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tonyptony
2011-10-29, 11:38
I'm looking for a Wi-fi capable, SB supported remote device now that my 770 is being retired. I have the Controller but the screen is too small. I have some things which may narrow down the choices so here goes:

- I have a work supplied Blackberry so I don't have my own cell phone of the new fancy types (Android or iPhone), and really have no intention to get one.

- I don't want anything as big (or expensive) as an iPad.

- I want something that is well supported with a SB/SS interface, and can be used as a decent sofa-side Internet access device (so it should have a decent Web-capable UI).

Is there anything which will fit the bill?

garym
2011-10-29, 11:55
I'm looking for a Wi-fi capable, SB supported remote device now that my 770 is being retired. I have the Controller but the screen is too small. I have some things which may narrow down the choices so here goes:

- I have a work supplied Blackberry so I don't have my own cell phone of the new fancy types (Android or iPhone), and really have no intention to get one.

- I don't want anything as big (or expensive) as an iPad.

- I want something that is well supported with a SB/SS interface, and can be used as a decent sofa-side Internet access device (so it should have a decent Web-capable UI).

Is there anything which will fit the bill?

easy. iTOUCH, with the iPeng app. surf the net, control your SbS and all connected players, and serve as a SB player by itself via iPeng.

tonyptony
2011-10-29, 14:08
Yes, I was looking at these. I wasn't sure if there were any non-phone Android tablets that could also be considered.

garym
2011-10-29, 14:14
Yes, I was looking at these. I wasn't sure if there were any non-phone Android tablets that could also be considered.

don't know about those. You should be able to pick up a used Touch or a used "non-phone" iphone3 for almost nothing. These old iphones can work as touch's just fine with no phone service. I know I just gave away my two old iphone3 units (replaced with 4S's) to a couple of friends just to use as remotes in their homes with the added benefit of web searching and email on wifi.

tonyptony
2011-10-29, 18:09
I checked on eBay for used iTouches but it seems so many of them have cracked screens. Is this an issue? Are the iPhone 3s better in this regard?

garym
2011-10-29, 19:32
I checked on eBay for used iTouches but it seems so many of them have cracked screens. Is this an issue? Are the iPhone 3s better in this regard?

hmmmm. possible I'm sure, but you'd want to avoid these. My wife and I had iphone 3 and carried them around for 3 years (I think) and didn't have cases. We dropped them occasionally, but typically just scratched the outside edge or something. Never cracked a screen. And I know several people with iphones and none have cracked a screen yet. Bottom line, keep looking as you don't want one of these. (p.s. shouldn't be much difference in this regard for itouch vs iphone).

pippin
2011-10-29, 20:41
I don't think it's a general iPod touch issue, I believe the issue is that since it's a very expensive thing to fix people sell them off when the screen is cracked.

My experience is that the screens are actually _very_ robust.

I've dropped all of my devices a lot and so far I crashed the screen of one iPhone 3 (when it fell right at a stone) and of my iPad two. The latter (iPad 2) was indeed a systematic problem that I predicted on the day I got it and has to do with the fact that the SmartCover is way to flimsy to give it any hold.
A lot of people crash iPhone 4 for the same reason: it's a very slick device that tends to drop easily from your pocket.

Add to that that a lot of people use the devices a lot.

But it's almost impossible to scratch the screen and when it just drops to the floor the "normal" way chances are high it survives. I'd say better than with most other phones with similar screens.
Actually the worst device in that respect may be iPhone 4(S).

Mnyb
2011-10-29, 21:12
If you are getting an used iSomething, I sugests going with one that supports ios4 .

I,m using an iPad 1 btw, you find it to big but they may show up used the cheap ones are with not much memory and no 3g, the 64g 3g model was 2*$ compared to the smallest option.

I assume it's the same for the iPod touch if it has small memory it is " useless " as player, but works fine as remote. But second hand price may be better.

JJZolx
2011-10-29, 22:34
A 7" Android tablet would do it. Much less expensive than an iPad. The iPhone and iPod Touch are also pricey and much too small for web browsing for my tastes.

tonyptony
2011-10-30, 06:00
A 7" Android tablet would do it. Much less expensive than an iPad. The iPhone and iPod Touch are also pricey and much too small for web browsing for my tastes.

Yeah, the more I look at the size the more an iSomething looks fine as a remote, but maybe not so good as an armchair browser. Even the 7" Androids are a bit more money than a used iTouch, though, and there are so many of them. I read the reviews on Cnet; seems like they vary a bit in price and features.

garym
2011-10-30, 06:03
Yeah, the more I look at the size the more an iSomething looks fine as a remote, but maybe not so good as an armchair browser. Even the 7" Androids are a bit more money than a used iTouch, though, and there are so many of them. I read the reviews on Cnet; seems like they vary a bit in price and features.

maybe a used ipad-1, with wifi only would be fairly cheap by now.... I must say that my ipad2 is the perfect remote AND is fantastic for surfing the web. I initially didn't think I'd use it that much (I have a laptop and I have an iphone, so why do I really need an ipad?.....but I find myself turning on the laptop less and less)

pippin
2011-10-30, 06:09
You'd find that the iPad 1 works just as well in that respect.
iPad 2 is a bit faster but that's it. I've used the camera ONCE, to see whether it works. Do I need GPS in an iPad???

iPad 1 has 1 BIG advantage: you can get that ugly black cover for it which looks really, really bad but actually protects the device and gives it some hold when lying on slippery surfaces.

rgro
2011-10-30, 07:27
I've been extremely happy with how this works (iPad 1). High waf, too!

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=86922

tonyptony
2011-10-30, 16:00
Hmm, the Nook Color can be had pretty cheaply as a refurb and there is a root kit to unlock the full Android OS. And on top of that it seems like the Nook Color 2 will be announced in about a week. I think I should hold off until I see what that's all about.

JJZolx
2011-10-30, 19:31
Hmm, the Nook Color can be had pretty cheaply as a refurb and there is a root kit to unlock the full Android OS. And on top of that it seems like the Nook Color 2 will be announced in about a week. I think I should hold off until I see what that's all about.

If nothing else it will make a used Nook Color all the cheaper when the new model comes out. Check out your local Craigslist. There are a lot of them being sold as people decide they want an iPad or a 10" Android tablet.