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Which tablet for a 16yr old?
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Our eldest daughter is 16yrs old at the end of April and is looking for a tablet as her main present. She also leaves school soon after and is looking forward to going to college in the autumn and its this she wants the tablet for. It's mainly for college work and she tells me she needs "Word and "excell" and an organiser of some description. We have been looing at an Asus vivo smart tab, it gets good reports as well. I have about £350 max to spend, any other ideas would be helpful as well.

 

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

If you want proper Microsoft Word and Excel, look at Windows tablets like Surface 2, or Nokia Lumia 2520, or Asus Transformer Book T100 or Vivo TabSmart. 

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

I have been told by others on another forum I visit to stay away from anything with Windows RT, as its not the full version of Windows. Have been told to stick with Windows 8 or 8.1. I really don't know that much, hence me asking for advice.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

AFAIK windows RT is for mobile devices like tablets and windows 8 and 8.1 is for pc's and laptops.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

For a 16 year old, for the functions you've described, Windows RT will work just fine. Ideally Surface 2 Pro is the one to go for, but that's beyond your budget.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

Thanks for the help lads, thats fine by me.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

Android tablets may be suitable. Kingston office (free) is Word/Excel compatible. A small laptop may also be appropriate since (imo) any seriois 'report writing' needs a proper keyboard. I would check with the college to find their needs. A tough one. I offer my thoughts for consideration rather than advice but as an ex teacher (ICT) my choice would be laptop at home since college facilities should be adequate at college. 

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

I would tend to agree with the above. Tablets are brilliant things but I wouldn't use one for my main interface to Word and Excel. Perhaps it's just me but I prefer a laptop/desktop for that level of stuff. I have Pages and Numbers on my ipad which are OK for viewing and simple editing but not too much else. Rob (or Robin can never remember which) is quite right in that colleges have an abundance of IT facilities to offer their students and I'm sure they will have been asked by other parents what the best options would be.

Also, and please don't take this the wrong way, but it may be worth finding out if your daughter really does want it mainly for college work or is just using that "ace in the hole" to tip the balance (I've got 3 grown up kids and have heard every argument in the book :grin: ). If it's more for surfing the net, playing media files and simple note taking etc, for the money, I don't think you can go wrong with the Tesco Hudl. My son bought one just after Xmas and whilst it is marginally slower (and I mean marginal!) than my Nexus 7, it compares very well in all other departments and for £119, I reckon it's a bargain for a teenager.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

Google now offer QuickOffice as a download - giving a free office program that reads and writes both Word & Excel as well as integrating with Google Drive for cloud based storage.

I think a Nexus 7 running this would be a lot cheaper and slicker than any of the Windows tablets.

More expensive than the Hudl but from experience (I have both) the Nexus is a lot better for serious usage.

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as someone who works a lot with Word documents, I have to say that a tablet is entirely the wrong tool.  Tablets are for consuming media, not creating them.  If she wants to create on it - i.e. paraphrase her lecturers' thoughts into essays (!), then something with a keyboard will be an absolute must, but I'd personally prefer a laptop for that sort of endeavour.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

Big Aura wrote:

as someone who works a lot with Word documents, I have to say that a tablet is entirely the wrong tool.  Tablets are for consuming media, not creating them.  If she wants to create on it - i.e. paraphrase her lecturers' thoughts into essays (!), then something with a keyboard will be an absolute must, but I'd personally prefer a laptop for that sort of endeavour.

Very good point - perhaps consider a bluetooth keyboard with a tablet?  They are small and fairly cheap.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

Miggs wrote:

Which tablet for a 16yr old?

A laptop.

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

If you buy her a tablet it will not be long before you have to get her a laptop. 

My 9 soon to be 10 year old has a tablet but she uses the PC for homework and everything else creative she wants to do.............

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I can only help with a tablet for yourself..Paracetomol.. Smile

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

I bought a hudl for my stepson and a kindle fire for my missus for Christmas. The hudl performs pretty well but it doesn't have a quality look or feel, for me. The 8.9 kindle fire, on the other hand, was so good that I went out and bought myself one straight after Christmas. Brilliant screen and smooth operation. Also, it has a really good dual band wifi. I can't get a signal upstairs at home on my smartphone, but I get full bars on the kindle. The speakers are fantastic, too, best on any tablet. They have a virtual surround quality (possibly due to the on-board Dolby), where sounds  appear to come from all over the place, including behind your head. 

I was anti tablet before crimbo, I didn't see the point in them. Now I'm a proper convert. I'm never off the thing. It's completely replaced my laptop.

 

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RE: Which tablet for a 16yr old?

Just a couple if points:

 

1) No other compatible software is as good as the real thing: MS Office. I have found it impossible to open password protected files on Quick office or Documents to go or Polaris.

 

2) Remember we're talking about a 16-year old here, who belongs to a generation far more adept than us at touch screens than keyboards.

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