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Topic # 235974 12-May-2018 00:09
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So ok I order the Asus Zenpad 3S 10 from Amazon (android tablets aren't totally dead Nik T??) and I get a very helpful email with tracking information.

Awesome. Check the tracking and it has left Amazon and picked up by the carrier (DHL) in Sacramento. Clearly soon to be on its way to LA and then NZ.

Three hours later and it leaves the carrier facility and three hours later it's in... Salt Lake City WTF!? Ok so from there surely LA and then NZ.

Six hours later and you've guessed it, the package arrives in Cincinnati because clearly that's on the way to NZ (I know most yanks don't know where nz is but seriously). Still how much worse could it get?

30 odd hours later and the tablet has arrived in Hong Kong. Obviously now they are just torturing me for fun. I know nz doesn't make it onto many maps anymore but this is just getting ridiculous. Next stop North Korea perhaps?



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  Reply # 2014454 12-May-2018 00:17
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New update: it's just cleared customs in Hong Kong which all seems rather strange if it's in transit to nz...

Perhaps the Chinese are installing their Spyware on it.

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  Reply # 2014513 12-May-2018 09:15
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yikes.. i think it might be on a barge to Taiwan shortly




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  Reply # 2014526 12-May-2018 10:19
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Latest update: after 7 hours, spyware installed (yes I know the conspiracy theory is running deep) and the tablet is at the carrier facility. An hour later it leaves, destination unknown.



Its like watching the Christchurch rebuild. You know it should go well but the government and local council are involved...

... and we are still waiting for it to be finished.



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  Reply # 2014685 12-May-2018 14:28
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Well Taiwan was the right direction but it has now arrived in Singapore.

And you wonder why global warming is an issue...



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  Reply # 2015300 13-May-2018 18:59
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Well well there is a method to the madness after all.

After leaving Singapore the tablet arrived here this afternoon and has been released to a local courier for delivery. No doubt paying the gst up front has sped things up but even so I can’t remember anything i have ordered from the states arriving this quickly.



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  Reply # 2016118 15-May-2018 08:32
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Well the tablet duly arrived yesterday. Mainly thanks to the courier signing for the package themselves and leaving it by the front door(!)

Interestingly I think it got here so quick as I had somehow been offered Amazon prime membership during the purchase process and the box had Amazon prime tape all over it. I have got membership free for a month, which should be long enough for my son to binge watch the Grand Tour.

Although touted as a month's free trial, the sneaky sods did bury the fact they would automatically deduct the monthly fee from next month unless I cancelled, in the fine print.

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  Reply # 2016120 15-May-2018 08:41
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Glad you got your tablet though. How does it look/feel? 


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  Reply # 2016133 15-May-2018 09:13
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I had the opposite experience, my Amazon ordered Huawei M5 10.8 tablet took just two days to arrive in Wellington from Edinburgh (via Auckland) - 5 days ahead of scheduled arrival. Expecting delivery today (-;

 

Hope you are enjoying your new toy.




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  Reply # 2016447 15-May-2018 18:25
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It looks and feels very nice. My daughter took one look at it and said it looked like an iPad. The screen in particular looks great.

It came with android 6 but is downloading what I presume will be android 7 as I type this.

Good to see your delivery was so quick dafman. I'll be interested to read what you think of your tablet.

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  Reply # 2016589 16-May-2018 04:01
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Question - what made you go with an android tablet? Just curious. I have one of the older android tablets from Asus and an iPad and the iPad is definitely the better tablet - at least for me.




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  Reply # 2016635 16-May-2018 08:37
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I had a Nexus 7 2012 which I loved but it was time for an upgrade.

I've never been an Apple fan so wasn't interested in an iPad.




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  Reply # 2016652 16-May-2018 09:29
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Krishant007:

 

Question - what made you go with an android tablet? Just curious. I have one of the older android tablets from Asus and an iPad and the iPad is definitely the better tablet - at least for me.

 

 

I went for Android tablet as I have an Android phone, so I can carry most of my apps over. And nearly all the apps I use play very nicely in on an Android tablet - there are only a few that struggle with the bigger screen, and these tend to be the less-used apps anyway.

 

For me, the 16:10 ratio of the Mediapad beats the 4:3 aspect of the ipad for watching media - which is a big part of my tablet use - esp. when travelling. It also has a 10.8 screen which I prefer over the smaller 9.7" 

 

And with the Android tablet I can install a 256GB micro SD card for media storage - great as both YouTube and Netflix allow for high def downloads onto device.


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  Reply # 2016818 16-May-2018 13:29
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Giggs:

Although touted as a month's free trial, the sneaky sods did bury the fact they would automatically deduct the monthly fee from next month unless I cancelled, in the fine print.

 

(almost) every online seller does that . Why else did they need a Credit Card for a FREE TRIAL

 

Yearly subscriptions to various software & services (cough cough AV) do the same, sneek auto renewal into the fine print.




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  Reply # 2016990 16-May-2018 16:41
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They needed my credit card so I could make my purchase, but yes I am sure they are not the only ones who do it.

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