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violet eyes

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Anyone got any regrets about buying one of these?

Been thinking of getting one for months but that's as far as I get. I have read many of the 5 star reviews on them and wonder if I am really missing out with not owning one.
I'm not that good with the workings of computers or mobiles but some of my family say I'll be ok, so they tell me to just get one and stop talking about it.
Will I be one of those people who say... should have got one sooner, I can't live without it... or will I have wasted my money.
What's your view on them?

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Wendy

I-pad

Hi Ve

I haven't got one but, like you, thinking of it. We bought a 'tablet' when husband went into hospital, unfortunately it wouldn't charge so he had to do without it. We got our money back and on a quick look round the shop saw a small laptop about the size of a tablet. I would consider one of those as them memory is usually bigger than a tablet also you have the the lid to protect the screen. It would be best to compare the memory size between a small laptop and an I-pad.

I'm not particularly well-up on these things but I've been told that memory size - depending what you want to do - is one of the major things to consider.

Wendy x

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SonyaK

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I've got one and I'm happy with it, but it depends what you want it for!!

Great for looking at your photos, email, looking online for stuff (the Google app is really handy).

Typing on the 'virtual keyboard' is a bit of a pain, but it's a lot bigger than the one on my iPhone and you can connect them to a real keyboard if you want to.

Memory is important when choosing as you can't add any more and there is no USB connection for a flash-drive. If you want more memory you pay for it when you buy one!! (Apple are smart like that!)

I got 32GB, (16GB is the smallest) and I think that's plenty for me. Depends if you want to download DVD's and store them on there you'd need more, but I don't.
The Apps themselves take up a bit of memory space, which is why I went for the 32GB, but I haven't nearly used it all yet!!

I think they are easy to use, so I imagine you wouldn't have problems, but I use Apple computers and an iPhone so I'm used to them. Can't really advise much more!!

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violet eyes

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Thanks to you both for those helpful replies.
Wendy, I didn't know they made small lap tops so looked them up online, not sure what to make of them as most seemed to have more 1 star than 5 stars reviews. Anyway the boy wouldn't be very happy, he doesn't like any competion for my lap :o)

sonyaK, I don't think I would use it for DVD's but maybe just the other things you talk about but I will remember what you say about the memory size. There is so much to know about them before buying, I don't want to get the wrong one.
What's making it difficult is that I really don't understand all the technical stuff.

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Wendy

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I fully understand about the competetion for you lap, that's why ours is on a desk! I rarely have the laptop on my knee as it just invites a cat to climb up!

I've seen on television that the magazine 'Which' do a free guide to laptops and I-pads, it might be worth getting hold of one of those.

When I saw the small laptop I didn't have enough time to stop and take note of the details. I admit I haven't seen any reviews or comments on laptops. We bought an Asus one last year and the thing that sold it to us was the memory size, speed and chip. The speed is important as well as memory size. The chip is an Intel CPU 2.3 Gigahertz (speed) the random access memory(RAM)is 4GB(gigabyte)and the HDD (hard disk drive) is 320 GB.

Having said all that it is pointless buying a super-duper computer if your download speed from your provider is only 2 megabytes.

Sorry to have gone on somewhat and I hope I've not confused you too much!

Love

Wendy xx

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Queen of Puds

iPad v laptop

It all depends what you want to do on it/use it for.

If you mainly search the web, buy stuff, check email & use social networks, then an iPad or similar is ideal.

If however, you are studying &/or need to create documents, or are trying to use the hardware for work, where you need to access documents & share information with others, then MS word platforms are more widely used & you may (stress may) find that a standard laptop is more useful.

I have a tablet laptop provided through work, a home PC for when I want to create & print documents (for my brownie group etc) & an iPad for carrying around, both inside & outside the house, for taking photos, skyping my daughter at uni, reading my kindle books on etc. I can access my emails on all my gadgets but tend to use the iPad for that more than anything else, ditto for checking eBay or amazon & for Delia! I have found the iPad quite flexible, & am pretty much now lost without it. I bought the version with the largest memory I could afford, just in case I needed the capacity in the future.

I don't personally think that a laptop is quite as portable or useful as my iPad, but it really depends what you want the gadget for in the first place. I agree with previous posters - most retailers provide useful information to help you choose - John Lewis were really helpful when I bought my daughter's laptop & we were unsure about choices between touch screen & alternative functionality, but there are plenty of sites where you can get similarly helpful information.

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violet eyes

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I really appreciate you all taking the time and trouble in replying to my question. It has been very helpful. The more I learn the easier it will be to decide which/what will suit me best :o)

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Essex Girl

I-pad

I have one and I love it. I'm not very computer literate but if I want to type anything lengthy I use the big computer with a proper keyboard because if you are a touch typist the keyboard of an I-pad is not so user-friendly. I have a separate keyboard for it but hardly ever use it. I take mine out with me and away on holiday so can always keep in touch by email, Facebook, etc. Mine is the larger one but I persuaded my husband that he needed a mini I-pad for Christmas so that it would fit into even smaller handbags! It takes brilliant photos and you can download (or is it upload?) books on to it too. I've had a mini lap-top in the past but didn't like it. The Ipad is so much better.

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Saffy

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I had one last year and love it. At home we have a Mac and I use an Iphone, so for me, it was terribly easy to use as the format for all three is the same.

Mum has a PC, Samsung smart phone and bought an Ipad for Christmas. Apple do workshops which Mum attended and found very helpful. I get the occasional phone call if Mum's stuck but not very often.

Anything I'm stuck on I google, because you can guarantee someone else has asked the same question already and the answer is always to be found in a computing forum.

I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine with it. X

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SonyaK

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"I had one last year and love it. At home we have a Mac and I use an Iphone, so for me, it was terribly easy to use as the format for all three is the same.

Anything I'm stuck on I google, because you can guarantee someone else has asked the same question already and the answer is always to be found in a computing forum.

I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine with it. X"

I second all that - what did we do before Google?!!

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Honey

Mini iPad

I bought a Google Nexus 7 (before Apple brought out the mini iPad). It's the same size, I had the largest memory and I've been very pleased with it. I have thousands of photos on it and it still has loads of memory left.

Just one point... you don't need to worry about it not having a hard cover like a laptop. If you search on Amazon you will see they do covers for them that have a hard protective magnetic cover that switches it off when you close it. I just shove mine in my handbag and it's safe from damage.

H x

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SonyaK

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I bought a cheaper cover - not magnetic but it folds over the top of the iPad. Good protection.
I find the mini version is a very neat size!

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violet eyes

mini i pad

I've made up my mind, I'm going to buy one. I think 16GB will be fine for my needs and I will get a magnetic cover for it and maybe a case. Only problem now is were to buy it from.
Thanks to you all for your help :0)

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SonyaK

mini i pad

Hi Violet Eyes - good decision, I think!

The magnetic cover also comes as a case, I think.

I was going to get 16GB - it may well have been enough!!

Over here we can just order through the Apple online store and they deliver to your door - very convenient.
Just looked for UK and it says fast, free delivery for orders over £80.

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Wendy

I-pad mini

Just to say Good Luck with your i-pad mini wherever you buy it from. Have fun and enjoy using it!

Werndy xx

 
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