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Looking for a tablet to fit certain criteria, suggestions?

by Kittd101 / July 18, 2012 2:49 AM PDT

In the process of buying an inexpensive but efficient tablet, any suggestions?
Alright. I'm a young college student and I am looking for something to use that I could take in place of my laptop to some of my classes. I have a few features that I feel I need to have in order to make my college classes easier. I also enjoy writing and am going to be majoring in English and creative writing. I want something that I can write on and it will turn into a typed up document (I prefer hand writing my stories and it takes me a many long, boring hours of typing on my computer to get it printed in a word document).

I want a tablet that:
- is not a laptop or notebook with a pivot screen (I want a completely separate tablet. I have a laptop that works perfectly well and does not need replacing. I just want something small as well).
- is able to open word documents (and powerpoints if possible) and write on them.
- can go onto the Internet (wifi)
- allows me to write or praw on pictures (not a must, just a want).
- can download e-books for my college textbooks.
- (if it can download e-books) is able to write and annotate e-books.
- has hand writing recognition that will turn it into typed up documents.
- will connect to my computer and allow me to transfer any documents I worked on that day.
- has at least a 4 hour battery life (has to last the full class and a little while afterwards for homework.
- and, most importantly, costs $600 dollars or less. (I work at a QSR and make minimum wage. This is all I have managed to save up to buy myself a tablet.

I know that my price range isn't great (And I might be willing to go up to $800 dollars if I'm really careful with my money and can save a little more), but I would really love any advice you can give me as well as a few prices you can buy it for. The weight is not important because I'm sure it will weigh less than my laptop does I'm still better off with the tablet. If the weight bothers me when I go to buy it I will just choose annother tablet that was suggested.

Finally, I would also appreciate it if you could tell me of any features you feel I could use or would like in a tablet. If the tablet you are suggesting has that feature, even better!

I thank you for reading this and am thanking you in advance for any help you might offer me on this thread. I look forward to reading your advice/suggestions to me.

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Tell more about this writing on the documents?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2012 2:57 AM PDT

Also before we go into that, that's all in the APPLICATIONS is not a limitation of any iPad or Android or Windows tablet today.

All tablets could do what you asked, if there are apps for that!

To help speed this up, I'd post about finding the apps before you look for a tablet.

And some of those college e-books DEMAND you use a specific app and what if that App was only on the iPad. Wouldn't that help determine what you are looking for?

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Sorry for the confusion.
by Kittd101 / July 18, 2012 3:30 AM PDT

I have looked into many tablets that do not allow these features even with special apps. I am looking for a tablet that will allow these applications. Not all tablets will do what I have asked, I have talked to three tech guys and done a month of researching and have yet to find a tablet in my price range that can support all of the applications that I am asking for.

If you can suggest a tablet that allows and can support all of these applications I would be very grateful.

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Then no. There is no tablet for this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2012 3:35 AM PDT

As I alluded to and now must write no, this is not a table issue. It's all the applications.

If you are right and you can't find a tablet that can support your list of apps then it's not made.

I find it hard to believe that your list of apps can't run on today's nice tablets but as you stated, the apps are not on the tablet so there is nothing that will do this.

-> Will turning to a Windows 7 tablet do? You might have to put a battery slab on the back but then it's just like a PC and it appears your laptop works so this is one option. Pricey but an option.

--> Again. I find it hard to believe that your selected apps are not going to work out.

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Don't confuse tablet hardware with tablet APPLICATIONS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2012 3:04 AM PDT

Just a tip.

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Let's see if this can be narrowed down.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2012 4:51 AM PDT

Of all those features, which ONE and ONLY ONE can we start with to find that application?

For example if you selected Ebooks for College we would check if said ebook app ran on just the iPad or more than that.

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