Tablet or Kindle

Discussion in 'Tech' started by hans5849, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Commissar Smersh

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  2. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Holy shit! For $360 it's basically a no-brainer, and there's a Microcenter on my way home... But I really wanted a Droid.... AHHH! This must be what it's like to be a woman, I can't decide... :crybaby:
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    God just get it before it's gone and resell it if you don't like it.
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I bought the kindle touch and love it.
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    I ended up getting the Fire too. I really thought about what I would use the cameras for and determined it was not a necessary feature for me. I mean, I've had two generations of netbooks with cameras and never use them. Plus the portability of the 7" was exactly what I wanted. Something I could slip into my pocket and head off to Starbucks.
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    Well, I've spent some time with the Kindle now and I'm sold. The portability and low price really allow me to use it in ways that a $400 10" pad couldn't. Using the elliptical this morning for example, it fits perfectly/stably and I was watching Family Guy as I worked out. The rubberized back is essential. Yesterday slipped it into my cargo shorts pocket and took my 8 year old to an indoor play facility. And reading! Holding it in one hand cradled between my thumb and fore finger just feels right. No matter what tablet you have I recommend the Kindle app, the amount of free content is astounding. Anyway, those are just some initial observations. On the down side it's not running ICS, and direct access to the Droid app store is blocked by Amazon. For now neither are really cramping my style, and there are ways to circumvent both. So if you're looking for a netbook/small laptop replacement I'd recommend the larger tabs, but if you want a jumbo smart phone without the monthly fees this is the one to get.
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    root dat sum-a-bitch and enjoy her even more!
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    I actually just had this conversation with my wife the other day, she has a bunch of kindle books, so we looked at the Fire but the biggest hang up on it was no access to the full android app store, we ended up going with a IPAD2 for $399 and are very happy with it, it has all the Kindle stuff she wants and its a full featured computer (basicly). Well worth the extra money.
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    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Which is why I'm either waiting on my carrier to either get the Note or wait until the Galaxy S3, but now I'm leaning more towards the smaller form factor (although less than .7 inches isn't that much of a difference).

    I'm using my phone more and more for runs, biking, and I'm thinking the 5.3" Note, although the size would be nice for work and everything, I need something just slightly smaller to mount on bike, slip in my pocket, etc..

    I'm starting to find that dual devices are necessary, but I already have a notebook for work stuff, a computer at home that can remote into work notebook, or I have my phone. Less complication to throw one more device in there.
  11. Pope John

    Pope John the most modest.

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    seriously, why do you want a tablet when you can accomplish its functions already? how would a tablet be any more suited for runs or biking than your phone? In what ways are your phone lacking in performance over a tablet?

    Is it simply screen size? Is the perk being able to compartmentalize certain functions for certain devices (i.e. "I only check my bank balance on my tablet because it is 'more secure'! [or whatever rationale you prescribe]"; or "my tablet is perfect for watching youtube videos while cooking in the kitchen AND taking a shit!")

    Honestly, I fall for tablets... I want one. But I can't really justify the expenditure.
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    Still loving the Kindle, but I've found a bug that's limiting it's usefulness until they can patch it. Their Gallery app is very buggy, syncing stuff to the cloud, opening and uploading to websites, etc. So for now I'm reaching for the netbook still, but as soon as the Gallery app is fixed I should be able to put it away indefinitely.
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    El_Presidente_Pufferfish I grew up here

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    Use QuickOffice to upload shit using the browser
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    That's a good tip, I'll give that a try. It's a pretty minor issue for me so frankly I hadn't even dug into it very much.
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    I've been looking at reviews on tablets all day. my roommate is considering buying one. He tipped me off to the asus eee transformer. It looks outstanding. I would kill for the netbook functionality, and use it for everything college related. I don't know if it will get carrier service in the future, but I would honestly be fine with WiFi only.

    Anyways, for how I view tablets, the transformer prime perfectly bridges the gap between computer and phone. Although, I've never actually touched one.... Still I am confident that it would suit my needs better than any other tablet on the market presently.