/ Android tablet - which to get...
1/ the ability to play tunes and have sufficient memory not to get too bored.
2/ the ability to download photo's off my camera (canon g7) to review and edit with the photoshop app.
3/ use an offline navigation GPS app, so that when I drive across europe I will be able to use it without having to rely on downloaded google maps.
Not desperately bothered about 3g, but obviously wireless. Not bothered about a camera of any quality. Would like to be able to use it for reviewing engineering drawings using the AutoCAD app, and also PDF (which I'm guessing is totally trivial) but graphics need to be sufficient to do so. Would love to be able to use the new ubuntu OS in parallel, but not bothered if it can't.
So - suggestions on the back of a postcard please... oh and it would be great if it wasn't too flimsy...
Either asus transformer
or google nexus 7.
7inch versus 10 inch.
Best value/really good specs = google nexus 7
Larger screen + attachable keyboard that also extends already good battery life = Asus Transformer
The transformer has good memory and micro SD/SD (easy to put card in from cam but is doable only slightly less easily on nexus.)
Research these yourself a little and you'll have a winner. These are the best on the market atm IMHO and my brother who works with tablets alot.
The only tablets that can give Apple a run for its money, and in my opinion exceed the iPads, are made by ASUS.
Personally I'd avoid the Transformer Prime TF200 because I had one for about two weeks before the screen developed a hairline crack right along it. Found out that this is a design fault that is popping up all over the world.
I took it back and got a Transformer Pad TF300T which I have nw had for almost 5 months and love it.
Connect to a TV with HDMI
Full size SD card slot
Micro SD card slot
Full size USB slot which for me powers wireless mouse and External hard drives
Removable full size keyboard, with internal battery in it.
Excellent processor and graphics for gaming and movies
I mostly connect mine to the TV and stream movies from my NAS box.
ASUS are bringing more products out, and there are other Android Tablets out there but if you want the best of Android options then ignore all the other manufacturers at the moment.
Do you guys use your tablets as a GPS? Really need to find a decent app like Tomtom (i.e.e offline maps) but obviously they don't do it yet as I'll be travelling across europe with it, so it'll be my in car entertainment system for 3 weeks, as well as my dump for photos etc...
I got my Asus Pad from PC World too. :-)
As for GPS, google do this but it needs internet access. Works well too.
As for Mapping, I use my OS maps from Memory Maps and an app called MM Tracker. You can't get this app on Google.play any more so you will have to get it from Android.Market.
I am waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which is being released in the UK tomorrow. Sounds way over spec for your usage but the Stylus pen is apparently fantastic for photo editing and general creativity. I can't wait to get my hands on one!
I have just taken delivery of a 10" 64GB Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet. Like the Asus transformer you can connect Keyboard and mouse using a full size USB slot, it also has HDMI output to connect to TV and it has a stylus and can be used as a pen and paper notebook too.
Not as elegant looking as the iPad, Samsungs or the Tranformer models but it has the build quality of the Thinkpad range.
Before this was using a Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus (7"). The Lenovo is so much better in every way, it is also cheaper than the Transfomer.
As an aside: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19267140 - Adobe are pulling the Flash player from the Google play store following their decision to stop development of the plug-in for mobile devices.
As for Android tablets - I'd consider the Nexus 7 if I didn't already have the fruity one.
> As an aside: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19267140 - Adobe are pulling the Flash player from the Google play store following their decision to stop development of the plug-in for mobile devices.
I thought Google were supporting Flash themselves in Chrome? Still crummy mind, flash being the scourge of the web 'n all
Just buy a 16gb nexus 7 and a large USB memory stick. Its incredibly good value! £200.
I've got a 2.5inch hard drive in a caddy with a mini USB connector. It then connects to a computer with a full size USB connector. Is that the sort of thing?
Never seen a USB pen with other than full size USB connection.
The Ipad and Iphone both use iOS and connect the same (though you no longer need to connect them to a PC at all).
Dropbox works well for syncing files on both Windows and iOS. Free for up to 2GB. You'd need to check whether it supports the file type you are interested in, but more than likely it will. The beauty of Dropbox is that it will sync automatically when you are on a data network, but stores a copy locally. You just have to remember to shut one or other copy down before opening it up on the other machine, otherwise there will be a conflict.
Because the Android market is fragmented with multiple screen sizes, OSes and tweeks to the OS, whereas the iPad market is essentially one model with a variant that prefers higher resolution graphics.
Then you have the near complete monopoly of the tablet market by the iPad (c. 65%) allied with the security of the App Store and you can see why developers build for the iPad first then maybe, just maybe, look at an Android version.
I'm not saying it's right or fair, just that developers are going to go for the biggest market first.
Which version you go for?
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