Request for tablet suggestions

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  1. jrp

    jrp Thread Starter SatelliteGuys Family Pub Member / Supporter

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    My brother & I are looking to set our dad up with a tablet to do the following:

    •Get him on facebook so he can see pictures of his grandkids and his great-granddaughter
    •Get email
    •Do some web browsing
    •Occasionally print, so it has to be air print capable
    •Dad won't be typing on screen anytime soon, so it has to accept an external keyboard
    •He doesn't have internet into his house and only has a basic cell phone—the tablet will have to have a cellular radio

    He will never be and won't move it around a lot, so I don't think he needs anything really high-end. I'm sure he can handle the learning curve, be it iOS or Android. What are your suggestions?

    Thanks for your constructive input.
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  2. Tampa8

    Tampa8 SUPPORTING FOUNDER 9/8/2003 Pub Member / Supporter

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    Sounds like he won't need an HDMI connection or an SD card, so I would say a Nexus. If Tmobile is strong at his house go with that Nexus.
  3. jrp

    jrp Thread Starter SatelliteGuys Family Pub Member / Supporter

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    It will have to be Verizon or US Cellular. Most likely Verizon.
  4. Brian Fuller

    Brian Fuller Member

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    On the small side you can get an HSPA+ (ATT 4G) enabled Nexus 7.
    On the larger side the Galaxy Note 10 or an iPad are your best bets for data enabled tablet

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  5. Neutron

    Neutron Founding Supporter Supporting Founder

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    If your dad just wants basic functionality for a tablet as described by you I would recommend an iPad. It will accept a bluetooth keyboard.
  6. John Kotches

    John Kotches SatelliteGuys Family Supporting Founder

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    Jason:

    So will Android. They also accept bluetooth mice and other pointing devices just as iPad should. They both have implemented the HID specification for Bluetooth which handles keyboard and pointing devices.
  7. jrp

    jrp Thread Starter SatelliteGuys Family Pub Member / Supporter

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    I was hoping there was a tablet I was missing besides the Note and the iPad that did cellular data but was more of a budget tab. He doesn't need top end, but a cellular radio will make it better for him. Anybody tried a Motorola Xyboard? It's a little bit cheaper.
  8. yourbeliefs

    yourbeliefs Something Profound Pub Member / Supporter

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    IceMonkey and Daily Steals often have refurbished tablets on sale for discount prices.
  9. John Kotches

    John Kotches SatelliteGuys Family Supporting Founder

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    Is he going to be wary of cellular data usage? I'd be concerned about that sneaking up on him if he isn't as observant about his data usage vs his data plan.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
  10. mike123abc

    mike123abc Too many cables Supporting Founder

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    How computer savvy is your dad? My parents are split. Dad likes the iPad, mom likes the Kindle Fire HD. They both now read books on their tablets and the local library has a checkout program for the tablets.

    Also if he gets a wifi tablet you could get a mifi device. If you are covered by Virgin mobile's network (Sprint) http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobile-broadband-plans/broadband-2-go/overview/

    you could set him up with unlimited 4G if it is in your area (or perhaps $35 for 2GB 3G). He could still take it with him, but also gives you the flexibility of having up to 5 devices.
  11. John Kotches

    John Kotches SatelliteGuys Family Supporting Founder

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    The catch here is that either one is probably an added cost. This could be an issue if they are on a fixed income.
  12. jrp

    jrp Thread Starter SatelliteGuys Family Pub Member / Supporter

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    I think the Kindle Fire is AT&T only. Is that correct? AT&T is not an option in rural Iowa. If not, I'd look pretty hard at it. Dad is not great with tech, but that's a choice not related to his abilities. He's exhibited a desire to pick up the skills and I'm confident that he can.


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  13. John Kotches

    John Kotches SatelliteGuys Family Supporting Founder

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    jrp:

    That's a good starting point. Much easier than if you had to drag him kicking and screaming IMO.
  14. truckracer

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    Samsung galaxy tab here very happy
  15. ke4est

    ke4est Long Live FTA Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    Yeah unless there is something new, yes only at&t. Same thing here I need it to be Verizon. If it wasn't for that the Kindle Fire HD would be your best bet for him. I have one but the one without a cellular radio. If they did Verizon I would have gotten it. I am around WiFi a lot, but it would be nice to have 4G, when I take it out and about.
  16. Kraven

    Kraven SatGuys Resident Bozo Pub Member / Supporter

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    Initially I bought an acer, Ipad and Galaxy2 and tried them all over the weekend. Comfort wise Ipad was far better. The Acer, in tech terms, was a superior tablet: USB in, HDMI out, Full 1080p resolution, faster processor and more storage BUT the Ipad was very user friendly that I chose the Ipad for comfort and ease of use.

    Cheers, K

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