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    Which tablet?

    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...

    3g/4g support
    10" screen or thereabouts
    Handwriting with 'palm rejection'
    Stylus support
    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the 2014 version through retail / online stores but it seems silly to buy something that appears to have already been superseded by a later version.

    Any suggestions?

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    Just to say the Nokia Lumia 2520 supports 3g/4g and its Windows RT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePa View Post
    We need connectivity through 3g/4g
    Does the 3G/4G connectivity have to be provided by the tablet? i.e. could you get a WiFi hotspot?
    Last edited by Arthur; 18th February 2014 at 03:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Does the 3G/4G connectivity have to be provided by the tablet? i.e. could you get a WiFi hotspot?
    Thanks for the reply but unfortunately it does, we tried a cheap Android tablet just as 'proof of concept' and one of the key objections was the requirement to have either a USB 3g card or access to a phone-provided wi-fi hotspot. Inbuilt 3g/4g support is key which is a shame as otherwise we would have more options!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Just to say the Nokia Lumia 2520 supports 3g/4g and its Windows RT.
    Hmmmm, interesting. I'll have to take a 2nd look at these, I was given to understand that 3g/4g support was not feasible on a RT tablet. Do you know if it is via a SIM (like an iPad/Nexus7) or is it via an external device (like some cheaper tablets)?

    There is a certain appeal to Windows RT although not sure it has much future as most companies seem to have abandoned it

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_M View Post
    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.
    Would it support all of the requirements I listed in my 1st post? One of the key things for us is inbuilt 3g support (or 4g if that's all that's available). I suspect having to load a copy of Office is going to push the price up compared to using one of the free apps available on other platforms but if you think price would be comparable to the Samsung (Around £500 for the hardware, most apps are free/low cost) then I'd certainly be interested, particularly if it offers the stylus/handwriting/signature capture functionality that the Samsung does
    Last edited by DavePa; 18th February 2014 at 04:35 PM. Reason: Typo :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePa View Post
    Any suggestions?
    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).

    Specs: www.lenovo.com/shop/emea/content/pdf/Tablet/ThinkPad/en/thinkpad-tablet2-datasheet.pdf
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    No keyboard
    Were in the same boat. In trials staff like the surface rt. But need 3g for some

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    Quote Originally Posted by burgemaster View Post
    No keyboard
    See page 3 of the PDF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePa View Post
    Would it support all of the requirements I listed in my 1st post? One of the key things for us is inbuilt 3g support (or 4g if that's all that's available). I suspect having to load a copy of Office is going to push the price up compared to using one of the free apps available on other platforms but if you think price would be comparable to the Samsung (Around £500 for the hardware, most apps are free/low cost) then I'd certainly be interested, particularly if it offers the stylus/handwriting/signature capture functionality that the Samsung does
    Yeah I guess if you're a school access to Office 2013 can be cheap but it doesn't come preloaded on Windows. There's no digitizer pen bundled with it until July time when the Haswell version is released but it works with any off the shelf stylus and there is a built in slot to accommodate one. I'm at £390 for an 11.1" 10 point multitouch tablet with Dual core Celeron 2 x 1.5GHz, 4GB, 64GB mSATA SSD, Windows 8 64 BIT OEM, keyboard dock & cover (70 hour battery life). Add £40 for a 3G Module for Mobile Internet.

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    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.

    Hardware,
    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.

    Resources,
    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.

    3G/4G,
    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
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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_M View Post
    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
    Sounds interesting but can't see it on your website? Also, what sort of price are we looking at?

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    Yes, unfortunately not on there yet. :-( Will PM you pricing and availability as currently working through it all this week.

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