So few tablets support hard disks that it's not funny. My guess is your tablet list will shrink so fast that this alone may make the choice for you. And if we entertain a wireless hard drive, you might launch into a dozen other questions.
The online modus is something most if not all tablets that you read about (Kindle, Nexus, Samsung) do fine.
What is "good battery life"? The life span of most batteries is set by the cycles. Most are 300 so if you charged daily I expect 2 to 3 years before replacement. If you are talking how long the tablet runs on a charge that gets you into the no one knows area since you can double the run time by turning off wifi, bluetooth and dimming the screen on most models. Turn everything on, GPS and push up the brightness and the time plummets.
Beginning of next year we will be on the road again for 12 months. This time we are considering to bring a tablet instead of our small notebook.
We are a bit overwhelmed with all this different tablet models which are currently on the market. Maybe someone could give us advice for what kind of functions etc. we should look in a tablet.
We would like to use the tablet for the following:
In the offline modus (if we don't have Wi-Fi or not strong enough connection):
- Transferring pictures from our camera's to external hard drive/USB stick (Camera's have SD card, might change if I buy a new camera)
- Connecting external hard drive to tablet to watch movie's etc.
- using a bit word/xls, for budget, lists and so on
In the online modus:
- Upload pictures to blog
Tablet size: 7'' or preferable larger
Weight: max 17.5 ounces/500g
Camera: for Skype
good Battery life
Price: up to $500