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    I recently decided to invest in a tablet for note taking purposes in college. I've looked around and found many good choices but they all seem to be a bit pricey. Should I invest in to $400 Galaxy Note 10.1? Or are there better options that have "active digitizer like" screens that cost less?
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    Quote Originally Posted by claytont22 View Post
    I recently decided to invest in a tablet for note taking purposes in college. I've looked around and found many good choices but they all seem to be a bit pricey. Should I invest in to $400 Galaxy Note 10.1? Or are there better options that have "active digitizer like" screens that cost less?
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    I tried using an original TF101 for school and eventually changed to a chromebook. Unless you absolutely need digital hand written notes its better to have a good keyboard and easier multitasking. Just my 2 cents.
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    The Tegra Note 7 has great stylus/note taking abilities and is only $199

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    But does it compare to the galaxy note's capabilities?

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    I need to hand write my notes. Some professors hate laptops.
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    I'm going to be a troll here, but what's wrong with using a laptop to take notes? I can type over 100 wpm on a good day, but I'll be damned if I can even write at 50 wpm.

    Want to hear a funny story? One time at a meeting, this coworker brought her Lenovo Yoga to take notes. Instead of using it as a laptop, she folded it and flipped it over and used it as a tablet. She used her fingers to write notes, instead of just typing them.

    But to humor you regardless, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 comes with a stylus, and the Dell Venue 8 also comes with a stylus. Both are under $200.

    There's also the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for $330 if you don't want to get the 10.1.

    Edit: I highly discourage getting the Note 10.1 just for note taking purposes. The 32 GB model is $600. You can now get a Surface Pro 128 GB (which comes with a stylus) for $600, and for note taking purposes, the Surface Pro would be vastly superior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geodude074 View Post
    I'm going to be a troll here, but what's wrong with using a laptop to take notes? I can type over 100 wpm on a good day, but I'll be damned if I can even write at 50 wpm.

    Want to hear a funny story? One time at a meeting, this coworker brought her Lenovo Yoga to take notes. Instead of using it as a laptop, she folded it and flipped it over and used it as a tablet. She used her fingers to write notes, instead of just typing them.

    But to humor you regardless, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 comes with a stylus, and the Dell Venue 8 also comes with a stylus. Both are under $200.

    There's also the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for $330 if you don't want to get the 10.1.

    Edit: I highly discourage getting the Note 10.1 just for note taking purposes. The 32 GB model is $600. You can now get a Surface Pro 128 GB (which comes with a stylus) for $600, and for note taking purposes, the Surface Pro would be vastly superior.
    I don't think that is trolling. It brings up a very good point. With a tablet and even buying a case that allows it to stand and a Bluetooth keyboard, one has now invested almost as much money as an inexpensive laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    I don't think that is trolling. It brings up a very good point. With a tablet and even buying a case that allows it to stand and a Bluetooth keyboard, one has now invested almost as much money as an inexpensive laptop.

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    Oh, and welcome to the forums Clayton!

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    I believe the Dell Venue 8 Pro (win 8.1) supports an active stylus. I have not heard of the Venue 8 Android supporting one. Just something to look further into.
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    Clayton is right in that some professors hate laptops. The Note 10.1 is definitely overkill for the simple task of handwriting notes to get them electronically converted so be sure you want and need the other things a 10" tablet can provide.

    The nice thing about a device like the Surface or most transformers is that you get the functionality of a tablet with the office software of Windows, aka the gold standard at university. It might be worth your while to have a peak at some Windows RT devices

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    I'll do you one better. Record audio and write notes (some professors even send out the typical power point slides out whatever they use for their lectures).

    When you get home transfer that info, of audio plus whatever notes you have taken, over to typed notes which will also give you a study session with the repetition. That's how I do my notes and it really helps.

    I have a Toshiba Thrive with a case that has a Bluetooth keyboard. It was not easier, due to the small Bluetooth keyboard keys, to take notes.

    Just my two cents as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlg234 View Post
    I believe the Dell Venue 8 Pro (win 8.1) supports an active stylus. I have not heard of the Venue 8 Android supporting one. Just something to look further into.
    Dell Venue 8 can be ordered with a stylus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesrogers74 View Post
    I'll do you one better. Record audio and write notes (some professors even send out the typical power point slides out whatever they use for their lectures).

    When you get home transfer that info, of audio plus whatever notes you have taken, over to typed notes which will also give you a study session with the repetition. That's how I do my notes and it really helps.

    I have a Toshiba Thrive with a case that has a Bluetooth keyboard. It was not easier, due to the small Bluetooth keyboard keys, to take notes.

    Just my two cents as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geodude074 View Post
    Dell Venue 8 can be ordered with a stylus.

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    I checked on that stylus and it is just a non active rubber bulb tip stylus mainly used for replacing your finger and allowing you to better target your subject. I was referring to an active stylus which has a hard tip and more suitable for writing notes and even better for targeting smaller hot links. Dell sells such a stylus for their Venue 8 Pro. That same stylus will not work with the Android model whether the 7 or 8". I have the Venue 8 Pro with the active stylus and I the Venue 8 along with a non active stylus. The soft tip is not as good for writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlg234 View Post
    I checked on that stylus and it is just a non active rubber bulb tip stylus mainly used for replacing your finger and allowing you to better target your subject. I was referring to an active stylus which has a hard tip and more suitable for writing notes and even better for targeting smaller hot links. Dell sells such a stylus for their Venue 8 Pro. That same stylus will not work with the Android model whether the 7 or 8". I have the Venue 8 Pro with the active stylus and I the Venue 8 along with a non active stylus. The soft tip is not as good for writing.
    Thanks for clarifying, I didn't know that.
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    I have a note 10.1. It's great and much more convenient than carrying paper notes. I don't really carry a backpack to most classes anymore, especially since professors these days love PowerPoint's. It really does save time and paper.

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    If you are going to actually use it, I would say yes it is worth the investment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dviper27 View Post
    If you are going to actually use it, I would say yes it is worth the investment!
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    Maybe a Windows Surface might be good? If you are taking a statistics course, you'd need Excel or maybe SPSS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nibs View Post
    I have a note 10.1. It's great and much more convenient than carrying paper notes. I don't really carry a backpack to most classes anymore, especially since professors these days love PowerPoint's. It really does save time and paper.

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    You can get a Surface RT fairly cheap these days. Has MS Office, and "inks" well with an Adonit Jot Pro stylus. With keyboard, s/b way less than $400. And when you have time to game, it works with a USB or wireless Xbox controller out of the box. I play Halo: Spartan Assault and Asphalt 7: Heat on mine. HDMI out to a big screen, and you've got a full on game console!

    And just my opinion, but I'd stick with a 10" tablet over a 7" or 8" for your needs. I love my Nexus 7, but I find it easier to be productive on a 10" tablet. YMMV.
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    i hate the 10 inch form factor, but it is indispensable for one thing: reading pdf's. imo, pdf's do not render well on a smaller screen.

    in fact the ONLY time i break out my transformer prime, which is a 10, is when i am reading a pdf ebook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A895 View Post
    No backpack but a note 10.1? You are ripe to be robbed.

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    Haha not sure what kind of university you go to but our campus is pretty safe, and I don't spend much time on campus anyways. I go to class then leave.
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