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Old February 5th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The thought for this thread came from another one discussing the benefits of different types of phones, but I felt it deserved it's own thread because i have often wondered, which do you prefer?

I carry my phone with me everywhere. I actually need to get a bigger SD card for it (and figure out how to transfer everything over) because I am filling up my 8 gigs, which I never thought I would fill in a million years!

But I LOVE my tablet. I bring it when I know I am going to have free time on my hands, as well as it following me around the house. It's in my kitchen with my recipes on it, in the bedroom on a stand with a movie or a book, and well, other places too

I know some people carry the larger sized phones so they don't have to carry a tablet, and some people carry both with dedicated backpacks so they can have all their electrics (as my kids call them) with them at all times.

So.... which do you carry?
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My SGSIII. That's it. It serves me fantastically, I email the office from it, recieve stuff from the office. Email site photos to clients, take personal and work calls on it. Browse the net, order my shopping. Oh and listen to over 20 Gig of music when driving for work between sites. You name it I probably do it. Yes somethings are easier on a tablet or PC, but I more than get by, I enjoy using it.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I can't even justify having a tablet, so my S3 is good enough when out and about. Laptop at home. No Tablet, no Desktop
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Old February 5th, 2013, 04:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No desktop here either. Couldn't justify tablet, but got one as a gift :-) I end up using it for work and play, so turns out it was justifiable
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Yep that makes sense. I'm either on the move (literally) or at a Desk / Sofa. I wouldn't choose a tablet over my desktop because I like typing. I wouldn't want a tablet on a bus. I struggle with room. Even if I got a tablet free, as much as I'd enjoy using it, I'm not sure where or when I would use it.
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Yep that makes sense. I'm either on the move (literally) or at a Desk / Sofa. I wouldn't choose a tablet over my desktop because I like typing. I wouldn't want a tablet on a bus. I struggle with room. Even if I got a tablet free, as much as I'd enjoy using it, I'm not sure where or when I would use it.

yeah.. i was in that position too.. why do i need a tablet? got a big 17" laptop and my SGS3.

got a nexus7... damn it! my SGS3 dont get much love now.

the SGS3 is great .. when I am out and about town.
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Just buy a Note 2 & this whole dilemma goes away.
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I used to want the Note2.. really really wanted it.
but it does create a too big a phone.. and too smaller a tablet.

phone below 5"..keeping the over all size same as SGS3 or smaller.
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tablet about 8" with a smart-stylus ..keeping the over all size about nexus7 or smaller.


that is great combo
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I carry my phone with me the most. I do not take the tablet everyplace I go for security purposes!
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Phone everywhere since it's a reference library. Tablet on trips - same stuff as on the phone, but tablet uses a full usb and I can bring videos on a USB stick since tablet is wifi only. Easier on the eyes and control in a car. My phone gets turned off - usually in areas with no signal. The Vulcan's Nokia 6085 stays on. Uses less battery.
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I can't even justify having a tablet, so my S3 is good enough when out and about. Laptop at home. No Tablet, no Desktop
I admit to using my tablet less and less (recently upgraded from Galaxy 7 to the new version, too ), since purchasing the Note 2.

Anybody want a nice new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 version 2, not rooted but with Nova looking great and .. oh, gotta head to Classifieds for that.
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yeah.. i was in that position too.. why do i need a tablet? got a big 17" laptop and my SGS3.

got a nexus7... damn it! my SGS3 dont get much love now.

the SGS3 is great .. when I am out and about town.
Yeah I would have liked a larger screen laptop, but I got a reconditioned latitude so I had to get what I got (E6410) which is awesome by the way

I wanted to sell my S3 for a note 2, but in the end the cost bump just wasn't worth it.

I guess it will be the Note 4 by the time I'm due to upgrade so we'll see.
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SGS3 for now. May look into that rumored Moto "X" device and an SGS4.
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Nexus 4 and s3 everywhere every day. And tablet on long trips or if I now I'll have an lot of time spare.
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Take two phones into the shower - sorry, office?

