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First time tablet buyer

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March 17, 2012 10:32:19 AM

im having a tough time deciding which tablet to get on account of i have never owned one before.
ive got my eyes set on these two tablets:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" 16GB + Wi-fi

Toshiba THRIVE 10" Tablet

i just need a cheap tablet that i can use to surf the web and maybe play a few tablet games too.

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March 17, 2012 12:20:06 PM

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

It looks like Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an edge.
But I sure like the MicroSD slot in the Toshiba

Toshiba Thrive review
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March 17, 2012 12:26:05 PM

i heard the THRIVE has a longer battery life, plus it is the cheaper of the two
March 17, 2012 12:29:38 PM

Check the battery life chart in the Thrive review above.
It's about 3 1/2 hours shorter than the Tab.
March 17, 2012 12:36:39 PM

thats strange, on Toshiba's website it says up to 10 hour battery life and on Samsung's website they said the galaxy tab had up to 9 hours battery life...
March 17, 2012 12:47:30 PM

It could probably get 10hrs certain circumstances. Low power, dim the screen and radios off. etc. The reviews @ Endgaget test the same way and are probably ' more realistic' as to how an average person would use the tablet.

The early Galaxy Tab did have a shorter battery life. It's better on Tab 10.1
March 17, 2012 12:50:48 PM

now the tough part of deciding which one the get:

a) more expensive galaxy tab which comes with a good battery and is overall better than the THRIVE


b) the cheaper Toshiba Thrive with a weaker battery BUT has twice as much memory PLUS usb and sd slot
March 17, 2012 1:01:29 PM

Tab does have USB connection.

MicroSD is handy for extra storage for movies and music.
It's not a major player in a surfing / gaming situation.
March 17, 2012 1:16:22 PM

im not even sure i want to get a tablet, but since its cheaper then a laptop and lighter too.
i just need something i can use while im at my university just to pass the time when i have a break between lectures
March 17, 2012 1:17:41 PM

What? Cheaper than a laptop?
It's not.
March 17, 2012 1:23:58 PM

explain, how is a tablet (in this case the ones im looking at) not cheaper than a laptop that can last as long as these tablets (10 hours for the galaxy and 7 for the thrive).

i doubt i can find a laptop that is cheaper than these that can provide me the same performance and battery life.
March 17, 2012 1:25:32 PM

Or maybe it's slightly more expensive where you're at:
HP Pavilion DM1-4018AU 11" Notebook $AU 436
AMD Fusion Dual-Core E-450 CPU, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 11.3" 1366x768 LCD w/ AMD Radeon HD 6320 GPU, Wi-Fi & BT, Win 7.

March 17, 2012 1:27:06 PM

In classroom note-taking mode (dim screen, radios off) it can last about 9 hours.
March 17, 2012 1:33:16 PM

true, but i would prefer a tablet since its lighter, has an SSD, and runs an android OS.
id prefer to run windows 7 on my gaming rig (kinda dated but it runs what i play) and try out something new with these tablets.
March 17, 2012 1:34:33 PM

alhanelem said:
i doubt i can find a laptop that is cheaper than these that can provide me the same performance and battery life.

March 17, 2012 1:38:03 PM

It's not like the DM1 can't run Angry Birds!
But for overall performance and usefulness? Far, far beyond a tablet.

3.52 lbs vs 1.6lbs

March 17, 2012 1:42:49 PM

read my last post, anyway some of the lecture rooms have small tables and i wont be able to fit a laptop next to my textbooks, and forget about resting the thing on my lap since my big gut barely fits anyway, lol.
March 17, 2012 1:49:47 PM

Read your previous posts.
Your the one that brought up laptops. Questioning performance, price and battery life.
Size? Tablet 10.75" x 6.97" Laptop 11.49" x 8.46"
March 17, 2012 1:51:07 PM

Hopefully, the class handouts won't be in standard lecture hall Powerpoint format.
March 17, 2012 1:58:37 PM

tablets cant view Powerpoint?
also remember a laptop has a screen plus a keyboard
March 17, 2012 2:00:26 PM

Android OS, remember?

Still fits in the same 11.49" x 8.46" footprint, open or closed.
March 17, 2012 2:01:37 PM

In a lecture hall, you might need to hold the tablet to get a good viewing angle.
With a laptop - you just adjust the screen angle.
March 17, 2012 2:05:17 PM

if the powerpoint is online can it go though the slides like a normal computer?
as in the browser supports ppt?
March 17, 2012 2:09:23 PM download the .ppt file from the local WiFi so you can use it to make your own notes in the ppt note option.

Even browsing the slide format - you'd have to check the Android App store to see what they have and what it can, and can't do.
March 17, 2012 2:16:08 PM

ill take the risk, anyway im set on getting a tablet and not a laptop.
Im mostly interested in trying out the android OS and getting something different.

Okay, thank you for your help, ive decided to get the toshiba thrive since battery life isn't a big deal for me since the university has hundreds of outlets i can use. Also the USB port will be great to stick flash drives in.

also with a tablet i can set it down flat on the table and put a book on top or underneath it, compared to a laptop where i would have to open and close it constantly. A friend of mine has a laptop and we both swap it time to time to use and thats the reason i was more set on getting a tablet.
March 17, 2012 2:29:10 PM

i cant actually find it anywhere that im willing to buy from...
March 17, 2012 2:33:23 PM

Too bad. It has the same performance and on screen resolution.
Just lighter and smaller.
March 17, 2012 2:41:08 PM

oh well, im still set on getting the toshiba thrive, but i might wait a little bit to see if something better shows up or save up some cash to get an expensive tablet
March 17, 2012 2:46:30 PM

Over here the Tab 8.9 is $50 less than Thrive.
(as long as it's WiFi and you skip the 4G version of Tab 8.9)
March 17, 2012 2:53:46 PM

lucky you, in australia we fall behind in technology by about a generation or 2 and get charged insane prices
March 17, 2012 11:00:23 PM

Best answer selected by alhanelem.
March 19, 2012 10:16:13 AM

well... turns out the university's WiFi doesnt support android tablets or smartphones;
so i spent $400 buying an eBook reader with no wifi...