There are lots of reviews here from the tech-savvie. This one is more for the technically daft, like me.
I hesitated for ages before buying this. Do I need a tablet? Is it just a toy?
I should not have waited. The Tabtech represents incredible value for money, and I'm now a complete convert.
You've got a PC. You've got a phone. Why do you need a tablet?
The answer for me, most of all, is if you travel. We had a few days away immediately after the Tabtech M010S arrived .
This meant I was able to:
i) read books on the train
If you haven't yet succumbed to an eReader, here's the thing: if you're travelling, you can carry as many books as you want without weight. This really is a bonus, and reading on the Tabtech is extremely comfortable. (Hold down a thumb on the side of the screen to get adjustment for brightness.)
ii) keep up with emails
I strongly resist the idea that I'm so important I need to be in touch with everybody all the time. And I believe that holidays should be work free.
But in fact it's much more relaxing knowing that you can check if anything important has come in, rather than returning to a mountain of emails. You just need the discipline to ignore stuff. I set up a special email address for the tablet, and copied home emails to that: that way I could just delete non-vital stuff from the tablet, knowing I could deal with it on the home computer on my return.
iii) surf the net
OK this is not SO vital unless you're a net junkie. But it's nice to be able to check stuff on the move - settle those arguments about the meanings of words, check opening times for tourist sites - etc, etc.
iv) Download driving directions
If you don't like Sat Nav (yes, there are some of us!), it's great to be able to get directions from Google Maps and copy them onto the tablet.
Then your passenger can have the tablet on their lap and give you step by step instructions. Works really well.
The bit I was unsure of - having so many functions on one device - is actually its greatest strength. And they all work well.
So all in all, it was a brilliant purchase, just for the few days we were away. And on returning home, it is actually great to be able to carry the thing about the house, using it where and whenever, instead of being tied to a PC.
What you WON'T want to do is any extensive typing, unless you have an extension keyboard like maybe this: New 7" Inch Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard With Free Stylus & Stand Feature For Protection Of Your 7" Tablet PC ePad aPad Device
The Tabtech's keyboard is OK for tapping in passwords or URLs, but you won't want to write your thesis on it. Likewise, I found it easier to download books on the PC and copy them over via the Tabtech's USB cable.
IMHO, Android is not quite the finished article yet: I see it as a phone OS grown big, rather than Windows grown small. But it is adequate for most purposes, and pretty easy to use. If you're new to Android you'll probably want to download the Android User Guide from Google.
A couple of final things: _DON'T_ worry about scratching the screen. There is actually a screen protector fitted: if scratches appear, they're on the protector, not on the screen.
And you WILL want a case of some kind. I bought one of these Kit 7 inch Neoprene Notebook Case - Black
, but I can't recommend it. It's substantially too big for the tablet which swims around in it.
At some point I'll probably try one of these: New 7" Inch Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard With Free Stylus & Stand Feature For Protection Of Your 7" Tablet PC ePad aPad Device
So if you think you might want one, but aren't quite sure, stop hesitating and go for it. You don't need to be a techie expert, it's not scary, it IS useful, and you won't regret it.
*** Everybody says it, but it's true. Wendy Lou's service is incredible. I asked for a specially quick delivery when I ordered on a Saturday. I got an email back - on Saturday - in no time, and the tablet arrived 8.15 am Tuesday morning. I don't see how it could have been quicker.
My subsequent questions to Wendy Lou have been quickly, courteously and helpfully answered - again within minutes. What amazing service. Bravo.