I take my N4 everywhere. Don't have a tablet as I've never really felt the need. I do, very occassionally, move my 17" lappie from the study desk .. to the kitchen or the sofa. Hardly ever take it out of the house.
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Frisco, if you had caught me a month ago... But that's what I have minus the nova. I seem to be launcher deficient :-P
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I got my son a Nexus 7 for Xmas and while it was fun to play with while I was setting it up for him, I don't feel like I need one for myself. My LTEVO does anything and more than the N7 can do. I never use it now that he has it.
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My Desire HD follows me everywhere. I wouldn't mind a tablet, but i think a 7 inch N7 would be better for me to carry around. In fact, I'd prefer a 10 inch Tablet for home/school use
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My ZTE Merit is my rugged device i use as a phone/MP3 player at work and on the go. for tablets i use a rooted/ROM'd Kindle Fire (w/ Jelly Bean) for general tablet use, but for a laptop replacement my iPad comes along for more intensive things, or for apps/games not yet available on Android (Sky Gamblers series comes to mind)

out of three of the el-cheapo tablets only one lives. the Emerson 4.3 w/ ICS (it survived a fall to concrete, a drop that made the buttons and back pop off) actually makes a much better Kindle reader than my Fire. the screen is matte, dimmer, and easier to look at for a bit longer. it's no Retina but for books who cares
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I usually just take my Android phone when I go out for the day, tablet stays at home. Usually I use the my tablet for watching movies in bed, showing my one-to-one students English materials, and for some armchair surfing.

At the moment I'm away from home for a few weeks and staying with friends because of the New Year. I left the tablet at the house, and brought my phone and laptop.
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see, now I'm going away for a week next week and thought to bring the tablet and not the laptop to make it easier...
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see, now I'm going away for a week next week and thought to bring the tablet and not the laptop to make it easier...
TBH my tablet is pretty well summed up in a forum sticky...
Off-brand Phones and Tablets: Worth the Low Cost?

See the part about "Shoddy Hardware" But it's OK for what I bought it for. Plus my laptop is only 10 inch, so is barely larger than an Apple iPad when its bag anyway. I need to do some work which requires a proper office productivity suite, so that effectively rules out Android for the moment.

Also where I'm staying there's no fixed internet or WiFi. So that means I've either got to tether with my phone, and China Mobile is not exactly the best for data. Or I use a China Telecom 3G USB EV-DO modem, which is fast and reliable. However that rules out my tablet....see above about "Shoddy Hardware".
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I thought a high pixel density screen or "Retina"(Apple's marketing term) was very important for a good e-book reading experience. Especially if you're looking at the screen for a long time, reading e-books.

I seem to remember that was a key feature of Apple's push for "Retina" and their iTunes e-book store on iOS devices and MacBook Pros. Something like "Look at how beautiful e-books are on the iPad, compared to the migraine inducing visible pixels and jagged fonts of our competitors."
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Depending on what trousers I'm wearing and what I'm doing for the day I'll bring my phone and my tablet. The Nexus 7 is good for that, it's very pocketable.
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I've never really thought til now how small a nexus 7 would actually be ..
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I carry my GNex always.

When I am not using it, my Nexus 7 tends to stay on my desk or in my laptop bag (in which you'll rarely find a laptop). I tend to use the N7 at home for reading and Netflix.

When I don't bring my laptop bag but want my N7, it fits in my pockets (front or back) just fine. Gotta love that!

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I use my Note 2 for everything, even banking, but I also like my SGS3!
It is just a bit roomier on the Note 2 keyboard.
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Depends on where I am going and why.

My mac laptop is for home / business work. I take it on all trips - even vacations.

My mini Ipad is for taking to conference / business meetings when I am not presenting. I am old school; prefer handwriting in meetings. It is great for that. Also take it when I have time to kill (doctors offices and the like) for wifi / games / note taking / email. I also use on plane to pass time: games / notetaking / video

The SG3 goes everywhere: for email / wifi / music / navigation / and on and on.

I considered a Note2 - I decided for me it was too big as a phone and too small for my tablet needs. likewise a full size tablet was too large.

I also carry a digital SLR when I want to take serious pictures. A few weeks back, I actually saw a lady in the Vatican museum lugging around a full size tablet for taking pictures. Yuck!!

