Someone convince me

Stu9

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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
 

SL4VE

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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
 

Stu9

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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
 

rdowns

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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

There are dozens of ways to get your content on an iPad not using iTunes.
 

Stu9

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

The DT's Windows XP pro
 

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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
 

jamezr

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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
That is great advice....the Surface Pro is a desktop in tablet form......
 

Stu9

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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

That's the problem, I don't know......and like both
 

rapicell

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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
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.
 

Michael Goff

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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.
 

thejadedmonkey

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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.
 

gotluck

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

The DT's Windows XP pro
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
 
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ozaz

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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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why not consider the Surface Pro
Overkill, I'd assume. If x86 apps needed, an Atom tablet would probably suffice.
 

Michael Goff

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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.
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.
 

Fernandez21

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

jrswizzle

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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
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.
 

jrswizzle

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

ozaz

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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.
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?
 

Michael Goff

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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.
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.

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?
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.
 

jrswizzle

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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.
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!