who has a tablet and what is your favorite one?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by DammitJanet, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Thinking of getting one.
  2. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Mom has an iPad and loves it, even though she and Dad are mostly easy child people. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0" and love it! But... I don't use it that much since I got my Galaxy S2 phone.
  3. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    I don't own a tablet, because I find that I can do everything I need with my main computer, laptop and phone (Samsung Galaxy S3).

    *That said, when I did the research on tablets, I came down in favour of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I liked the features of the 7.0 as well, but since the screen isn't that much bigger than the large smartphone it didn't seem worth the extra cost.
  4. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Interestingly, my Tab 7 is a LOT bigger than my smartphone. husband's, too. He has an S3.
  5. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    husband has a kindle fire that is INCREDIBLE. It is truly amazing though I have zero idea what practical use it is. Mostly because he is not a practical kind of guy, Know what I mean?? But he goes all over the web, tracks spending, grades, etc...., and seems to use it constantly. He had tried a friends' tablet, not an ipad but one almost as expensive, for a couple of days last fall because the friend was travelling and needed his older (a year old maybe) one and didn't want his teen son to use the new one as the kid was break-prone with them. husband did not find that one to be nearly as user friendly as the kindle fire.

    Wiz has an ipad and seems to love it. My mom bought it for him and my dad about had a cow. He loathes apple for some reason. I dislike their prices and the fact that they seem to make you purchase everything all over again at each upgrade. I know people who have spent many hundreds on apps and things when they upgraded an apple product from one version to the next.. Our nephew on husband's side loves his iphone but says it is a major financial 'investment' each time a new one comes out because so many things do not transfer. He works for AT&T managing a large number of cell phone stores and says that these expenses are far more than for other brands but he feels the need to stick with the iphone as he has used it for so long.

    Not sure what help that is, but it is all I know about the ipad. I do NOT know if you need to upgrade everything if you upgrade your tablet and it isn't an apple, but I do know you don't have to repurchase ebooks etc... and nephew says he had to stop keeping on one his iphone because whatever he did he had to buy it all over when he upgraded. That seemed to irritate him more than repurchasing the apps.

    Xmas before last, husband got me a cheap tablet. I was an ice creamsandwich or some such type, and not a big name but not an unheard of one. I could do exactly NOTHING on it. I told j that if she could make it work she could have it. She couldn't/didn't. So I gave it to thank you witht he same proviso. He couldn't make it work either. He could get online after he upgraded the OS, but not for long or to do anything. We have not pitched it only because thank you wants to play with it. He is still pondering ways to make it work, and becoming more and more curious about what is inside it. So at some point he will likely ask Gpa to help him deconstruct it. NOT 'take it apart' or destroy it. It will be carefully taken apart and each part will be examined to see how it does/doesn't work and what purpose it does/doesn't serve. It is fun to watch him do this because he is focused and you can literally see the wheels in his brain turning and the steam of ideas heating up in there.

    That was a Big Lots $89 tablet and I do NOT NOTNOT recommend them. It was a known brand name, but not a big one, and the company was very little help. The money was well worth the lesson.

    husband got his kindle from his dad and stepmom. They love their kindles and realized that his kindle was having issues with the screen. He had a big tech holiday because I had done some work for my mom and saved a bit here and there to buy him a new laptop or update his old one with some new hardware etc... We got an amazing deal at Sam's so he had the new laptop and the new tablet to play wtih.

    I hope this helps some. I don't know much about these except that they seem quitei nteresting. I just am not sure of the practicality, Know what I mean??
  6. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Yes. the Tab is a lot bigger than the smartphone, I agree. It just doesn't fit with my technology usage patterns. I either need a tiny pocket-sized number (smartphone), or a full strength workhorse (laptop, desktop). The in-between-ish-ness of the tablet just doesn't work for me. Lots of my geek pals find them useful, but in my world it would just be a toy and I can't justify the cost.
  7. Signorina

    Signorina Guest

    I have an ipad and an iPhone. easy child gave me the wireless keyboard that works with the ipad and I love it. It seems a bit redundant to have both an iPhone, ipad and a laptop, tbh. But I love my ipad for surfing the web, streaming to our Apple TV, Pinterest, cooking or doing anything requiring instructions, and sharing things with h or others... "Look at what I found on the web..." I don't like it for email or anything requiring "typing" - though I could use the wireless keyboard for that - but that kinda defeats the purpose of a tablet since its bulky. I do bring the keyboard & tablet to business meeting where my laptop would be too cumbersome.

    my ipad was a gift, I think if I had to do it over, I would get the ipad mini.
  8. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    difficult child has the google tablet and he like sit since it's android based (he has an iPhone but really prefers non apple products because of their customability).

    I have the small (7") Nook HD (which I love for reading - about 80% of it's use and the other is streaming Netflix movies...) - I was going to get an iPad but the price really was cost prohibitive when I already have an iPhone and a MacBook - what else do I really need? Anything I could access on an iPad I can access on my phone or Nook...

    *For what reason were you interested in a tablet?

  9. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    husband has the IPad and I have the Galaxy Note 10.1. I use mine mostly for surfing and email. I think it could be more of a workhorse if I used "the cloud", but I don't trust the cloud.

    The Galaxy is more compatible with free programs than the Ipad is. My camera/video cam on it is AMAZING.
  10. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Sorry to all the Apple lovers but Im an Apple avoider.

    I love android. I bought a Samsung Tab 2. Tony and I also both switched the Google Nexus phones recently because he had completely broken his phone so many times I refused to go through insurance anymore and my EVO 3D, well, I just didnt like it very well. I had let Billy have my upgrade that time and he gave me his 3D and I thought it would be good and I handed down my original EVO to Tony but my original EVO was a much better phone to be honest. So last week I got Tony and I the Nexus's and we like them pretty well. They will last us until I decide if I want to change carriers or just get Mandy off my plan in December.