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Tablet question - before I purchase


AngeTheHippy

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Hi Readers,

I'm very interested in getting a Tablet. Galaxy Tab 8.9 specifically. Although I've searched, I've yet to find definitive answers to the following::

a) Can one watch BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on tablets? b) All of these tablets, iPads included, have very little storage - I have a Seagate portable HDD - could I use this to transfer files from the Tablet?? I dare not purchase online, only to find none of the above are possible as the sellers would not refund.

Thanks in advance,

AngeTheHippy x

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KRONOS the First

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It would not matter if you purchased online and then found the tablet was not what you wanted as you would be covered by the Distance Selling Regulations (DSR's) and have a cooling off period of 7 days to inform the seller that you will be returning the item. You would of course have to pay the postage.

Google Distance Selling Regulations for more info.

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lotvic

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But surely you can't try it out first and then send it back under the DSR's?

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Forum Editor

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lotvic

You can return an item within 7 days of the date of purchase without giving a reason, provided the item is in its original packaging, and provided it is 'as new'.

That doesn't apply to computer software if the pack has been opened.

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KRONOS the First

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It does not have to be returned within 7 days but you have to inform the seller that you are going to return it within 7 days. As I do most of my shopping online I have on many occasion returned goods. In fact I returned a motherboard just this week for no other reason than I bought it in error, I need a M-itx not the M-atx I bought.

I have also returned laptops that I bought and found that they were not suitable. I am always careful with packaging so I do not have a problem there.

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chub_tor

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I have the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and can use BBC iPlayer and ITV player on it via the apps suggested by Woolwell.

My Tab is only 16Gb but I have not found this to be a limitation for two reasons - first I have a 64Gb USB stick which with an adapter can be plugged into the tablet and secondly by using Allshare I can network the tablet to my desktop and play all the music, video and picture content that is on it.

I doubt that you can attach a portable HDD to the USB adapter because of power limitations.

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Forum Editor

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"I doubt that you can attach a portable HDD to the USB adapter because of power limitations."

That's true of all tablets - any peripheral devices need to be self-powered.

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Woolwell

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a) Yes with an app. ITV Player and Iplayer

b) Not with an iPad and it depends on the connections with others. I haven't found storage to be a snag on my 32Gb iPad. You don't carry everything that is on a desktop/laptop.

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Woolwell

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Should add that they may not provide sufficient power to drive an external hd but depends on tablet.

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AngeTheHippy

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Hi F.E., yes - I'm beginning to understand the ins & outs of Tablets. SD cards are a way of obtaining portable storage, so I'll need to read the pecs of various models. Almost certain now it's gonna be a Samsung - 8.9 OR 10.1 - however, the 10.1 doesn't appear to have a USB - not good.

Sell me an iPad, F.E. Is it possible to view BBC iPlayer/ITV player on them? do they have SD card lots? I know very very little re. iPad (apart from being expensive!!) I'll need wifi but not necessarily 3G.

Ange x

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chub_tor

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AngeTheHippy yes I am very happy with my Glaxy 10.1 and for me the size was one of the things that attracted me to it. I am of that age when eyesight and trembling fingers demand that icons should be of a reasonable size and spaced well apart so 10 inches was my choice for screen size. It's not so portable as a smaller model of course - you can't slip it into a jacket pocket for example - which is perhaps why the latest iPad is coming out with a smaller version. Reviews of the Samsung screen will show you that it is one of the best around (although some will say that the newest iPad is even better). Personally I use my tablet mainly for email, web browsing etc and not for videos so super high definition displays don't realy affect me.

My tablet can have both SD card and USB attachments and I also have a bluetooth keyboard that I use if I am typing long scripts. I did consider the iPad (well over 9 months ago now) but decided that the extra cost was not worth it. I don't have an iPhone an iMac or use iTunes so perhaps I am somewhat of a Luddite, but then my needs are small and Android has quite enough apps to keep me satisfied. I can use Firefox and Chrome and sync to my desktop, I can use Skype on the tablet and Google Earth and as for games I am happy with Solitaire, Mah-jong and Angry Birds. The fact that I can access my desktop via All Share is important to me and I would imagine that the iPad can do the same sort of thing (presumably it will interface with Windows 7, someone else can answer that one).

Good luck with your choice, I am sure that when you make your decision you will be delighted at the flexibility that a tablet provides.

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