Totally new to tablets, looking for the best choice.

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by rambisco, Dec 8, 2011.

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  1. rambisco

    rambisco Pen Pal - Newbie

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    1. What is your budget?
    None, but it needs to be less pricey than an iPad with same memory.
    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
    3. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)?
    Don't know what those are..
    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    Small and light ~ 5" to 8.9"
    Compact ~ 10"
    Mainstream ~ 12.1"
    Large ~ 13.3"

    compact or mainstream
    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    This is why I'm getting a tablet, because my current phone's battery life SUCKS. I'm looking at 3-4 hours playing games, needs to be very substantial.
    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Entertainment, school.
    9. Do you have an OS preference?
    Android or iOS
    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)

    10. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
    Infinity blade (is it even on android)?
    angry birds
    asphalt 6
    modern combat (if its on android xD i have an ipod..)
    other 3d intensive games
    fruit ninja
    and games such as those.
    Screen Specifics

    1. What resolution do you prefer?
    XGA - 1024x768 ~ large and easy to read text and graphic icons but you fit less on the screen.
    SXGA - 1400x1050 ~ Small text and graphic icons which require good vision but the gain is a much larger screen. (no longer available new, must look for used or refurbished machines)
    WXGA - 1280x768 ~ has a wider usable area than XGA, ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space. The mainly used resolution for new tablet PCs since 2008.

    resolution doesn't matter, my iPod 4's is more than enough. XGA is on iPad right? And it looks fine to me.

    2. Do you require the screen to be readable in sunlight?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Not directly, no. Would prefer it not to be ultra glare or anything.
    3. Do you prefer your display to be glossy or matte?
    Matte preferably, don't really care.
    4. Do you require Touch? (without pressure sensitivity) (Which one: resistive or capacitive)
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Dont know what that is, whatever wouldnt press in a pocket
    5. Do you require a Pen? (with pressure sensitivity) (Which one: Wacom or N-Trig)
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance

    Same as above
    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    16GB minimum, preferably 32.
    2. Do you require an Optical (CD/DVD) Drive to be built in?
    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?

    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
    Just battery life, and being able to play those 3D games fluently.
    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
    not that i can think of.
  2. Jamison Cush

    Jamison Cush TechnologyGuide Editor Staff Member

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    10-inch tablet, less pricey than an iPad, great battery life required?

    The best you can do right now is either a refurbed iPad 2 or maybe a Toshiba Thrive/ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Here are our reviews:

    Toshiba Thrive Review

    ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review

    The Thrive has a replaceable battery, so you can lug around an extra if you really want to extend the life.

    Unfortunately, Infinity Blade is still iOS exclusive. Fortunately, an refurbed iPad 2 is an excellent deal. You still get Apple's decent customer service, and refurbed devices are really fixed up to act and look new. Side by side, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between a refurb unit and a new one.

    If you want a few months -- say, until March -- the iPad 2 will be really cheap as retailers clear stock for the iPad 3.
  3. rambisco

    rambisco Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Ok, thanks. So I guess the iPad truly is the best tablet out there.
  4. jbenham

    jbenham Pen Pal - Newbie

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    The WOOT Deal of the Day is Vizio 8” Android Tablet with Wi-Fi and Folio Case for $160. It is listed on Amazon w/o the case for $309. You might want to check it out.
  5. doobiedoobiedum

    doobiedoobiedum Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    If I read this right, you want an Android or iPad and you want to run (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc?)

    The two are mutually exclusive - unless you want the "app" version of some of these programs. I suggest you look at a full Windows type tablet like a Samsung Slate 7 or a tablet PC to run those applications.

    Of course - I may have read your OP wrongly?
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