I have just started to do some prepurchase research with the view of buying a tablet computer. I travel a bit and have always relied on an internet booth at a hotel were we are staying to keep in touch with home and business. I also have an ipod touch and if wifi is available have used it for email etc but I find it a bit small and fidly to use. I do not wish to cart aound on holiday my 15 inch laptop so thought a small tablet might be the go.
To that end I have been looking at devices like a Samsung Galaxy 8.9inch 3g 32gb tablet. I have seen Tobshiba and Asus ones as well as well in that size range. I would not want anything bigger in diamension then the Samsung one as it would have to travel in my camera bag with my DSLR.
The use it would get would be..... to have all my music installed and use it in place of my ipod.
To watch an odd movie on the plane etc
Catch up on business and personal emails
A bit of net surfing if free wifi availble
Use it as portable photo album
If I get one with 3g built in I assume that it has a sim card just like a cellphone and operates the same way. Is this correct?
Now if it was set up here in NZ with Telecom and I went to the UK,if I used the 3g to check, receive and send say two or three emails a day would the cost of doing so be reasonable or would I need a morgage to pay for it.Say the trip is for two and a half weeks Uk and France,I dont think it would be practical to buy local sim cards for short amount of time.
Also I think it has sat nav built in as well. Operating costs for that or does it work like my portable sat nav in my car, ie no running costs.
Has anyone used one of these seven to eight inch tablets for things like described above and was/is the experience of using one ok ?
Any advice would be gratefully excepted.