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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    What do you want to do with it? I switched last year from a 3rd gen iPad (upgraded from the 1st gen) to a Surface, and haven't looked back. Not a perfect product, but I love it a ton. Having MS office on it, and having Office 2013 on my desktop is awesome. All of my documents sync automatically between the two.

    Apps aren't quite there, but have improved significantly since I purchased it in November. Having Flash and a mouse to use when needed is awesome as well. The ability to multitask is nice, such as having Netflix open and having another app open at the same time.

    That said, if you want just casual usage and iPad might be the better product. Very refined with a ton of apps. For android, I'd give the $200 Nexus 7 a look too, great small tablet regardless of the price.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    I love the Nexus tablets. My wife has an ipad which works well for facebook and surfing, but I've found better office apps on the nexus than the ipad. So it really depends on what you want it to do. When comparing tablets you do need to compare equivalently priced products. A $200 android isn't going to compete quality wise to the $500 ipad, but the high end androids will.

    BTW, If you want to watch movies on it then the ipad is the way to go as android doesn't support the digital copies of movies. There are less than legal ways around that, but it isn't the best solution.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    Nexus 10 is pretty awesome



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by MaccloNe View Post
    iPad for sure. Using mine to comment here:)
    Shocking recommendation coming from Macclone.

    If you already have Apple products I'd stick with them. If you currently have Android phones, consider Android tablet. Mixing between iTunes, Google Play, drive, picassa, etc... (and/or Amazon app store and cloud services) can be a pain.

    Never seen or know anyone that owns a windows tablet which might be saying something.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    I love the Nexus tablets. My wife has an ipad which works well for facebook and surfing, but I've found better office apps on the nexus than the ipad. So it really depends on what you want it to do. When comparing tablets you do need to compare equivalently priced products. A $200 android isn't going to compete quality wise to the $500 ipad, but the high end androids will.

    BTW, If you want to watch movies on it then the ipad is the way to go as android doesn't support the digital copies of movies. There are less than legal ways around that, but it isn't the best solution.
    Explain that movie comment please.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    I have the transformer. The only thing I wish it had was a USB port. Other than that it works great.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    What do you want it to do?

    ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Tablet PC 10.1-Inch TF700T-B1-GR - Newegg.com I think the Asus transformer is a really good value for it capabilities. It has a keyboard dock that is optional too.

    Nexus 10 - Google The Nexus 10 is a really good value as well.
    My father-in-law just got an ASUS bought for him, but he is not very tech savvy. Have you used this product?

    I am in the market for a tablet also, so appreciate the discussion. Family already has MacBook, iPad and I have an iPhone. Personnally, I am sick of iTunes and the iPad not having a USB port, so I am committed to not further increasing my servitude to these overrated products.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    I love the Nexus tablets. My wife has an ipad which works well for facebook and surfing, but I've found better office apps on the nexus than the ipad. So it really depends on what you want it to do. When comparing tablets you do need to compare equivalently priced products. A $200 android isn't going to compete quality wise to the $500 ipad, but the high end androids will.

    BTW, If you want to watch movies on it then the ipad is the way to go as android doesn't support the digital copies of movies. There are less than legal ways around that, but it isn't the best solution.
    You are absolutely wrong with regards to digital copies and android. Most digital copies are available now through UltaViolet as well as iTunes and there are apps for android (as well as apple products) that allow you to watch UV movies. One such app is Flixster. You just have to download the Flixster app and then link it to your ultraviolet account. You can then either stream the movie or (in most cases) download it to watch later if you are going to be somewhere that a network connection isn't going to be available. We have an iPad, two kindle fires and two android smartphones in our family and all of them are able to share one Flixster/UltraViolet account.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Shocking recommendation coming from Macclone.

    If you already have Apple products I'd stick with them. If you currently have Android phones, consider Android tablet. Mixing between iTunes, Google Play, drive, picassa, etc... (and/or Amazon app store and cloud services) can be a pain.

    Never seen or know anyone that owns a windows tablet which might be saying something.
    You can do all your music through Amazon on an iPad. You can get Chrome on an iPad. The only real difference is two app stores which is fine because I have found that I will use the iPad for anything meaningful over using my phone and if it's not meaningful (games) then you can get it on both anyway.


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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    I have a Nexus7 and an Ipad3. At home I always go to the Ipad just because of the size. When traveling I prefer the Nexus 7 because of size. If I had to pick one I'd probably go with the Nexus10 but can't really complain about the Ipad besides no flash or usb.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    For those complaining about a lack of USB port, what does it provide that you're missing? File transfer?



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    i love my nexus 10. I am a teacher so i mainly use it for internet, grading, and having websites up when i am walking around the classroom. use it a lot to play movies through our projectors etc



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    For those complaining about a lack of USB port, what does it provide that you're missing? File transfer?
    The big one for me is when I travel I like to be able to transfer pics from my camera. A usb makes it real easy. The Ipad does have some kind of add on that will work but it's not as smooth. Plus it's just Apple being cocky and stupid by leaving it out.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    The big one for me is when I travel I like to be able to transfer pics from my camera. A usb makes it real easy. The Ipad does have some kind of add on that will work but it's not as smooth. Plus it's just Apple being cocky and stupid by leaving it out.
    Yea pictures is what came to mind for me, that and not having to keep all the different friggin cables for charging. Lack of Flash (dead technology) doesn't bother me, but why they didn't just change the dock connector to micro USB is 100% Steve Jobs legacy arrogance.



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    Re: Tablet Buyers Guide

    I've got a cheap ($150 for 10") Chinese tablet based on the AllWinner A10 chipset (actually I got it for my wife). If you are in to customizing Android and have some tech-savy, these things are great, as many of them come with root enabled. But beware, as another poster pointed out, most of the vendors of these generic tables provide no useful tech support or updates, so you are on your own. And in the case of the vendor of my tablet, AGPTek, they put out an updated ROM for my model that actually crashed the tablet.

    After the vendor ROM fiasco, I've now got CyanogenMod JB 4.1.1 running on it, and it works flawlessly. Prior to the CM ROM, there were some bugs with the original Android ICS 4.0.2 ROM on the tablet. Also the CM ROM allows such things as overclocking to get a little more performance out of the tablet.

    From what I've read in various forums, tablets of all brands seem to work better with Android 4.1.x, so if you are going the Android route, it would probably be good to make sure the tablet has Android 4.1 or later.


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