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Tablets. What do you like?

redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
I'm thinking of getting a tablet and a camera with this years tax refund. I'm pretty settled on the camera, but undecided on a tablet.

I've been without a computer for quite some time. I use my iPhone for pretty much everything. Web surfing, coming here, email, Facebook, bill paying apps, shopping apps, etc.

An iPad seems to be the obvious solution since I'm used to the iPhone and am familiar with the apps.

But, the no Flash thing is super annoying. Then I read about newer Android platforms not supporting Flash as well, so perhaps I shouldn't worry about Flash capability?

Also, other perfectly fine tablets costing less than an iPad.

For what I need, I don't think I really need a full out laptop. Almost everything I need is able to be done with my phone. But, it'd be nice to have something that could store photos from the future camera.

What do you folks use and like?
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have an iPad and I love it. One nice thing about it is that iTunes syncs to both my iPhone and iPad so I only need one set of apps.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Yes, the one set of apps is a huge appeal.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Oh, I also watch TV/movies on my iPhone. A larger screen is a bonus!
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I'm a dedicated mac user, but I got tired of needing or wanting every new (expensive) gadget available. However, I wanted an ereader once I noticed that books I have to wait for from the library are often immediately available in the Kindle/ePub format.

    I wound up buying an inexpensive iRulu Knightpad, which I still don't fully utilize, but at $105 with tax, as long as it downloads books, I'm satisfied. It's an android format, so I've spent time educating myself about androids as a result. (There are good, informative websites on the subject.) It does have a camera, and I can get email. I believe I could watch movies as well (don't know how to set that up yet).

    If I needed or wanted greater flexibility, however, I would have gone with an iPad, for compatibility reasons.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I know you can watch movies on pretty much any tablet, but I do love my iPad for movies. My sister has Netflix and I have HBO so we swapped passwords. HBO Go is the best! I also use the Xfinity app fairly frequently.
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  • CurlyCurliesCurlyCurlies Posts: 1,641Registered Users
    I have an iPad, too, and a case with a keyboard attached for long typing sessions. In lieu of a flash drive, consider using a service like dropbox or even apple's icloud to save your data.

    I have a 7-year old laptop that's still chugging along, but I hardly ever take it out the house anymore. My iPad, on the other hand, goes with me where ever I go (I carry a decent sized purse, lol). I got the wifi only version, though, so the only thing that I'm considering now is whether or not to buy a personal hotspot type device. I don't want to use my phone because I still have the unlimited data package with att and any change to my settings will void that out.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have an iPad and a Kindle Fire. The iPad is a bigger screen and easier to use the touch screen, but I like the Kindle better.

    I find it a little more user friendly when it comes to purchasing and storing books and videos. Its not as bulky so its easy to hold and nice to use if you're one to read in bed, or in the bathtub like me. Its pretty durable as I've had one for a year and still haven't put a case or protector on it (naughty me). The iPad is like holding a mini laptop on your lap. I woud like a bigger keyboard but the ipad keyboard is just too big to type. The Kindle is super easy to put in your purse and carry along with you.


    I gave the iPad to my kids and I've downloaded all game and reading apps for them and I use the Kindle for books and yoga videos and such. Both have Netflix.


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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I was pondering the same question last night rcc.

    I'm torn between the iPad mini and kindle fire. Look at my Facebook for my brothers opinion on it. :lol:

    I held a kindle fire today and I'm amazed at how heavy it is.

    Those of you with iPads? How do you like it for reading books? It seems as though it could be too bright. I'm tempted by a standard kindle for books
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    CL, I saw that, lol. Your brother was very vocal in his Apple hate, lol. I'd like to know what he likes about Asus, though, besides them not being Apple.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    He's the worlds biggest apple fan. He just hates the iPad.

    I'll bug him about the Asus
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  • Lucky CharmLucky Charm Posts: 1,250Registered Users
    I love my iPad. I love that it syncs to itunes and my other devices. You can easily adjust the brightness (in the Kindle app anyway) if you find it too bright. I have only had one instance that the 'no-flash issue' was an inconvenience - but I have heard that Flash in general is slowly being phased out in favor of HTML5. Battery life has been really good even though it is used pretty heavily on a daily basis.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    Mine has a flash and sd card as well.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I have an iPad, too, and a case with a keyboard attached for long typing sessions. In lieu of a flash drive, consider using a service like dropbox or even apple's icloud to save your data.

