Why did I buy a tablet?
My requirements/objectives were
- I wanted a better ebook reader, to facilitate study (with ability to listen to audio books and podcasts)
- I wanted something with a bigger screen than my phone for email and simple document preparation
- I wanted something smaller than my laptop to suit “one bag travel” as I do more travel for work (laptop is old, heavy and soon to be replaced)
- I wanted something with a bigger screen than my phone for basic access to Office 365
- All the cool kids have tablets and I wanted one too!
- On a tight budget
So I wanted a light work and study tool
Why not buy an Ipad?
Ipads are very, very nice. No argument at all.
Every small business decision is a compromise, governed by Cash Flow, Budget and like factors. In plain language, the Ipad was about $AUD 170 dearer. And I needed that $170 elsewhere.
Windows 8 Tablet?
Too big, Too expensive at present. I will be getting Windows 8 and a Touch screen on my next laptop and will be staying with Windows phone when I update the phone. I like Windows 8, no, really I do.
I also wanted to try a device outside the Windows ecosystem.
Do you like it?
The display is amazing. Response times are good. No problems with performance. Set up is mostly easy.
I have been using the Safari Books online and Kindle Apps to get access to E-Books, and a pod-casting app, and accessing my exchange email which means I can meet three key objectives for this device.
I have some Office 365 access, more on that below. Part marks on meeting that objective.
I have access to
- Google +
- BeyondPod for Podcasts
- TWIT TV in assorted forms
- Skydrive (Personal non Office 365 version)
- and OneNote
So I am pretty happy with how this is working
Will it work with Office 365?
Email via Exchange
See the following links for Set up
Similarly I have access to my contacts via the People app.
Lync will work on an Android phone but not a tablet – needs phone call capabilities.
Will revisit this when the Office Web Apps for Android appear.
From Chrome, I can log in and view but not edit documents, easy as far as it goes
From FireFox, I can work with lists, eg calendars and add, edit items. I can also read documents via Firefox.
So I can update my calendar and get access to documents, reading but not editing them using the Office web apps
As a work around I have been using Olive Office successfully to create and edit and emailing Word documents. I am about to try Cloud On as well.
Microsoft has advised the Office web apps for Android are under development or coming.
A very, very useful device, needs Microsoft to update Office Web Apps to be able to edit documents to be perfect.