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Old 11-09-2013, 18:46
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I am new to tablets and would like to know can they take photos or movies, which is the best priced under 300.00 and also how do you go about protecting against viruses. I am also no good on jargon.

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Old 11-09-2013, 18:50
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I am new to tablets and would like to know can they take photos or movies, which is the best priced under 300.00 and also how do you go about protecting against viruses. I am also no good on jargon.

Many thanks
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Yes mostly they do though , not a substitute for a movie camera more like a camera phone video
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Old 11-09-2013, 19:29
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Thanks, but what should I be looking for
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Old 11-09-2013, 20:13
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It depends on what you want , if you want something that's watchable on a computer screen and possibly blown up for a TV screen an Ipad/Ipod would just about cut it . It would be reasonable but not great quality but ok for everyday snaps and videos . I wouldn't recommend one for precious videos like a wedding day for example as they are a bit hit and miss and a digital camera would generally be much better . Go to Youtube and search for Ipad video quality for an example .
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Old 11-09-2013, 21:36
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In most cases it's far better to use your phone camera than your tablet camera. Taking photos on a tablet is clumsy, and results in lower quality images,or at best equal quality to phone cameras.
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Old 11-09-2013, 21:59
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An iPad Mini isn't a terrible choice, it's 8 inch with a 5MP camera. It s worth noting that the mini s expected to be replaced in October.

http://store.apple.com/uk/ipad

A Nexus 7 (2013) is also a decent choice, a 7 inch tablet also 5MP camera.

https://play.google.com/store/device...us_7_16gb_2013

I would advice you give iOS and Android a go before you settle on a device, it's all personal preference really.

Both also provide a 10 inch variant but they come in over your budget.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:13
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In most cases it's far better to use your phone camera than your tablet camera. Taking photos on a tablet is clumsy, and results in lower quality images,or at best equal quality to phone cameras.
And lets not forget you also look a right tit
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:01
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found the ACER Iconia A1-811 8GB 3G.

What do you know about it and also when they say 3G who do you subscribe to and where would I find the costs

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Old 12-09-2013, 09:16
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found the ACER Iconia A1-811 8GB 3G.

What do you know about it and also when they say 3G who do you subscribe to and where would I find the costs

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Do you really need 3G? If you mostly use it at home and you have WiFi Internet there, it is an unnecessary expense.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:30
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Hi

I thought I could access my emails, when I am out & about competing at events

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Old 12-09-2013, 10:00
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3G is accessing the internet via a mobile phone signal. Most mobile phone companies offer it. Beware of the basic cost, restrictions on how much data you're allowed to transfer before incuring additional costs, and whether it is available where you'll be using it (as a very general rule it's ok in cities but dodgy in rural areas).
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:38
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I use an HD Camcorder. my wife has an iPad mini and took some video footage with it recently and I was surprised at how good the quality was, photos aren't too bad either.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:06
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lol...... quite right there. I was in Disney last year and the amount of people using there tablets, especially iPads to video was amazing. Children running around + water + general holiday fun = a broken tablet.

Plus the fact when using it as a video you not only block out your vision but that of anyone standing behind you.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:11
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Another thing to bear in mind is that some tablets only have a camera facing towards the user (for use with Skype etc).
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:29
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Hi

I thought I could access my emails, when I am out & about competing at events

Janet
Have you considered a smart phone such as the Nexus 4? It's great for checking emails when out and about and takes great pictures.

Also if you then get a Wi-Fi tablet you can piggy back on to your phones Internet connection.
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Old 12-09-2013, 15:46
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Tablet cameras are universally rubbish. Without exception.

None of them are even close to a basic point and shoot compact. Some smartphones are just about in this terrirtory now, but no tablets.

Someone mentioned the iPad Mini. I have one of those. The camera is terrible. The number of megapixels means nothing if the lens and/or sensor is garbage.

My dad (in his 70's) has just bought a tablet to take on their travels. He asked my advice and also mentioned camera. I told him to forget and take his camera or he'd regret it when he saw the quality of the pictures he'd got. I then got him a 1st gen Nexus 7 so he doesn't have any choice in the matter as it has no rear camera!

(You also look like a tool waving a tablet around taking photos but thats a secondary consideration ...)
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Old 13-09-2013, 14:20
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Tablet cameras are universally rubbish. Without exception.

None of them are even close to a basic point and shoot compact. Some smartphones are just about in this terrirtory now, but no tablets.

Someone mentioned the iPad Mini. I have one of those. The camera is terrible. The number of megapixels means nothing if the lens and/or sensor is garbage.
Some smartphones are well beyond (almost all) compact P&S cameras ....

But you're right - the camera in tablets are universally dire. They're fine for scape or capturing a moment when you don't have another camera, but to be used as your primary snapper .... bad idea.

Get the feeling that Nokia are intending to change that with the 1520, due to be announced in a couple of weeks.
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Old 16-09-2013, 19:11
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Tablet cameras are universally rubbish. Without exception.

None of them are even close to a basic point and shoot compact. Some smartphones are just about in this terrirtory now, but no tablets.

Someone mentioned the iPad Mini. I have one of those. The camera is terrible. The number of megapixels means nothing if the lens and/or sensor is garbage.

My dad (in his 70's) has just bought a tablet to take on their travels. He asked my advice and also mentioned camera. I told him to forget and take his camera or he'd regret it when he saw the quality of the pictures he'd got. I then got him a 1st gen Nexus 7 so he doesn't have any choice in the matter as it has no rear camera!

(You also look like a tool waving a tablet around taking photos but thats a secondary consideration ...)
Yes, I agree. I've used the camera a few times on my iPad, just messing around, but the results are poor.
I would say its best ignored for taking serious photos or videos.
Skype or Facetime work great though, so the cameras are not entirely redundant.
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