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Labarum
2010-12-27, 02:52
Almost all my time on my 12" Windows 7 Laptop is spent in the browser for email, webpages or controlling my Squeezeboxes. I don't realy need that power (or that heat) on my knee, nor do I need anything as expensive as an iPad.

Do any of you use Android Tablets? Any recommendations? Some come with 10" screens which would be nice.

jimzak
2010-12-27, 04:34
Do any of you use Android Tablets? Any recommendations? Some come with 10" screens which would be nice.

The Samsung Tab is the only current Android tablet worth discussing. It's nice but hampered a bit by a cell phone OS (Android version 2.2). Other Android tablets currently available are slow and don't have access to the Android store.

There will be at least two new Android tablets early in the new year, the Motorola one and the Notion Ink. Both of these may provide the iPad with significant competition but their price will be likely comparable.

http://notionink.com/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/214267/motorola_tablet_juiced_with_android_24_to_debut_at _ces.html

bpa
2010-12-27, 05:59
For use as a Wifi based browser the Advent Vega tablet from Dixons (UK only I think) seems to have got "good value for money" reviews

Labarum
2010-12-27, 06:12
For use as a Wifi based browser the Advent Vega tablet from Dixons (UK only I think) seems to have got "good value for money" reviews

That is the on I was looking at. The techies on the Overclockers Forum like it.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18217154&highlight=advent+vega

But I guess till Android 3 all these hardwares will be disadvantaged.

If I could get a tablet to stream BBC iPlayer content from a VPN connection I might be tempted.

bpa
2010-12-27, 06:25
You're adding to your requirements which will always blow budgets. VPN tends to be a bit corporate and increases price (e.g. Cisco cius)

Android 3 maybe a bit off (i.e. 2011 could be Dec 2011) - next release is 2.3. Is VPN scheduled for either of these ?

You may better off waiting for the Windows tablet.

Labarum
2010-12-27, 06:38
Android 3 maybe a bit off (i.e. 2011 could be Dec 2011) - next release is 2.3. Is VPN scheduled for either of these ?

You may better off waiting for the Windows tablet.

Not in any hurry. My 12" Samsung laptop does all I need.

And I wonder what Goggle OS Tablets might do when they appear.

slate
2010-12-27, 07:02
Android 3 maybe a bit off (i.e. 2011 could be Dec 2011) - next release is 2.3.

Wasn't 2.3 released 2 weeks ago or am I totally mistaken....?!!

Edit: it is released and selling on Nexus S in the states

pski
2010-12-27, 09:49
Not in any hurry. My 12" Samsung laptop does all I need.

And I wonder what Goggle OS Tablets might do when they appear.

If you have a Google Mail account, download/install the Chrome browser.

Open Chrome and sign-on to GMail. This is what a Google OS tablet looks like.

It's a small Linux distro that's grafted to Google online.

Oh, you can (In Chromium OS) press Ctrl+Alt-T to open a command console, and less obviously, you can browse address file:// to see the file structure.

The "Chrome" icon opens a tabbed page with headings:



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Raptor
2010-12-29, 04:00
Almost all my time on my 12" Windows 7 Laptop is spent in the browser for email, webpages or controlling my Squeezeboxes. I don't realy need that power (or that heat) on my knee, nor do I need anything as expensive as an iPad.

I would say consider the iPad...the price put me off too, but after a particularly good poker night(!) I took the plunge and haven't regretted it once.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the competing Tabs appearing now just as (disappointingly) expensive?

From experience, I think it will fulfil your criteria perfectly.

Seasons greeting all!

Simon.

JeffHart
2010-12-30, 08:32
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is next week in the US - many new options are expected to be introduced. If you're looking for just browsing, you may want to take a look at some of the color eReaders (stay away from the eInk screens.) Much more market competition and the difference between a high-end eReader and a low-end slate is diminishing daily.

Cheers,
Jeff

Labarum
2010-12-30, 08:37
If you're looking for just browsing, you may want to take a look at some of the color eReaders (stay away from the eInk screens.) Much more market competition and the difference between a high-end eReader and a low-end slate is diminishing daily.


I did wonder how that would develop. Thanks

Mark Miksis
2010-12-30, 09:55
I just bought a nook color and rooted it. I love it for $250. I think I prefer the 7" for kindle books and squeezecommander, but 10 might be nicer for general web browsing. Right now I'm on a cross country flight reading ebook, surfing the web and streaming Pandora. :)

JeffHart
2010-12-30, 12:46
The Nook color was what I was thinking of, however, I don't think it's available in the UK yet. Good reviews by cnet & engadget.

flattermann
2010-12-30, 17:45
Do any of you use Android Tablets? Any recommendations? Some come with 10" screens which would be nice.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an Archos 10.1 (and and iPad).

I barely use the Archos 10.1 because the screen is too bad and the battery is empty very, very fast (even when not in use).

The Galaxy Tab is really nice (albeit a bit expensive), you could even use it as phone replacement (with bluetooth headset).
I like the Galaxy Tab because the performance is ok, the screen looks fine and the battery stays alive pretty long.

Like you, I'm still waiting for a nice 10" Android tablet, but I think there will be some better tablets released in the next year.

Ron Olsen
2010-12-30, 19:08
In my opinion, the best tablet to be released in 2011 will be the iPad 2. Apple is still ahead of the field in this market.