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Simon

posted on 7/12/17 at 08:47 PM Reply With Quote
Which tablet?

Peeps,

We are thinking about getting a tablet, mainly for the yoofs to use for doing their school homework, but also for use by the rest of us should we so desire (except me cos I like a big screen!)

So, the question to those in the know, what do you recommend (no Apple products please ) - we quite like Samsung products but .....

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scudderfish

posted on 7/12/17 at 09:28 PM Reply With Quote
Are kids still using the "it's for my school work" line? I remember using that to try and get a ZX Spectrum out of my parents
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craigdiver

posted on 7/12/17 at 10:08 PM Reply With Quote
Through my work I have had quite a range of tablets from the andoid powered samsungs through the windows microsoft surface pro (bl00dy expensive) and have now settled on an ipad pro. So impressed with the ipad over the others I switched my personal phone from android to apple.

not sure why you donít like apple but the ipad knock spots of the competition as it is easy to use and just works.





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r1_pete

posted on 7/12/17 at 11:08 PM Reply With Quote
After various Android devices, Wife and I are settled on iPads and phones.

Dont touch Windoze anymore...

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Pete Jordan

posted on 7/12/17 at 11:15 PM Reply With Quote
Just updated my Ipad (Apple decided to stop updating the operating system on older ipads and ipad minis!) to a Samsung Tab S2 with 9.7" screen. Very pleased with it (lighter/thinner than the ipad, charges quicker, battery lasts longer) and it has a few good features, such as extending the standard 32GB memory by up to 128GB using a micro SD card (rather than paying Apple through the nose for a larger memory ipad). It cost me £299 from Samsung over the Black Friday weekend, not sure if that deal is still on. My wife got the 8" version (£230) and is very pleased with hers too.

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ragindave

posted on 7/12/17 at 11:44 PM Reply With Quote
This one is very good value I have purchased 2 if you go for an android, argos on ebay take some beating for price these are new mine came fully boxed and sealed.

Samsung Tab A 10.1 Inch 1.6GHz 2GB 16GB Wi-Fi Android 6.0 Tablet

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Samsung-Tab-A-10-1-Inch-1-6GHz-2GB-16GB-Wi-Fi-Android-6-0-Tablet-White-Argos/331985420694?epid=2075840596&hash=item4d4b df8196:g:BCIAAOSwH09ZMoBE

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Ivan

posted on 8/12/17 at 07:49 AM Reply With Quote
I love my 8" Lenova Yoga tablet with the built in stand and thick round end with huge battery capacity. Had it for about 5 years now and never given a moment's trouble - find the thickened end great for holding it firmly and comfortably - especially when reading in bed. If ever I have to replace it I will definitely get another one.

My brother in law - an IT specialist agrees with me and now has two (a 5 year old one and a new one).

This is the one I would get:
https://www3.lenovo.com/gb/en/tablets/android-tablets/yoga-tablet/Yoga-Tab-3-10/p/ZZITZTBYT2F

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nick205

posted on 8/12/17 at 09:17 AM Reply With Quote
Our 3 kids (11, 9 & 9) have Kindle Fire tablets (7" IIRC). They work fine for surfing the web, but in practice the screen size is too small for the My Maths homework websites. They all prefer to use the family schlaptop with a mouse for such things. It can cause a queue with those waiting to get on it and does take some parental policing to ensure they do their homework and then vacate for the next one.

FYI - It's a cheapish (£230) HP Core i3 laptop and is more than quick enough for what they're doing.

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B33fy

posted on 8/12/17 at 10:22 AM Reply With Quote
Donít rule out Apple, they are award winning devices for a reason. I tried to avoid but they really are an exellent product. Very intuitive to use. Second to none in terms of quality and backup.battery life good on my current iPad Pro. Deals to be had £100 off my Pro. Can be bought with educational discounts as well. Given up with Samsung especially the phones, short battery life and clunky crap GUI amongst other things.
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nick205

posted on 8/12/17 at 10:31 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by B33fy
Donít rule out Apple, they are award winning devices for a reason. I tried to avoid but they really are an exellent product. Very intuitive to use. Second to none in terms of quality and backup.battery life good on my current iPad Pro. Deals to be had £100 off my Pro. Can be bought with educational discounts as well. Given up with Samsung especially the phones, short battery life and clunky crap GUI amongst other things.



