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Ace Grace
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Hi All,

Over christmas my lovely wife bought me a 32gb Sony tablet S.

Hooray! :-)

Does anyone else have this model or similar.

Thoughts etc..?
#1 at 10:33:21 - 04/01/2012
Whizzo
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I've played about with a Toshiba AT100 and a Lenovo tablet recently for work reasons, they're both Android tablets.

They're not bad pieces of kit but for my workplace, which uses a PAC file for internet proxy configuration, they're bloody useless for one big reason, Android doesn't support it.

Strangely enough iPads work fine using one.
#2 at 11:15:41 - 04/01/2012
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Would love to get my hands on a Sony S tablet, the wedge shape and weight are just awesome, really comfortable to use, but I just can't justify 500 euros to buy the 3G version... :(
#3 at 22:32:31 - 04/01/2012
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Still waiting to see what happens with Windows 8 tablets. If Microsoft can crack the art of doing an app store that competes directly with iTunes, and can jump into bed with enough hardware manufacturers turning out Win8 enabled tablets, it might actually work out alright for 'em. Lot of 'ifs' though. The android market seems a bit too reliant on shonky stuff to interest me much and I'm done with Apple so can Microsoft do a better job of winning me over for a nice new shiny bit of kit? We'll see.
#4 at 12:14:41 - 05/01/2012
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I just can't see where a tablet fits in, for me. If I needed it for work due to the presentational benefits then maybe, but no-one has ever convinced me that it does any one thing better than a dedicated device for that one thing, and phones are now too good at being the "jack of all trades" device for me to need a far less portable 500+ extra one.
#5 at 03:01:02 - 06/01/2012
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I kind of agree with that sentiment ilm, however, I have an iPad and probably use it every single day, but then not actually for anything of note. But the point is it's always used. Whether it's for casual sofa browsing, a quick game of Strick Cricket or something before bed, or to check a website for iPad functionality, it's extremely useful.
#6 at 08:34:40 - 06/01/2012
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I'd probably use one for work - a lot - as carrying scratty bits of A4 around into meetings just looks....like I work in education :)

But I could probably get more use out of one at work. Not so much at home, maybe for those times where I end up using the iPod just to dive onto the net to check something rather than firing up the PC or Mac.

Main reason I'm interested in a Windows 8 tablet rather than anything else is for all the neat little widgets for pissing around with Sharepoint.
#7 at 09:30:38 - 06/01/2012
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If someone bought me one, I'm sure I would also use it pretty much every day, for one thing or another. There's just not enough there to actually motivate me to buy one for myself. :D
#8 at 10:52:19 - 06/01/2012
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iPad is one of those devices that you never knew you needed... until you actually start using it. Apparently.

I was sceptical when it first came out but I can definitely see its appeal now. Hard to justify buying one myself though, when I've already got an iPhone.
#9 at 11:33:35 - 06/01/2012
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I'd still kill for a pressure-sensitive HD A4 colour tablet that worked with Painter 12 :)

I don't want much really.
#10 at 11:36:30 - 06/01/2012
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Apple failed to come up with a marketing slogan that gets to the real crux of the advantages of it. Here's a few I've come up with:

"Couch Internets that don't cook your bollocks!"

"Ever tried to balance a netbook on one knee while you're taking a shit?"

"Even with Retina(tm) phones are still too fucking small"
#11 at 12:37:04 - 06/01/2012
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frod said:"Even with Retina(tm) iPhones are still too fucking small"

Slight correction. :p

I think 4.5/4.7″ screens are fine for typical use of these multi-purpose devices.
#12 at 00:50:57 - 07/01/2012
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Don't forget the teens...

Spank the monkey on the bathroom with your free hand!


:P
#13 at 13:44:31 - 09/01/2012
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Anyone that's interested in a pseudo tablet (5 inches) the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 has been slashed to 99 (from 199/250) at a number of retailers including comet. 1ghz hummingbird cpu, and full market place access. If I hadn't just bought a Motorola Atrix, I'd be all over it like a rash.
#14 at 10:20:17 - 11/01/2012
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Ooh that sounds like a deal.

I really like the Android tablets I've played with in the shops. How are they selling at the moment? Is the tablet market still pretty much "the iPad market"?
#15 at 07:46:04 - 12/01/2012
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The original xoom was selling for 199 recently, android tablets are still selling badly :)
#16 at 09:51:37 - 12/01/2012
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I'm not too surprised, after my time with those Android tablets, I had an iPad 2 to play about with last weekend at home.

I am in no way an Apple fan but they do at least seem to know what they're doing. For example with Android to connect to a wireless router that's not broadcasting an SSID I had to download an app someone had written, with the iPad I just typed in the SSID and password and bham, connected.

I think they're overpriced but there's no real comparison at the moment in just how well they actually work, fingers crossed the Windows 8 tablets are up to snuff.
#17 at 12:45:55 - 12/01/2012
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Main thing I'm hoping the Win8 tablets get right is the same feeling of "no lag" that the iOS stuff has. Even my relatively old iPod Touch is reams better to use than anything android-y I've used. Things just work, and predictably so, without much faffing around.

The main reason I'm interested in the Windows 8 Tablets over jumping straight for an Android tablet is the integration with other MS stuff without the ballache of having to get apps working. Tablet-flavoured 'proper' versions of windows applications (predominantly office but also all the nice neat hooks for Windows 8 that will be coming up with Sharepoint 2012) are what I'm in it for.

I think in less than a year's time, certainly when the Kindle Fire releases to a wider audience, the whole tablet market will collapse under its own weight anyway. Stuff's just too sodding expensive and doesn't work as well as it should for the price.
#18 at 15:01:11 - 12/01/2012
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Stuff is expensive but whether it's overpriced is another matter. Still irritated I missed out on the galaxy smart player for 99 :)
#19 at 16:57:04 - 12/01/2012
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Well it's a possibility that the Asus Transformer Prime (or whatever they're going to end up calling it when they almost certainly lose the lawsuit) could be the Android tablet to rule them all.

The original Transformer was good but this should be a lot better.
#20 at 17:02:37 - 12/01/2012
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It does look good and there's talk about ICS being a lot more polished than previous iterations of Android.

I'd still prefer a 7inch tablet though :)
#21 at 17:20:00 - 12/01/2012
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Smaller than a 7' screen for a tablet just sounds nuts with how powerful phones will be later in the year. And surely ICS will bring about at least some of the improvements needed to make android tabs more competitive. Having played around with it a bit on a GNex it seems at the very least good enough to stand up to some comparison with iOS.
#22 at 22:53:40 - 12/01/2012
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This video of a Windows 8 Tablet/Ultrabook hybrid has got me pretty excited.

First thing I've seen that makes the metro start menu look like a good idea, and also a smart looking laptop to boot.
#23 at 06:06:07 - 13/01/2012
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Wowsers, that looks very nice. Looks like it could be a bit fiddly in hybrid mode but in tablet mode, that would definitely be the sort of size I'd want for a tablet. If that thing can be used with a stylus (and it's grunty enough to run Painter 12) then I'll be all over it.
#24 at 09:10:02 - 13/01/2012

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