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#679178 - 10/25/21 06:00 AM [Off-Topic] Android Tablet Advice
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I have a Galaxy A2

Mrs. Notes is using an aging iPad Air - it needs to be replaced. She doesn't want another Apple device.

All she uses it for is couch-surfing, so it needs WiFi but no phone.

We want it to be nice but not expensive, as she has a high-end ThinkPad for serious work.

Any suggestons?

And why?

Thanks.

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#679181 - 10/25/21 06:24 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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Notes.
i am highly impressed with my 80 buk amazon fire tablet.
it is FAST. if all you want to do is net surfing , cant be beat imho.
my wife uses it for girly stuff, candy crush game,lol
and researching new stuff for the house etc.
i use it for looking at studio stuff.
i love the high res screen and it boots fast.
no brainer imho in a world where tech is rapidly obsolete...also have a cheapo chromebook i'm useing now
..not as portable as fire tablet but also nice
om


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#679184 - 10/25/21 06:37 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: justanoldmuso]
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Another +1 for the fire tablet.

I have had one for a number of years now. Since it is an older model it takes a few seconds to boot but once it is up and running everything is quite fast.

Also I have an SD card installed that contains all of my software documentation. Thus I can keep my DAW, BiaB, soft synths, etc up and running while I view the docs on the tablet.
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#679210 - 10/25/21 11:26 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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Thanks!!!

Will the Fire run the Android apps I already have on my phone?

I read it's based on the Android OS, but not sure if I can get to the play store.

The only app I would really like to be sure she can get is My Radar.

Thanks again,
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#679222 - 10/25/21 12:59 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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i have a samsung galaxy tab a - runs android latest version and didn't break the bank

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#679230 - 10/25/21 02:07 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Bob Calver]
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i went on my fire to the app store for it.
loads of apps includeing weather.
just google amazon fire weather apps and see what takes your fancy. frankly ive never dloaded a weather app.
cos fire tells me what today/the week is gonna be like.
i guess its built in.

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#679274 - 10/25/21 06:25 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: justanoldmuso]
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Originally Posted By: justanoldmuso
frankly ive never dloaded a weather app.


I pretty much just look out a window...
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#679275 - 10/25/21 06:27 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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For straight forward day to day apps, I have found that Android is Android. Different speed processors and more memory and all that are overkill to do simple things. I only use my iPad to watch football on Sundays when there are 3 games on at once. I watch 2 on computer monitors and one on the iPad.
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#679277 - 10/25/21 06:44 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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Since we play a lot of outdoor gigs here in Florida, real-time radar is a great benefit. We can see the showers, how they are moving, and how likely we are going to get wet right here, not in the general area.

The rain down here is mostly scattered T-Storms. NOAA can say 70% chance and the showers might be no closer than 10 miles from us, or often, since we have a strong sea-breeze, they might be confined to a few miles west of the coast where we are.

We all have our wants and needs, I haven't watched a football game, or any other sport on TV since the 1970s. Actually I haven't watched any TV since the early 1990s - zilch - nada - zero.

I'm thinking either a Fire or a Galaxy Tab A right now.

I'm pretty invested in Android myself, so I would be able to set it up for Mrs. Notes easily.

I'll be glad to see the iPad gone. Transferring files from Android to Windows is easy, transferring files from Apple to anything non-Apple is a PITA.

I originally bought the iPad for the music apps, which I found I never used. I messed around with Garage Band a bit, but I ran into it's limitations rather quickly, it ain't no Band-in-a-Box.

I thought the battery was tanked, so I bought an Android for myself, and later I realized it wasn't the battery, but the charger. Mrs. Notes has been using the iPod since, but now the battery isn't holding a charge all that long, and I'd rather replace the tablet. I found a place that will buy it and refurbish it. https://www.gizmogo.com/

Thanks again for all your input. I'm putting my thinking cap back on.

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#679278 - 10/25/21 06:54 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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You do have to be aware of hurricanes and such down there. Not to mention "the daily storm" you get. We just had some f0 and f1 tornados touch down here (Only 4-5 miles from me to be exact) and the whole of northeast Ohio said "Huh? HERE???" The first confirmed touch down around me in 16 years.

I got the iPad for Facetime calling. Most of my friends have Android and use Duo or Zoom, but there's that straggler here or there who is still an Apply fanboi with the yearly phone upgrades to run the latest iOS...


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#679303 - 10/26/21 05:44 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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The hurricanes are usually no problem. Unlike tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, we usually get days of advance notice to prepare.

Those afternoon T-Storms are another problem indeed. Sometimes they seem to come out of nowhere. I've lived in Florida since I was 10 years old, so I have a basic handle on the weather patterns, the problem is that Mother Nature gets inventive from time to time.

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#679323 - 10/26/21 07:48 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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Originally Posted By: Notes Norton
The hurricanes are usually no problem. Unlike tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, we usually get days of advance notice to prepare.