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My Gnex goes everywhere with me. Tablet wise, I rarely bring them unless it's on a trip where I could use it on a plane or whatnot. Now, I bring my Chromebook with me if I go out. It's lighter than my TF Prime, has a much better keyboard, and is honestly faster. If I need Android apps, I'll use my N7.
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I strained myself trying to get a CR-48 and failed.
Finally picked up the new Samsung one and love it. It all depends on your computer usage. Mine is essentially just web browsing. I don't use Office or any other apps (and I'm not a gamer). I still use my crap Gateway laptop for the most part since it has a bigger screen, but the Chromebook can hold its own for sure. Super light and great battery life. It can do 99% of what I normally do on a pc.
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I carry my Galaxy S2 E4GT everywhere. It is a direct replacement for the PDA/clamshell phone (or, as I liked to call it, my Star Trek phone) combo I used to carry.

I generally have my laptop with me in a heavy duty backpack, but it has a 17.3 inch screen, which is a tad to big when, say flying; so I got myself a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which fits into my jacket pocket (barely). It goes with me when I know I will be cooling my heels somewhere (thereby saving my phone battery).
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My Gnex all day every day. My OG Galaxy Tab for at night in bed, reading/surfing. Sometimes, both at the same time because my daughter with 4 kids finds more time to text me later at night and texts my Gnex number. I get on the desktop about once a week to pay bills etc which is much easier and quicker for me with the keyboard. My husband has taken over my Samsung laptop, so we are all good.
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My One X for personal use, my Wildfire S for work and if I have my rucksack with me (I almost always carry a rucksack), my Nexus 7 is in it too.

Like dan330, I didn't think I'd use the N7 as much as I do, but I do. My One X is in for repair at the moment and I've hardly noticed it's gone. The only thing I'm missing is using my Phone as an MP3 player.
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I think i would carry my samsung 7" if i carried around a shoulder bag of some sort - maybe I will have to sew one up my two favorite things come together... technology and crafting Looking into a netbook for my kids. I have a work computer, and that NEEDS full functionality to use wordperfect and other programs. but for the kids, the less there is to break, the better
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turning on sepia, large fonts, and dim the screen the Emerson's matte quality screen comes pretty close in bright light to a e-ink. migraines are caused by few factors in me. too much backlighting, OLED screens, and low DPI. usually a combo of the two or three need to be in play for a device to give me headaches. the Emerson meets none of those criteria for browsing an occasional e-book for an hour or two per day.

After some rather nasty migraines after an hour of Pinball Arcade on my PlayStation Vita, i have stopped using it. i couldn't effectively dim its OLED, horridly low-res pixelated screen enough. forget playing that thing ever again.

the retina in the iPad actually in my experience excels at graphics or gaming. the clear, non-pixelated and natural color tones really make gaming shine. web browsing, video playback is rather nice too. but then i am known to lose over 8 hours straight on my iPad, thanks to its retina display. so far i have found no such equal to it in any Android. the demo of the Nexus 7 claims to have more than the iPad in DPI or something, but i can still see pixels. plus it's OLED, another no-no
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I like the idea of having a smart phone that's small enough that I can wear it on my belt without it getting in my way, and having it with me all the time "just in case". In reality, I rarely use a phone as my "go to" device.

I like my tablet for using on the couch or in bed or wherever else a desk and straight chair isn't right. But I'd hate to have to use it all the time, especially for serious number crunching.

I keep a laptop in my "go bag", a backpack that's stocked with everything I might need for setting up a temporary office. The only thing it's missing is an umbilical cable like you see in fire houses, to keep all the batteries topped up, and automatically detaches when I grab 'n' go.

I wouldn't give up my full size, full-power computer and large screen display for any of my miniaturized tools though. When things get serious, a good workstation (including the furniture and lighting) can't be beat.
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turning on sepia, large fonts, and dim the screen the Emerson's matte quality screen comes pretty close in bright light to a e-ink. migraines are caused by few factors in me. too much backlighting, OLED screens, and low DPI. usually a combo of the two or three need to be in play for a device to give me headaches. the Emerson meets none of those criteria for browsing an occasional e-book for an hour or two per day.

