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    Default Nexus 8 or iPad Mini, what's the best tablet for college?

    Hi,

    I'm looking for a tablet for school.
    It would be nice to take notes but I could probably make do with a good bluetooth keyboard as long as the device could access either Google Drive or a Micro Word alternative app.
    It should probably have at least 2 RAM, I don't know how much faster that is than 1 RAM but I heard 1 is too slow.
    So I need Bluetooth, and either expandable memory or 16GB+ built in.
    Preferably under $500.
    Any ideas?
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    Default Re: Best Tablet For College

    Quote Originally Posted by Dannirobern View Post
    Hi,

    I'm looking for a tablet for school.
    It would be nice to take notes but I could probably make do with a good bluetooth keyboard as long as the device could access either Google Drive or a Micro Word alternative app.
    It should probably have at least 2 RAM, I don't know how much faster that is than 1 RAM but I heard 1 is true.
    So I need Bluetooth, and either expandable memory or 16GB+ built in.
    Preferably under $500.
    Any ideas?
    Welcome to the forums.
    Depending on when classes resume, You might want to keep an eye on the Nexus line of devices. They are pretty cheap. A Nexus 10 ( 10" ) 32 GB is $499, and they only get cheaper as you go smaller on size and storage.

    The reason I said depending on when classes start, (and how long you can last without one) is the next line of Nexus devices are probably going to be released soon. That being said, the current ones will go on sale, thus making the tablet even less.

    RAM: doesn't work the same way on Android as it does on other OS devices. If you get anything other than a Nexus, You might need a little more as OEM skins tend to be a little heavy on resources like RAM and remaining storage space.

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    Default Re: Best Tablet For College

    Well it would be nice to have one soon but I guess I could wait. My classes start end of september.
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    Default Re: Best Tablet For College

    I know you are on an Android forum, but...

    How about a Dell Venue Pro 8" tablet? Full Windows 8.1 + Office Home and Student. Starting at $249 you could spend the remainder of the budget on storage capacity upgrade, Bluetooth keyboard and an Active Stylus for note taking. This tablet says work, rather than play and might be a better fit, IMHO.
    Nokia Lumia 1520.3 (Factory Unlocked): Windows Phone 8.1 w/ Lumia Cyan
    Dell Venue 8 Pro (32GB): Windows 8.1 Desktop OS w/ Office 2013 H&S
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    Default Re: Best Tablet For College

    Quote Originally Posted by RumoredNow View Post
    I know you are on an Android forum, but...

    How about a Dell Venue Pro 8" tablet? Full Windows 8.1 + Office Home and Student. Starting at $249 you could spend the remainder of the budget on storage capacity upgrade, Bluetooth keyboard and an Active Stylus for note taking. This tablet says work, rather than play and might be a better fit, IMHO.
    I'll look into that one, thanks!
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    Default Does Samsung Support Its Devices?

    I am looking for a tablet to buy and am interested in a Galaxy Note pad but I'm wary of Samsung because they have failed to help us when our fridge had lots of issues.
    Does samsung continue to update older models to the newest version of android? Or do they ditch older models?
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    Default Re: Does Samsung Support Its Devices?

    The electronics division is most likely a completely separate entity from the appliances division, so don't let that experience sway you.

    I don't know if Samsung made any kind of commitment to update their devices for a certain amount of time, but in general, you can expect most major companies to provide updates for about 12-18 months or so. Beyond that, it becomes much less likely. Especially with how many different devices Samsung makes (and keeps introducing), it becomes very difficult and impractical to update every single older device in their line for too long.
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    Default What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    What I mean by this is, what company will continue updating your device (phone or tab) to the latest android version the longest?
    Apple probably does the best job with this, but it's a bit expensive. I'm looking for a tablet for college, preferably under $400, more preferably under $300. I worry about samsung even though they have good tabs, because they come out with so many so it seems plausible that they can't afford to support them all and would quickly forget about old models.
    I'm looking at these:
    LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8"
    Google Nexus 8 (hesitant about this because of predicted $400+ price)
    and the windows tabs:
    Asus Vivotab Note 8 (note feature is a plus)
    Acer Iconia w4
    Dell Venue Pro
    Hesitate also for windows tabs because they would require lots of stylus use, windows isn't well adapted to tablet screen size.
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Nexus devices will get the best support. The 2013 Nexus 7 is still an excellent device, so you don't necessarily have to consider whatever upcoming unreleased model they have yet to announce. The LG G Pad GPE will probably also get good support, since it's a Google Play Edition.

    I'd be hesitant about Samsung tablets when it comes to updates. Samsung does support its devices pretty well, but I see too many posts here about problems with updates. Probably more with their phones, but it makes me worry about their tablets as well.

    Also keep in mind that in the past year or so, a fair amount of what would typically be updated in system updates has been shifted over to Google Play Services updates. These happen automatically and in the background, pushed out by Google, and are not system updates. So more Android devices can benefit from various improvements in Google services without having to wait for the next system update, if it ever comes to that device.
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    So it's less important if the entire device is updated?
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Less important, but major updates like the upcoming Android L will still provide quantum leaps forward that Google Play Services updates can't provide.

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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Ok, thanks. That makes me lean towards the LG G pad GPE but maybe I need to find out more about samsung tablets and support for those...
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    I agree.

