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  1. soyizgood

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    I normally wouldn't bother looking at tablets. But after getting my fiancee an iPad as an engagement gift, I started looking into getting a tablet myself.

    iPad is too pricey in my book (I can get a pretty good laptop for less) and it doesn't support Flash nor Java. Xoom is pricey too. Kindle Fire and the Nook both have quirks that make me have to swallow pills to overlook. Acer, Toshiba, Samsung offer tablets running Honeycomb that I'm mulling over.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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    Won't work for me anymore. :( Generic Tylenol works, sometimes.
     
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    Staples selling Blackberry Playbook for $200 on Black Friday. Acer Iconia for $300.

    I've heard not so good things about the Playbook (essentially an incomplete tablet that was rushed to production). Iconia I've seen mixed reviews on but I like the specs and price.
     
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    Wow your cheap:-?

    Hey, if she didn't complain about not getting jewelry, good for you!
     
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    What about a first generation iPad? Or maybe wait a bit and get the current iPad when they release a new one, which i've heard will be in the new year sometime.
     
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    I gave her a ring AND the iPad 2, the one with 3G included.
     
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    Spend the money on new frames instead, wouldn't you be happier? :)
     
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    I would look at generic androids, but some of those vendors don't provide android OS updates. Nook would be great if it didn't provide only 1 GB for non-B&N content. I have reservations about the Kindle Fire, especially if it means going through Amazon's Android Marketplace.

    I might stop by the AT&T store to see what they have.
     
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    iPad2.........
     
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    Sony Tablet S is an option as well but it is expensive.

    I think an iPad 1 is a good option...
     
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    What's the big difference between iPad v2 and v1? Other than the camera, that is...
     
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    I'd just wait a year or so for Windows 8 tables. Even if you don't end up buying one, they should drive all prices down.
     
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    What do you need a tablet for? A phone in the pocket and a computer back in the room collectively meet the basic communication needs for many good people.
     
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    Ipad2 is ridiculously good. I have been using it all day and it is pretty much replacing my laptop.
     
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    My mother has an iPad. It's amazing but expensive. Outside that...I like the look of the Kindle Fire, I gotta say. But a generic Android tablet-one with actual Android, not the watered down B&N or Amazon version-would be my pick. There are many for under $100, though most have 256 MB RAM, which really wouldn't do. I'd want at least 512, which this one seems to have.
     
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    Has any of the Android tablet users here been able to upgrade from 2.x to Honeycomb?
     
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  22. Magic of tennis

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    I don't understand why people buy tablet instead of laptop. I thought laptop is much better. I can't think of any use of them for me. My desk top works good and on the move, my iphone does job for me. it is slow but can find things I need.
     
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    I feel the same way. My phone does a good job when I have to use it for internet.

    I almost want to crack up at folks that have the ipod, iphone, AND ipad by their side. The iPhone made the iPod useless and the iPad is a big screen iPhone minus the ability to make calls.

    There are times I actually want to do things that do not require going online or being near a computer of any sort. I never caught on with the tablet craze. I'm just taking a look at a few of them, but I don't know if they suit my lifestyle. I just feel like the iPad is a status-symbol toy. Can't see myself getting one. Even if I get a tablet, not sure if I would get one that has 3G capability. My phone has 3G and I don't want to pay for two 3G plans.
     
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    I love my iPad but I have friends who say the Acer is great because of the USB connection...
     
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    Used to think the same way until I had an IPad ;)
    It's so much more comfortable reading the newspapers or looking up something on the web compared to the small screened IPhone. I have both, IPhone and IPad, and both do different jobs for me. With the IPad I can work on e.g. presentations while sitting in a plane or train. And posting to TT is so convenient... ;)
     
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    Wouldn't laptops do better job than iPad or tablets? It has bigger ram and bigger hard drive. And you can download almost every single programs exist in the world. Only difference is cover. One has cover and the other doesn't have it. Well isn't having a cover better for gagets for screen protection? Can somebody convince me that tablet is better than laptops please? If someone convince me, I might buy one on this Black Friday
     
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    Other than instantly getting information or showing something (i.e. directions, reviews, etc.) to someone on the spot with a tablet, tablets aren't any better than laptops. Sure tablets are lighter and have apps for it. I just don't like that iPads have internal batteries (if the battery goes, have to replace the whole unit) and that they lack expansion slots. Also I am skeptical about some Android vendors being able to provide OS updates for their products. Adobe has abandoned support for Flash on mobile devices so the expectation is that HTML 5 will finally come into its own.

    I might just go for a Honeycomb Android tablet on the low-end and just buy a cheap SD memory card for expansion.
     
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    Any device fills in for different needs, I would say. I use the MacBook when I am on the road, e.g. going to conventions and am sure I will have a decent hotel room or a spot at the convention center where I can work. The IPad comes in handy during flights, or at places where a Notebook would be inconvenient, e.g. When lying by the pool ;)
    The IPad is small enough to be carried around in a woman's handbag, needs no accessories, like mouse, or a huge AC connector. So, when it only comes to presenting something at a convention (which is a major part of my job) I just rely on my IPad. The presentation files are stored on it and you can connect it to any beamer.
    And: my MacBook's battery lasts only about 1/2 to 2/3 the time my IPad lasts. If you are just writing texts or creating presentations without using the 3G functionality, you can work for more than 15 hours without recharging it.

