which tablet for the following requirements ?

  Creditman 30 Dec 12

A very basic device with following a) Internet, so I can shop, use ebay, obtain information b) Email c) Import documents & photos from existing Microsoft Works files on my desktop, with facility to add or amend data. d) Word processing & spread sheet creation d) Print facility (to wi-fi printer

No interest in films, games, gaming, e-books, music downloads, social networking

Does such a tablet exist ? I have been given a Samsung Galaxy tab 2 10.1 which I find very hard to understand & which is full of things I don't want !! Many thanks

  difarn 30 Dec 12

Most tablets will come with apps included as part of Rom and which cannot easily be uninstalled, if at all - media, kindle, social networks etc. It very much sounds to me that what you need is a small laptop/notebook. You will probably be better with a bigger screen if you want to create spread sheets etc.

  Taff™ 01 Jan 13

Microsoft Works files? Surely nobody uses these for serious work - are you sure? All the apps available use compatible versions of MS Office formats and to be honest, on a tablet they are pretty haphazard. OK if you are out of the office to view files but I am with difarn on this one. A laptop is a better bet.

  wee eddie 01 Jan 13

Wait and see what the M$ Surface Pro has to offer.

That's what I'm doing.

Outlook is the one Program to rule them all. For me - that is. If it'll take the .pst file from my Desktop and then keep everything syncronised, it's a wrap. I'm not a fast typist anyway, so that is not a bother, and I don't 'really' need oodles of storage space.

  Taff™ 02 Jan 13

wee eddie - I'm with you on this one. I am waiting for a fully compatible Surface tablet and I may consider it depending on the price od course. My only concern is that I don't particularly want to be doing prolonged work on a small tablet - my eyesight woulddn't take it! For occasional client visits and sales work it should be fine however.

  wee eddie 02 Jan 13

Taff: I think that the Surface Pro will take the position that Psion once had. Not perfect, but the instrument of choice of the Road Warrior.

  Creditman 02 Jan 13

Difarn, Taff Wee Eddie

many thanks for all the advice. I am now looking at a second hand Samsung NC10 netbook using Windows XP with WiFi & Bluetooth. This seems to have all the features I require & seller claims XP has been freshly installed. I just wonder whether it will be too slow & how long battery might last. Any comments on this ?


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