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#1 HemoGoblin

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:44 PM

Anyone have a tablet? 
What is it? 
What do you use it for, how well does it perform?
Accessories you fell in love with?
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I had a Google Nexus 7, I lost it somehow(really unusual for me) and I'm furious as HELL. Thing came with the most barebones android I've ever seen. It was $250, and the basic hardware specs were on par or better than the competing Kindles. Had only a face-camera, basic motion sensing, wireless and all, but mostly slim and cheap.

I loved the simplicity, hated the lack of expandable storage, hated more the lack of proper usb slot for peripherals. Bluetooth was great, used my Dualshock with it for emulator support. 

Only accessory I employed was a cover that made it look like a book, a leather bound, gold embossed book.

I really miss it now that I'm about to go to school again, my laptop croaked since my last class and I'm really in dire need of mobile homework facilities. I'm convinced I could have made the Nexus work, especially with the plethora of terminal apps on android. SSH into my home rig and do the work from there.


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#2 SpleenBeGone

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:26 PM

I have a Nexus 7 as well, got the 32GB version when they were still $250.

I used it a lot when we moved into the new building at work, I can pull up cad drawings of the building and keep up with where I'm running my wires, what ports go were, etc. It also had some good wireless tools for setting up that end of the network. Now though, it's mostly to watch netflix and look up random things on the fly. I also have offline google maps, and use it to chart stuff out when I'm walking sometimes.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 03:56 AM

I have the Nexus 10, love it for when I sleep at my boyfriend's or something. My laptop is getting old (recently the battery went and now it dies when I disconnect the power) and I dislike moving it around.

 

The 10's prone to memory leakage which causes it to crash and the charging time is awful, more than 6 or 7 hours to charge, left alone. Other than that though, I think it's great. I use it for YouTube, internet, quick references in conversation, even use a drawing app if we're talking conceptually, it's easier to communicate. I usually only use my laptop now when I want to do something only it can do.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:40 PM

I want to set up a Nexus to interface with my home pc so I can code and execute remotely. The biggest hurdles I see will be getting the access externally without ruining my security, and figuring out if I can properly write code on the Tab before sending it to the pc for execution.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:11 AM

All you really need is a static IP or DynamicDNS and VLC.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:27 PM

I don;t have any tablets

 

I do have a smartphone and a convertible laptop though.

 

and a Waacom drawing tablet. 

 

 

laptop: Dell Latitude XT2

 

phone: Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE 16GB (through Bell Canada, in a nice bright red.  

 

 

that being said, both my father and his husband own playbooks. 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

All you really need is a static IP or DynamicDNS and VLC.


I'm sure I could work all that out, but my tablet vanished. If I ever get one again, I was thinking of a simple terminal app to start, followed by a remote desktop app once I got things straight. 

My vision is the tablet as a true remote terminal, I'm basically carrying an extension of my home pc. It'd be interesting if someone wrote a tabOS that was based around that premise. Such that the OS maximizes its ability to mesh with the pc.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:52 AM


I'm sure I could work all that out, but my tablet vanished. If I ever get one again, I was thinking of a simple terminal app to start, followed by a remote desktop app once I got things straight. 

My vision is the tablet as a true remote terminal, I'm basically carrying an extension of my home pc. It'd be interesting if someone wrote a tabOS that was based around that premise. Such that the OS maximizes its ability to mesh with the pc.

Until x86 tablets start getting popular (or phones/desktops/laptops/tablets move to one processor architecture), the closest we'll have to tablets that can directly interface is something like my Dell, which is a convertible laptop. 

EDIT: mind you, that's for running software, but most tablets do have comparable software to their desktop counterparts. (particularely forks of FOS developed specifically for Android)

Other stuff like mobile data transfer is quite doable though if you follow what Spleen said. 


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:43 PM

Snip. 

 

There are ssh interfaces, remote desktop clients and such that will let me do enough.

 

 

The New Nexus 7 looks sweet as HELL, faster, lighter and a better screen. I'm thinking of getting one if my loans from school allow it, its cheaper than a laptop and likely to do enough.


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 03:52 PM

I just checked out the specs on the new one. I might have to talk to my boss about one that's on LTE. Owning a Optimus G, I can attest that the Snapdragon in it is fast as hell. The upgraded screen resolution should be nice too.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 11:49 PM

My plan is to use the excess from my student loans this year to pick one up. Half the price of a laptop, twice as portable. If I can get a remote access system down so I can pass files and execute code I may just get somewhere with this. If it fails, I still have a tablet.


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