Author Topic: Instead of a Tablet  (Read 828 times)

JennyB

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Instead of a Tablet
« on: September 24, 2019, 10:18:15 am »
I had quite an advanced tablet habit - I took one with me almost everywhere - until I managed to crack two screens in a row. Both tablets had several other flaws, so were not really worth repairing.


Now, after a few weeks without, I find I prefer to wait till I can get to a proper computer for browsing and writing purposes, but there were three devices that the tablet replaced for which a static computer is no substitute: camera, voice recorder and watch/timer.


None of them require Internet access, and a tablet is not particularly good at any one of them. What would you recommend for each at a price that won't make me think 'feck it, I'll just get another tablet'?
Jennifer - Walker of hills

Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2019, 10:21:41 am »
A mobile phone? You don't need a SIM but the camera will be much better than a tablet.

Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2019, 10:24:03 am »
what's your current phone? if it's even reasonably 'smart' it'll do all of that..

(I did the same as you, havent replaced my tablet and don't miss it at all)
((except for reading books on it. The phone screen is too small))
(((but it's reminded me I much prefer actual books anyway...)))

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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2019, 10:26:08 am »
I'm using Mrs P's old phone without a SIM as an occasional use mini-tablet.

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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2019, 10:51:35 am »
A camera? Maybe a small tough one, if you want to chuck it your pocket and not worry about it. You could record videos if you want to use it as a voice recorder. Though the microphone may not be great quality.

Plus your choice of wristwatch. Can get a Casio digital watch for less than £10. Simple and reliable, including stopwatch, timer etc.

Kim

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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2019, 11:01:55 am »
Tablet with a decent keyboard case.  It'll protect the screen.
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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2019, 11:02:59 am »
I went through a stage of using an iPad but eventually admitted it was an awkward compromise for most things – a Macbook isn't exactly a burden and far more flexible for actual tasks without compromise, and a smartphone more portable for tasks on the move, photos and the like. There's plenty of cheapish smartphones around, especially second-hand.

I only use my iPad for occasional browsing these days. I wouldn't buy another.
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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2019, 12:58:19 pm »
I'm old-skool and use a camera for taking photos and a watch for time-related things.  Verily, it doth make me laarrff watching folks using a foot-long fondeslab to take their holiday snaps.
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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2019, 01:08:18 pm »
Esp. when aforesaid fondlefetish is in a luxury foldover case which keeps flapping shut.
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Kim

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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2019, 01:33:46 pm »
Yes, the use of a fondleslab as a camera should only be permissible when:
a) You're a visually impaired person using it in order to see something distant.
b) You're fondling the slab, and suddenly have reason to photograph what's immediately in front of you.
c) Video conferencing.
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JennyB

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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2019, 03:05:31 pm »
I never really thought about the possibility of a sim-less smartphone. Possibly that's because I'm 63 and so both too old and too young to get into mobiles. All my friends of 70 or 80 wouldn't be without them, but I just have a cheap Tesco pay-as-you-go that I only keep for away-from-home emergencies.


Camera or phone, I'm looking for the equivalent of a Morris Minor - not fast or flashy, but it will keep on getting you there.
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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2019, 03:15:12 pm »
Just think of it as a smaller tablet with a much better camera!
Something like the Moto G7 power for £159.95 from Amazon

Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2019, 03:30:18 pm »
iPad Mini, if they still do them? I find using my phone as a surfing device rather tedious. I am 58 with varisexual glasses and it's a pain to read my smallish screened Honor 9 Lite. YMMV, especially with a larger screen on your phone.
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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2019, 12:11:06 am »
Just think of it as a smaller tablet with a much better camera!
Something like the Moto G7 power for £159.95 from Amazon

You don't need to spend anything like that. A £30 PAYG Android phone is likely to have no worse a camera than found in a tablet, if that's all that's needed.

And yeah, since it's all Android - assuming your tablet was - you're not really having to learn anything new.

JennyB

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Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2019, 08:59:10 am »
Just think of it as a smaller tablet with a much better camera!
Something like the Moto G7 power for £159.95 from Amazon

You don't need to spend anything like that. A £30 PAYG Android phone is likely to have no worse a camera than found in a tablet, if that's all that's needed.

And yeah, since it's all Android - assuming your tablet was - you're not really having to learn anything new.


That makes a lot of sense (yes, it was Android) something handier (for my purposes) for the cost of replacing the screen on the tablet.
Jennifer - Walker of hills

Re: Instead of a Tablet
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2019, 09:28:14 am »
Just think of it as a smaller tablet with a much better camera!
Something like the Moto G7 power for £159.95 from Amazon

You don't need to spend anything like that. A £30 PAYG Android phone is likely to have no worse a camera than found in a tablet, if that's all that's needed.

And yeah, since it's all Android - assuming your tablet was - you're not really having to learn anything new.

That was just an example as we don't know the budget.

A Moto E5 play is only £60. I would be wary of really cheap phones as the camera tends to be a bit naff!