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Looking at Tablets

I'm looking at tablet computers tonight. So far, I've looked at the Blackberry Playbook, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom, and the iPad. My goal is to see if any of them are suitable for using to write with. I'm guessing none of them come with Word loaded, but, since they can access the Internet, I'm guessing that getting to Google Docs shouldn't be a problem.

Does anyone have any recommendations or preferences? How well are these devices geared for screen magnification? It may be that most folks don't even look at that, but if you do own one of these tablets, please let me know what you think. Thanks!


If I were in the market for one (I'm not, I have a Nookcolor which now has apps), I'd go with the Xoom. Latest Android software and it's pretty good from what I hear from my tech brother.

Can't really give you any advice about this, I'm afraid. After the difficulty I had with my laptop, I'm back to pen and paper, and then typing it out later on my PC.

There's still a certain romance in writing stuff out manually, you know? At least, for me there is. :)

I got Paula a Samsung Galaxy Tab and she really likes it. Zoom is accomplished with the "pinch and flick" motion, where you touch the screen with your thumb and forefinger, and then move them apart. It's absurdly easy. There's a full size keyboard you can get from Amazon for an extra $50. I got it for her, and it helps a lot when writing longform stuff.

It's also pretty inexpensive, if you just want a WiFi only version, compared to the iPad. If you want it to connect to the phone network too you can get it for even less with a 2 year contract.