Best tablet (or something else?) for academia, 2014 edition
September 3, 2014 8:53 AM Subscribe
You're given a $1000 technology grant for grad school. It must be spent on technology. You don't need a laptop. You're thinking a tablet, but what kind and what else? Now what? Mefites, what's your dream setup for annotating pdfs, note taking, and general productivity?
posted by schroedinger to Computers & Internet (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This would be used primarily for taking notes and extensive pdf annotation. Don't care about games, videos, etc. When reading papers I have to take notes on the paper itself, so I want something that reproduces the experience.
I like a bigger screen (10" or bigger). I like battery life. I absolutely want capability for external storage. I'm looking at the Galaxy Note 10.1, solely because that's what I know about and I understand iPads aren't great for fine annotations. But unless I get a Surface, even the fanciest tablet will leave me with money left over. So what else? (What about a Surface? Is a Surface a good idea?) Maybe a nice stylus? But which one?
As said, I have a good laptop so that's not needed. I need to spend this all at once. I have a new 2TB external hard drive so I don't need that either. My smartphone is a $30 model from Wal-Mart, but I've never owned one before so right now it seems OK to me. But I guess that's something else I could buy?
(I know there are other questions, but new models have come out so I was hoping for fresh perspective)