I have an iPad 3 (bought by my employer) for work. It's a good bit of kit and works well. That said I'm not sure I'd shell out for one myself.

Brother and sister in law have a Samsung tablet of the same age and size, but cheaper. It seems to work perfectly well to me. Not sure about battery life though as I haven't lived with it.

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Wheels244

posted on 8/12/17 at 10:37 AM Reply With Quote
Another vote for ipads.

Iíve just upgraded to an iPad Pro 12.9Ē
Expensive - but they just donít go wrong.

I can almost dispense with the laptop with the Pro, Iíve bought a case with Bluetooth keyboard.
Just like using the laptop apart from not getting the Ďnot respondingí messages that plague
The Windows operating systems.





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geoff shep

posted on 8/12/17 at 12:37 PM Reply With Quote
The iPad is NOT good for multiple users - it is really designed as a single-user device. There is no way to have multiple user accounts - which is what he said he needs it for - unless you keep signing in and out as a different user. And anyway, he has said no Apple.
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SJ

posted on 8/12/17 at 01:05 PM Reply With Quote
Depends what you want to do with it. We have ipads and Android and they don't get used [especially ipads - complete waste of money]. My kids, even the 10 yr old, are really into gaming and the only thing you can game on properly is a PC.
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coozer

posted on 8/12/17 at 07:37 PM Reply With Quote
Samsung tab A 10.1" 4gLTE with a plusnet 5gb data sim here.

take it everywhere and its like being at home





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steve m

posted on 8/12/17 at 08:09 PM Reply With Quote
wether its pc or not, both my wife (an ex disgrunteled samsung owner) both are I pad/ I phone users, and doubt will change

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big-vee-twin

posted on 8/12/17 at 08:57 PM Reply With Quote
I just got the new Amazon fire HD beats the pants off most tablets I've had.

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Simon

posted on 8/12/17 at 09:24 PM Reply With Quote
Cheers everyone - food for thought.
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nelmo

posted on 9/12/17 at 09:35 AM Reply With Quote
Tablets (and phones) are sort of like marmite - you either have Apple or Android and I've rarely heard of people swapping either way.

Apple's are painfully expensive but supposedly more intuitive for non-techy users although, personally, I don't see this as I've tried numerous Apple tablets and they're no more obvious to use than Android - for example, ask an Apple user about widgets (hint: Apple don't do widgets).

The Apple retina display is excellent but battery life (possibly because of the demands of the display) is not as good as Androids (I'm told). I'm writing this on my 2.5 year old Galaxy Tab Pro which I now have to charge every 2 days rather than every 3 days when I first got it.

I've had tablets for years, always Android and mostly Samsung. My wife and daughter have the Lenovo Yoga but I'm afraid they are not liked; the built-in flap that acts as a stand is not big enough to support the screen and it falls over too easily. But the worst problem is that when using a browser (and I've tried a few), you only ever get mobile websites. The tablet seems to have a hard-coded user agent string that I cannot get round and mobile websites on a big screen are horrible. My wife is getting a new Samsung for Xmas...

Bottom line - Apple's are fine but, like a BMW, you're paying extra for the badge whereas the Skoda (Android) will do the job just as well for less.





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geoff shep

posted on 9/12/17 at 01:44 PM Reply With Quote
Apple most certainly does do widgets - there are plenty available for both iOS devices and Apple macs.
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nelmo

posted on 9/12/17 at 03:18 PM Reply With Quote
Ahh, wasn't aware of that. The guy I was talking to only had an iPhone 5 - are widgets new?





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geoff shep

posted on 9/12/17 at 07:36 PM Reply With Quote
I don't think so, I don't use them on phone or iPad but have some on a mac.
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James24785

posted on 9/12/17 at 10:29 PM Reply With Quote
I'm an Android man personally, and always go for the Nexus branded stuff. Our 4ish year old Nexus 7 is still going strong
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