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repaint10 Jan 2022 5:21 a.m. PST

Hello,

I usually prefer paper rules and paper books but as postage becomes more and more expensive, it seems that a tablet will justify the savings of ordering pdf instead of physical books.

Do you have any recommendation on how to select a tablet? Is there an ideal size? Most of the rules I am interested in are A4.

PS: I don't need the latest gizmos or to play games on it. Just reading conveniently my rules or books.

thank you

Rich Bliss10 Jan 2022 5:44 a.m. PST

iPad is the most durable. A factor when you're using it at the table.

Darrell B D Day10 Jan 2022 6:34 a.m. PST

I just bought an iPad Pro – refurbed by Apple, last year's model. It's a thing of beauty with a good size screen and plenty of potential. My wife says I'm in love with it. She's right.

DBDD

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2022 7:46 a.m. PST

I prefer the iPad Mini. It is more than big enough to read easily, and I prefer its compact size.

Rick

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2022 7:49 a.m. PST

I have an iPad Pro with the larger screen. I do a lot with it. I would say to get the iPad mini as well, if you are just going to read pdf files.

TonicNH10 Jan 2022 8:34 a.m. PST

Most of my rules are in pdf format I'm currently using a Samsung Galaxy Tab A (android) – I found the 10" screen allows you a decent size page view for easy reading and the battery life is good too. It also accepts a memory card up to 512gb which is more than enough to store my entire rule collection together with supplements etc.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jan 2022 8:49 a.m. PST

I'm using an RCA Apollo 11 Android tablet with an 11.6" screen & detachable keyboard. Cost me £129.00 GBP and has been a very good buy.

I do use it for more than just reading rules & stuff but the screen is a good size for my deteriorating eyesight and the battery life isn't bad at all.

MajorB10 Jan 2022 9:56 a.m. PST

iPads are dreadfully expensive. Just get a 10" Android tablet.

DrSkull10 Jan 2022 10:40 a.m. PST

You could probably buy 10 Kindle fires for the price of 1 iPAD

Darrell B D Day10 Jan 2022 12:07 p.m. PST

iPads are dreadfully expensive. .

Because they're worth it…!

You could probably buy 10 Kindle fires for the price of 1 iPAD

Based on my experience of my wife's Fire (before I took pity and gave her my old iPad), it will take you 10 times as long to do anything.

DBDD

MajorB10 Jan 2022 12:42 p.m. PST

Based on my experience of my wife's Fire (before I took pity and gave her my old iPad), it will take you 10 times as long to do anything.

Not a fair comparison. A Fire is a very much cut down tablet with a lower powered processor and not much memory.

emckinney10 Jan 2022 12:52 p.m. PST

And if all he wants to do is read PDFs?

MajorB10 Jan 2022 2:24 p.m. PST

And if all he wants to do is read PDFs?

The Kindle app on your smartphone can do that!

Darrell B D Day10 Jan 2022 2:25 p.m. PST

Not a fair comparison. A Fire is a very much cut down tablet with a lower powered processor and not much memory.

I know that, which is why the 10 Firesticks=1 iPAD is meaningless. In the end, he'll get what he gets. My input is that I've had Androids and witnessed the mediocrity of a Firestick and my personal choice is iPAD because of its performance, ease of use, flexibility and reliability.

I hope the OP finds what suits him.

I shall now retire from this thread with dignity, insouciance and possibly a theatrical flourish.

DBDD

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2022 4:05 p.m. PST

Was in the phone store today – $500 USD – $1,000 USD+ for an iPad tablet, and that doesn't even include a "pencil" of "keyboard options", so I was rather shocked by that.

Of course, I suspect you can get them cheaper, but…….

I hate paying those kind of prices and having to worry that it may only last a few year. Scary!

Cormac Mac Art10 Jan 2022 8:43 p.m. PST

I've been using a fire tablet for this exact purpose for a few years now. I will say that it is sufficient for the task, but there are better options out there. For $50 USD the fire tablet is cheap, but you do get what you pay for. Also, the fire tablet runs on its own operating system, similar to Android, but you can't use android apps from the google play store. You have to use the amazon app version. One plus is that every fire tablet has a specific email that you can send PDF's to and they will download to your tablet. Getting stuff on wargames vault while sitting on my desktop, and then just emailing it to my tablet is convenient. The processing power and storage aren't great, but work.

repaint10 Jan 2022 11:23 p.m. PST

Thanks all for the advice, good starting points. Although, I will try to avoid Apple products. They are a bit costly for what I need and, real or imagined, I did feel the "programmed obsolescence" on a couple of smartphones and a laptop. :(

I will look into the cheaper brands

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