Tablet Computers

by Brad Nelson   6/25/14

I may be in the market for a new tablet computer. What I currently have is an Acer A500 10.1 tablet computer. It’s a couple years old and has been very reliable. It has a lot of great ports that you don’t find on most other tablet computers (such as a full-size USB port). That was one of its best selling points. The screen is bright and clear. But because the web is always adding new cpu-zapping bells and whistles, it’s starting to get a little underpowered.

One unit I’m looking at is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (10.1″) which Amazon has for about $319.00, which is well within my price range.

There are some great 7″ tablets on the market as well. But I prefer to have at least one with a 10.1″ screen. I think that makes for the best book reader and internet reader. Anything smaller is certainly good regarding portability but is a little bit of a pain to use, in practice (especially for the internet).

I’d be interested in hearing anyone’s thoughts on what they are using for a tablet computer or what they recommend. And I prefer remaining with the Android platform although I realize that the iPads are great tablet computers as well.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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5 Responses to Tablet Computers

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I certainly can’t provide you with advice on the subject, but I have a friend who’s our local computer expert, and he might know. I’ve mentioned this site to him (and other friends) before, and maybe the Tech Blog will interest him.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks, Timothy.

      I love me tablet computer (a thoroughly platonic love, to be sure). I almost never use my old Kindle anymore. And, I must confess, I’m not desperately in need of a new tablet. It still works perfectly fine for book reading. And although it’s a little slow with the internet, it’s good enough for the typically light browsing I do (NRO, American Thinker, American Spectator, and this site).

      The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 looks like a sweet deal at $319.00. But I figure if I’m going to upgrade, I should probably upgrade to a tablet with a higher resolution display.

      I was just looking back at my records, and the tablet I have now (Acer A500) I bought in October of 2011. Sort of an early Christmas Gift for myself. And it’s held up pretty well. But Samsung seems to be the cutting edge on these at the moment (at least of the Android variety). Acer hasn’t done much since with their 10.1″ tablets. I like to stick with a brand that’s been good to me if at all possible.

  2. Glenn Fairman says:

    I have the Microsoft Surface RT…..several generations old now. I have a lit type keyboard 32 gb of memory expanded to 64 with a card. It has a USB port and uses apps that are both free and can be purchased. It has a desktop mode and the touch screen. 10.6 inch screen. Big enough to screen Netflix and a bunch of functions. It may have limitations on some apps but I like it. Some of the hybrid laptops may be interesting to you also.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Glenn. As much as Apple and others have tried to make it a heresy to have a hardware keyboard, I see no viable substitute for it for serious writing. That is a limitation of my current tablet. Oh, it works wonderfully with a plugged-in USB keyboard. But it’s not a slim and portable solution, thus my tablet is generally only ever a passive viewing device…mainly for reading books and articles but not for writing.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    By the way, Amazon now has their Kindle Paperwhite reader on sale for $99.99. I’m tempted. I think I’ll put that hundred dollars towards another full-out tablet computer when my current one breaks or is lost or stolen. (I keep setting it on the table behind me at Starbucks but nobody wants it.)

    Still, for strictly book reading, this looks like a truly great product.

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