    BTW - we are over here if you're lost - - - > (nice avatar)
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Haha. It's an old photo.
    Madd54 do you know anything about Samsung's tablet support?
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    No. Afraid not. Different country and time zone probably. No tablet yet. Samsung phones, no serious issues.
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Of your list, if these are wifi only, you would be crazy not to consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.
    Far superior to those imo, and better finished than the almost identical Tab S that has come out more recently still. I know they were available for $249 in the US recently, and are currently $329 on Amazon, so look around. Ask in the Samsung Tablets Tab Pro 8.4 forums.
    It's the one I have an eye on.

    Samsung are fine for CS in general. They would generally replace by mail after conacting them. Amazon or your store possibly even better.

    The Tab Pro 8.4 also has the newest version of Touchwiz, which I like, and is not available on my Note 3 phone. It should last you at least 2 - 3 years.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is...0-20&m1k=vb_ac
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Madd54 View Post
    Of your list, if these are wifi only, you would be crazy not to consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.
    Far superior to those imo, and better finished than the almost identical Tab S that has come out more recently still. I know they were available for $249 in the US recently, and are currently $329 on Amazon, so look around. Ask in the Samsung Tablets Tab Pro 8.4 forums.
    It's the one I have an eye on.

    Samsung are fine for CS in general. They would generally replace by mail after conacting them. Amazon or your store possibly even better.

    The Tab Pro 8.4 also has the newest version of Touchwiz, which I like, and is not available on my Note 3 phone. It should last you at least 2 - 3 years.
    The Tab Pro 8.4 looks good but on cnet it says it lags when using the multi-window function, which seems to me a pretty big issue. I would worry about there not being enough memory after updates and such in the future.
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Dannirobern View Post
    The Tab Pro 8.4 looks good but on cnet it says it lags when using the multi-window function, which seems to me a pretty big issue. I would worry about there not being enough memory after updates and such in the future.
    It has the same power and screen resolution as my Note 3. It has 2gb of ram which is loads, especially as ir doesn't have the S-Pen of the Note tablets, or sim radios.

    You won't buy anything if you read all the 1 hour reviews. Most people on the AC Tab Pro 8.4 forums are very happy with the running of theirs. Check out a few threads like below and ask questions there. Good luck.

    Galaxy Tab S 8.4 VS Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Hmm, ok, thanks for the link that's helpful.
    Isn't August/September when Samsung usually releases a bunch of new devices? I was going to wait a month and see what was released. The Note 8 looks good... I wonder if a new version would be that expensive.
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Dannirobern View Post
    Hmm, ok, thanks for the link that's helpful.
    Isn't August/September when Samsung usually releases a bunch of new devices? I was going to wait a month and see what was released. The Note 8 looks good... I wonder if a new version would be that expensive.
    The Note 8 has a very low resolution 1200 x 800. It has 3 year old+ Touchwiz like my Note 3 phone. It was good this time last year.
    The 10.1 2014 is a far better pen tablet and has been out 8 months roughly. I don't need an S-Pen after not using it much on my phone, though it's more useful on a karger tablet.
    Samsung release their top phones, or display them, around September, though the S5 they moved to early in the year. They churn out tablets more often only because they have at least 3 main lines in different sizes.

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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    10 inches is probably a bit big for my needs....I have a 13" laptop so I would feel might as well just use that. I'd really like the tablet I buy to be easy to fit into a bag. Maybe 10" isn't so big though idk.
    Hmm september is a bit late as school for me starts around the 26th.... ugh. I just want a good note taking tablet
    Asus vivotab looks good but that's windows
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    I agree 10.1" is not ideal but that size Note has better screen and specs than the Note 8.
    The Tab Pro 8.4 was available on Jan 28th, the Tab S 8.4 May 27th.
    The Tab S 8.4 is only £40 more on Amazon in the UK at £290, I was surprised. It's about $375 on Amazon US, but you may get much better deals. It's all about stock and timing with Amazon, they are not necessarily cheaper
    The Tab S has the Amoled screen, and the same new Touchwiz and icons.
    At least one or two of our Ambassadors have the LG tablet so why not say hi to them in Introductions, under Android Central Community and ask their opinion, as some will miss your query here.

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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Madd54 View Post
    I agree 10.1" is not ideal but that size Note has better screen and specs than the Note 8.
    The Tab Pro 8.4 was available on Jan 28th, the Tab S 8.4 May 27th.
    The Tab S 8.4 is only £40 more on Amazon in the UK at £290, I was surprised. It's about $375 on Amazon US, but you may get much better deals. It's all about stock and timing with Amazon, they are not necessarily cheaper
    The Tab S has the Amoled screen, and the same new Touchwiz and icons.
    At least one or two of our Ambassadors have the LG tablet so why not say hi to them in Introductions, under Android Central Community and ask their opinion, as some will miss your query here.

    Sent from my SM-N9005 using Tapatalk Pro
    Well It sounds like I need to do a bit more research then, maybe 10" wouldn't be so bad. I'll go to my local BestBuy, perhaps they have one on display.
    I'm actually unfamiliar with this Touchwiz.....haha.. But I have more research to do.
    Thank you!
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    TouchWiz is Samsung's overlay on basic Android of extra software, homescreen layouts, menu pages, buttons and icons. Compare the new Touchwiz screen and icons (and cool floating Toolbox) on the S5 phone to any other Samsung phone, I like it better. It is also on the new Tab4, S, Pro and Note Pro, maybe the Note 10.1 2014 as well. The Tab 3's have the 2011 - 2013 version. Nothing to do with the Android Operating System version, most will have KitKat 4.4 now, except maybe Tab 3's which were on 4.3. No big difference anyway between 4.4 and 4.3.
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    Default Re: What Company Updates Their Devices Longest?/Best Cust. Service

    Oh okay I understand now. Thanks!
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