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#1 5 years ago

Those are all good suggestions.

I guess the thing is that I want the effortless syncing of dropbox or a similar service while still being able to sync my email and the like automatically - which would be the point of getting a 3/4g tablet - you know, stuff that's not going to run up large data charges. Don't know of anything that lets you turn one thing here and there on and off though. Dropbox doesn't seem to have an option tied to it for sync just over wi-fi.

Though I may just be missing it. ^^;

If one of the other cloud providers has such an option and is similarly effortless, then I'll use them instead.




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#2 5 years ago

I'd bet the dropbox mobile app does. Or your tablet would.




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#3 5 years ago

For Dropbox goto Device, Account, Dropbox. The first screen there you can turn sync off or on. Then goto general settings (you will see it) and there you can set things like camera upload to off or on and either wifi or wifi and mobile data sync. All of the cloud providers have this. Well all of the major ones at least. You seem to be looking to do a bit more than just some light reading in bed and you also look to be limiting yourself to 1 cloud provider. Use as many as you need and tbh there is no real reason to pay for there services. Dropbox offer 2 gb for free and a extra 500 mb per freind refered who also gets an extra 500 mb. Skydrive (hotmails cloud service) offers 7gb free and all you need to do is sign in with your hotmail details. Both of these have a desktop app that allows you to drop files in there like a ordinary folder on your PC. Google Drive has 5gb of free space but the privacy settings worry me a little on google so I tend not to use that for much. Here is the thing though with all of these providers. Everything is in the cloud so you would need to pay for the data to download it to your tablet if your not on wifi. All these systems do is provide ease of access and if you want something on your tablet to read / watch / play then make sure it is on there before your out and about. However there are some good mobile plans out there. Mine is a all you can eat data plan on 3 with tethering for a extra £5 so I can use my phone a vpn and let my tablet use it as a wireless hopstop.




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Goody.;5694479For Dropbox goto Device, Account, Dropbox. The first screen there you can turn sync off or on. Then goto general settings (you will see it) and there you can set things like camera upload to off or on and either wifi or wifi and mobile data sync. All of the cloud providers have this. Well all of the major ones at least.[/QUOTE]

Ah ha, found it! You have to turn on the upload photos and videos option before it lets you choose to just use the wifi. Which is ironic since that was why I was avoiding turning that option on in the first place >_<;

Goody.;5694479You seem to be looking to do a bit more than just some light reading in bed and you also look to be limiting yourself to 1 cloud provider. Use as many as you need and tbh there is no real reason to pay for there services. Dropbox offer 2 gb for free and a extra 500 mb per freind refered who also gets an extra 500 mb. Skydrive (hotmails cloud service) offers 7gb free and all you need to do is sign in with your hotmail details. Both of these have a desktop app that allows you to drop files in there like a ordinary folder on your PC. Google Drive has 5gb of free space but the privacy settings worry me a little on google so I tend not to use that for much.[/QUOTE]

Oh, I'm not that fussy on provider. I assume anything I put online is compromised by default unless I've encrypted it. The main thing for me is using services from different providers so that a complaint against one of my accounts doesn't take down everything at once - that and having a task take local backups every day.

Edit: Looking for something a bit more than light reading: I suppose. If I just wanted to read I'd see whether there are e-readers that aren't too terrible with the DRM. I want to be able to show videos on it and use it to keep notes; as mentioned above. And having a task management app on it would be useful. Something like Trello. But, yeah. I don't need it to do complicated protein folding or anything - or fancy 3d graphics, that sort of stuff - just because I don't see myself playing games on it.

[QUOTE=Goody.;5694479]Here is the thing though with all of these providers. Everything is in the cloud so you would need to pay for the data to download it to your tablet if your not on wifi. All these systems do is provide ease of access and if you want something on your tablet to read / watch / play then make sure it is on there before your out and about.

This is true, but most of what I want to sync is just my business documents and the like. A megabyte here, a megabyte there. Videos I wouldn't even consider syncing through the broadband at home. I use my phone to record my car journeys for instance - 2 hours of HD video uploaded with a 46kbps up connection =p Never going to happen.

Really, to my mind, dropbox is just for keeping small files together. Ideally you'd have a service sort of like dropbox that didn't use the internet at all - just synced everything in certain folders to certain devices whenever they were in range of the same network. Much more granular control of your options.

[QUOTE=Goody.;5694479]However there are some good mobile plans out there. Mine is a all you can eat data plan on 3 with tethering for a extra £5 so I can use my phone a vpn and let my tablet use it as a wireless hopstop.

I've got 500mb, as long as I don't have to sync any large files, or go crazy and start watching youtube on it or something, I can't imagine going through all of it.




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#5 5 years ago

I have been having a look around for apps tha will sync without the use of the cloud. There are loads out there but this one jumps out. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrtstudio.SyncFolders&hl=en It was featured on lifehacker but I will give this ago for you today.

I love that. I clicked te install button on my PC and selected my tab and it installed it on there. Remote install ftw.

Edit. It is set up. On the tab it asks you to email yourself the install link for the PC software. Install that and set up your folder. Then just sync it from the tab. There are a load of options so you can configure what syncs and when. I am going to keep this software as it works great.




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#6 5 years ago

Welp, I ended up opting for a Galaxy note 10.1 in the end. The extra weight wasn't really that much of a bother (it's only like 600 grams, I own many books that are heavier) to me since I tend to read with my books propped up on things anyway - and the real estate is nice for email and the like. Thanks for all your help :)




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#7 5 years ago

Brilliant. The note 10.1 is a brilliant tab and great for multi tasking (may son has the phone) and I do love the 10.1 form factor ( I have the tab 2 10.1) Let me know how it is after you have played with it for a while. I am looking to upgrade mine and the note is on my list to look at.




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#8 5 years ago

Okay, been playing around with it for a little while. Anything in particular you want to know about? Any preference for review format (video/text)?




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#9 5 years ago

tbh I am mainly interested in how often and how practical it is running 2 programs side by side. I use my tab2 10.1 for mainly reading and watching things on netflix. So say how easy is it to watch something and maybe play something like angry birds. I guess the point is, Is it worth the extra cash to do 2 things at once on the same screen and how does it look while doing those things :)




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#10 5 years ago

Hmm, well - I'd have to say that it's not. Not if you just want it for playing a game and watching TV at the same time or something like that anyway.

Some idea of what it looks like:

When you account for splitting the screen in two you're look at a video that's no wider than my hand - smaller than those portable TVs that you used to get back in the day. And it's not a pleasant reading experience when you're reading off something no larger than your hand either. It would be good if you wanted to drag and drop things from one panel to another - there's support for using the pen to cut and paste.

Really I'd have to say if you want to watch something and do something - you're probably best off sticking what you want to watch on the TV ^^;




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