Tech Questions



  • Am thinking of getting an iPad (9.7" non-pro, seems to be the only good option for tablets), and am wondering about ad-blocking apps.

    Do the standard ones work with Chrome, or only with Safari? Can you sync iOS Safari with your Chrome account?



  • Can I join in and ask a question too please?

    I want to get some sort of tablet, but for two main reasons only - to read on and to watch stuff when travelling on a plane.

    I don't need the most high tech, or the most expensive (in fact I'm leaning against that because I'm not a tablet person around the house kind of guy).

    Any suggestions?



  • @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    Can I join in and ask a question too please?

    I want to get some sort of tablet, but for two main reasons only - to read on and to watch stuff when travelling on a plane.

    I don't need the most high tech, or the most expensive (in fact I'm leaning against that because I'm not a tablet person around the house kind of guy).

    Any suggestions?

    As an android/ pc guy I'd say the ipads and minis are very good. If you want a tablet with expandable memory then the Samsung galaxy tab is better. I go for minis or 8" androids, a little small but easy for the kids to use



  • @Tim I have my kids iPads with Safari linked to my chrome on Windows.



  • @taniwharugby Cool, does that sync passwords, bookmarks etc?



  • @Tim not 100% but I don't think so.

    I only have it linked so I can see what my 11 year old son is googling....



  • @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    Can I join in and ask a question too please?

    I want to get some sort of tablet, but for two main reasons only - to read on and to watch stuff when travelling on a plane.

    I don't need the most high tech, or the most expensive (in fact I'm leaning against that because I'm not a tablet person around the house kind of guy).

    Any suggestions?

    As an android/ pc guy I'd say the ipads and minis are very good. If you want a tablet with expandable memory then the Samsung galaxy tab is better. I go for minis or 8" androids, a little small but easy for the kids to use

    No kids for me to worry about!

    I'm probably wanting closer to 10" as I'll be watching stuff on it, but then not too big because I want to be able to read it as well. 😉



  • @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    Can I join in and ask a question too please?

    I want to get some sort of tablet, but for two main reasons only - to read on and to watch stuff when travelling on a plane.

    I don't need the most high tech, or the most expensive (in fact I'm leaning against that because I'm not a tablet person around the house kind of guy).

    Any suggestions?

    As an android/ pc guy I'd say the ipads and minis are very good. If you want a tablet with expandable memory then the Samsung galaxy tab is better. I go for minis or 8" androids, a little small but easy for the kids to use

    No kids for me to worry about!

    I'm probably wanting closer to 10" as I'll be watching stuff on it, but then not too big because I want to be able to read it as well. 😉

    The wife has a big iPad. The display is very sharp



  • @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    Can I join in and ask a question too please?

    I want to get some sort of tablet, but for two main reasons only - to read on and to watch stuff when travelling on a plane.

    I don't need the most high tech, or the most expensive (in fact I'm leaning against that because I'm not a tablet person around the house kind of guy).

    Any suggestions?

    As an android/ pc guy I'd say the ipads and minis are very good. If you want a tablet with expandable memory then the Samsung galaxy tab is better. I go for minis or 8" androids, a little small but easy for the kids to use

    No kids for me to worry about!

    I'm probably wanting closer to 10" as I'll be watching stuff on it, but then not too big because I want to be able to read it as well. 😉

    The wife has a big iPad. The display is very sharp

    One of the Pros? I find them to be comically large (and I'm too cheap/unwilling to pay over $1k for a tablet).

    I guess I should have said tablets less than $500.00 🙂



  • @Tim said in Tech Questions:

    Am thinking of getting an iPad (9.7" non-pro, seems to be the only good option for tablets), and am wondering about ad-blocking apps.

    Do the standard ones work with Chrome, or only with Safari? Can you sync iOS Safari with your Chrome account?

    Why Safari Tim? Install Chrome onto the iPad, then everything from Chrome on your desktop sync's over to your tablet (and vica verca). It even can open tabs you have currently open on your desktop on your tablet. All you need to do to enable this is log into your Google account on your tablet.



  • @Stockcar86 Adblocking. The iOS native adblockers don't work in Chrome, IIRC?



  • @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    Can I join in and ask a question too please?

    I want to get some sort of tablet, but for two main reasons only - to read on and to watch stuff when travelling on a plane.

    I don't need the most high tech, or the most expensive (in fact I'm leaning against that because I'm not a tablet person around the house kind of guy).

    Any suggestions?

