Amazon Fire HD 8 review: A brilliant combination of function and value – with one massive caveat
I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as something to use whilst confined to bed on odd occasions. Now apart from all the, what for me is bloatware,I am reasonably satisfied with it. Except in one major respect. The need to charge it so often.
I wake up around fourish make a cup of coffee then have my go on the various Scrabble and Words with Friends games I have ongoing, check email, check this forum and another I use frequently and I have used around 15% of my 100% power.
This was annoying me so did some investigations and was astonished how many apps require access to various systems within the tablet. Not only that but in the free apps they will usually be supported by ads but that these ads will sometimes trigger the video player. then the video play remains running in the background. Or until you shut down all the tasks that have been triggered.
I did an small experiment where I did not use the tablet apart from checking email and web surfing and power usage was minimal. Use an app and bang the power usage soars.
I wonder what the cost per year is to run these things just taking their power need into consideration?
Without knowing how you use it it is difficult to compare. But I would say that at minimum I need to charge it every other day.
They're handy if you're away from base, but that alone doesn't make them great.
Horses for courses comes to mind.
Been thinking about getting one to take on Holiday (don't have a smart phone), do they come with mobile internet or do I need to use a free wireless hotspot (Starbucks Macdonalds etc.) to get emails while away?
For me just a Fad like all other things are, makes you wonder how we survived all this time without them,
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Most tablets are wi fi only, so you need to be in a hot spot or near your router. You can buy a 3G tablet with a SIM card, and subscription, See:
Be very careful about mobile data charges if using it overseas which can be extremely expensive. Personally I have found wifi to be sufficient using the hotel, etc.
I use wifi hotspots when out and about but also find it useful to tether it to my smartphone when no wifi available.
They're no good in the bedroom...
My Tablet is an Archos Android 10.1.
It can play any amount of (stored) music and I can look at as many of my (stored) pictures as I like. Without so much as a dent in battery power. Which suits me fine, because this is all I use it for when not indoors.
When I am indoors however, that is either in my own house or that of a friend, I plug in the extension and use it directly from the mains. Which keeps the battery topped up while I'm using it. When I'm playing sudoku, card games, using an art drawing package etc, etc.
I have Gmail and Yahoo accounts linked to the tablet. I only go online briefly when I'm checking my mail or looking for apps. I use Avast and Addblock Plus for proection on those occasions.
I have a special free app to use at such times when it seems a bit slow to respond. The icon depicts a green android with an axe, if I click on that the tablet response speeds up. It's called 'KillerApp' and it does just that, it kills all the apps you're not specifically using at that time. Now that's an app worth having!
For me it's great for playing my music while working or lounging in the garden. But more than this it's smaller, lighter and easier to transport than a portfolio, when taking my latest work to show prospective buyers. If it transpires they have a PC or TV I can, if they so desire, link it to that and view on a larger screen.
Summing up, It covers both work and play and is better easier, more mobile and more versatile than any other individual item that covers most if not all possibilities of work and entertainment.
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