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Best digital drawing tablets?

Looking to buy a tablet (small, not a laptop substitute) for my adult son who draws and wants to do more of it. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jan 10, 2017 - 16 answers

Are netbooks/"mini" laptops even still a thing?

I have an exciting opportunity to expand my transcription business by taking on some work transcribing real-time lectures at the local universities next semester. However, with all of the equipment I'll need to carry, I fear that my everyday laptop is too big and heavy to drag around all day. I'd like to buy a used, maybe a few years old, lightweight device that I can transcribe from, but I'm not sure what I should be looking at exactly. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Jun 14, 2016 - 17 answers

Good storage/travel solution for absurd number of mobile devices?

I have a giant pile of tablets and smartphones for work, and sometimes I have to travel with them to work from remote locations. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for keeping everything better organized and protected? [more inside]
posted by Vibrissa on Jan 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Does this laptop or tablet exist?

I don't want much out of a computer, but no one seems to make what I want. I'm looking for a laptop or tablet that can do all this: 1. Great keyboard. 2. Smallish form factor. 3. Touch screen (and stylus!) so I can mark up PDFs. 4. Ability to plug in a Blu-ray player to watch movies. I don't care about operating system. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Please recommend a device for father-in-law (Windows OS & data plan)

My contractor father-in-law is looking for a tablet or 2-in-1 device that he can use at home or in his truck on job sites. The main uses will be email, internet surfing, maps and tracking employee time. The other must have is the being able to use an ATT data plan directly with the device. He's familiar with Windows so that takes Apple, Chrome and Android OS out of the running. [more inside]
posted by briar0rose on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Android or Windows tablet

I'm being given a budget tablet of my choice, should I choose an android or windows tablet? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Aug 6, 2015 - 11 answers

I love my Nexus 7, but should I get an iPad Air 2?

I've really enjoyed owning a Nexus 7 for the past couple of years and my 2013 version is still going strong. However, my husband's offered to buy me an iPad Air 2 for my birthday in a couple of weeks. I hear the iPad is lovely, but I'm wondering if it'll let me do all the things I enjoy doing on the Nexus 7. [more inside]
posted by handclaps on Jun 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Another "which tablet should I buy?" question

Main uses: Reading (& some marking up of) pdfs. Reading books. Presenting power-point slides on a projector. Taking notes. Web browsing. Potential other uses: word processing, sketching, and maybe even laptop replacement for light work. Additional info: I'm a very content user of Android on my smartphone, but I do most of my work in Windows. I was leaning towards an Android tablet or 2-in-1, but now I'm wondering about a Windows 8.1 one.
posted by neutralmojo on May 15, 2015 - 8 answers

How could homeopathic teething tablets possibly work?

Many parents I know recommend Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets, a homeopathic remedy. But how could they possibly have an effect? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 13, 2015 - 32 answers

Need some office network tech advice

I need to know what realistic options are for connecting some tablets to a server in my office. I say realistic because I'm working for a boss who thinks he knows way more about tech then he does and he keeps suggesting these complicated scenarios that he thinks is going to save money. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Apr 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me choose the best sub $200 small tablet

I've never owned a tablet. It's time to purchase a small 7" or 8" tablet, preferably between $50 and $150. Apple is too expensive. Not interested in Windows I think that leaves Google Nexus Samsung galaxy or Kindle Fire (did I leave any good contenders out? I am somewhat ignorant in this area. Heck, I'm about the last person on earth that doesn't even own a cell phone--by choice) I would mostly be surfing internet. Email. Purchasing a few apps here and there (Geocaching? Board games?). Reading an occasional book. Using askmetafilter (ha, ha). Suggestions/comments are appreciated.
posted by luvmywife on Feb 16, 2015 - 16 answers

My kids like to draw. So what's the next step for computer art?

