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Urgent: spec me a tablet for while I'm stuck in hospital...

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by Vidar, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Vidar

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    Location: Liverpool

    Stuck in hospital for possibly the next 6 weeks with a none weight baring injury as per in my thread in GD.

    I was thinking of buying a kindle as I'm slaying books like nobody's business atm. But if I'm going to spend money I want something I can use for internet, youtube, netflix etc etc. Wifi is a must but also something with 4g as the hospital wifi is useless and unsecured.

    Ideally I'd like to spend around £150 of my savings but can be a bit flexible. And I hate apple products with a animalistic fury.

    What do you guys recommend?
     
  2. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

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    whatever amazon tablet suits your needs
     
  3. snips86x

    Capodecina

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    This!
     
  4. Vidar

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    Can you install Google play store and apps like YouTube and Gmail on a fire 10? As I've heard they're blocked by Amazon or some such and thats the main thing stopping me from buying.
     
  5. maj

    Wise Guy

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    Yes you can. You just need to sideload Google Play Store and Play Services.
     
  6. Vidar

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    Side load?
     
  7. maj

    Wise Guy

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    Basically installing .apk files that wouldn't normally be installed on that device.

    There's guides on how to do it on the Fire tablet. I had to do it myself and only took a few minutes.
     
  8. sideways14a

    Hitman

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    Might be able to get one of the Galaxy tabs down in that price, i have the slightly more expensive s3 which is a lovely thing indeed.
     
  9. Doogles

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    I've just got a cheap Amazon Fire that isn't great but gets the job done, if your in hospital and worried about it getting nicked you don't wanna be spending anything more than £50 right? Put a wanted up in the MM and I'm sure someone has something laying around.
     
  10. Sui

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    Location: Brighton

    Vidar if it's of any use to you I can send you one of these (if I can find it), it's not gonna set the world on fire but not been used in 1-2 years and happy to post it up to you. Unfortunately I won't be able to post till saturday or monday, depends if you want something sooner :)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D2JDD6Y/ref=pe_385721_51767431_TE_dp_1
     
  11. Vidar

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    Mate that is very generous of you and would be most appreciated, i couldn't take it off you for free though.
     
  12. doogs

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    Lenovo Tab 4 is within budget
     
  13. Sui

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    Yea you can, I'd only end up binning it down the line. I'll dig it out tonight and format it etc, if it's no good for you (size/storage etc) then give it to one of your kids or something.

    Trust me an address to send it to and I'll try get it in the post tomorrow.
     
  14. Vidar

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    Mate I really appreciate that thank you... I'll trust you now.
     
  15. andicole0

    Soldato

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    Is no one else wondering why the hospital can't provide a tablet? They must have millions !
    Andi.
     
  16. Vidar

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    It's funny you mentioned that, there are so msny tablets connected to various machines that none of the staff use. As far as I can tell they're not broken just not working as intended.
     
  17. andicole0

    Soldato

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    Actually I was thinking more of the pharmaceutical type so that didn't work Hope your recovery isn't too bad, enjoy the rest if you can.
    Andi.
     
  18. Em3bbs

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    That's really generous of you, and it's a good tablet actually - really nice screen especially. Not sure how easy Google Play is to sideload as that uses an older version of the OS, but you can access Gmail and YouTube using a web browser like Silk or Firefox.
     
  19. Sui

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    It's on its way, should be with you Monday.

    I've included a cable and a case, but don't know where the plug is for it! Hope it helps pass the time.
     
  20. Vidar

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    This is such a brilliant community full of amazing people. Sui I can't thank you enough I'll certainly be putting it to good use.

    Sometimes feel like I'd be lost without ocuk forums.