Binz (19th February 2014)
We need to buy a small number of tablet computers and are wondering if anybody has enough experience to be able to make recommendations. We've looked at various options and know some of what *won't * work but not yet what will work:
iPad - one of the applications that we use is not supported on iPad. That's not to say that it might not work but in the event of any issues we won't be able to get assistance from the developers
Windows RT - We need connectivity through 3g/4g and I don't believe that RT supports the use of these
Windows Surface Pro - perhaps a good choice (providing we can get something with 3g/4g) but somewhat expensive
Android - Where to start with all of the options available? Ideally there will be something that meets our requirements which are...
10" screen or thereabouts
Handwriting with 'palm rejection'
The ability to capture signatures electronically
Reasonable battery life
Able to open/edit/save/print Office 3013 documents
I'm thinking along the lines of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition but Samsung no longer sell them direct as they have moved to the Pro version...which appears to be only available as wi-fi only (no 3g/4g version available yet) and in the larger 12.2" size. No doubt the other versions will follow in due course but I'm looking for something now. I can still get the 2014 version through retail / online stores but it seems silly to buy something that appears to have already been superseded by a later version.
Binz (19th February 2014)
Just to say the Nokia Lumia 2520 supports 3g/4g and its Windows RT.
Last edited by Arthur; 18th February 2014 at 04:03 PM.
There is a certain appeal to Windows RT although not sure it has much future as most companies seem to have abandoned it
Hi @DavePa, how about a VeryPC Windows Tablet with dockable keyboard? It's configure to order so you can get as much spec as you need for your budget, 13 hour battery life and we sell and provide support for a 3G module and you can specify your own choice of Windows O/S so just load on a copy of Office and away you go.
Last edited by DavePa; 18th February 2014 at 05:35 PM. Reason: Typo :(
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (Model: N3S25UK or N3S6JUK)? It meets almost all of the criteria in your first post (3G, 10.1" LCD with Digitizer & Pen, Office 2013 inc. OneNote, ~10 hour battery life).
Last edited by Arthur; 19th February 2014 at 01:27 AM.
Were in the same boat. In trials staff like the surface rt. But need 3g for some
burgemaster (19th February 2014)
You might want to think about setting up a remote desktop server, that way you can work in the same environment as the rest of your network, utilising the full range of windows programs, we have just started to roll this out for teachers and the response couldn’t have been more positive, the other advantage of this is that this can be used on ios, android as well as windows.
I am a big fan of the Samsung note series which obviously runs on the latest version of android and meets all of your requirements.
As we know apple like to tie up the market to prevent competition, however google seem to be challenging this at least in the US with the launch of google play for education which I can’t wait to see in the UK as I believe this will level the playing field somewhat which can only be a good thing.
Couldn’t you tether to a phone or some other device like a myfi, it seems a shame to narrow your search just to meet this criteria
Last edited by Binz; 19th February 2014 at 05:15 PM.
VeryPC_Colin_M (19th February 2014)
Morning @DavePa. I can now confirm we can supply a version of our tablet with the digitizer pen included and palm rejection for signing digital documents, and integrated 3G, so can now meet all of your original requirements. Cheers, Col
Yes, unfortunately not on there yet. :-( Will PM you pricing and availability as currently working through it all this week.
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