- shopping with the MIL tomorrow for a new tablet, windows OS help please.
There’s quite a lot of choice out there now but not all of them will be in JL. Offerings from ASUS, Dell, Acer, Lenovo as well as the Surface 2. Most flexibility will be with the Surface 2 Pro but that will come with a bit of a price tag. Might get some hints from here Microsoft site for new computers and thingsPosted 4 years ago2unfit2rideSubscriber
If it helps, but I don’t think I’m about to change your mind, Apple stuff is so much easier for those that just want thing to work.
OK, it’s not the cheapest, but JL have a good offer on This, not the latest spec, but good storage & 3g if needed if she doesn’t want or need home broadband.
BTW, if windows still did anything as simple as XP I would say go with it, but W8 is yet another croc from the people who brought you vista 🙁Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
I’ll join the chorus – as an Applephobic (though we do own an iPad) – you want to persuade her not to get a Windows tablet and get an iPad instead (Android tablets also acceptable, but as first call for tech support there’s no way I’d allow a relative of mine to buy a Windows tablet).Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
We looked at Windows tablets and settled for a touchscreen windows laptop.
Why? Because to get a tablet with any kind of performance you had to spend £700 +. We got the touchscreen laptop for £400 which has similar/better performance.
What we have found, and you need to check out with the tablet. There is the new tablet interface (which is fantastic) but on the laptop if you need yo use word/excel, in fact most software it then launches you in to an almost old world pc desktop type scenario. However its not quite a proper desktop scenario so is properly frustrating and awkward to use.Posted 4 years agoask1974Member
I don’t think she really knows why she why their buying it other than to stay up with the times and sees them more as a computer than a entertainment tablet. Apps are not too important.
Then don’t buy a tablet, you know perfectly well they are not computers… A tablet is all about Apps. If you get her a Windows tablet she’ll hate it; an Android will probably frustrate her but be cheaper; Apple is the only one she has an outside chance of enjoying but will cost more, however the range of Apps and simple UI will likely win her over more so than the competition – Android is nice but lacks Apples intuitiveness, not for someone who’s not tech literate IMO.Posted 4 years agoleffeboySubscriber
Well jut to change that, I have a Surface 2 (the rt version) and love it. Everything said so far I think is true but the surface works well if…
-you have to write Word or Excel docs on it
-you already have other Windows 8 machines in the house
-you aren’t too fussed with lots of apps
Under those conditions it is brilliant. The RT version comes with free version of Office which is great. Most websites work perfectly (which is not true for the ipad) and skydrive means that I or my children can save their work on one of the windows 8 machines and then pick up the surface to continue. If you uses a windows 8 phone it works with that as well of course.
So if you have the cash and meet those other conditions as well then it’s great otherwise maybe something else
Btw. You will see special offers for the first version of the surface but I’m not sure it’s so good (according to reviews). I’ve only used the surface 2 and I love itPosted 4 years agosharkbaitMember
Whatever you get make sure it’s as simple to use as possible (unless your MIL is savvy).
Edit: I’m typing this on my new Acer Chromebook and it’s fab. Light, proper keyboard, loads of battery life, instant on and loads of google apps. Cheap too.Posted 4 years ago
Depending on what she wants to use it for I’d say it’s better than any tablet (and we have 4 Apple/Android tablets in the house).richardkMember
Why don’t you ask her what she want’s to do on it? If it’s lots of office based stuff (spreadsheets, powerpoints etc) then a windows tablet is good (but a touchscreen laptop may be even better). If its basic email, browsing, TV catch up etc, then other tablets are better.
Also look at their strength (can they hold a 10″ tablet, or is 7″ better), and their eyesight (10″ is better for poor eyesight).
If you get chance, go and look at a Hudl, especially if they are familiar with TescosPosted 4 years ago
what was quite interesting was the first person to serve us was very pro Samsung, I let him prattle on as I’d already clocked his visitors badge, I then asked him “who do you work for”? Answer “Samsung”. MIL probably would have bought that if I hadn’t been there due to his patter! I think if they are from a company other than John Lewis they should disclose it.Posted 4 years ago
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