My kids like drawing (5yrs up to 14yrs). They have played around with some animation software and computer art software as well as paper and pencils. I'd like to encourage them and give them tools to create awesome computer based drawings, but I don't know what those tools are. [more inside]
posted by bystander on Sep 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Best tablet (or something else?) for academia, 2014 edition

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? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 3, 2014 - 24 answers

two tablet bag/organizer

I'm in search of a grid it style organizer that can carry two tablets edge to edge. Tablets are an iPad mini and an Asus note 8. Organizer needs to fit in the footprint of a 13 inch macbook air. Tablets also need to be separated so they don't slide in front of or behind one another.
posted by dstopps on Aug 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Best, Cheap Technology for a Science Classroom

Hey MeFites, I'm really trying to expand the use of digital technology in my classroom. Unfortunately, the resources at my school are fairly limited. However, I do have access to $1200 in grant money, assuming I can write a compelling enough proposal. Help me find some affordable tech for my classroom! Needs of class inside. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Jul 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Where are the transflective displays?

Digital display technology is constantly marching forward, especially with smartphone manufacturers trying to one-up each other on screen thinness, DPI, and brightness. But why do no smartphones (or tablets, or laptops) use transflective displays? Simply put, a transflective display is can be seen with either backlighting or frontlighting. It is a screen that can be used both in a dark room and in direct sunlight — and the sunlight will actually make it clearer. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Apr 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Need simple way to send family videos to our elderly mom.

I'm looking for a tablet (and app) that'll allow my family to send our very elderly mom videos of great-grandkids and such. We've already setup a wifi photo frame and she loves it (from www.pix-star.com - great product!) but it doesn't support video. Her connection is thru a cell hotspot so a youtube-type solution isn't viable. I need to push videos to her tablet and of course, it has to be extremely simple for her to receive and view new movies. Any off-hand knowledge of a solution out there? Thanks!
posted by redunzl on Feb 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Can compounding pharmacies lower doses?

My partner infrequently takes medicine that was originally prescribed overseas. The USA version of the pill is too high a dose for them. Is it possible to obtain a lower dose from a US compounding pharmacy, and how does that work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Devices for speech-to-text for child with learning disabilities

I am looking for a device that will do speech recognition (speech to text) at home for my son. He is a great writer, as in storyteller, and creates great stories every day (ten pages single spaced when I transcribe them) but his handwriting speed is about two or three words per minute. What would be most convenient is if an Android tablet (e.g. Nexus 7) will do the trick, because that is the first choice for some other purposes. Is there any reason that this would be a poor choice -- is there something that is far better? [more inside]
posted by winston on Aug 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Medium-sized tablet. You know, for the kid(s).

After spending about two weeks using a relative's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 as a video playing device to distract our young son, my wife and I are interested in getting a mid-sized tablet of our own, to double as a video player and portable computer. The Nook HD+ is comparable, and right now, much cheaper. Is there something I'm missing about the Kindle Fire, or are most mid-sized tablets fairly similar? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

iOS to Android guy - Questions!

Everywhere on the web there is discussion of B&N's great deal on the Nook HD+ for Father's Day. I took the bite and picked up the 16GB (comes w/micro sd port). So far, so good. My questions are: 1) Is there full tablet AES encryption for these? 2) Since B&N finally opened up the Nook and it's now compatible with Google Play's App Store, is there really a reason to root it? And a question about iMessage alternatives. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jun 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Digital edition of a small arts magazine - the best way to do this?

I work for a small literary magazine. The incoming managing editor wants us to have a magazine app for tablets that appears on those virtual magazine racks. Is this a good idea, and if so what's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Feb 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Suggestions for tablet and e-games for bedridden senior?

My 66 year old father will be bedridden for a few months. He's not tech-savvy but loves simple comp games like solitaire, free cell, etc. Would a tablet pre-loaded with games be a good gift? Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Jan 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Best Kitchen Mounting System for Nexus 7?

My Nexus 7 has become a near-indispensable kitchen tool, and I'd like to find a way to mount it in the kitchen so I can use it more easily while cooking. I have zero counter space available, so a stand is out, and I can't mount it on the underside of a cabinet, either. Safe wall space is close to zero, too, so I guess that leaves me with the fridge. Are there any decent fridge-mounting systems for the Nexus 7 or other 7" tablets? Ideally I'd like something that allows me to easily insert and remove the tablet, since it won't live in the kitchen all the time. I could probably DIY this but I'm working on so many other household projects I'd really like to be able to buy an out-of-the-box solution and be done with it, though I'd be willing to add magnets to a great non-magnetic mount.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jan 18, 2013 - 6 answers

E-readers and tablets and smartphones oh my.

