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On 7 Feb 2013 at 2:54pm Phonophobe. wrote:
Hi all.
OK. I have given up on the idea of a posh moile phone and am now considering a tablet. The few phone calls and texts I make I am happy hanging on to my housebrick of a phone as it doesn't cost me much money.
How about this one?

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On 7 Feb 2013 at 3:26pm bastian wrote:
get a life, go and talk to people face to face.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 3:27pm Computer.Nick wrote:
Very cheap - you get what you pay for. I note the screen res is only 800x480.
I chose a Nexus10 but they are a *lot* more expensive.
just my tuppence worth.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 3:28pm Computer.Nick wrote:
Bastian, it's not for talking with.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 4:05pm Dripping Pan Stan wrote:
bastian, I'm hoping the irony of your post isn't lost on you.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 4:23pm Kettle wrote:
Bastian-where on earth is your head today. Apart from that being very ironic given your presence on the forum, it's unlike you to be so rude without provocation.
Warning re nexus7. I bought one and it wouldn't 'wake up'. A common problem I gather. Sending it back was a right pain as well.
Back to apple for me.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 4:36pm Miss Not Married wrote:
'go get a life and talk to people' says the man posting anonymously on an internet forum...what an arse
On 7 Feb 2013 at 5:33pm Moses wrote:
On 7 Feb 2013 at 5:41pm Streeter wrote:
I've been very happy with Nexus 7
On 7 Feb 2013 at 7:31pm SHS wrote:
DB7, too noisy to talk.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 8:29pm Deelite wrote:
Nexus 7 is superb. Cheap, great hardware spec, and the latest Android updates. Just make sure you don' t drop it.
On 8 Feb 2013 at 8:17am Phonophobe. wrote:
When you are out and about with a tablet I assume you can only get the internet when you are in or near a hot spot?
On 8 Feb 2013 at 12:31pm Plain speaker wrote:
There's only one decent tablet - the iPad.
You can get them with a SIM card but that will cost you every month.
The WiFi ones will indeed work in hotspots. If you had an iPhone (which I appreciate you don't), you could connect to that and use its data, works very well.
On 8 Feb 2013 at 2:30pm Deelite wrote:
Yes, your usual tablet only connects to wifi and gps. It does not connect to a phone service, voice or data.

In the Nexus 7 the Anfdrois opertaing system came of age. It is fast, intuitive ands easier to use thatn Apples iOS. Just the little that, unlike iOS it was designed to multitask from the beginning and so every device has a built in back button built in which enables you to cycle back through the stuff you've been using (a must as 'Windows' are not used). Also fact to superior to iOS is that way that a link in one program can open another. iOS is woefully lacking in this department.

Add to this the fact that Android is a vastly more open system, you can connect the file system to your home network or computer, transfer documents much more easily and that many of the apps that you have to pay for in Apple's closed world are free on Android, and nowadays it's a no-brainer. Android is definitely the way to go.

However, beware.. as far as i know it's only Google's own devices the Nexus 4 phone and the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets that have the latest version of Androis installed. I'd really not buy one from anyone else. Samsung et al tend to add their own skin over Android which (as far as i am concerned) only detracts from Android and ensures that OS updates are very much delayed (or do not happen at all).

Oh, and as well as the latest version being far superior to Apple's iOS (Apple's maps anyone?!?! Ha ha ha) the Nexus 7 and 10 are much cheaper than Apples slippery tablets. The iPad's have had their day really.
On 8 Feb 2013 at 3:40pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I'd second everything Deelite says. We have a Samsung tablet (It was free) and whilst it is very capable, it's not nearly as slick as a similar specced Nexus. An iPad can only really compete with a Nexus these days if you jailbreak it to allow third-party software installation but if you're going to do that, there's very little point in forking out the extra money you pay for an Apple in the first place.
On 8 Feb 2013 at 4:09pm Phonophobe wrote:
Thank you all so much for your illuminating replies.
Food for thought eh.
On 9 Feb 2013 at 9:18am king cnut wrote:
Much as I like the Nexus 7 it has no hdmi output, no expansion card and no rear camera. I also understand that its difficult to use as an E reader (Kobo for instance). The GoClever specs look good but no idea how well built it is.

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On 9 Feb 2013 at 2:15pm Deelite wrote:
The spec of that machine is lower than the Nexus.It will not be as fast or as smooth and OS updates will be delayed or non-existent

Of the three Nexus deficiencies listed only the lack of HDMI was an issue to me. A rear camera doesn't seem that useful on a tablet and as the larger Nexus 7 has a 32gb drive *and* it will share drives and folders with a local PC across the wireless network an expansion port does not seem that necessary. (BTW. I have the 16gb model and have used hardly any of the disk space).

I wanted the HDMI socket so I could plugin the Nexus into my TV but the latest version of Android includes 'wireless display', which enables it to share its screen and audio to an Internet ready TV (if a conventional TV you'll need to buy an adapter for around £35). Although the wireless display feature has been enabled for the Nexus 4 phone, it has yet to be enabled for the 7 and 10 tablets, but Google seem to be saying that it will be.
On 10 Feb 2013 at 10:42am king cnut wrote:
Thats very interesting. I assume you're talking about miracast. I'll definately consider the Nexus 7 when it becomes available.
On 10 Feb 2013 at 2:19pm Deelite wrote:
Yup, Miracast. Seems like an open source version of Apple's airplay?
On 12 Feb 2013 at 3:55pm Ed Can Do wrote:
If you're sharing drives on your home network anyway, can you not just plug your pc into your tv and run the content off the tablet on that? I run an HDMI lead from my laptop into the tv (And soon into my projector, yay!) then play the contetn from wherever it's stored, be that tablet, external HDD, Playstation, Xbox, whatever. Even if your computer has no HDMI output, any tv that has an HDMI in would surely have a monitor serial input. Unless of course you have a desktop rather than a laptop and it's a long way from your tv...
On 14 Feb 2013 at 2:22pm brixtonbelle wrote:
Why not buy the latest Which report (1.99) which assesses all the latest tablets and pc laptops for you ? It's being advertised on TV at the mo, so should be up to date.

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