    I have a 7-year old laptop that's still chugging along, but I hardly ever take it out the house anymore. My iPad, on the other hand, goes with me where ever I go (I carry a decent sized purse, lol). I got the wifi only version, though, so the only thing that I'm considering now is whether or not to buy a personal hotspot type device. I don't want to use my phone because I still have the unlimited data package with att and any change to my settings will void that out.

    What is this?
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I did wonder if I could use my phone as a hot spot with an iPad. I didn't know it would negate my unlimited data plan.
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    My kids got a Nexus 7 for Christmas and they haven't put it down yet! It has 32g hard drive and I think has allows to expand with an SD drive. The clarity is great and was only 250 dollars. It works well as an e-reader and for playing games and watching videos. It believe it is a wifi only tablet and doesn't allow for contract plans (but that works for us).

    I have to say I like the idea of the iPad because of the automatic sync option for the apple devices, but the cost of the iPad just kills me.
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  • CurlyCurliesCurlyCurlies Posts: 1,641Registered Users
    claudine19 wrote: »
    I have an iPad, too, and a case with a keyboard attached for long typing sessions. In lieu of a flash drive, consider using a service like dropbox or even apple's icloud to save your data.

    I have a 7-year old laptop that's still chugging along, but I hardly ever take it out the house anymore. My iPad, on the other hand, goes with me where ever I go (I carry a decent sized purse, lol). I got the wifi only version, though, so the only thing that I'm considering now is whether or not to buy a personal hotspot type device. I don't want to use my phone because I still have the unlimited data package with att and any change to my settings will void that out.

    What is this?

    It's a little device that creates a wifi signal where ever you are. For example, Virgin Mobile offers the device and daily or monthly pre-paid plans.
    Virgin Mobile | Broadband2Go 3G/4G Wireless Internet Plans

    I did wonder if I could use my phone as a hot spot with an iPad. I didn't know it would negate my unlimited data plan.

    Yeah, if you have an unlimited plan with AT&T, more than likely, you've been grandfathered in. In order to use the tethering, you'd have to chose a new data plan and you can't switch back to the old unlimited plan.

    I use the data plan on my phone more than I use the talk/text minutes. I am on the internet all the time. Plus, I look at a lot of Netflix & Youtube, & I stream music, too.

    I need to crunch the numbers though, and shop around for the best deal. It could be that I end up paying about the same either way, lol.
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    vicoden....wait, wrong thread, wrong tablet...carry on. :happy2:
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I prefer the iPad. We have a Kindle Fire as well, and then both of us have smart phones -- SO has the latest Droid and I have an older iPhone. SO has a Windows laptop, I have a MacBook Pro.

    I just find the OS on the iPad so much easier to use. I like being able to switch between a smaller and a larger device for reading and watching video. I would find it very frustrating to not be able to do that, as well as having two sets of apps.

    I've been trying to use the Kindle for dedicated reading of certain books. The OS makes little sense to me, and I am fairly OS agnostic and can usually figure things out. It's bad enough that I've found myself not using the device as a result.

    I bought the Kindle for SO a year ago and he hardy used it. We're just not fans, I guess.

    I will say that reading on the iPad is okay, but I think someday I'd like to get a dedicated e-reader with e-ink technology. That is also part of why the Kindle is a miss for me. I think I could put up with the inane Kindle OS if it had a really nice display for books and other reading.
  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    if youre getting the new one, with retina display, girrl do yo thang.


    But, if you're going for the old one, nah son. I used my bro's (his is the one before retina display) um my kindle fire (first kindle fire not hd) gives a clearer picture. My 1995 t.v. I have right now gives a clearer picture, I wouldn't use it to watch movies unless you really want to.