    As an android/ pc guy I'd say the ipads and minis are very good. If you want a tablet with expandable memory then the Samsung galaxy tab is better. I go for minis or 8" androids, a little small but easy for the kids to use

    No kids for me to worry about!

    I'm probably wanting closer to 10" as I'll be watching stuff on it, but then not too big because I want to be able to read it as well. 😉

    The wife has a big iPad. The display is very sharp

    One of the Pros? I find them to be comically large (and I'm too cheap/unwilling to pay over $1k for a tablet).

    I guess I should have said tablets less than $500.00 🙂

    This is what I've got 200 of the store owners from work using:

    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TABSAM5800/Samsung-Galaxy-TAB-A-101-WiFi-Tablet--White---16GB

    Decent price point if you just need WiFi and not a SIM card for your connectivity. Big enough to read ebooks from (same size as iPad mini)



  • @Nepia if you can, have a look at the Lenovo Yoga Tablet - I have the cheap one (< $300 oz) and it does the job for Netflix etc.

    The "Plus version" is a 50% price hike but pretty well spec'd

    (On a side note: if anyone is after a value-for-money Android phone the new Nokia 6 Black is AUD$399 and carries some impressive specs).



  • @Nepia I have an Amazon fire for throwing in my bag on short trips to watch and read on. Does the trick, though maybe a bit small for what you want? Cheap and cheerful though.



  • @Tim said in Tech Questions:

    The iOS native adblockers don't work in Chrome, IIRC?

    Yeah pretty sure they are only safari extensions. In a choice between a few ads and being forced to use safari - I pick ads

    You aren't interested in the new reasonably sized pro?



  • Cool, thanks for the tips guys.

    @Bones They seem cheap, do they have video capability? Also, are you restricted to Kindle or can other E-reading software be added?

    @NTA Are those the ones with the cirlce edge on one side?

    @Stargazer I've been looking at those ones at JB Hifi and at that price point they're similar to an iPad?



  • @Stockcar86 said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    @canefan said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    Can I join in and ask a question too please?

    I want to get some sort of tablet, but for two main reasons only - to read on and to watch stuff when travelling on a plane.

    I don't need the most high tech, or the most expensive (in fact I'm leaning against that because I'm not a tablet person around the house kind of guy).

    Any suggestions?

    As an android/ pc guy I'd say the ipads and minis are very good. If you want a tablet with expandable memory then the Samsung galaxy tab is better. I go for minis or 8" androids, a little small but easy for the kids to use

    No kids for me to worry about!

    I'm probably wanting closer to 10" as I'll be watching stuff on it, but then not too big because I want to be able to read it as well. 😉

    The wife has a big iPad. The display is very sharp

    One of the Pros? I find them to be comically large (and I'm too cheap/unwilling to pay over $1k for a tablet).

    I guess I should have said tablets less than $500.00 🙂

    This is what I've got 200 of the store owners from work using:

    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TABSAM5800/Samsung-Galaxy-TAB-A-101-WiFi-Tablet--White---16GB

    Decent price point if you just need WiFi and not a SIM card for your connectivity. Big enough to read ebooks from (same size as iPad mini)

    We have one if those too. I find the browsing is a little clunky compared to the iPad



  • @Tim

    Adblocker: I have been using Adblock Plus for ages now. It's very effective. If there is a downside, then maybe that it slows down loading pages a little bit, but that may be the case with every adblocker.
    It's available for iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Safari.



  • @Nepia I think your question was meant for @Stockcar86?



  • @Stargazer said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia I think your question was meant for @Stockcar86?

    Hahahaha, clearly I can't tell you Bay boys apart!



  • @Duluth I'd either go for a reasonably priced tablet (US$330 iPad), or something like a Surface Pro that can replace my laptop too (I use a desktop 90% of the time for work, but read a lot of articles and webpages on the tablet).

    Samsung Galaxy S is nearly twice the iPad's price, as is the iPad Pro. If there was a new, iPad priced Nexus tablet I would jump on it.



  • @Tim said in Tech Questions:

    I use a desktop 90% of the time for work, but read a lot of articles and webpages on the tablet

    Similar to my usage.

    I did get the new pro, kind of hard to justify the price and insane specs given the (current) software limitations. I'm using the ios beta and it's a big improvement but still nowhere near a laptop replacement.
    In terms of pure tablet hardware nothing comes close



  • @Duluth Yeah, the 10nm node chipset is amazing. The display specs look really great too.

    iOS 11 has a file manager?



