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01-23-2015 06:50 PM

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Somewhere along the way I started getting old and have lost touch with technology, and I could really use some guidance about what to get and what to avoid. I’m way out of my wheel house here! We’re looking for a device to take pics and record videos of the kids/grandkids, download them to PC, share them, etc. Some of the videos will be of my daughter’s voice recitals, so something with a better microphone wouldn’t hurt….I do have an Olympus digital recorder too, so no biggie if not. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if we could access the web from this device either.

Besides a having a bigger screen, what capabilities does a tablet have over a digital camera/digital video camera, etc.?

Also, there’s very little chance of us spending > $100 on this….is that price range even worth bothering with, or is it mostly a waste of $100?

Other comments or suggestions?

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 06:52 PM

What format are the videos in? Tape, CD, DVD?

As for photos, an inexpensive scanner may do the job.

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 07:02 PM



What format are the videos in? Tape, CD, DVD?

As for photos, an inexpensive scanner may do the job.

- lew

Not sure, but would guess a digital wav, MP3, etc….definitely not a physical format like tape or CD.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 07:05 PM

I can’t speak to/about audio & video qualities/capabilities….

The first question is what platform are you wanting and/or needing….
Android, Ipad, or Windows (yeah, I know go ahead and laugh at windows)???

As far as internet access….
Most all tablets will have built in wifi, to access networks with internet service.
Having built in wireless internet access (cellular service) will jump up the price by about $100.00 to $200.00.
Plus a service contract, on top of that.

To access the internet on my tablet….
I use the wireless network at home.
Free wifi when out & about.
My cell phone as a wireless hotspot.

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 07:08 PM

Our PC’s are Windows based, so does it make sense to get a tablet that’s Win based, or doesn’t it matter?

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 07:18 PM


Our PC s are Windows based, so does it make sense to get a tablet that s Win based, or doesn t it matter?

- knotscott

From what I understand, it does not matter…

Although I do have a Windows tablet…. & as much as I like it….
I wouldn’t recommend them, as there are not as many aftermarket apps for them.
It could be a major issue for some people.
It really boils down to what YOU want/need to do.
That and personal preference.

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 07:21 PM

Doesn’t really matter, since a tablet will use apps that can run many things cross platform. There are a lot more apps for Android and iPad than there are for Windows based. If you have a smartphone, I’d be more inclined to get a tablet that runs the same platform so you can utilize the same apps on both devices.

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 07:31 PM

Sorry, misunderstood. Thought you already had the pix/videos.

Here’s a link to some that you might find suitable-

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=4441&sel=Detail%3B13136824103_24103&Sort=1

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#8 posted 01-23-2015 07:33 PM

I have my hands on all types of tablets and in your price range I would look at the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet line (http://www.amazon.com/Fire-HD-Display-Wi-Fi-GB/dp/B00KC6I06S) Great prices, great apps, great usability.

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#9 posted 01-23-2015 07:33 PM

I start all my tech research at www.cnet.com....
They have a good Buyers guide for tablets.

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#10 posted 01-23-2015 07:56 PM

Hate to say it… BUT… it sounds like a very Smart Phone like an iPad… (?)

Might checkout all of the Spec’s. of the Apple IPAD… just for kicks… :)

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#11 posted 01-23-2015 07:56 PM

Thanks gang. I currently have a “Special Ed” phone, so it really doesn’t matter…the tablet and phone won’t be communicating much!

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#12 posted 01-23-2015 08:24 PM

I just bought an Apple iPad Air a few days ago…It has features like camara, video, and all the bells and whistles I think it wil do what you want to do…I’m still leaning on mine, but pretty well have everything downloaded, and a ton of apps…..It’s a little more than your price range (about $399 at Staples ), and I paid a little extra for a good case for it, and you can use it right in the case for pictures, vids, etc….It protects it, too….
You can get emails, messages, text (I guess that’s the same thing)...Looks like a lot you can do…I’m still learning..

Oh…..And you can go on-line to learn how to set it up from several different sourses…..Apple, Google, etc.
You might even get a better price through Amazon, or some other sourse…...


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#13 posted 01-24-2015 04:35 PM

Your description and requirements are a pretty blank slate. I’m personally an Android person BECAUSE I use a lot of the Google online services (mail, calendar, maps/navigation) and the integration is exceptional. My friends and colleagues would say I’m an anti-Apple products guy but have no trouble recommending them to others because it may make more sense for them.

For what you are looking for, any mobile device will not be the best for photo and video. It checks the box but the quality is lower than a dedicated device which will also serve your goal of capturing AV. Tech blogs post very comprehensive comparison of all of the flagship phones and the latest Apple iPhone 6 has a top tier reputation. I’d start with the contenders from Apple (iPhone 6), Samsung (Galaxy S5) and HTC (One M8). The margins are debatable.

I own both an Android phone (Nexus 5) and tablet (ASUS Transformer) and almost exclusively use my phone, not my tablet. The Nexus gets blistering fast software updates but I have to navigate the the early adopter of software challenges. Plus photo video quality is I’d say just acceptable on both devices. I’d also recommend phone over tablet as a first device. Integration with a Windows OS is a non-issue for both. Apple provides nice interfaces whereas Android does benefit from additional support apps, or in my case, understanding of how to work with the Android file structure (Linux based).

Bottom line, I’d say think of it this way:
  • If you want the best quality audio and video, look to DSLRs with video capabilities
  • If you are looking to move to a smartphone, getting a device isn’t a bad idea
  • If you have to pick Apple or Android, the decision will be swayed by how much of the Apple or Google online services you use. If that is not a factor, Apple devices are generally have a user interface that is easier for people new to the mobile platform. Android generally offers a lot more from a customization standpoint for people who are willing to spend some time figuring things out. However, temper this fact based on the phone maker, as some put a heavy layer on top of it (ahem Samsung).

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#14 posted 01-24-2015 05:12 PM

Great info…thanks much. I’m expecting that I’ll struggle with a mobile platform at first….not a strength to start with, and have very little exposure, but I expect in time to get a handle on it, and want to do explore what it can do. Given that, it might be better to start with a simple learner, and step up to more capability later on.

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#15 posted 01-24-2015 07:30 PM

Not a bad plan, Knotscott….

Check your phone service provider & see what kind of deals they are offering.
Then check the reviews on those items.
You can also see what is on sale at Staples, Best Buy and online….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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