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Which hand held tablet should I consider?

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#1 ScreamingBanshee


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

Hi, I'm new to tablets in general.  All this talk of Androids, Jellybeans and icecream sandwiches are not doing much for my appetite, as at present I'm overwhelmed by the jargon.  If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'll be most grateful.

I'll start by outlining my intended uses and budget.


I am an artist & sculptor who is looking for a hand held device to bring quality images right up to my work for reference.   I need to be able to magnify, flip and swap images without too much fuss.


I also work part time as an actor and intend to use it for viewing & editing scripts (text/ RTF etc).  My way of learning lines is through audio, which I record at home on the desktop PC and take out with me in the form of MP3.  So listening and reading on train journeys and around the home.  For this reason, battery life is important but I have no idea what to expect, so perhaps you can tell me.


I also surf the internet and watch a lot of flash videos, such as Youtube.


My budget is £130 (GBP).  A few of my friends & colleagues use Apple ipads and are unable to advise me on the alternatives.  I would go with Apple but am on a severely tight budget, so out of the question.


I will consider either new or second hand, depending on the advantages of quality over 'newness'.


I have seen one Apple ipad 1 going for £170.  I understand they keep their value and are very well made.  I would consider it if there is no significant loss in having an older model.  I do not intend to play games or use it for Skype.  I won't be using it as a phone or download whole feature length movies  - just streaming media will do me for now.

What do you think?  Is this viable or am I asking too much?



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:28 PM

If you are looking for a 10 inch model I think your budget will be an issue, new or previously loved either ipad or Android.

Slightly more in price than you are looking for. But bang for buck I don't think you can currently do better than: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/07/the-2013-nexus-7-review-meet-the-new-standard-for-android-tablets/

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:25 AM

I ended up getting this
For £100. I'm extremely happy with it. :)
8" seems like the perfect size for carrying around.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:36 AM

My Mother really enjoys her Kindle Fire. 

She uses it for browsing, youtube, playing games, and reading. 

I think the screen looks nice, but she never puts the thing down so the battery dies down rather quickly.

Without a need for Skype, and full-length movies I wouldn't think you would need the HD tablet.




Although it is overbudget, you can probably find a used one easily enough.

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