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Tablet computers

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MrsJamJam Tue 26-Jun-12 15:07:38

The apple ipad seems to be the 'standard', but not being an apple user am wondering whether one of the other makes of tablet might be better. Has anyone got any useful information to share?

jeni Tue 26-Jun-12 15:47:40

I was computer illiterate and phobic and a Luddite!
Then I discovered iPad!
My life changed!

Bags Tue 26-Jun-12 15:51:27

Apple iPad is the gold standard. Simple. wink Have fun choosing!

MrsJamJam Tue 26-Jun-12 16:18:46

Sounds like it will be an ipad then. One each for me and OH, so a bit of saving up required first! Thanks for the words of wisdom smile

jeni Tue 26-Jun-12 16:59:35

Mind you, if I hadn't found iPad, I wouldn't now be addicted to GN!confused

yogagran Tue 26-Jun-12 17:22:05

I have a Motorola Xoom - similar to iPad, quality of screen not quite so clear but it's a fraction of the price and it's Android so you're not tied in to Apple for apps smile

glammanana Wed 27-Jun-12 08:53:52

I have an Acer Iconia 500 its got all sorts of wonderful functions a good sized screen and very easy to use but I do tend to use my lap-top more as I like to use a key

Jacey Wed 27-Jun-12 08:57:43

Questions for i-pad users ...
what makes it better to use than a note book or laptop?
can you word process with one? print from it?
is it just a weight issue?

Greatnan Wed 27-Jun-12 09:04:39

I just need a device that allows me to send/receive e-mails and surf the net. I never download music or films. My 3-year old laptop is fine, but it is heavy to carry to New Zealand. (There are at least three computers in my daughter's house, but they always seem to be in use, and I like to have my own 'Favourites' available'
As a fast touch typist, I also like to use a keyboard, but I could manage with a touch screen for my travels. I will be buying in the UK, when I visit, because they are much cheaper than in France.
Would an i-pad meet my needs, and is there anything cheaper that is reliable?
(I think a tablet is just a small laptop with a 10" screen - is that right?)

Greatnan Wed 27-Jun-12 09:10:33

I looked up the Motorola - Amazon has one for £240 but it is the Motorola 1 and I see there is a Motorola 2 which I presume is the new version
I also looked up the Acer Iconia but it is too expensive.
Is it worth buying second hand - I know young people trade up constantly?

Bags Wed 27-Jun-12 09:29:27

jacey, personal answers to your questions. Apple design is the best and in fifteen years of using macs I've never had a computer virus.

Yes, one can word process on an iPad. I use Pages and save documents I receive to that or iBooks (pdfs etc as well as books). Spreadsheets go to iNumbers.

Can't print directly from it but can via the 'house' mac.

There is certainly a weight issue involved: it's smaller, lighter, more convenient and hugely more elegant than most if not all laptops.

Possible problems: you can't download photos directly from camera. You can buy a piece of hardware that enables you to do this though. I haven't got that as we have the big comp for that stuff and I can sync that with my iPad.

Mamie Wed 27-Jun-12 11:31:29

I have been thinking about it too and found that you can have a keyboard + docking station.
I like the idea of being able to Skype from it.

Ariadne Wed 27-Jun-12 18:53:18

Like jeni my iPad has really, truly changed my IT life!

Jacey Wed 27-Jun-12 18:56:27

Thank you Bags flowers

petra Fri 07-Sep-12 09:56:08

First off let me say that I'm not very computer literate. I have just bought an I pad. The other night a very I was playing a general knowledge quiz ( I have played this often on my laptop) on iPad when some very disturbing pornografic immagis came up.
I live in a flat and I think that someone is piggy backing onto my provider. I know that I need some sort of programme to stop someone doing this but I don't know what it is called. Can anyone advise. Petra

Elegran Fri 07-Sep-12 10:11:56

I don't want to scare you, but when I Googled "Ipad security" this came up top of the list.

But I would imagine that it is more likely that you have an unlocked wifi connection. Does yours have a password? If not, get one onto it pronto - and be prepared to change it if your randy neighbour can still access your supplier.

If you don't know how to check the connection, then contact whoever sold you the ipad and get advice from them.

Elegran Fri 07-Sep-12 10:12:40

Should have blued that.

petallus Fri 07-Sep-12 10:24:10

I bought an ipad a week ago and am really getting into it now. Took a bit of getting used to as I've never had a touch screen anything before.

I'm a fast touch typist too and find with a bit of practice I can do this on the screen keyboard on the ipad.

I've downloaded quite a few free apps already.

Watched some films as well.

I've downloaded free iplayer apps from BBC and itv.

I'd definitely go for Apple.