Tablet Buying Guide 2021: An Ever Evolving and Affordable Form of Computing

SirDigby

Posts: 788   +587
I have an iPad Pro with me for work for our test network, I absolutely hate it, as a tablet its way too big.
Surprised the S6 Lite wasn't on the list, that was very wallet friendly, think mine was £350 near launch and came with £120 pair of AKG headphones for free - I think now its on offer most places for ~£200.
 

QuantumPhysics

Posts: 4,736   +5,147
All tablets should have optional SIM card trays built right in. I gave my mother and my father LTE ipads. Although they haven’t used the LTE yet, they could if they needed it.

Ubiquitous LTE would have made distance learning easier for school kids during quarantine as well with easier to manage accounts and omnipresent internet.
 

Theinsanegamer

Posts: 2,400   +3,484
I really wouldnt describe the tablet market as one of "affordable computing". You have three extremes:
1) cheap low end devices that FEEL cheap (I own a fire tablet, never would I recommend one)
2) expensive phones with big screens
3) REALLY expensive full portable computer (surface pro).

The "affordable, decent tablet" market has been dead ever since the nexus tablets went away. Nobody makes a good $300-400 tablet.
All tablets should have optional SIM card trays built right in. I gave my mother and my father LTE ipads. Although they haven’t used the LTE yet, they could if they needed it.

Ubiquitous LTE would have made distance learning easier for school kids during quarantine as well with easier to manage accounts and omnipresent internet.
How on earth would you think that LTE makes accounts easier to manage? Bruh, that's on adminisrations side, the network used makes 0 difference. You should know that if you set up LTE Pads. And schools dont deploy tablets for remote learning unless you are talking preschool, they deploy laptops or chromebooks, neither of which usually have LTE. And just imagine a school paying for all those wireless accounts....

Stick to bragging about all the GPUs youve purchased with your youtube account.
 

GregonMaui

Posts: 236   +89
Seriously? "On paper, Samsung's device is more than a match for the iPad Pros, partly thanks to its 12.4-inch (2800 x 1752, 266ppi) 120Hz, 16:10 display". Properly comparing to the 12.9 iPad Pro "2732-by-2048-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)", how does the Samsung beat the iPad Pro? seems the other way around, unless you want to directly compare two different size models, but that makes no sense.

Super AMOLED screens are still subject to color drift and burn in, or did they fix it. worth discussing
 

zaku49

Posts: 23   +12
I would add the "Lenovo - Chromebook Duet - 10.1"- Tablet" to this list, unlike the other android tablets this one will be getting updates for 5+ years.
$299 4.5 starts on the bestbuy website with 1,300 reviews.
 

Fearghast

Posts: 330   +236
Yes, but depends on your country. Here in Europe most local apps and Banks apps are already on Huawei store so you should not have big problem
I live in the Europe, I would not touch the device without GSM.
I like my devices working and not waste my time searching how to side load A or B.
 

Dimitrios

Posts: 768   +592
I really wouldnt describe the tablet market as one of "affordable computing". You have three extremes:
1) cheap low end devices that FEEL cheap (I own a fire tablet, never would I recommend one)
2) expensive phones with big screens
3) REALLY expensive full portable computer (surface pro).

The "affordable, decent tablet" market has been dead ever since the nexus tablets went away. Nobody makes a good $300-400 tablet.

How on earth would you think that LTE makes accounts easier to manage? Bruh, that's on adminisrations side, the network used makes 0 difference. You should know that if you set up LTE Pads. And schools dont deploy tablets for remote learning unless you are talking preschool, they deploy laptops or chromebooks, neither of which usually have LTE. And just imagine a school paying for all those wireless accounts....

Stick to bragging about all the GPUs youve purchased with your youtube account.

Wish I could post a pic of the pallets of chrome books our school system bought for the towns schools. My second job is being a maintenance worker and we they have the top end line of chromebooks for distance learning.

Also yes that dude always brags and for every story on this site he is one of the first to comment, but I do like/agree with most of his comments lol.
 

Mr Majestyk

Posts: 682   +586
Affordable, are you kidding, a fully specced 12.9" iPad pro with 4G and keyboard is over $3K in Australia, I can buy a much better thin and light laptop for a hell of a lot less.
 

Angga B

Posts: 132   +114
Tablet? Is the most inessentially unproductive things to have. Only people who want to project to the outer world that as if they were working, while actually they aren't, or having too easy of job, who use this gadget.

Either you can work with your phone, or with your laptop. No middle ground. Middle ground is only for false pretenders.
 

waclark

Posts: 37   +20
I really wouldnt describe the tablet market as one of "affordable computing". You have three extremes:
1) cheap low end devices that FEEL cheap (I own a fire tablet, never would I recommend one)
2) expensive phones with big screens
3) REALLY expensive full portable computer (surface pro).

The "affordable, decent tablet" market has been dead ever since the nexus tablets went away. Nobody makes a good $300-400 tablet.

How on earth would you think that LTE makes accounts easier to manage? Bruh, that's on adminisrations side, the network used makes 0 difference. You should know that if you set up LTE Pads. And schools dont deploy tablets for remote learning unless you are talking preschool, they deploy laptops or chromebooks, neither of which usually have LTE. And just imagine a school paying for all those wireless accounts....

Stick to bragging about all the GPUs youve purchased with your youtube account.

The new iPad, 128G is $429 and often goes on sale. It's probably the best option out there.

Fire Tablets have their place. I use an older one in my home as an Alexa/Home Control device. Works great. While not the fastest devices they perform well enough for book reading and movies and shopping on Amazon. The three things Amazon wants most.

And yes, Schools do use tablets, here's an Apple report on some successes in schools.

https://www.apple.com/education/docs/ipad-in-education-results.pdf
 

mbk34

Posts: 153   +89
You guys should do an article on eink note takers like the remarkable 2, Boox Note Air and Supernote A5X. I can barely see my desk under the 100's of sheets of paper I keep with all my scribbled notes and lists. I have laptops etc but I find scribbling on paper so much easier. I suspect I'll be buying an eink note taker in the next few months and it would be good to read a decent review of what's available.
 

bazz2004

Posts: 1,732   +287
" I suspect I'll be buying an eink note taker in the next few months and it would be good to read a decent review of what's available."
Well good luck with that. I bought a Boyue Alita and discovered I'd paid a lot of money for a rather primitive hybrid android tablet/e-reader. I recommend that you keep well clear of such devices. They work OK as e-readers but are slow, glitchy and come with exaggerated claims. Reviews on Good E Reader are about all you'll find and they are pretty biased. The note taking options are not well implemented and cannot compare with paper and pencil or using PC software.
Be prepared for a steep learning curve and moderate your expectations if you proceed.
 
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himindedlolife

Posts: 22   +13
Android tablets are a clown show. The only ones with performance worth having are the Samsung S7/S7+ but then only if you're willing to pay a third more than what the price should be. In comparison the iPad 8th Generation is $329 with the A12 that smokes everything in the Android world. I recently bought an S7+ to upgrade from my S5e thinking that surely with the Snapdragon 865+, the UI stuttering Android is famous for would be a thing of the past. Nope. It's still there. Took it back and bought the much cheaper iPad, ran the same apps and the latter is stutter free. The S7+ was over 800 dollars, the iPad less than half. That's pathetic. And it's not like I have an axe to grind with Android, I love apps like Termux and Kuroba that are unavailable on the iPad. I just don't love the rest of Android I have to put up with to use those apps.