    I would say if you do not have a notebook at this time, you should first think of buying a decent notebook. I always suggest going Mac, but if you're more a Windows-Man, it's ok.
    If you already have a notebook, well, then think about expanding your view with an IPad.


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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned ASUS tablets yet. They are very well supported in the typical ASUSTek manner.
     
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    Sure laptops do a great job. However, the Android Market is nothing to sneeze at and really is a game changer, similar to iPad in this regard. Tablets are great for people who are always moving around, constantly juggling things and really need the quick and easy usability that tablets provide. They power up faster. Everything you need to use them begins and ends with the tablet itself. Ninety to ninety-five percent of what you can do on laptops you can do on tablets. The difference in percentage really has to do with proprietary software and games. Games are mostly offset by Android Market games.

    One of the biggest selling points for tablets really lies with the mobile phone consumer market that is a few years old now. Everybody is creating apps nowadays. These apps allow someone to quickly and easily get pertinent information in their hand. The apps are also often faster than going to individual websites and having to log in etc. I would say tablets are similar to going from a television you have to get up and turn the knob to change channels to one that works via remote control. Simply put, tablets do almost everything laptops do only they do it quicker and easier. Also, cloud computing has really negated hard drive storage differences.
     
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    Like the new kindle fire. Got one for wife and ended up buying one more.
     
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    Blackberry Playbook is on sale for $200! I'm considering getting one.. I'm just not sure how much compatability it will have with Android apps in the future.

    Also considering a Kindle Fire.
     
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    I have had a laptop for years and used it over my ipad for daily tasks. The ipad 2 took it to the next level, as it is very fast and so mobile. The battery lasts all day (I get 2 days of tons of usage or 1 week of lighter usage) so I am not tethered to anything. No whirring fans, hot lap or slow loading. It is a super fast device that does everything faster than my laptop, and it is only $500.

    You can sit there and skype with family, or use facetime. Another thing I do is I bought an appletv device and will play spotify through it. So when I have people over, I can use the Ipad to remotely control the music coming through my stereo. Or I can watch youtube on my TV and use the ipad as the remote. It makes youtube 1,000 times better when you are just on the sofa and watching it on a fullscreen.

    I rarely miss not having FLASH, because most imbedded youtube vids play, or you click the link and it opens the youtube app anyway. Flash drains your power a lot faster and is inefficient, plus it is rapidly being phased out from mobile devices, so you will not even need it.

    Anyway, I used to use my laptop and the ipad was more for certain things, like spotify, movies and laying in bed reading. It has just naturally evolved to where my laptop is powered off for weeks and I don't even need it anymore. I just walk in and pick up my ipad and use it for everything.
     
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    Leaning towards the Acer Iconia 10.1. Staples will have it for $300 on Friday. Toshiba Thrive will be $350. I'll look around for better deals on Honeycomb tablets.

    EDIT: Looks like Best Buy trumps Staples. Asus Transformer for $249 and Toshiba Thrive for $279.
     
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    the Iconcia looks real cheap IMO. I don't know, I have a Droid phone and it's nice, but nothing beats an Ipad.
     
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    The Iconia has a A501 version which is 4G capable. I just don't like that AT&T offers one with a minimum $35/month data plan for two years.
     
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    It's not. If you hold the Iconia it's actually very solid and a bit heavier than many of its counterparts, namely due to the many different side ports it has on board.
     
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    I would get a Kindle Fire if I didn't already have an iPad.
     
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    Sold out and bought the Acer Iconia A501. So now I have both wifi and 4G internet. After rebates this sets me back around $450. Looks good and should be fun to play with. Realized I needed to download the USB driver for my XP machine to detect it.
     
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    The iPad 2 is the best tablet out there right now. It has the best operating system with no viruses, it has the most apps, best battery life, thinner and lighter than other tablets, has iCloud so you can sync everything over the air, etc...
     
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    iPad 2 went cheap on the RAM and camera quality. Battery life, I'll give you that. Still, the apps difference is only about 10% more for the iPad.
     
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    Blackberry PB is great for the price for $199.
     
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    Is it true that you cannot even read email on it without tethering to a Blackberry?
     
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    Dumbarse move by RIM there. RIM tried to convince customers months ago to buy it by promising to fix that oversight. I don't think RIM has corrected that issue still.
     
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    I picked up my HP Touchpad for $99 during the fire sale they had a few months ago and love it!
     
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    I've got iPad 1 , acer and samsung.

    For price acer, but feels cheaper
    For apple heads iPad. Personally I hate using iTunes to xfer anything

    Best overall is samsung - I just love dragging anything onto it like a flash drive. Solid feel. Fast performance, but aboutvsame price as apple.
     
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  49. sapient007

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    one of these tablets should do the trick




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    Try a Google Chromebook
     
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