Tablet advice needed
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 12, 2013 10:58 PM Last Post By: Tinka2006
Mar 4, 2013 7:27 AM
Tablet advice neededHi there,
Beginning of next year we will be on the road again for 12 months. This time we are considering to bring a tablet instead of our small notebook.
We are a bit overwhelmed with all this different tablet models which are currently on the market. Maybe someone could give us some advice for what kind of functions etc. we should look in a tablet.
We would like to use the tablet for the following:
In the offline modus (if we don't have Wi-Fi or not strong enough):
- Transferring pictures from our camera's to external hard drive/USB stick (Camera’s have SD card, might change if I buy a new camera)
- Connecting external hard drive to tablet to watch movie's etc.
- using a bit word/xls, for budget, lists and so on
- Upload pictures to blog
Tablet size: 7'' or preferable larger
Mar 4, 2013 8:11 AM
1I'd say it depends on where you travel around. In countries where tablets are unheard of and have no support in case your warranted tablet gets smashed - i'd say take a netbook.
If you travel in warranted regions with support - i'm a great fan of energy efficiency, so the smaller the screen the better since bigger screens eat more battery.
And in case there's no WIFI but you need a connection - consider having 3G cellular access or thether the connection over WIFI using an ordinary cellphone / smartphone.
In any case think your scenario's / options through in case of tablets getting smashed, software messed up, stolen, abused by others and customs, police (in rough regions) who want to see whats inside.
Mar 4, 2013 8:43 PM
Mar 5, 2013 9:37 AM
3I don't think warranty is much of an issue, doubt you will have anyting repaired abroad under warranty, usually you have to repair it where the warranty was issued.
Tablet is great if you don't need any real computing power (like serious photo editing).
There are few alternatives around to Samsung and Apple now.
I just got a Asus Memopad myself.
It does have a less powerful processor as the two above, but so far does everything I want it to do without hick-ups.
It is wifi only, I use my smart phone as portable wifi hotspot if needed.
It has only 8GB internal memory, which I expanded to a total of 40 with a fast micro SD card.
It does read USB sticks and card readers. It does recognize hard drives, but they need to have their own power source.
The USB host cable was included in the package.
Battery life is about 6-6.30hrs with wifi on all times.
Worked fine for me, love it, no real annyances so far.
And all that for 200$ including the micro SD card.
Samsung would have cost me almost 400$, mini ipad 550$, both wifi only, 32GB versions.
Asus has a version with sim card slot and faster processor as well, about 350$ and then there is the Nexus 7, similar in price and specs.
What I like on mine is that at 200$ I worry much less about it. Just don't forget to back up your data on a 32GB USB stick...
Mar 6, 2013 6:44 AM
Mar 7, 2013 5:15 AM
5I can only speak of the micro USB port of my Asus and that works great.
Hard drive need to be connected to their own power source, that's all.
Just connected my little Sony Rx-100 camera and that showed up as a hard drive as well, easy to transfer pics directly from camera.
Only drawback was so far that wifi dropped in and out after installing a switch. Changed it to another app and works fine now- wifi is off by default, I switch it on when I need it, turns itself off when not in range of a known network anymore, saves power that way when I forget to switch it off.
Love this little Asus and is a steal at that price.
Mar 7, 2013 6:31 PM
Transferring pictures from our camera's to external hard drive/USB stick (Camera’s have SD card, might change if I buy a new camera)
Connecting external hard drive to tablet to watch movie's etc.
using a bit word/xls, for budget, lists and so on
I still take my netbook with SSD drive with me overseas - no spinning disks, harder to break.
I am looking at some tablets myself due to the longer battery life than my netbook. However, the high end ones are quite expensive such as the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.
Mar 7, 2013 8:02 PM
7ipad (and other tablets) can be used with wifi hard drives:
Of course it needs more power this way as wifi is used and dunno about transfer speed. And of course those drives cost more money than bog standard USB drives. Still, having inbuild wifi and a battery makes them quite versatile, you can use them with smart phones too. No need for a power outlet either, so you can use them anywhere on the go.
Smart stuff, would love to have one of those myself.
PhiMeow, indeed the more powerful tablets are still expensive.
Acer and Samsung both have powerful, i5 slates, the way to go, but I will wait until they drop into the 600$ price range until I replace my old Dell laptop.
Samsung ATIV Pro:
There is Atom powered variants too which give less computing power but longer battery life.
Still, at 1000$ and up I will rather wait.
Mar 9, 2013 7:42 AM
Mar 9, 2013 8:16 AM
Mar 12, 2013 10:58 PM
10We will safe pictures etc. via Cloud storage but when we have no or weak wifi we def need another option.
And if we like to transfer files e.g. sd card to hard drive, maybe the iusbport is a solution. http://www.hypershop.com/iFlashDrive-vs-iUSBport-s/210.htm
Does anyone has experience with this device? And maybe used it with an android tablet?
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