What tablet should I buy: S3 Tab, Tabs dying out, but AMOLED for Media consumption any good?

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  1. kojack

    kojack Notebook Deity

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    If you are using it in other ways other than a true tablet, yep. there are much better solutions. I would only buy at tablet to use as a tablet. If I was going to be doing any type of keyboard work, etc, I would get a surface type device of some sort. You loose tablet function in the lack of software / apps that I use on my ipad, but you gain things like being able to be productive. I went to my website, and tried to edit a few things while sitting in my living room with my wife this weekend, and could not do anything. I had to get at my desk and use my Dell. That is why I mentioned having both devices. One is NOT good for everything. You have to see if the trade offs are worth it. For me, NO. I edit photos, videos etc, design custom motorcycles etc. I also build websites for people around here who want them. So, I would be lacking if I had ONE device, as I want to use texture and other apps not available on the windows ecosystem.
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    I actually have single device that's great both as a laptop and a tablet, and just switch between the two modes by rotating the screen whenever I want; there's nothing a tablet can do that a good convertible can't, and weight difference is often negligible at similar display size. However, sometimes I need second device to complement the convertible for particular tasks - and this is where I have to make some compromises.

    Sometimes I need a secondary display - not only at home, but on the go as well. For whatever reason, buying a fully functional tablet with decent IPS display is cheaper and much easier than trying to find a portable monitor that doesn't outright suck. Since I generally dislike wires, Windows tablets win by far in this task, exclusively due to superior wireless display software support; very few Android tablets have the necessary software baked in, e.g. Yoga Tab 3 Plus - while iPads can only rely on third-party software and deliver worse results.

    Sometimes I need a midi-controller. Physical controllers are expensive and inflexible, and nowhere near as portable as a thin&light tablet. iPad is best suited for this task since it's very popular and most layouts are designed with 4:3 aspect ratio in mind for that very reason. E.g. 16:10 10.1" Yoga Tab 3 Plus provides me only 8.4" effective workspace - compared to 9.7" on iPad and 9.6" on 3:2 10.8" Chuwi Surbook Mini. Aspect ratios aside, Windows devices are worst for this - production-grade software is only available for Android & iOS, so on Windows devices I have to use an emulator.

    That pretty much sums up my usage scenario for a tablet. Other tasks - browsing, reading, media consumption, inking, gaming, etc - maxed-out convertible performs much better.
     
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    kojack Notebook Deity

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    If your convertible is windows based, It cannot use Textures app...(not in Canada anyways) which is what I use my tablet for alot. Reading magazines. Therefore that's one big one for me. If that app worked, I would still have my surface 3.
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @kojack there's Android version of this app, thus you can run it on Windows PC easily (and bypass whatever regional restrictions). Not exactly sure how will it affect battery life, though.

    I read reviews of some Chinese tablets advertised as dual-boot while actually running emulators about a year ago, and the experience was described as good.
     
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    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 release date, specs rumors: 2018 tablet won't move up to Snapdragon 845 chip
    Juan Miguel Salonga Sun 18 Mar 2018 12:41 GMT
    https://www.christiantoday.com/arti...ke-the-jump-to-snapdragon-845-chip/127505.htm

    The arrival of the next-generation Samsung Galaxy Tab S device is already overdue, given that the Galaxy Tab S3 was unveiled by the South Korean tech giant more than a year ago. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 was not present at the previous Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, it is expected that the high-end tablet's launch will happen soon. However, the users should not expect too much from the next Galaxy Tab S series, with the latest reports suggesting that the Galaxy Tab S4 will stick with last year's Snapdragon 835 processor.

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    Samsung websiteThe 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with S Pen
    The specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 were leaked in the latest GFXBench benchmark listing. The device is listed with the model number SM-T835. It is easy to assume that this Samsung gadget is actually the Galaxy Tab S4, given that the previous Galaxy Tab S3 goes with the model number SM-T825, while the Galaxy Tab S2 uses SM-T815. The public's expectation is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 will have an upgraded mobile chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845. However, the GFXBench listing shows that the Galaxy Tab S4 will still use the Snapdragon 835.

    Samsung's recently launched Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones were among the first devices packed with the Snapdragon 845 chip. The next-gen Galaxy Tab S device is expected to follow suit, but it looks like Samsung has chosen to delay the upgrade to next year. Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is listed to have a 2.3 GHz octa-core Qualcomm chip with an Adreno 540 graphics processing unit (GPU) under the hood. The tablet also has 4 GB of random-access memory (RAM) and 64 GB built-in storage.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is shown to sport a 10.5-inch display with 1,600x 2,560 screen resolution, making the device slightly bigger than the previous Galaxy Tab S iteration. Going to the camera department, the Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to receive a 12-megapixel (MP) rear camera. The tricky part is that the GFXBench listing shows a 7-megapixel front-facing shooter for the device, and GSMArena states that the Galaxy Tab S3 already has an 8-megapixel front camera. Last year's premium devices from Samsung like the Galaxy S8 smartphone received 8 MP front cameras as well, and it is possible that the Galaxy Tab S4 will have the same."

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 release date, specs news: Next-gen tablet to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with 4GB RAM
    Juan Miguel Salonga Wed 28 Mar 2018 20:40 BST
    https://www.christiantoday.com/arti...napdragon-835-chipset-with-4gb-ram/127823.htm
     
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    I have Memu on my dell 2 in 1, but the application is wonky when you want to read in "tablet" mode.
     
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    KLF NBR Super Modernator Super Moderator

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    Hmm. Same as the original Tab S 10.5... Interesting.
    If that is true, flipping tablet on its side would provide nice movie device once again. Gotta keep my tabs on this one... :p
     
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    Granted the tech has improved and lifespan depends on usage style, AMOLED inherently is prone to color shift and burn in. The uneven color shift over time is due to the significantly low life of the blue phosphor which is like 20,000 Hrs to half brightness while red and green have half lives that are over 100-300,000 hours. Especially static whites and blues with thingslike in wall papers would accelerate local burn in which basically means the blue phosphors there would be less bright than other areas over time. In addition AMOLED uses more battery with white backgrounds like during web browsing as to create white you need all 3 subpixels on. In terms of videos and photos though it would save more battery over LCD screens.

    If you are a hardcore user who spends hours on end on your tablet then burn in will occur faster, like it could be months. Granted it would be very faint at first only visible with like a solid blue background then it will get worse and more visible. Also high brightness would also accelerate this. This is why display model AMOLED phones/tablets always have burn in within like 2 months as they are on 24/7 at max brightness though that is extreme and no one would do that in real world use.
     
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    Tinderbox (UK) Sir Pumpkin Longshanks

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    I want a screen big enough so i can see a pdf page full size, I am sick of having to zoom in all the time.
     
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    If you want PDF support, I would go with a surface pro/book 13".
     
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