Purchasing advice please

Discussion in 'Acer Tablets' started by gk74205, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. gk74205

    gk74205 Member

    Aug 3, 2011
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    Greetings all.

    I've posted this in the appropriate thread but there are 85 pages and and seems to have been dead for some time. Since I do plan to decide and purchase within, oh I don't know, yesterday, I would appreciate any response.

    I am considering buying a tablet in the very near future for myself and my mom. I already know what I am going to get if I get an iPad, but I was hoping for an alternative to Apple. I already have a 4G wifi modem and I don't need something that touts overpriced 3G or a similarly priced wifi version...

    So I was shopping around and found out that the Acer Iconia Tab A500 was in ample supply at the local big box store at a very good price compared to the other tablets available.

    I was hoping people could persuade me to finally pull the trigger and go Android and buy the tablet.

    Here is what I want/need the gadget to do:
    1) View websites + SAVE websites (as in locally as a file such as a html file)
    2) Print website
    3) Video playback (HQ vids, including H.264 and DivX)
    4) VPN
    5) Run apps designed for smartphones aesthetically
    6) Remote access PC (I heard this is possible :D )
    7) Video chat (I heard Skype doesn't do video on Android, but I may be wrong)

    Requirements 1 and 2 are for my mom. It is something I don't think I need, but she absolutely wants.
    It a MUST regardless of what people think.

    Also, what happens to apps designed for smartphone on tablets? Android is still new in Japan and Android smartphones are still a very small minority. So Android tablets are even more scarce and there is little or no apps designed for tablets. This includes the earthquake related apps I REQUIRE. So I would really like to know what apps for smartphones usually look like on tablets. (The stores do not installnor allow anything to be installed on the samples provided... grrr...)

    Is the Acer Iconia A500 a good choice for the above tasks?
    Do you guys have recommendations on apps I may need to fulfill my requirements?
    Also are there any cases people recommend?

    Since I am a complete newbie to the Android universe, are there disappointments that I should be prepared for or expect? My background is mostly windows, with a sprinkle of iBook G4, iPhone, and some Red Hat.

    Any and all related input is appreciated.

    Thank you!
  2. KiwiNessie

    KiwiNessie Member

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    Sent from my A500 using Android Tablet Forum

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