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#31 +TruckWEB

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 16:55

For Office use, I'd chose the Dell Venue Pro 8 or the Lenovo Miix 2 8.  Both are 8" tablet, not that much smaller than the G Pad you're looking.  Running full Windows 8.1 on a quad-core Intel CPU.  So you can install any software you want.  You get Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).  If you have the money, it would be better to select the 64Gb version.  And you can add more storage with a MicroSD card.

 

But.... It's running Windows...  And the App store is not filled with games as much as what you can find on Android.




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Posted 06 April 2014 - 19:01

For Office use, I'd chose the Dell Venue Pro 8 or the Lenovo Miix 2 8.  Both are 8" tablet, not that much smaller than the G Pad you're looking.  Running full Windows 8.1 on a quad-core Intel CPU.  So you can install any software you want.  You get Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).  If you have the money, it would be better to select the 64Gb version.  And you can add more storage with a MicroSD card.

 

But.... It's running Windows...  And the App store is not filled with games as much as what you can find on Android.

 

Like...PC software?!



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 20:29

Yes, like PC software...  It's a full Windows 8.1, and yes, you can install Photoshop, Chrome, Flash if you want.



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 21:09

Yes, like PC software...  It's a full Windows 8.1, and yes, you can install Photoshop, Chrome, Flash if you want.

I see that there's only one USB port on this tablet...that's bad, because that's the charging port...so I can't charge it while using, let's say, a keyboard... Also, no hDMI port, only Miracast...

Anyway, are you saying that this tablet is like a "small desktop", and I can install on it whatever software I install on my Windows PC? I only know about the VERY expensive version of Surface that lets you do that, you sure it's the same thing?



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 23:37

Yes, the Venue Pro 8" and Miix 2 8" are both "small desktop" tablet that you can install whatever on them.  A single USB port is what you're going to see on almost ALL tablet, even on Surface.  Except that on Surface, it's a full size USB port.

 

Get yourself a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse and that problem is solved.

 

Get a USB host dongle and you will be able to connect USB Key or external HDD to your tablet : 

http://www.amazon.co...ywords=usb host

 

You can get a Miracast dongle or adapter for your TV :

http://www.amazon.co...s=miracast hdmi



#36 Auditor

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 23:45

Just get Samsung Galaxy 10.1 inch for the price of $350 and be happy with it. 



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 23:53

Just get Samsung Galaxy 10.1 inch for the price of $350 and be happy with it.

Where do you see it for 350 ?

Must be some watered down version.

I'm typing on my new Samsung Galaxy 10 now :cool:

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 00:03

Most modern tablets from reputable brands work fine. All I'd recommend is getting hold of whatever you're looking at first to make sure it feels good to you in terms of build quality and weight. I've got an old iPad 2 lying around and can't hold it the way I want because it's too heavy. You also don't want to buy something that'll make you think 'this feels like a cheap piece of junk' every time you pick it up.



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 00:37

One more question for you guys: what do you think about Asus VivoTab Smart? I got an offer to buy one of these, at about 250$.



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 00:44

I just got a HP Slate 7 Extreme tablet which has a built in passive stylus.  It has a 1.8ghz Quad Core Nvidia Tegra core in it and feels very nice in quality and abilities.  The tablet is very fast, scored well in the 3dMark benchmark and is overall nice. 

 

It has a Mini HDMI port for the external ports aside from the headphone and micro usb. More specs here: http://www.shopping....-Slate7-Extreme

 

For a lower cost tablet, this really packs a mean punch in abilities for it's small size. :)



#41 Auditor

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 00:46

Where do you see it for 350 ?

Must be some watered down version.

I'm typing on my new Samsung Galaxy 10 now :cool:

I don't know where are you located but here is one for $350

 

http://www.futuresho...1cc171b23f2en02



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:10

The Vivo Tab looks pretty good.  Again I'm going to ding on the low resolution, especially with it having a 10" screen, but you're probably not going to find a better resolution on a low-end Windows tablet.  I think the Miix 2 has a 1080p screen, and it's only 8", but that's an exception.  If you're looking for a Windows tablet now instead of an Android tablet you may want to hold off a bit, because with the recent announcement that Windows will be licensed to OEMs for free for 9" and below devices we're probably going to see devices with their current specs drop in price and devices with higher specs for the same price as the current ones.



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:31

The Vivo Tab looks pretty good.  Again I'm going to ding on the low resolution, especially with it having a 10" screen, but you're probably not going to find a better resolution on a low-end Windows tablet.  I think the Miix 2 has a 1080p screen, and it's only 8", but that's an exception.  If you're looking for a Windows tablet now instead of an Android tablet you may want to hold off a bit, because with the recent announcement that Windows will be licensed to OEMs for free for 9" and below devices we're probably going to see devices with their current specs drop in price and devices with higher specs for the same price as the current ones.

Yeah, I've noticed that too, but other than that resolution the specs are good, I think. I'm not necessarily looking for a Windows tablet, because I know that these are much more expensive (the ones that can run actual Windows software, like PCs), but if I have some options I take them into consideration. How much does that resolution matter? Is it noticeable, in video and other stuff? Like, huge pixels, or what?