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Old 09-05-2010, 01:17 PM   #15
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I have used many of the devices that have been mentioned and the choice between is really what you feel most comfortable with and what is the intended use. The netbook is good if you want small, simple, and a keyboard to enter in text for e-mail, surfing, etc. I have found them to be cramped and offer little other than size. When considering a Netbook, I have stayed with a 13" MacBook because they are robust and offer a good balance between size, weight, battery life, and ease of use.

If you are comfortable with touch screens and do not need to type long documents, the iPad is truly revolutionary. Once you are immersed in how to interact with it, you will understand how it is changing the industry. Flash support is something to consider, but the tradeoffs with nearly instant on and the ease of use will typically overcome the limitation.

I use all operating systems daily and I would strongly recommend the Apple experience for its simplistic elegance for normal computing needs.

Ultimately, buy what feels most comfortable to you.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:25 PM   #17
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, I have stayed with a 13" MacBook because they are robust and offer a good balance between size, weight, battery life, and ease of use.
The iPad is truly revolutionary. Once you are immersed in how to interact with it, you will understand how it is changing the industry.
I totally agree with this guy.....
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Up date: Tnx big time for all the well thought out advice. I'm currently on the road. I went with a Verizon thing that I plug into the side of my old laptop. Being a neophite, I decided to start slow and see how it worked. There is no contract, and I buy blocks of useage in 30 day/1 giga bite lumps. So far everything is working well, and I have no complaints. As I gain a little experience, I plan to branch out as per some of the above suggestions. Tnx again, y'all amaze me with the depth of knowledge shown here!
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I think the DRoid X is the best option for us when we get out on the road. I have looked at all the stats about it. And it's a pretty cool phone, but I use skype ALWAYS and do not need the phone, however I once took my toshiba laptop into a MacDonalds and loaded my skype and a surprise window popped up (like a clever little interception) and it charged me almost six dollars of my skype credit just to make the emergency call I was making. That SUCKED! Folks there are EVIL people out there....EVIL people! This could happen with the droidd phone I don't know, but somebody out there knows that we are OUT THERE too and have some surprises in store.....THEIR STORE!
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For those of you thinking what to get, here is a great article:

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I think the DRoid X is the best option for us when we get out on the road. I have looked at all the stats about it. And it's a pretty cool phone, but I use skype ALWAYS and do not need the phone, however I once took my toshiba laptop into a MacDonalds and loaded my skype and a surprise window popped up (like a clever little interception) and it charged me almost six dollars of my skype credit just to make the emergency call I was making. That SUCKED! Folks there are EVIL people out there....EVIL people! This could happen with the droidd phone I don't know, but somebody out there knows that we are OUT THERE too and have some surprises in store.....THEIR STORE!
I'm unclear on what you're saying here... do you mean that the McDonald's charged you for internet access (they used to) or that some unscrupulous other user of the McDonald's wifi point hacked your connection somehow, or offered up a honey-pot access point and sniffed your skype login?

I like Skype, I really do, but I maintain a cell phone. I have more than I REALLY need in that department (Sprint's answer to the Droid X, called the Evo) but that's because I'm a gadget geek. I bought my sister a prepaid phone and loaded it up with enough airtime that now her minutes last for 12 months from the most recent time she added any... it's been a great solution for her over the last 3 years, and so far it's worked out to about $6/month INCLUDING the purchase of the new phone, and she's got over 700 minutes left so if I amortize it out to when her current minutes will expire, it's closer to $5/month. It only works out that way if you're not a heavy phone user (airtime ends up costing about 10 cents/minute) but for a backup to Skype it's pretty attractive.

Oh, and via that Droid X, you'll be able to use Skype over VZW's data network. So far the Skype client for Android is ONLY available to VZW users, Skype keeps saying "Soon, soon" to the rest of us.
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