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Old 09-10-2013, 06:13   #26
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Thanks for all the input folks. I'm shooting for no more than $400 if I go the tablet route. Laptop would probably be a better idea, but I can't imagine 9th grade "document processing" being anywhere near what most of us think when we hear those words. I'm thinking a tablet will do enough at the speed it needs to be done for her purposes.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:15   #27
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Thanks for all the input folks. I'm shooting for no more than $400 if I go the tablet route. Laptop would probably be a better idea, but I can't imagine 9th grade "document processing" being anywhere near what most of us think when we hezr those words. I'm thinking a tablet will do enough at the speed it needs to be done for her purposes.
Well a laptop would be a better choice then. The Surface RT can be found for that price with a keyboard and has MS Office.
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Old 09-10-2013, 20:19   #28
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Thanks for all the input folks. I'm shooting for no more than $400 if I go the tablet route. Laptop would probably be a better idea, but I can't imagine 9th grade "document processing" being anywhere near what most of us think when we hear those words. I'm thinking a tablet will do enough at the speed it needs to be done for her purposes.
A tablet will do just fine, and be far more portable with far better battery life than a laptop at the $400 price range. Just get a physical keyboard and a stand (should cost around $30 for both). Keep in mind that excellent laptops with 8+ hours of battery life can be had for $1000 and up, but at the $400 price range you are looking at giant dinosaurs with 3-4 hours of battery at best.
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Old 09-10-2013, 20:32   #29
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Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet/laptop. Not made anymore in this model so it's cheaper. More weight but much more versatility and infinitely easier to type on. An actual hard drive. WiFi built in. I own two and used them daily.




I bought refurbs and have been very happy.
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Old 09-11-2013, 13:50   #30
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I have an HTC Flyer that I've had for about a year and a half. I would recommend you avoid it. Heavy, endless connectivity problems with WiFi. When I still had it on a data plan it was no problem, but I got tired of blowing thirty bucks a month.
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Old 09-11-2013, 16:25   #31
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Two pieces of advice.

Get on Amazon, search and read customer reviews. Some of those guys are the Hickock45 of tech devices.

Think long and hard before getting a Kindle, they are very locked down by Amazon. If I had known I would not have bought one.
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenb...le_Fire_Review
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Old 09-11-2013, 19:10   #32
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My daughter "needs" a tablet for her freshman year of high school. It needs to be able to connect via wifi, because I refuse to pay for another data plan. It must also be able to do basic document processing (MS Word, excel, Power Point, etc.) and have enough memory to store it all. Doesn't need to be top-of-the-line but I do want a good value for my money.
I am a computer security guy. I hang out with computer guys. I have an Android tablet, personal laptop, company laptop, other company laptop. I have friends with Ipads.

IMHO, get a small light weight laptop to do real work.

My tablet only gets used for looking at pictures when I don't want to take a real computer with me. It also works well hooked into my smart phone for mobile mapping. But the word processing is lacking. Excel is not a full excel.
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I am a computer security guy. I hang out with computer guys. I have an Android tablet, personal laptop, company laptop, other company laptop. I have friends with Ipads.

IMHO, get a small light weight laptop to do real work.

My tablet only gets used for looking at pictures when I don't want to take a real computer with me. It also works well hooked into my smart phone for mobile mapping. But the word processing is lacking. Excel is not a full excel.
The problem is that in his price range, small lightweight laptops do not exist. Those are the Macbook Air or Samsung Series 9 types, which start at $1000. In the $400 price range, you can only get giant dinosaurs with poor battery life.
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The problem is that in his price range, small lightweight laptops do not exist. Those are the Macbook Air or Samsung Series 9 types, which start at $1000. In the $400 price range, you can only get giant dinosaurs with poor battery life.
See post#29. Though battery is only a couple hours of max brightness and continuous use.

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Old 09-11-2013, 21:40   #35
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See post#29. Though battery is only a couple hours of max brightness and continuous use.
I see him spending $400 now and then $1000 around Christmas.
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