After some rather nasty migraines after an hour of Pinball Arcade on my PlayStation Vita, i have stopped using it.
Playing a PS Vita for just one hour should NOT cause migraines, and if it does perhaps you should seek medical attention. IANAL or a doctor, but if the thing did cause headaches, migraines and other medical problems, I think Sony would probably be facing a class action lawsuit

Have you visited an optometrist lately for an eye test? I mean seriously, because playing a hand held game for an hour should NOT cause migraines, unless there's some medical disorder, or perhaps you may need glasses. There's many people who don't think they need glasses, they complain of migraines from close-up stuff, etc.
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I just carry the phone.. when i get a tablet its a waste of money.. to me anyways.. i end up using my phone anyways.. it does everything my tablet could.. choose not to use it and sold it to a roomate =p
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My eyes are super sensitive to bright backlights and grainy pixel quality. that's something i would expect is normal. the Vita is an OLED screen that is, even on the dimmest brightness setting, super bright. it's a good way to get headaches if playing games or reading sites with very tiny fonts. it does not help that it is such a tiny screen and i strain reading microscopic data in a game such as my score or in a FPS game, the HUD.

since this issue is not happening on the retina display, or the higher-resolution LCD on my laptops, i do not think it is my eyes. besides, last time i did get an exam i had 20-10 eyesight.

having eye strain or headaches is not a life threatening illness so i do not see any grounds for why Sony would get a lawsuit. maybe for epilepsy perhaps but most games if not all have that warning on screen before you open them now.

Actually, on the subject, the Nintendo 3DS did have tons of cases of kids having problems after extended play with the 3-D screen, but i do not recall Nintendo having any lawsuits against them, either.
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My eyes are super sensitive to bright backlights and grainy pixel quality. that's something i would expect is normal. the Vita is an OLED screen that is, even on the dimmest brightness setting, super bright. it's a good way to get headaches if playing games or reading sites with very tiny fonts. it does not help that it is such a tiny screen and i strain reading microscopic data in a game such as my score or in a FPS game, the HUD.

since this issue is not happening on the retina display, or the higher-resolution LCD on my laptops, i do not think it is my eyes. besides, last time i did get an exam i had 20-10 eyesight.

having eye strain or headaches is not a life threatening illness so i do not see any grounds for why Sony would get a lawsuit. maybe for epilepsy perhaps but most games if not all have that warning on screen before you open them now.

Actually, on the subject, the Nintendo 3DS did have tons of cases of kids having problems after extended play with the 3-D screen, but i do not recall Nintendo having any lawsuits against them, either.
Nintendo had the foresight to make the 3D aspect of their machine adjustable all the way down to 2D. They could always counter lawsuit claims by saying, 'if you RTFM you would have known to adjust the 3D to a more comfortable setting.' Not necessarily in those words, of course.

I am night-adapted myself, and so bright lights and white will often give me headaches (this site's theme, for example, is very headache-inducing). I have adapted in several ways, including using specialty scripts to change the color schema of web sites to something a little more comfortable, and just not looking at the screen (or going to the web site) as often.
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I also get headaches often, and although screen time won't cause them, it will make them worse/prolonged. It's why I originally got a Kindle keyboard. I knew that reading books on a fire wasn't gonna cut it. Of course then when i didn't have a headache, I wished for the tablet :-)
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The 3DS often hurt my eyes and gave me a headache when I had one, but my eyesight is bad anyway.
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Generally it would just be my phone (currently Samsung galaxy s3) . My hubby got an iPad n I didn't rate it at all. Didn't see the point, I couldn't do any if my paperwork on it for my job, couldn't apply for jobs, really didn't rate it n couldn't see the point in that compared to a laptop. For Christmas for some obscure reason he bought me a mini iPad, I LOVE IT. I never go anywhere without it. I've downloaded kindle n read on it, Facebook, google, twitter etc . use it as a calender, love it. I still can't fill in forms etc n I hate not being able to do documents like word, but I do love it.
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My eyes are super sensitive to bright backlights and grainy pixel quality. that's something i would expect is normal. the Vita is an OLED screen that is, even on the dimmest brightness setting, super bright. it's a good way to get headaches if playing games or reading sites with very tiny fonts. it does not help that it is such a tiny screen and i strain reading microscopic data in a game such as my score or in a FPS game, the HUD.

