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School me on portable multifunction devices

 
 
Chumly
 
Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 09:08 am
I am considering a portable multifunction device to take photos & videos, read MS Word & Adobe files, surf the Internet via Wi-Fi, USB access.

I don't need cell phone access. I do not wanna pay monthly fees. I already use 7-11 SpeakOut and they provide a free cell phone and I only use the 7-11 SpeakOut cell phone maybe once a year for emergencies.

I suppose I could unlock some sort of multifunction cell phone and put the 7-11 SpeakOut SIM card in it, if there was some advantage to doing do?

Or maybe something a bit larger such as a tablet if it will take photos & videos, read MS Word & Adobe files, surf the Internet via Wi-Fi, USB access but it would be nice to be able to stuff it in my pocket.

What would be a good recommendation?

The reason I ask is that there seems to be a lots of choices, but they are often tied to monthly plans.

I might be one of the last people who does not own one of these gizmos, although I have dedicated devices that do the same things, an all-in-one might be nice.

Thanks much!
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aspvenom
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 12:42 pm
@Chumly,
If you want an organizer without the phone service/ hassles, get the new ipod touch 5th gen (4th gen will also work).

Then get the office suite application. (you have to pay if you want to edit the files but reading is free).

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Or maybe something a bit larger such as a tablet...


I suggest the ipad or Samsung Galaxy tab.
Choose the one that best fits your comfort and expectations.
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Chumly
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 05:35 pm
Really appreciate the ideas! Big Bang Theory is on now, gotta go see.
engineer
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 05:50 pm
@Chumly,
The Ipad is pretty cool but it does not do well with MS Office applications like Word and doesn't support Flash based websites. You can get an app that tries hard but it is not native Word. The cameras are great as is the surfing experience but it does not have a USB port.

It's still pretty untested but Microsoft just announced an Ipad competitor called Surface that has USB and Word built in as well as all the Ipad stuff. I think there is also a Samsung product that has USB ports but I don't know how it does with Word.
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Chumly
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 10:23 pm
The Samsung Galaxy Note with a 5 inch screen might be the one you refer to?
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2012 04:34 am
@Chumly,
I was thinking the Galaxy Tab which is a 10" device but the Note might work for you. I don't know if the Note has a camera.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2012 05:54 am
@Chumly,
I recommend the iPad's or iPod's. The camera's and screen are very high quality for multi-function devices. You can also run VNC on them if you need to remotely access larger machines (including Windows machines) to run other programs.
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Chumly
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2012 09:43 am
@engineer,
engineer wrote:

I was thinking the Galaxy Tab which is a 10" device but the Note might work for you. I don't know if the Note has a camera.
It would be nice to be able to stuff it in my pocket and 10" is prolly over-sized.

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