 

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Good spec and price. :)
It came in a quality box. Usual charger. As soon as I opened it it looked quality and performed to those specs.

I did have to splash out on a glass screen saver and case, another tenner. But she's happy, mainly using it as an ebook, so I'm happy.

I'm still on my old 7" Nexus. It does the business. Only 16G of storage but it's all I need, mainly as an ebook.
 

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So we can swap files and save photos to laptop etc.
You can do that with any internet tablet that can use apps such as google drive and dropbox - which include Apple and Android devices.
 
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You can do that with any internet tablet that can use apps such as google drive and dropbox - which include Apple and Android devices.
I appreciate many people love their 'i' devices but my experience has not been good. They wont let me simply transfer an excel file and its incredibly difficult to transfer stuff - I lost most of my music when I wanted to move away from my ipod.
 

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Hello Brian,I’m looking for a tablet to use as a satnav, do you think the tablets speakers are loud enough to hear the spoken directions over the general road noise in a Motorhome ?

Chris
Volume is good, on another tablet I used to plug it into the MH radio for better sound.

But GPS, it has a metal case, so could be iffy as a satnav. It's struggling right now sat by the window at home but this is first time the GPS has been turned on, watch this space.


LATER: Took it outside and it did get a fix but of course I have no idea how it would perform in your MH. It's probably a bit big for a satnav.
 
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I appreciate many people love their 'i' devices but my experience has not been good. They wont let me simply transfer an excel file and its incredibly difficult to transfer stuff - I lost most of my music when I wanted to move away from my ipod.
I use Android for similar reasons. I have a Samsung tablet & phone & windows pc. Each have Dropbox installed to share files - it is a folder that stores files. Any device connected to your Dropbox folder can access these files - this could be just using your devices or it could be a subfolder that you share with friends and family to distribute photos, documents, videos etc. The files are kept in their original application (no conversion) and can be accessed where ever you have internet connection or used off-line and sychronised when you get online again.

If you choose to download Dropbox, this link will take you to my referral page where I get a some bonus space. https://db.tt/AOTdkB7Pj1

Alternatively, you can download Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/en_GB/

The free Dropbox account gives you 2GB of storage which you can increase by referrals or you can pay a monthly subscription for 1TB or more.
 
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Volume is good, on another tablet I used to plug it into the MH radio for better sound.

But GPS, it has a metal case, so could be iffy as a satnav. It's struggling right now sat by the window at home but this is first time the GPS has been turned on, watch this space.


LATER: Took it outside and it did get a fix but of course I have no idea how it would perform in your MH. It's probably a bit big for a satnav.
Thanks for the reply, I've tried a 7" Lenovo tablet and the the sound wasn't loud enough, unfortunately the factory fitted radio doesn't have an audio input socket.
 

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Thanks for the reply, I've tried a 7" Lenovo tablet and the the sound wasn't loud enough, unfortunately the factory fitted radio doesn't have an audio input socket.
Neither did mine, but a little research showed some pins on the back that were audio in, do a bit of research.
 
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Neither did mine, but a little research showed some pins on the back that were audio in, do a bit of research.
I've done a bit of research and 4 different specialist radio repair firms all said the same thing, although the label on the rear of the radio shows aux in pins they are not connected inside the set!

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I appreciate many people love their 'i' devices but my experience has not been good. They wont let me simply transfer an excel file and its incredibly difficult to transfer stuff - I lost most of my music when I wanted to move away from my ipod.
By the sound of it you want to make it compatible with Windows. In that case why not buy a Windows tablet. I have a Microsoft Surface Pro that acts as a tablet or laptop with its detachable keyboard. I also use it as a desktop at home using a docking station to connect to network, display monitor, printer and wireless keyboard and mouse. Windows 10 based with i5 processor. BUT it was not cheap to buy.
 
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That sounds like a good idea, any downsides?
Had mine two years and none yet. Except initial price. And being made by Microsoft means that it is completely compatible with Windows 10 and gets all the latest updates quickly. It also means I have full versions of all the windows programmes I am used to including Outlook, Excel, Word, etc. Buy its dedicated docking station if you want to use it as a desktop. Again not cheap, but works well.
 

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I've done a bit of research and 4 different specialist radio repair firms all said the same thing, although the label on the rear of the radio shows aux in pins they are not connected inside the set!
Ah ! So you are left with one of the little radio transmitters.

Or a new radio.
 
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