since this issue is not happening on the retina display, or the higher-resolution LCD on my laptops,
What laptops are they? Retina screen MacBook Pros? Because anything else PC wise is probably fairly low resolution compared to the new retina MBPs. I can see the pixels on my laptop no problem, although it doesn't cause me headaches or other fatigues.

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i do not think it is my eyes. besides, last time i did get an exam i had 20-10 eyesight.

having eye strain or headaches is not a life threatening illness so i do not see any grounds for why Sony would get a lawsuit. maybe for epilepsy perhaps but most games if not all have that warning on screen before you open them now.
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Actually, on the subject, the Nintendo 3DS did have tons of cases of kids having problems after extended play with the 3-D screen, but i do not recall Nintendo having any lawsuits against them, either.
Probably because they've exempted themselves from liability and lawsuits, just like with all those game warnings.

This is in the 3DS manual that comes with every console:-
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WARNING - Seizures


Some people (about 1 in 4000) may have seizures or blackouts triggered by
light flashes or patterns, and this may occur while they are watching TV or
playing video games, even if they have never had a seizure before.
• Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptom linked to
an epileptic condition should consult a doctor before playing a video game.
• Parents should watch their children play video games. Stop playing and consult
a doctor if you or your child has any of the following symptoms:
Convulsions
Eye or muscle twitching
Loss of awareness
Altered vision
Involuntary movements
Disorientation
• To reduce the likelihood of a seizure when playing video games:
1. Sit or stand as far from the screen as possible.
2. Play video games on the smallest available television screen.
3. Do not play if you are tired or need sleep.
4. Play in a well-lit room.
5. Take a 10 to 15 minute break every hour

WARNING - Repetitive Motion Injuriesand Eyestrain

Playing video games can make your muscles, joints, skin or eyes hurt. Follow
these instructions to avoid problems such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome,
skin irritation or eyestrain:
• Avoid excessive play. Parents should monitor their children for appropriate play.
• Take a 10 to 15 minute break every hour, even if you don't think you need it.
• If your hands, wrists, arms or eyes become tired or sore while playing, or if you
feel symptoms such as tingling, numbness, burning or stiffness, stop and rest
for several hours before playing again.
• If you continue to have any of the above symptoms or other discomfort during
or after play, stop playing and see a doctor.
• When using the stylus, you do not need to grip it tightly or press it hard against
the screen. Doing so may cause fatigue or discomfort.
I expect there's similar warnings, legalise and disclaimers in the Sony PSP manuals as well. Ever noticed how laptops, PCs, monitors, keyboards, mice, etc. often come with extensive warnings and health advice?

How many people succesfully sued Philip Morris, because they got lung cancer from smoking? I don't think it's many. Because every packet of cigarettes has a huge health warning on it. Something like "SMOKING KILLS".

BTW here in China, they've introduced a law about how long a person can stay in an internet bar. Because apparently a few people keeled over and died from playing World of Warcraft for 5 days continuously, without sleeping or eating.

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Well with the thought of the 3ds screwing up some kids eyes, same thought can go to the htc evo 3d =p

And still no lawsuit =D

I personally would like to just carry around a larger screened device... even the 4.1 inch phone i plan on getting here shortly will do... id like to simplify things as best as i can =) this kyocera rise will be the death of me lol.
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I always carry my smartphone and dumbphone in my pocket.
My tablet, other android phone, and a wifi router stays in my bag.
So at any given time, i would be carrying five gadgets with me.
Other times I have battery chargers, Bluetooth keyboard and Bluetooth earphone.
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Sinji (sorry, I know I probably got that wrong but I'm on my phone and can't see your post) that's a lot of gadgets. I don't feel so bad carrying my phone and tablet and occasionally Kindle and chargers :-)
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