  • @Tim said in Tech Questions:

    iOS 11 has a file manager?

    Yes, still fairly basic but its good that apple is almost treating its users like adults

    You can manage you own files and it links with other services (icloud on the beta but they are adding dropbox and similar services)
    Apps will be able to reference the file system in future.. that plus the better multi-tasking makes it more like a real os



  • @Duluth Does it have SMB support? I often stream music from my desktop to my tablet.



  • @Tim

    Nope. Maybe that comes later. Will they trust their users with that awesome responsibility?

    Of course the apple answer would be to install that pos itunes and apple music etc etc (there's 3rd party app workarounds too)

    The software limitations are still infuriating



  • Have you considered weight and balance in your purchase? How comfortable will it be for one hand browsing?🍆 💦



  • @Nepia they're a "restricted" version of android but using the Amazon appstore. So you get Netflix, Amazon video, I've got Plex on it too. Can't get the download for Netflix to work properly though but mainly because I've been too lazy to try and fix it.

    I'll check out other e-readers and let you know.



  • @dK said in Tech Questions:

    Have you considered weight and balance in your purchase? How comfortable will it be for one hand browsing?🍆 💦

    That's why the mini is best 😉





  • @NTA I'm wondering if that stand part will be annoying to hold when I'm using it as an e-reader?



  • @Nepia looks like you can sideload apps on the Fire, can't get other e-readers on the amazon app-store though apparently. Should be pretty easy to go to the Amazon Appstore and see if the apps you might want are in there.



  • @Nepia Stand folds up into the table case I think?



  • I just use a mini ipad. Great size for both reading and watching stuff.
    Most of the 'issues' people are talking about are because, as you know, apple stuff works best in an apple environment. It seems to be that trying to mix it in causes frustration because you are trying to get it to do something it was designed to do very well a certain way but not the way you are trying to integrate it.
    eg want to watch/listen to something stored on your computer? Home sharing deals with that, streams over your network from one device to another. Want to access your passwords? Sure keychain does that and links via iCloud.
    I guess all you need to think about @Nepia is how you are looking to get your media. With an ipad f you want hard copies on your tablet be prepared to pay extra for capacity and also have to either download directly (and pay) via itunes on the device or convert downloaded stuff on your computer and transfer it via an itunes sync. For Amazon/Netflix/iPlayer etc you will have no trouble streaming or downloading directly. VPNs also work fine
    If you use an iMac at home I would definitely go with an iPad. You could even look at a second hand one to save a few bucks.



  • @Bones @Nepia yes the stand folds into the back of it, so in fact it has a nice rounded edge to hold onto while @dK is peeling the kumara.



  • @Bones said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia Stand folds up into the table case I think?

    I was more meaning the rounded bit - my OCD might not be able to cope with holding one side on the rounded bit and the other side on the flat.

    I think I've ruled out the Fire due to screen size - it appears 7" is the largest screen available in Oz.



  • @Crucial said in Tech Questions:

    Most of the 'issues' people are talking about are because, as you know, apple stuff works best in an apple environment.

    Nope. I accept the limits are by design but the software limits are a valid complaint even in an all apple environment



  • @Duluth said in Tech Questions:

    @Crucial said in Tech Questions:

    Most of the 'issues' people are talking about are because, as you know, apple stuff works best in an apple environment.

    Nope. I accept the limits are by design but the software limits are a valid complaint even in an all apple environment

    What software limits are you referring to? Just curious.



  • @Nepia said in Tech Questions:

    @Bones said in Tech Questions:

    @Nepia Stand folds up into the table case I think?

    I was more meaning the rounded bit - my OCD might not be able to cope with holding one side on the rounded bit and the other side on the flat.

    I think I've ruled out the Fire due to screen size - it appears 7" is the largest screen available in Oz.

    Ahh ok, think the latest one here is 8" and you can maybe get larger sizes in the HD and/or HDX? Happy to send over with the added BAT.



  • @Duluth said in Tech Questions:

    @Crucial said in Tech Questions:

    Most of the 'issues' people are talking about are because, as you know, apple stuff works best in an apple environment.

    Nope. I accept the limits are by design but the software limits are a valid complaint even in an all apple environment

    I guess you are talking about using them as a laptop substitute (which I agree is silly even if Apple are pushing the Pro in that direction). The are/were designed primarily as a multi-media/ browsing device that use apps to provide a platform.
    For files I have no problem with accessing anything I may need in a hurry via GoogleDrive, OneDrive, iCloud rather than store on the device.


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