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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Apr 20, 2011 #141 of 2347
    Rich

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    I wasn't planning on upgrading to a new tablet every year. I tend to keep things if they work. But, you have a point for those who do plan to upgrade each year.

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  2. Apr 20, 2011 #142 of 2347
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    About my son, you hit the nail on the head with your second reason. He has no use for keyboards that take up half the screen. When I got the Droid X, he got the Droid Mobil or Two, the next one down in price because it had a slide out keyboard. At the time he told me that the keyboard on the Droid X was gonna annoy me and it does.

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  3. Apr 20, 2011 #143 of 2347
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    At the end, Vista was very solid and performing as well as XP was on the same hardware. They tightened up a lot of things with 7.
     
  4. Apr 20, 2011 #144 of 2347
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    My wife and I both gave up on using just the batteries on our Lenovo laptops. We both plug them into house power when using them. I've got a 17" and she's got the more expensive model, can't remember which is which, the Thinkpad or the Ideapad, but hers has a small screen and the battery won't hold a charge long enough for her to use when she is working at home. Not a problem for us when we're home, but she travels a lot and she carries a long extension cord with her. Her company supplies her with the laptop and she's gotten a couple of new batteries, but they just don't hold up.

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  5. Apr 20, 2011 #145 of 2347
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    I don't know if things have changed much regarding chargers, but there were only two types when I was working. The trickle charger, which you can leave the battery plugged into and the cascade charger which just "cascades" juice into the battery and gets it back up and running very quickly. They have to be unplugged or the batteries get destroyed. I have no idea what charging technology is used today, but if it's a trickle charger, it doesn't matter much if you leave it on a lot.

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  6. Apr 20, 2011 #146 of 2347
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    I just recently got the Samsung Galaxy Table through Verizon...and I love it - using Verizon Vcast - I have been able to download music and video's...with no problem...one question I can't seem to find out - can you put the various video's in specific folders. Any help would be appreciated and how to do that. Thanks
     
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    Again, if it uses trickle charger technology, which means it gets a small amount of juice over a long period of time, it shouldn't matter. Unless you know for sure that you have a battery that will discharge completely time after time and take a full charge time after time, I'd keep on doing what you're doing. Those full discharge batteries cost a small fortune, by the way. They are used in golf carts and forklifts. The first time I ordered a set of six for my scooter I could not believe the cost. Neither could my boss.:)

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  8. Apr 20, 2011 #148 of 2347
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    I can find you 100 IT and networking folks that would strongly dispute that statement, but that adds little to this thread topic.. ;)
    Agreed.

    The new line of laptop and other mobile devices often feature new battery technology that no longer is impacted by "memory" issues....they can charge all day long.
     
  9. Apr 20, 2011 #149 of 2347
    Rich

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    Thanx for taking the time to write all that, Alan. You've got my feelings down pretty well. I can't imagine a tablet replacing my computers, but I can see it performing the tasks I do with my Droid in a much better way. That small screen is a PITA. And that's the biggest screen I could find in a smart phone. Perhaps if I had a job such as the one I had I would find more uses for it. (Nah, if I hadn't quit when I did, the stress would have killed me. No joke.)

    But thinking about that job, I could have taken a tablet to the meetings I was forced to attend daily and it would have been a big help.

    There's a huge difference in not "having" to work (as opposed to being out of work and looking for a job) and working. I get that and can see the advantages of a tablet for that scenario. But, fortunately, I don't have to work and I'm always around my computers, so that need isn't there.

    That doesn't stop me from wanting one. My heart is still filled with lust and when that happens, I usually get what I want. I just want to see how this all shakes out.

    I started this thread in the hopes that it would remain active for a long period of time, enough for me to form a strong opinion on which tablet to purchase. In no way do I mean to disparage the tablets.

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  10. Apr 20, 2011 #150 of 2347
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    In contrast...I can't see spending the money for a tablet unless it provides new capabilities, which would include reducing the need to use a laptop during business and personal travel.

    It would have to be able to do at least a respectable job of being able to interact with MS Office content. It appears than at least the Android line is going to accomplish this effectively on several fronts.

