I took a plunge.

A few days ago Kimberly at Pumpkin Delight mentioned falling asleep with her iPad sitting on her chest with a half written post on the screen.
Beyond the rather louche image of the tablet with an arm thrown and blowing tight smoke rings one into the other. I felt a stab of jealousy.
Now I really hadn’t been thinking about getting a tablet/e-reader. Nope, I’ve been tossing and turning about getting a new camera. Anymoos, I saw a tablet online that’s had very good reviews, for while not all out an Apple. Nonetheless it’s a darn useful device.

17.8cm/7″ HD multitouch display
High performance ARM Cortex A9 (1.6 GHz) quad core processor
16GB memory
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Heck, it’s vastly better than laptops from just a few year’s ago.
But what I hadn’t realised was the books available with my favourite price tag,  FREE.


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11 Responses to I took a plunge.

  1. Kimberly says:

    Oh great! You will be surprised how much you will use the tablet. I am on mine a ton, probably more than the laptop. It’s not as usable for work that I need to do, but all the personal stuff like blogging and reading and being online – it’s so easy. The county and city libraries here have an entire digital library that I can download a lot of their books via the websites, and they either open in a pdf on the tablet or via the kindle app from amazon. It’s fantastic. I really dislike buying books for it because they are PRICEY, but you’ve got tons of options that are free. How do you like reading on it thus far? I find I enjoy having all of the books in one spot, and they’re not taking up room in the house. I do miss holding a book book, but I’m getting more used to it the more I use it for reading.
    I remember when the tablets first came out they didn’t make much sense to me. I had the phone and a laptop, why would I need a tablet too!?!?! It’s funny though cuz now I don’t know what I’d do without it. 🙂
    Enjoy your new toy!

    • V.H says:

      Thanks. I’m quite shocked truth be told by the actual readibility of the thing. And I reckon once I get the swipe to type down I’ll be sorted. It still has the plastic over the screen 🙂 . Plus, there’s a whole s set of smiley faces in the programme.
      On the books. The free ones are ideal, and not because they’re free, but because my GOTO stuff was w written long ago. The Gallic Wars long ago.
      Here’s a question, how do you get rid of the home button while typing. I’ve hit the darn thing twice writing this. It’s just under the Space bar.

    • V.H says:

      Oh,I was thinking of a Matisse when I was writing above. I imagine you have that cover you can make into a lectern but opened it’s loose and vaguely French.

      • Kimberly says:

        Mine doesn’t have the home button in the way of my keyboard so I’m not sure how to remove or disable that when typing. I do know that there’s a learning curve when using they keyboards on these tablets – the touch screen and the location of the buttons are quite different than what we’re used to on the computer. It’ll be frustrating for a bit, but you’ll get used to it soon enough.
        I did get a cover that opens like a book but can also come forward to keep the tablet upright. It does feel easier to hold with a cover on it.
        Did you know the Khan Academy has an app you can download? If you’re connected to wifi you can study without being tied to the computer. 🙂
        I received an email this week from Amazon regarding the Kindle books I have purchased. They’ve settled some lawsuit with a few large publishers who were in cahoots and were charging quite a bit more for their ebooks than even the actual book book. They refunded some money to my account as part of the settlement. As I mentioned above, it has irritated me that to buy a Kindle book it costs more than I’ve EVER paid for a book book – It costs them nothing to make it compared to a book book too. Maybe this will spur a lowering of overall prices on their digital content.

        • V.H says:

          I was writing on it and lost a few before I got it out. But I suspect it was how I was holding it and things will improve once I get the cover.

          Why are you paying so much for the KIndle books. I know the academic stuff is an arm and a leg, but it is no matter where you get it. I hadn’t realised the publishers weren’t playing ball with Amazon though. Good that you got a refund all the same.

  2. Ed says:

    I still haven’t taken the plunge. My wife has one and my oldest daughter has my wife’s old one but I don’t use either. I guess I just feel more comfortable behind a larger screen and keyboard.

    • V.H says:

      As I say the odd thing is it wasn’t in my head. But lately I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading and find the pc screen a bit wrong. Why this should be I don’t know but it is.
      I will say this, it is very good for reading a book. Far far better than I thought. There is only one fly in the ointment. I have small hands, it’s made playing a guitar a miniature torture. So I shouldn’t have issues with the narrowness of the thing. But I do, and for someone with bigger hands it would be far worse.
      I find when I’m reading a book, I hold it by whichever side is thicker or with a thumb inside along the inner spine. This thing is like holding a dinner-plate. You know where you are gripping it as distinct from simply supporting it as you would with a book. But I expect that’s solvable with a cover that would thicken the thing a bit.

  3. Kelly says:

    Both my girls have tablets (my son refuses for cynical reasons, but I won’t get into all that), but I’ve yet to take the plunge. I just haven’t seen the need yet as I’m perfectly happy with my laptop, phone, and Kindle. I’m sure I’ll get one eventually.

    Not all the free stuff is good, so be sure and read reviews. Sometimes it can be the formatting used in the transition to an e-reader that is lacking.

    • V.H says:

      I really want it for the reader for in truth I’ve switched off the data and WiFi on the phone. I got sick of feeding a bunch of insatiable App’s and I have the GPS turned off on this too.
      If I had a Kindle I’d not have even thought of buying this, but since I did buy it’s nice to know it’s not a heap of crap and that it’ll have a life of a good few years.

  4. Sage says:

    I got a tablet and a bluetooth keyboard for Christmas and then in February, my laptop died… I haven’t replaced my laptop and am writing this on my tablet. I do like how quickly it pops up and how small it is! Enjoy!

    • V.H says:

      Thank you. Isn’t it amazing in but a few years things have moved so that a your entire computing needs are carried in your inner jacket pocket, with space for a wallet.

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