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Kindle, IPad or good old desktop?

 
 
Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2011 05:50 pm
Or maybe someone knows an alternative I dont yet know about?
I saw something but, I cant find it now. Was like a tablet that connected to a desktop as a monitor? maybe I'm wrong but it looked cool.
I like the idea of the IPad and Kindle Fire but I'm having trouble thinking about cutting the cord. Call me old fashioned.
I use my computer mostly for surfing the web, email, music, and photos. I think the Kindle Fire is really cool but- very Amazon integrated. I know everyone likes the IPads but, I dont like Mac stuff lol. Maybe I need to get over that.
I'd love something like a notebook but easier to take around and about and still have all my stuff. I like my stuff.
Suggestions appreciated.
It will be a bit before I buy myself something so- think and offer your ideas away.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2011 06:35 pm
@PandaFan,
I gave my husband an iPad 2 and he loves it, but he's a Mac kinda guy. I have a smaller (7") tablet that runs on an android platform and I'm more than happy with it (fits in my purse and has all my 'stuff' on it -- I like my stuff, too Smile)

If you have a lot of 'stuff', be mindful that the Kindle Fire has 8 gigs of memory and isn't expandable (maybe not a big deal to most people). If you're even moderately tech-savvy, it wouldn't take much to break out of Amazon's walled garden, but there's still the limited storage capacity thing (Amazon does give you free access to their cloud, though).

There are so many options these days with the explosion in the tablet market. I'm sure you'll get tons of user recs -- or just browse the techy sites like endgadget and others that are constantly reviewing these devices and introducing the newest ones.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2011 06:50 pm
@PandaFan,
Check out CNET's buying guide and reviews for tablets and pads. They have test results and user reviews and comparisons between all the major brands.

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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2011 06:52 pm
@PandaFan,
Personally, I like something a bit bigger than a pad. I have a Sony Vaio laptop that I take with me everywhere. It plays my music, I watch DVDs on it, surf the net, type a ms entry and store it on a CD if I don't want to keep it just on the hard drive (or don't want to over-burden hard-drive memory). The battery pack, fully charged, gives me about two hours of stored power w/o need to plug it in anywhere. If an outlet is available, I generally do plug it in, however, just to keep the battery charged. Right now I'm having a McCafe at the local McDonald's in my neighborhood which offers free WiFi from ATT. You see me on the street, there's usually a canvas computer shoulder-bag I'm carrying.

Like I say, this is just a personal prference. Working on this lap-top feels pretty much just like working on a desk-top model. But, again, I'm no mayven on the subject.
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2011 09:01 pm
@Irishk,
I bought both the Ipad and Nook for Christmas presents this year so I've been doing some research. If you are going for a 7" tablet, get the Nook tablet for $250 instead of the Kindle Fire for $200. Better graphics, expandable memory, free support and any Barnes and Noble. The Ipad 2 is probably your best bet for a 10" tablet but the $400 ASUS Transformer is an Android platform tablet that plugs into a keyboard and becomes a netbook. Good reviews. I was very tempted for my wife but I know she will like the Ipad better.
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PandaFan
 
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2011 05:16 pm
Thanks guys..keep the good ideas coming.
I am leaning towards something bigger but not over bearing to pack around.
I also like the idea of something being expandable - I need lots of room for pictures alone.
I think Id really like the feel of something that could be like a laptop but be more easily portable.
Maybe keep looking for the next year till something catches up with what I'm looking for? hahaha.

If I finally upgrade my cell phone to something not so backa$$wards technology wise I think I may change my requirements for portable computer as well. Anyone have thoughts on that?
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BillRM
 
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2011 06:14 pm
@PandaFan,
I love my netbook and picked it up off ebay for all of 80 dollars and it run anything that it big brother desktop is able to.
PandaFan
 
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Reply Wed 21 Dec, 2011 05:47 pm
@BillRM,
Im going to try not to buy crappy used crap off ebay for a while and just save for something new but..I hear ya.
BillRM
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 07:34 am
@PandaFan,
Quote:
Im going to try not to buy crappy used crap off ebay for a while and just save for something new but..I hear ya.


]I been almost always completely happy over my purchases on ebay over the years.

Oh new is not away better even in electronic devices for example I far prefer the now very old Zen Xtra mp3 player with it large hard drive to any of the newer non hard drives mp3 players on the market or computers that come with XP rather then windows 7.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 11:59 am
@PandaFan,
Quote:
I use my computer mostly for surfing the web, email, music, and photos.


An ipad or android tablet would be perfect for this kind of use. I think a notebook/laptop is way too much if this is all you're going to use it for.
PandaFan
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 07:36 pm
@BillRM,
I prefer my Dell MP3 player but the thing is dead now so..Im at a loss and actually leaning towards an Apple product..someone shoot me.
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PandaFan
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 07:36 pm
@BillRM,
I prefer XP as well
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PandaFan
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 07:38 pm
@InfraBlue,
Thats my whole thing...should I go laptop for all my stuff and almost scrap my desktop completely or should i do a tablet or ipad thing...or maybe a combo phone ipad thing...I dont know. Sigh.
BillRM
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 09:52 pm
@PandaFan,
Laptops because of the design limits do not do as well as desktops in prolong and heavy use.

For one thing laptops run hotter then desktops by many tens of degrees and that alone shorten their life compare to desktops.
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BillRM
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 09:52 pm
@PandaFan,
Laptops because of the design limits do not do as well as desktops in prolong and heavy use.

For one thing laptops run hotter then desktops by many tens of degrees and that alone shorten their life compare to desktops.
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Eorl
 
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Reply Fri 23 Dec, 2011 08:45 pm
I think Kindles (ereaders) shouldn't be confused with tablet computers at all. I read books a lot. I use a Kindle for that these days. I also spend time on iphone or laptop doing things like this. I'd like to do that on a tablet, so will probably get one at some point. But it won't replace Kindle for reading books.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2011 11:25 am
@PandaFan,
PandaFan wrote:

...should I go laptop for all my stuff and almost scrap my desktop completely or should i do a tablet or ipad thing...

Well, like I said, if all of your stuff amounts to email, web surfing, music and pics, a tablet is the way to go.
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PandaFan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Dec, 2011 04:08 pm
Has anyone seen the laptop with the swivel screen that turns into a tablet? I've seen some cool things but - forget where and by who when I want to go back and find them.
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jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 29 Dec, 2011 05:45 pm
That reminds me, Ugh... not only am I weak and unable to lift as much weight as I used to but my PC speakers sound like crap. Windows vista and my new motherboard did not like my old 2.1 speakers with a subwoofer so I'm using crappy old ones. Time for a nice new 5.1 system.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 29 Dec, 2011 06:35 pm
@Eorl,
Eorl wrote:

I think Kindles (ereaders) shouldn't be confused with tablet computers at all.

The Kindle Fire has expanded functionality more like an iPad. Full color, wifi, multitouch, etc.
 

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