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  1. Alayambo

    Alayambo Member

    I'm looking at purchasing my very first Android product, and I only have enough money saved for either a new smartphone or a tablet. Do most people on this forum have both, just one, or does it really matter? I know there are benefits to owning both, such as the ability to use a smartphone's data service on a non-3g tab though a wifi hotspot, but is it really that beneficial?

    At this point I think it's most likely that I will get a tablet first, since I already have a working phone (though it's WinMo 6.5 :eek: ) and I think I'd like the larger screen better, but I wanted to get your opinions! Are the limitations on which apps are optimized for tablets such a big deal? How long do you think it will be before all/most of the apps are optimized?

    I'll probably start a separate thread for this question, but I'm also not 100% sure on which tablet to get. Basically, I want to get as future-proof as possible, so I'm heavily leaning toward the Asus Transformer Prime. Any thoughts? My needs are going to probably be pretty simple to start, but I dont want to find myself limited in what I'm able to do with it, especially if they start developing more power-intensive apps. I dont have any specific uses in mind for it (media, gaming etc), my main goal is to not regret the purchase in a few months when something else is released, y'know? Futile, i know.. :p

    TIA!

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  2. sandcrest

    sandcrest Well-Known Member

    I guess the main question to ask is, what will you be using it for?
    I have a 4.1" phone and a 7" tablet. And while I can carry my tablet in my back pocket easily, I don't usually take it out with me. I use my phone for most of my travels. My tablet is used more for reading books, comic books, surfing the net and streaming video around the house. Things that benefit from a larger screen.
    My friend just bought a 10" tablet because the 7" screen was a little too small for him.
    I'm happy with both my tablet and phone and while they basically do the exact same job, some things are just nicer on one than the other.
    So again, decide what you'll be using it for and if you want to be carrying it around with you. That way you'll get the most use for your money.
  3. Alayambo

    Alayambo Member

    To be honest I'm not really sure what I'll be using it for yet, I just want a shiny new toy :p Not having had an Android product (or really anything app-driven) before, I'm just looking to experiment with everything that's available and possibly take some responsibilities off of my aging laptop.

    That's a good point about the screen size though. I think the portability of a smaller tablet would be a great thing, but I dont feel that there is a sufficiently powerful unit on the market in the smaller sizes. I was actually strongly considering waiting for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 to come out but it looks like that might be delayed by quite a bit in North America. Do you know of any comparable tablets to the Asus in a smaller size that I could research?

    Like I mentioned before I'd rather get a more powerful tab with a larger screen than choose a lower end unit solely because of screen size. Besides, if/when I do get a new smartphone, that would make a smaller tablet seem kind of redundant to me. The experience of browsing, playing games, reading ebooks, etc seems far more practical on the larger screen, and I can see myself favoring the tablet over my laptop for basic tasks if the screen doesnt feel too small.

    Can you tell I'm kind of lost? :p I was burned once with my phone when I bought it and then it was outdated within months, I'd rather that didnt happen with the tab..
  4. sandcrest

    sandcrest Well-Known Member

    To be honest I'm not really sure what I'll be using it for yet, I just want a shiny new toy :p Not having had an Android product (or really anything app-driven) before, I'm just looking to experiment with everything that's available and possibly take some responsibilities off of my aging laptop.

    I know what you mean. I wanted an Android "something" for a long time. Then I picked up one of the first 7" tablets out of China from Pandawill last year for $160. It wasn't bad and it got me into the whole Android thing. t was a little slow, though, although I could do almost everything I wanted to with it.
    I then waited for Virgin Mobile to come out with the Motorola Triumph and have been very pleased with it. I paid $250 for the phone and $25 a month for service. The 4.1" screen pretty much took the place of the slower tablet.
    Then Pandawill offered a 7" version of my phone (basically same specs) for $105 and I picked it up. I gave the old tablet to my father as an enhanced e-reader and he loves it.
    Then my friend picked up a 9.7" tablet by Le Pan from Wal-mart for $197 with basically the same specs as my tablet and he loves it.

    That's a good point about the screen size though. I think the portability of a smaller tablet would be a great thing, but I dont feel that there is a sufficiently powerful unit on the market in the smaller sizes.

    I don't like carrying items around, so if it can't fit in my pocket it's not going with me.:D
    The power is relative to what you want out of it. I've found that a 1Ghz processor with 512Mb RAM and an ARM7 architecture allow me to do everything I need. I play games (although I'm not a real gamer) stream video, surf the web and use the multitudes of apps without any problem. For me, I don't see a need to upgrade for the next 3-4 years. But that's me. I DID upgrade once I found a 7" tablet I liked and thought would work for a while.

    I was actually strongly considering waiting for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 to come out but it looks like that might be delayed by quite a bit in North America. Do you know of any comparable tablets to the Asus in a smaller size that I could research?

    All of the better tablets are shipped over here with the higher price tags. Money was a big consideration for me, so dual processors and extra RAM weren't worth me looking into them. Sorry.

    Like I mentioned before I'd rather get a more powerful tab with a larger screen than choose a lower end unit solely because of screen size. Besides, if/when I do get a new smartphone, that would make a smaller tablet seem kind of redundant to me. The experience of browsing, playing games, reading ebooks, etc seems far more practical on the larger screen, and I can see myself favoring the tablet over my laptop for basic tasks if the screen doesnt feel too small.

    My friend who picked up the 9.7" tablet had a 7" tablet too. When he got his Android phone (a 3.2" Optimus V) he went for the bigger tablet and he's happy to have the two vastly different sizes.

    Can you tell I'm kind of lost? :p I was burned once with my phone when I bought it and then it was outdated within months, I'd rather that didnt happen with the tab.

    I think it all boils down to figuring out what you want to do with your phone/tablet and when you find something that does the job, pick it up. There will always be a newer, better, faster version on the market within 6 months of whenever you buy. But if you research what other people have said about their Androids and keep an eye on what's around the corner, you might be able to find something that will last you for a while. That's what I did and I'm happy with my purchases.
  5. tcat007

    tcat007 Well-Known Member

    I have an Optimus-V, very happy with it. If VM came out with a 5-7" tablet, I'd buy it and drop the phone. I'm close to buying a Flyer or Galaxy Tab Plus, I'm thinking if the VOIP experience is good enough on it, I'd drop VM. My "ideal" solution would be a 5" VM phone on their $25/mo plan... I'm sure it will come "someday"... it's all about patience (or lack of).
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