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  1. #71


    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Barman, that's one of the reasons I wouldn't buy Apple at gunpoint.

    Wenda.
    I respect the genius, of the ultimate salesman that was Steve Jobs, but do not like the way that things have gone, he decided to make the ear buds on the original iPod white & shiny, and saved the company, They'd not long before gone cap in hand to Bill Gates and Microsoft for help, the famous IE in mac OS deal, which they got because of the microsoft's need for a competitor for the monopolies investigation

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  2. #72


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    A 7 inch one doesn't do it for me -- for that type of stuff a decent sized smartphone (e.g Galaxy IIIs or the new Galaxy 4) does casual / quick internet / email stuff.

    I can't really see the use of a tablet in a work place unless it's purely for a "Passive" presentation. Without the use of a Mouse, Keyboard and LARGE monitor I really couldn't do any useful work whatsoever.

    I could see a tablet being used for management to show a "What If" scenario in forecasting etc -- but the presentation IMO would have already been done previously on a conventional type PC / laptop before being transferred to the tablet.

    As for those ridiculous 7 inch "Phablets" -- I laugh when I see someone using those to make a phone call or try and use them as a Camera. !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #73


    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    7" is fine for me and what I use my tab for, Jimbo.
    I tend not to do much in the way of 'serious' computing on it, tho.
    Mainly e-books, 7" is perfect for that.
    I have the 18.4" i7 for the serious stuff.
    Oh, mine doesn't function as a phone, it's wifi only. Agree it looks silly...
    Wenda.
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  4. #74


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    7" is fine for me and what I use my tab for, Jimbo.
    I tend not to do much in the way of 'serious' computing on it, tho.
    Mainly e-books, 7" is perfect for that.
    I have the 18.4" i7 for the serious stuff.
    Oh, mine doesn't function as a phone, it's wifi only. Agree it looks silly...
    Wenda.
    Hi there
    I actually use a Kindle (actually a Sony PRS) e-reader for books as I find a backlit screen is hopeless for reading in bright sunlight or daylight whereas the e-ink screens are always readable even outdoors or on the beach.

    Sony also uses epub / doc / pdf which are easily convertibale into from the kindle MOBI format via (Free Calibre) andit also has an external micro sd card --I've got over 2,000 books on the device --probably never read all of them.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5. #75


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Do we consider the kindle to be a tablet...?? Honestly, I hadn't thought of it before.

    Yups, got me a kindle paperwhite, birthday present from me wife last year. I use that all the time, and I love it. I read primarily in bed at night, so it's perfect for me.

    Does that make me pro-tablet...??
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  6. #76


    A standard Kindle is not a tablet. I happen to have 3 Kindles in my family, A gen2 for me, a gen3 for the wife and a paperwhite for my 8 year old daughter. Great devices.
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  7. #77


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    TABLETS are becoming a disposal device with a new breed of Android tablets starting to break the $100 barrier.

    Major retailers are offering some Android tablets from less than $90 and many other models under the $150 price mark.

    ''Our tablets were developed with conversations with our customers and one thing our customers were saying is that they wanted a tablet but they didn't need one,'' Mr Kogan said.

    ''At the price point that we've reached, it almost becomes a disposable device.

    ''There's a clear demand for tablets out there, there's clear demand for mobile computing devices, especially at that price point.

    ''At $150 it's a no brainer for them, at $800 it's a clear cut no".
    Cheap tablets here and they're not too bad | Tablet PC & iPad News | News.com.au | News.com.au
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  8. #78


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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisa View Post
    What I would really like to see is Apple putting out a forked version of Android ala Facebook, to make the phones look just like the iPhone, and the tablets look just like the iPad. I mean, its just largely cosmetic changes and simply tying to the Apple ecosystem. That would own, just to see Google's reaction haha.
    What would be the point? Why put forth all that effort and money when they already have a fully featured, functional and highly popular (more so than android) mobile OS?
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  9. #79


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    TABLETS are becoming a disposal device with a new breed of Android tablets starting to break the $100 barrier.

    Major retailers are offering some Android tablets from less than $90 and many other models under the $150 price mark.

    ''Our tablets were developed with conversations with our customers and one thing our customers were saying is that they wanted a tablet but they didn't need one,'' Mr Kogan said.

    ''At the price point that we've reached, it almost becomes a disposable device.

    ''There's a clear demand for tablets out there, there's clear demand for mobile computing devices, especially at that price point.

    ''At $150 it's a no brainer for them, at $800 it's a clear cut no".
    Cheap tablets here and they're not too bad | Tablet PC & iPad News | News.com.au | News.com.au
    This and android are pretty obvious as android has really no standards than what the OEM decides. That's what makes android different over Windows or even apple.
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  10. #80


    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    The vast variation in the presentation of the android os is due in main, I think, due to it's history, it's a fairly open architecture, which has allowed providers to customise what the user can use or see.

    As the OS was originally used for the smartphone market, (of which it now has in excess of 75%), it became the norm for, the telecoms companies providing the phones "free" on contract, to highly customise the presentation, via branding , but more importantly to limit the features of the OS that the user could access. Eg. one major function built into the OS was the capability for tethering, which was, and still is, missing from a lot of handsets. Tethering was, and is, something that the telcons did not like so they blocked access to it.

    With tablets,which are more often bought outright without a telcon contract, the look and feel of the device, and functionality, is more to the original Google specification. though as with PCs there is an amount of corporate branding from the manufacturers, including the inability to remove the crapware, as most do with a PC

    There are still the pseudo android tablet from the likes of Amazon, where they install a highly restrictive port of the OS with their own look and feel and control of app availablity, of course Amazon subsidise the cost of the tablet to the user, for the simple reason of driving their main business which is the selling of content, a similar scenario to that in the smartphone market
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