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Topic # 123282 2-Jul-2013 10:17
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Hey guys,

I currently have a desktop and an iPhone 5 but looking for something portable mainly for browsing, apps like facebook and for watching TV ondemand as the iPhone is a little small.

I was thinking of a refurbished iPad 1 but heard they don't work with the latest IOS or play flash (iSky), could be wrong. So looked at the next price bracket, iPad mini but it seems to get knocked back a bit in reviews due to the display. Other iPads start to get expensive and the only real gain is a retina display. Also looked at Samsung Galaxy / Notes and the Nexus and Slate but not too sure, I would like to keep the same apps, any recommendations so go with IOS. I guess if I could get a screen for the iPhone it would be perfect :) 

Thanks :)

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  Reply # 848125 2-Jul-2013 10:21
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No iPad will play flash. Pretty sure iSky will not work natively on an iPad. TVNZ on demand has an app that works well.

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  Reply # 848131 2-Jul-2013 10:22
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Go iPad mini. iSky will not work on it though. iSky doers work on tablets like the Nexus 7 but only just...Flash is not officially supported on that anymore either but you can get around it by installing older versions of Dolphin. However the experience is nowhere near as good as an iPad. For instance standby battery on the iPad is about 1 month. Lucky f you get a week out of the Nexus 7.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 848161 2-Jul-2013 11:48
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The iPad2 for the bigger screen when watching stuff is good, and it's still well supported by Apple in terms of iOS updates.  If you're mainly having it around the house it would the one to get, price wise, or else the ipad mini if you're out and about.

I haven't compared our ipad2 with a 'Retina' one, but the screen is fine for our usage - light gaming, browsing, youtubing. 


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  Reply # 848170 2-Jul-2013 12:04
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if you have invested in the iOS environment with ipad apps, go with iPad.. saves you wasting money getting the same apps for android.

but take a look at the asus transformer infinity 2013 edition. I am looking to get this for me.

also, Nexus 10 tablet would be one of the top android tablets..would be a good choice.

if you want to save some money, then consider the nexus 7 (might be too small for you?) and the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 (they have just been released).

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  Reply # 848227 2-Jul-2013 13:49
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Windows 8 Tablet, will all but replace your desktop and pretty much play all TV ondemand options


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  Reply # 848232 2-Jul-2013 14:02
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Hey,

I use my ipad 3 for isky,   just use spashtop streamer on my ipad  and rdp into my desktop.

using chrome is stable and video playback is adequate enough to watch.


hope this helps with your selection process.;

-steve




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  Reply # 848237 2-Jul-2013 14:07
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if you want to video on your web browser do NOT get an ipad, i repeat do NOT get an ipad - not many things will play due to absence of flash support

BUT if there is an app for it then you should get the ipad 5 when it is released in the next few months




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  Reply # 848240 2-Jul-2013 14:09
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i have a question for Android tablet people -

does the latest Android version allow you to play flash on Android tablets?

I have a samsung galaxy s4 running android 4.2 and flash videos do not play with any flash apks i can find on the net. zilch




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  Reply # 848281 2-Jul-2013 14:58
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joker97: i have a question for Android tablet people -

does the latest Android version allow you to play flash on Android tablets?

I have a samsung galaxy s4 running android 4.2 and flash videos do not play with any flash apks i can find on the net. zilch


TVNZ,TV3 and iSky play on the stock browser on my S3. Dolphin used to but doesn't anymore.

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  Reply # 848283 2-Jul-2013 15:09
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Surface RT supports flash.




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  Reply # 850290 6-Jul-2013 23:41
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Get an iPad with retina display. Your eyes will thank you for it. The older displays look pixelated in comparison.

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  Reply # 850294 7-Jul-2013 00:13
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DrCheese: Get an iPad with retina display. Your eyes will thank you for it. The older displays look pixelated in comparison.

David.


If you are getting a retina one, get an ipad 4. I found the ipad 3 is quite laggy, even comapred to the ipad 2. That is possibly one reason why the ipad 3 was replaced mid cycle. But new ipads should be released in teh next few months. Not sure if there will be a new retina mini. If so, that would be the one to get, as that has a better form factor I think.
The ipad2 and current mini, are basically  the same apart from formfactor, and that the mini has a better camera and siri.

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  Reply # 850308 7-Jul-2013 06:25
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You can play flash movies on iPad with Skyfire App. it doesn't work with all the 100% of the websites.

I don't have iSky account, so cannot verify if it will work - if someone on this forum has an iOS device and iSky you can give it a go.




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  Reply # 850326 7-Jul-2013 08:51
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igorportugal: You can play flash movies on iPad with Skyfire App. it doesn't work with all the 100% of the websites.

I don't have iSky account, so cannot verify if it will work - if someone on this forum has an iOS device and iSky you can give it a go.


The iphone Skyfire app won't play iSky video. I don't have the iPad app to test out.

Sky are planning an iPad app.

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  Reply # 850331 7-Jul-2013 09:33
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DrCheese:
igorportugal: You can play flash movies on iPad with Skyfire App. it doesn't work with all the 100% of the websites.

I don't have iSky account, so cannot verify if it will work - if someone on this forum has an iOS device and iSky you can give it a go.


The iphone Skyfire app won't play iSky video. I don't have the iPad app to test out.

Sky are planning an iPad app.

David.


same story with the ipad. I am doing a remote desktop solution on my iPad through my Mac to watch isky right now. 




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