    Btw, you can buy apples refurbished on the apple site, I'm all about new things, but my mom bought one refurbished and you'd never know, it works wonderfully and looks brand new, etc etc.
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  • bcody09bcody09 Posts: 115Registered Users
    My bf's mom got me a ipad mini for Christmas and I love it. It's the wifi only one but it hasn't been a problem except when I'm riding in the car and want to look something up, but then I use my phone. I'm gonna get a keyboard case for it soon so I can use it for school and such.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    claudine19 wrote: »
    I have an iPad, too, and a case with a keyboard attached for long typing sessions. In lieu of a flash drive, consider using a service like dropbox or even apple's icloud to save your data.

    I have a 7-year old laptop that's still chugging along, but I hardly ever take it out the house anymore. My iPad, on the other hand, goes with me where ever I go (I carry a decent sized purse, lol). I got the wifi only version, though, so the only thing that I'm considering now is whether or not to buy a personal hotspot type device. I don't want to use my phone because I still have the unlimited data package with att and any change to my settings will void that out.

    What is this?

    It's a little device that creates a wifi signal where ever you are. For example, Virgin Mobile offers the device and daily or monthly pre-paid plans.
    Virgin Mobile | Broadband2Go 3G/4G Wireless Internet Plans

    I did wonder if I could use my phone as a hot spot with an iPad. I didn't know it would negate my unlimited data plan.

    Yeah, if you have an unlimited plan with AT&T, more than likely, you've been grandfathered in. In order to use the tethering, you'd have to chose a new data plan and you can't switch back to the old unlimited plan.

    I use the data plan on my phone more than I use the talk/text minutes. I am on the internet all the time. Plus, I look at a lot of Netflix & Youtube, & I stream music, too.

    I need to crunch the numbers though, and shop around for the best deal. It could be that I end up paying about the same either way, lol.
    It's cheaper to just pay for a data plan for your iPad.
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  • CurlyCurliesCurlyCurlies Posts: 1,641Registered Users
    I have the wifi only iPad, though, so that's not an option.
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  • juanabjuanab Posts: 4,037Registered Users
    I bought myself the Kindle Fire HD for Christmas and I love it. I am still learning how to use it. I have an iPhone 5, so between the two of them I can do anything I need to do.

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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have the wifi only iPad, though, so that's not an option.
    Oh, okay. I thought you were suggesting RCC do something like that. It would be easier and cheaper in the long run to just get an iPad with wifi + cellular.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hubby loves his iPad, but I want something I can carry in my purse. I want either a kindle/nook or ipad mini. I want to be able to read books and it's too hard on my iphone 4s. I'll probably go with the ipad mini because we already share all the apps, etc and I can sync with my iphone and laptop.
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  • EricachristinaEricachristina Posts: 496Registered Users
    My hubby has a PC in his office, I have an Apple desk top and the new IPad with retina display, I really like the IPad.
    My husband has the Blackberry tablet but he prefers the IPad so I think he is going to buy one for himself now and hopefully he will leave mine alone!

    I have a Kindle but I don't even use it, I realized that I prefer having the actual novel that way I can lend out my books and add them to my constantly growing library. I do have books uploaded to my I pad but they are mostly psychology texts and a few classics.
  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    I heart my iPad..... That is all :)
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Thanks, folks.

    I'll probably go with the iPad. The lack of Flash (Adobe, not drive) is annoying, but since it affects newer Android platforms as well, I may as well stick with what I know.

    I'll get the biggest memory since I've filled up my 64g phone twice.

    Not sure whether to get the wifi only or not. This will primarily be for home use, and am not sure if I want an extra monthly charge for 'just in case' when I can use my iPhone in that kind of situation.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    For those who don't want to carry two devices...I just got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone/tablet hybrid and I love it! And you can download a free flash player for it.

    It's about the size of an ipad mini.

  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,177Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    For those who don't want to carry two devices...I just got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone/tablet hybrid and I love it! And you can download a free flash player for it.

    It's about the size of an ipad mini.

    To me ipad mini is significantly larger. I have one and I'm looking at my coworkers note 2 right now and it looks much smaller. It depends on what you're using it for. My ipad mini is cool but I think I might prefer the ipad for size.


    Note 2 -

    5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in
    Weight 0.40 pound


    Ipad mini -

    7.87 x 5.3 x .28
    Weight: 0.68 pound
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