    I suspect its no accident they are adding more and more horsepower, as well as connectivity to these to do much more than things people woudl do on a smartphone. It doesn't have to emulate everything I do on a laptop, but it needs to do much more than the iPad2 can do towards that kind of functionality and connects to printers and other devices. Right now, the iPad is an oversize iPhone in most regards.

    In my case....without a real use purpose...it moves to the "optional toy" category.
     
  11. Apr 20, 2011 #151 of 2347
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    And I'd like that "optional toy" to be a bit cheaper, say $400 to $450, which fits the Acer tablet, I think.

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  12. Apr 20, 2011 #152 of 2347
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    Agree.

    I don't see these as laptop replacements so much as having enough capability overlap to occasionally use them for business/personal travel.

    Even at the lower price, they cost too much not to be having a purpose beyond browsing the web, reading an eBook, or some other simple purpose.

    I'm glad to see the Androids getting the leapfrog horsepower, memory expansion, and more open connectivity. That can facilitate applications doing oh-so-much-more than offered on the tablet market to date. It'll also help me reach and find my wallet. :D
     
  13. Apr 20, 2011 #153 of 2347
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    +1. That is my biggest beef with they Ipad (which I otherwise really like), you can do what you are describing via 3rd party apps (ie DocsToGo) but the entire process is cumbersome without a real file system, IMO.

    I'm hoping that my tablet can easily complement my laptop so that I don't have to haul the laptop everywhere. The Ipad ca do that, but not without far too many workarounds.
     
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    Are you speaking of the Swype keyboard? I love the thing (although I am using the latest beta not the stock). Amazed at how it works and how quickly I can type on it.
     
  15. Apr 20, 2011 #155 of 2347
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    The nook color rooted is a tablet. It's amazing actually for the cost perspective. $249 and you get a tablet that you can install gingerbread on with tablet cusomizations. At this time you cann't get HC for it but really it is amazing. I have one done and I love it. I can't decide on what I want to do for a 10" tablet. The main reason I want the 10" is to keep in the living room and use when watching tv or playing games or whatever to look stuff up.
     
  16. Apr 20, 2011 #156 of 2347
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    You buy a tablet because you want instant access to information. You have that now with other devices but a tablet is fun. It's light and easy to use. You can access the device and apps faster than using a laptop and it has a bigger screen than your phone.

    A computer can do anything a tablet can and really so can your phones. The main difference is the experience while doing it.

    A Ford Fiesta (good car not a knock) gets you to whever you want to drive to. That drive is different though in say a top end Mustang or Lincoln (depending on driving preferences) and the experience is really what it's all about.

    If you want to know what this adds it adds fun. There are things you will start to use it for that you didn't think about as you do with anything. So what it really boils down to for me are the following items.

    1. What outside options, hardware wise, does it have.
    2. Price vs Performance
    3. What OS is it running (IE what extra crap has been added on top of the native OS.
    4. What negatives can I find about it
    5. Price
    They're fun and cool and are not made to do more than anything you have now. You just do more of it because it's more fun to do so.
     
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    Ok first off HC is becoming more optimized to operate on the Nvidia chip because more manufacturers are using it. Right now it doesn't use the dual core effectively if at all. It's coming in a new version of HC which will be patched.

    I understand your concept of why it would be better but comparing it to windows is not accurate. Windows is full of crap because they want it to be compatible with crap. You can install linux on an older machine and it will have amazing performance. This is due to the kernel being compiled with only things you need. This is how android OS is done. This is why when you read about android os you hear about how custom roms are dominate. They do that because people pull even more crap out of the kernels.

    This won't always be the case but I can guarantee that the Nook will run HC without issues. Will it be as fast? No because the processer in it isn't as fast, without overclocking.

    I get that most people won't want to, or think they won't want to, install a custom ROM but it's a huge factor in buying options for a lot of android users. Once you really get into it I bet it will for you as well.
     
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    I don't know and he doesn't either. We bought our phones in December and all he was interested in was the best phone he could get with an actual keyboard that slides out from the back of the phone. Sorry.

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    That's what I'm looking for! Good post!

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