Those afternoon T-Storms are another problem indeed. Sometimes they seem to come out of nowhere. I've lived in Florida since I was 10 years old, so I have a basic handle on the weather patterns, the problem is that Mother Nature gets inventive from time to time.

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Nothing like a Soupy Green Sky in August (there's a song title for you!), sitting in a plane at Miami Int'l and watching the ground staff disappear. Lightning within 5 miles (or 10, can't remember). Sit on the plane until they come back.

Isn't the Everglades the lightning capital of the U.S.?

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#679352 - 10/26/21 09:52 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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Notes I was driving back from Florida once in a little Geo Tracker. I had just gone through the speed trap that is Waldo (population 825) and as I neared Jacksonville "the daily storm" blew in and I had to park that little car against the leeward wall of a Waffle House because the winds were pushing it sideways so bad. It felt like tornadic force winds.

To be on topic, I never stopped playing music...

Even more on topic, any tablet like a Fire that has an SD card slot will fill the bill for you. While it isn't 100% correct to say an Amazon Fire tabled runs Android because they run their own FireOS, it is so similar to Android that the Android apps will run fine. Semantics.
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#679384 - 10/26/21 12:13 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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Hi Bob,

I look at Miami radar or Key West Radar most every day before I ride my bike. Also outdoor gigs in the keys. I normally do that on my iPhone or Eva's Android phone. Real-time radar.

I have two tablets. One call a Dragon Touch and the smaller one is from Amazon. Fire. The Amazon one was sent to me as a gift from Amazon. The larger one is a little better to watch movies on but they both work the same. As far as speed is concerned who cares if surfing the internet is all you are doing. I had another expensive one from Apple but it failed so I tossed it in the trash. Anything serious and I am on my computer anyway.



Looking at Amazon 8" Fire $90 Better 10' Tablet $140
Anything in that range will do the job.

Billy


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#679385 - 10/26/21 12:28 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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#679389 - 10/26/21 12:53 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Planobilly]
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Originally Posted By: Planobilly
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Looking at Amazon 8" Fire $90 Better 10' Tablet $140
Anything in that range will do the job.

Billy


How much to get your toes done like that?

Ducking and running for cover grin grin grin grin grin grin
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#679459 - 10/26/21 06:12 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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LOL Mario...I had to laugh when I saw the photo. Looks like I have been walking around in mud also but it is just a shadow.

My wife says I must have a large percent of aboriginal blood in me lol. Perhaps she is correct.

Like I always say "I like to sleep late in the morning, don't like to wear no shoes, make love to the women while I'm living, get drunk on a bottle of Booze"

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#679556 - 10/27/21 06:28 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Planobilly]
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Originally Posted By: Planobilly
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Like I always say "I like to sleep late in the morning, don't like to wear no shoes, make love to the women while I'm living, get drunk on a bottle of Booze"

Billy


We have a lot in common my friend!
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#679562 - 10/27/21 07:12 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: Notes Norton]
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I had a nook color as my first android DNA tablet and then a Samsung galaxy Tab3. Amazon fire tablets are the cheapest. At one time they wouldn’t let you side load apps but my guess is that limitation is gone now.

Here’s what I found with the Samsung: Android seems to obsolete devices more rapidly than Apple if you want the latest OS. So you have to be careful with that.

For the existing iPad you have, run battery health and if it is truly bad you will see it there. I’m assuming you are familiar with the regular clean out of lightning ports. If not, it’s diy and more often than not fuzz in there prevents good charging.

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#679570 - 10/27/21 08:00 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Android Tablet Advice [Re: TheMaartian]
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Originally Posted By: TheMaartian
<...snip...>

Isn't the Everglades the lightning capital of the U.S.?

<...>


One of the two different day jobs I had while investigating what it was to be normal (neither one lasted all that long) was working for the telephone company, back when all telephones were attached to wires.

In the engineering department there was a map of lighting strikes across North America. The 'lightning capital' was an oval shape from Tampa Bay to Palm Beach with the oval wider on the Tampa side. The most lightning strikes per year in North America. There were concentric ovals around that. It puts the Everglades (and where I live) in the #2 spot.

On an outdoor gig I frequently monitor the radar on my phone and I bring a huge tarp. Monitoring the radar lets me know if I need to get the tarp out and ready.

Whenever I leave the house or when I go to bed at night, every piece of electronics gear gets unplugged.

One day back in the 1980s Mrs. Notes and I went out for lunch. I forgot to unplug. One of those storms popped up out of nowhere while we were eating, and an Akai S900 hardware sampler plus a laser printer got fried. That was an expensive lunch, and I haven't forgotten to unplug since. In fact, I have a light connected to remind me that the gear is plugged in.

Thanks again for the suggestions, I'm investigating, making a list of pros and cons (the best I can), and I'm going to leave the final decision to my dear wife. After all, she is going to be the one to use it.

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