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Tablet Advice

Discussion in 'Techno-Magic' started by The Kilted Crusader, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. The Kilted Crusader

    The Kilted Crusader The Famous Last words "Hey guys, watch THIS!" Veteran

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    Hi everyone, been a while since I posted on here but its usually the best place for advice!

    I'm currently looking into purchasing a tablet of some form - something I have pretty much no experience with - to save me carrying around a laptop. I would like to use it for both my studies (engineering) and my work (private music teacher). As an aside I wouldn't mind being able to play a few IE games on there :p

    As such there are a few requirements I would be looking for:

    • Lightweight - I'm assuming nearly all tablets are pretty light so I'd be pretty safe in this area
    • Hard wearing - I'd be carrying it everywhere and using it nearly everyday so if its likely to crack its of no use
    • Decent size - I'll be reading lecture notes from it whilst studying so being able to see a good chunk without scrolling is a must. If possible I'd like to use it as an additional tool to put notation/guitar tab on during lessons so something close to A4 size would be handy (it would also be handy if it would fit on a music stand)
    • Good battery life - Again, since I am using it nearly all day it needs to last a decent amount of time. I can charge it when I'm at work in the evening but its a little tricky to do so when I'm at the university during the day
    • Able to run a variety of programs - I have to use Microsoft Office as well as Matlab on my course
    • Good amount of storage space - Probably won't be too much of an issue with external hard drives and what not but I'm not sure what's good for a tablet
    • Reasonable price - unfortunately I'm not made of money, so keeping around the region of 200 GBP would be ideal, I am able to go higher if its something that's going to be really worth it

    I think that's everything I can think of so far. I don't know how realistic my expectations are with this, but I don't have a clue either way so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Any extra pieces of kit or alternatives to a tablet are welcome as well!

    From what I've looked at so far, I like the look of this

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00JG76I7W/ref=nosim/sorcerersplace0b

    but I'm fairly clueless!
     
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    Chinese models are the way to go these days, trust me. Generally much more affordable than mainstream stuff and just as good if not better.

    Plus they send you a complementary wife with the hardware. ;)
     
  3. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    You won't go wrong with the one you linked, but there's really so much choice in this segment that you can probably find a number of others that will fit the bill too. As long as it's got the specs you need and a good number of positive reviews, you're probably safe. ;)
     
  4. The Kilted Crusader

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    Thanks for the replies!

    You're not wrong Tal - there are mountains of them out there.
     
  5. Merlanni

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    Yes, samsung Galaxy tabs are good. How about a hybrid? How much can/will you spend. The fruit brand is not bad either.(and I hate it)
     
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    I am a PC user, but I have been nothing but happy with my iPad. Mine is a couple of years old and still works perfectly and never causes me any problems. I also use it pretty much every day. I was in the Apple store earlier tonight and was shocked to see how light the new ones are. Although I am going to use mine until it dies (because I am cheap), but I did appreciate the new ones.
     
  7. The Kilted Crusader

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    Just an update, I ended up purchasing a used Sony Xperia. It was really cheap and I'm very happy with it!
    Despite wanting to use it for uni I installed BG:EE almost immediately and that is what I have used it for the most :p
     
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