I can't decide if a tablet or an e-reader AND a new phone* is more suitable for my purposes. I don't know much about either market which is why I come to you guys for advice. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Dec 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me choose the right tablet

I know this is well trodden ground, but I have a question about tablets. I want a tablet that will mainly be for reading/annotating pdfs (academic papers). My main worries are eye strain and stylus integration. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Dec 10, 2012 - 19 answers

tablet that can run my old Windows programs, has a full-size USB port.

Tablet-as-word-processor search: I'm looking for a tablet that can run (at least some of) my old Windows programs, and has a full-size USB port. [more inside]
posted by skwt on Nov 8, 2012 - 20 answers

Goodbye netbook, hello iPad?

I'm going to have to work some stupid overtime in the next few weeks, and I'm thinking of treating myself to a replacement for my well-loved but on-it's-last-legs EEE Asus netbook, used mostly for sitting on the couch and surfing while watching TV at home. Things I'm pondering: [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Nov 7, 2012 - 15 answers

What tablet should I buy?

Should I buy an Acer Iconia A200, if I mainly want wireless capability and the ability to watch my .avi and .mp4 (and occasional .mkv) media files? If not, then what should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Oct 13, 2012 - 4 answers


Choosing between Ipads, how? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Which tablet is best for reading many, many pdfs?

Looking for a thin, light, rectangular device on which to read scientific papers... which one?? I know nothing about tablets, except that they exist. [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on Sep 16, 2012 - 19 answers

To Buy or Not to Buy; That is the question

What is a good mini tablet to gift an 8-yr old? External Storage is critical as this will be used primarily as a wi-fi device and on long drives. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Aug 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Samsung or Nexus?

Samsung Galaxy tab 2.7.0 v.s Google Nexus Tab either. Which one to chose? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jul 30, 2012 - 19 answers

The Kindle Fire or the Nook Color, what's the better tablet for cartoonists??

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet. What's better for a cartoonist? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Apr 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Why are these pills the same size?

Why are these pills smaller than I expected? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Dec 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Content for Tablets

What is the best/coolest/most cutting-edge multimedia content being created for tablets? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Nov 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Why can't I write in this title box? With a pen?

Tablets and handwriting recognition. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Nov 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Is there anything like Garageband for an Android tablet?

Vicissitudes of switching from iPad to Android [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 3, 2011 - 8 answers

When I Was a kid I would have loved one of these things

B&N Nook Color for a kid: seeking tips on making it child-friendly, child-safe, best apps, and how to provide a budget for buying books that cannot be exceeded . . . [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Aug 16, 2011 - 6 answers

What's the best Tablet for editing/reviewing documents?

Tablet Advice: I read/review/edit manuscripts all the time - Which tablet should I get to facilitate this on the go? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jul 7, 2011 - 6 answers

How can the size of a potential market be accurately estimated?

How can I conduct research into whether or not there would be any interest for a paid tutorial website? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Recommendations for PC drawing tablet

I've been a cartoonist for 30 years and have remained a firm Luddite, drawing everything by hand and submitting hard copy to my publishers. But, those days are now over, and I'm being asked to provide electronic files. I would greatly appreciate help in terms of purchasing a simple-to-use, but still "semi-professional" electronic drawing tablet (sorry, don't even know the right term for this). Also, what PC software would you recommend that won't take months to learn? thanks.
posted by quintno on Feb 3, 2008 - 37 answers

Should I get a non-wacom graphics tablet?

Does anyone have experience with non-wacom graphics tablets? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Nov 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Teacher Considering a Tablet PC

Tablet PC Curious: Looking for advice from tablet owners, especially teachers. [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Jun 25, 2005 - 10 answers

Need New Graphics Tablet

I've been drawing a comic book, and I'm assembling and coloring the pages in Photoshop. My old 4 X 5 Wacom Graphire 3 tablet seems to be falling short of my needs (poor tracking, and meager pressure sensitivity), and I was looking for opinions about replacing it with a 4 X 5 Intuos tablet (twice the pressure sensitivity) or a larger Graphire 3 (6 X 8)?

posted by jpburns on May 27, 2004 - 10 answers

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