Someone convince me

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Stu9, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Stu9 macrumors member

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    To get an ipad 3 over a Surface RT...it'll just be used mainly for the watching vids, emailing and general brousing....no serious work
     
  2. SL4VE macrumors 6502

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    iPad all day long, its just so easy to use and simple settings etc etc no faffing about just press and play
     
  3. Stu9 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok....one thing that's putting me of though is the lack of usb....i've got alot of stuff on the desktop and have no idea how to get it from there to an pad
     
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    There are dozens of ways to get your content on an iPad not using iTunes.
     
  5. Stu9 thread starter macrumors member

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    What's the easiest.....it's mainly films, some music too

    The DT's Windows XP pro
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say get the tablet that you want or best fits your needs.

    The iPad is a great tablet but if you need to be "convinced" then its probably not the one for you. I think the Surface RT is too hamstrung to be an affective tablet, why not consider the Surface Pro
     
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  8. jamezr macrumors G3

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    That is great advice....the Surface Pro is a desktop in tablet form......
     
  9. baltoyyz macrumors member

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    Check out plex.
     
  10. Stu9 thread starter macrumors member

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    That's the problem, I don't know......and like both
     
  11. rapicell macrumors regular

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    I hate to say it, but file wise, you got cloud storage options to use: google drive, dropbox, ect....
    If you need things like word, powerpoint, excel, and ect.. then iPad probably isn't going to work too well. There an app available that allows for a limited use of word, powerpoint, and excel, but that's about it.
     
  12. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    For productivity: Surface RT. Everything else: iPad
     
  13. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    Emailing is "aspect ratio neutral".
    Watching videos is more of a 16:9 type of thing these days.
    Browsing is supposedly 4:3, but if you have it in landscape instead of portrait I'd say 4:3 isn't going to cut it.

    Why get an iPad 3 over a Surface RT? You're going to be getting much better OS support with the Surface. You're going to be able to use almost any peripheral you want with it.

    I know I'm supposed to convince you to get the iPad, but it just seems like an inferior option for what you want to do.
     
  14. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I found the Surface to be a million times more useful than a 3rd gen iPad. Granted I thought they were both dumb and don't own any tablets anymore, but if I had to choose one I'd buy the Surface.
     
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    IMO
    http://www.amazon.com/HooToo®-TripMate-Wireless-Portable-5200mAh/dp/B00DTPYRTI

    is the best solution for 'extra' storage for ipad. works at home, on the go, anywhere. The tripmate is like a technological swiss army knife. Plug whatever external storage you want in the USB slot. Use a mediaplayer to play/view them (personally I use nPlayer or documents by readdle (for docs) depending on what I'm trying to view)

    it works like a smb share
     
  16. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    Well, don't get a Surface RT. 1st gen product that's pretty slow.
    If you want to consider a Surface, consider Surface 2.

    Sounds like you're keen on USB support, and since you don't mention 3rd party apps in your original post (which is really the big strength of iPad), I'd say just go with the Surface 2.

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    Overkill, I'd assume. If x86 apps needed, an Atom tablet would probably suffice.
     
  17. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    I keep hearing about how slow the original RT is. I ... don't really see it. Could it be faster? Of course. Was it dog slow at the start? Yeah. Have they optimized RT a lot since then? Yep.
     
  18. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    Why? Because one has to use Office to be productive?
     
  19. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    If that's all your going to do, then save some money and get the Nexus 7.
     
  20. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    Why an iPad 3? That would be just about the last iPad I would buy. I'm sure you can find used 4th gens on eBay or refurbished models at Apple.com.

    Or you could go with a mini or mini retina (I'd suggest the retina).

    iPad all the way for tablets. Battery life is insane, app ecosystem is lightyears better than any other out there and contrary to popular belief, you can be productive on an iPad.
     
  21. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    If you're going to be using an office-type grouped of programs ... you shouldn't go with second best.
     
  22. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    I think that's up for debate.....while Office is without question the most popular, there are things about it that drive me insane.

    And iWork is no slouch - with cloud support, instant saves and syncs across all my devices + the ability to get on ANY computer, sign into icloud.com and work on the stuff I was working on on my iPad, I'd say there's a lot to like about iWork.

    Point being - one can be plenty productive on an iPad. MS Office doesn't make someone productive. And the idea is ludicrous.
     
  23. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    Didn't realize there had been improvements to performance. I'm going on early performance. However, I'd still be inclined to go 2nd gen if within budget.

    OP, what's your budget?
     
  24. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    Oh, don't get me wrong. You can be plenty productive on an iPad. But if I have enough to buy either an iPad or a Surface? I'm going for the Surface.

    Yeah, it's not lightning fast or anything, but it isn't a dog. I don't think I would have bought a Surface 2 even if I did have the money a the time.
     
  25. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    Interesting......I can't imagine using anything other than my iPad.

    I have a hard enough time using Windows at work.

    To each his/her own!
     

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