I am going back to Uni to re-train and I need a lightweight computer to take with me. I was looking into buying a tablet, but I am overwhelmed by the variety of them, many are really good and I have no idea which one would be better for me.
I would be using it for browsing the internet, e-mail, photos and for taking notes in my lessons (so it should be able to have MS Office or an equivalent program). Also for Skype, so camera on the front a must. I won't be using it for online playing, so gaming is not a factor.
The ones of you that have a tablet, could you please tell me how good/bad it is, the pros and cons, how useful you've found it to be, the price you paid, which extras you think are necessary?
If you are an expert in the matter, could you recommend one that would be ideal for me?
Hi Aurynne, Personally, I'd get a netbook with Windows (+ therefore Office on it) rather than a tablet. If you are taking notes or writing assignments, the real keyboard is much much easier to use than an on-screen one (IMO). My netbook is small & light, no bigger than a book & I'm much happier slinging it in my bag than my tablet (I have an HP Touchpad, now no longer available) which I tend to use just for browsing/watching iplayer at home. Plus my netbook (a cheapy Dell) cost me £150 and most tabs are £300+.
If you're still set on a tablet, you could do worse than look at the Hannspree Hannspad, available on Ebuyer for about £150. You can then get OpenOffice for free.
Don't forget if you get a Windows-based system you can get Office professional for ~£40 rather than £400 if you have a .ac email address - www.software4students.co.uk/
Thanks for your advice. As I am aware of the pain in the neck that writing on a touchscreen is, my idea was to buy one of these leather cases with a small keyboard to use during my intensives, and just take the tablet for the rest of the time, in which I wouldn't be taking many notes.
However, the idea of the small netbook is also good, I did not know they made them as small as Trills says. I have a laptop, but it is too heavy to carry around all day, that was the main appeal of tablets (small, flat and weigh less than a kilo).
Could you perhaps let me know what model your Dell Netbook is, Trills?
I have been looking at Dell Netbooks, and now the smallest one they make is as big as my own laptop... However I came across the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which could really be the solution for me! A laptop when I need the keyboard and Tablet when I am out and about and need something lightweight and unintrusive. Also has a huge battery life apparently. Has anybody had any experience with this one?