Post # 1
DH’s 30th birthday is coming up and I’ve decided to get him a tablet. He peruses Jeep and homebrew forums like I do the Bee, so he needs something better than his iPhone to do it from! He sits all evening scrolling through websites on his little iPhone screen, and it’s just ridiculous. Time to upgrade!
I was originally thinking of getting him an iPad, since he already has an iPhone so it seemed like the smarter idea. But … since he really only uses it to go online and maybe play games, perhaps I should save money and get a Kindle Fire instead? Or some other tablet entirely??
Any advice or reviews from those who have one, the other, or both? Cost versus function? What about the cost of a data plan for the iPad — would I need to worry about that since he already has an iPhone???
Post # 3
I worked for Barnes and Noble for years so I’m pretty bias 🙂 Because of that I won’t buy a kindle. I actually own a nook color which I love and it has internet capabilities which I use once in a while, I am more of a laptop person, I like the bigger screen. My Fiance brought home an iPad and honestly, I didn’t care for it at all, I think it’s overrated. He actually brought home a Samsung tablet (sorry can’t remember the proper name) and I thought it was much better than the iPad. My Fiance agreed, he’s a computer analyst and for some reason they all seem to dislike Apple greatly. He prefered the Samsung as well.
Post # 4
I am constantly screaming at my Kindle Fire which I recieved as a gift. It’s a lovely gift, in that it does have some functionality and use that I never had before (never owned any tablets or smart phones previously) but it is slow and dumb and unresponsive and does not play well with all websites – including this one. I can browse weddingbee, but I can’t comment.
Now, I guess you have to take my review with a grain of salt, because I don’t wish I had an iPad. I wish I had a laptop.
But if I must use a tablet, I wish it wasn’t a Kindle Fire. 🙂
It gets quite frustrating.
What it’s great for though is fitting in my purse. And browsing most internet sites. It would also be pretty good for reading, but I’m not much of a reader. I think it would also be good for downloading movies and watching them if you are stuck waiting somewhere. It’s got half-decent battery life and a sharp screen. But I’m not paying for that and I haven’t been stuck waiting anywhere recently.
Post # 5
I just got a Nook Tablet and it is awesome! books, magazines, games, apps, internet. its the best
Post # 6
Just commenting as a place holder so that I can come back and see how the bees weigh in on this discussion.
Post # 7
I have a kindle fire and the only thing I really don’t use it for is the internet. I play games and read on it alot, (battery life and memory are fantastic!!) but it isn’t the best at internet…don’t get me wrong it works online but its a tad slow and the touch screen isn’t set up perfectly for that (example: the screen bobs up and down depending if the address bar is visible, but its random so when you go to touch something to open or enlarge it, the screen jumps and you end up either clicking on a link that you didn’t want or the screen will enlarge as it thinks you stretched it out)
I hope that helps you somewhat…sorry, never used an iPad so can’t help you there!!
Post # 8
I love the Nook. 🙂 Sometimes I look with longing at the Samsung Galaxy Tab, too. But the Nook has treated me well.
Post # 10
umm ipad!!! It does what all the others will do, but better! And it is basically a laptop. I love love love my ipad!!!
Post # 11
Oh yea – I will say that the Kindle Fire with WiFi makes a great gift in that the gift giver paid the $250 or whatever and I pay nothing. Ever. No data plan.
Post # 12
Alright, I’m going to update the poll to include the Samsung Galaxy and the Nook since we seem to have a few votes for those already! Thanks for the input!!!
Post # 13
@sianna1301: Yeah, I have a regular kindle and absolutely love it for reading books and playing some games, but since Darling Husband would only be using it for internet, if the browser is bad then that’s definitely important to think about! A friend of mine has the Fire and uses it for internet all the time so I figured it must not be too bad … but this girl isn’t exactly technologically forward so she probably just thinks all those annoyances are normal par for the course
Post # 14
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I have a Galaxy tab and love it. It’s quick, good with internet and games, tons of free apps, etc etc. I use it for work (taking notes in meetings) as well as for just playing around. The Kindle app makes it like a Kindle (whatever) but with more functionality. I have the 7″ one which is great because I can fit it in my purse and the screen size/resolution is adequate. Not sure if he’d want a larger one–it kind of depends on personal preference.
Post # 15
I already voted before the new addition, but I second the Samsung Galaxy!
Post # 16
As someone who has both a Kindle and an iPad….If he’s looking to use it for games and web surfing I would go with iPad. If he wants it to be an ereader I would go with a Kindle.