Tablets forum



by jprobert1234 / January 17, 2016 8:22 AM PST

To start, I do not know anything about tablets. I have several hundred pages of notes and various word documents, in addition to a couple hundred .pdf files that I would like to store on a tablet for reading purposes. I will not use the tablet for anything else. Would I be satisfied with purchasing a cheap $50 tablet on amazon, or should I spend more on a higher quality product?

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I know I wasn't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2016 8:37 AM PST
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Kindle ereader or fire?
by jprobert1234 / January 17, 2016 9:04 AM PST
In reply to: I know I wasn't.

Is there much of a difference between the Kindle ereader and fire? It looks like the fire is cheaper, but I don't mind spending more if the ereader is a better product for my needs. All I know about tablets is what I see on tv, and I admit I'm a grumpy old dude who gets aggravated everytime I see a kid driving while playing with his phone and tablet at the same time so I've been apprehensive about purchasing products that could turn me into a zombie. But I think it could be a useful tool and a laptop is cumbersome for reading

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Lots of differences.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2016 9:17 AM PST

My wife uses the Kindle Fire 7 a lot and it's a great e-reader. With a little work you can import PDFs or install a PDF reader on a great tablet. Those 50 buck tablets are worth 50 bucks. You can find reviews about battery time, lockups and such so I'll share the direction I'd go.

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Your recommendation?
by jprobert1234 / January 17, 2016 9:43 AM PST
In reply to: Lots of differences.

I assume they can all handle .pdfs and word documents, I don't need fancy video cards or large storage since these files won't take up much space, so I guess larger screen size and battery life are the important factors for me.

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I found that to not be true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 18, 2016 10:25 AM PST
In reply to: Your recommendation?

Not all PDFs and even more about Word Documents. To get all that I'd have to move to something like the Asus T100 with Windows 10.

You will find the sales folk to tell you what you want to hear to make the sale but for 50 bucks, I have yet to see what you asked for that did what you asked.

I didn't detail it but to get the docs over to a 50 buck tablet you would have to save them as PDF then install a PDF reader and hope it worked out. As least turning the Word Docs into PDF is free today. I use the PDF makers over at

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