4.23.2014

help me buy a tablet, part 2

Three months have passed since I asked you to help me buy a tablet. Money is tight - thanks to past and upcoming travel! - and I squeezed a few more months out of my dying netbook. But now I am serious about replacing it.

After that last post, I was sure I wanted the ASUS Transformer, the tablet that docks into a keyboard, so it's both a tablet and a netbook. I love the idea of that, but the price with the keyboard is quite a bit more than I should spend for something that's a want, not a need. I also realized that I want something smaller. Looking at other people's tablets, I want something more along the 7" size as opposed to 10".

After reading reviews, I decided on the Google's Nexus 7. Most people agree it's the best Android substitute for an iPad Mini, at a much lower price. I even identified what sounds like a great keyboard-stand-case combo made by MiniSuit.

I was all set to buy the Nexus 7... when I realized it is WiFi only, and does not have data capability. Part of what I want in a tablet is being able to get online without WiFi. I'd like to keep my BlackBerry Curve for voice, text, and organizer functions, and use a tablet that can handle both WiFi and data. The lack of data seemed to be the only thing missing from the Nexus 7...

...until the Nexus 7 With Mobile Data came along. (That's really the name.) So far this is only sold online through Google Play. Google sells it unlocked, so it can be used with any compatible carrier.

I had a hell of a time finding out if a Nexus tablet would be compatible with Wind. Everyone, including Wind, wanted me either to (a) use a mobile hotspot (not exactly the same as having a tablet with data!), or (b) tether the tablet to my cell phone. Come on, folks, is it so unthinkable to get a data plan for a tablet?

But Wind doesn't have a data-only plan for a tablet. What to do...

Do you have a data plan for your tablet? Through which carrier and what does it cost?

I've been Rogers-free for years now, and I've never used Bell for anything. I'd be loathe to start now, but are there options from smaller carriers?

Do you think it's worth it to get a voice/text/data plan through Wind when I only need data?

Is there some big chunk of information I'm missing here? Please don't suggest a mobile hotspot!



8 comments:

laura k said...

Now I see (maybe) why Wind was pushing the mobile hotspot. They seem to be one of the only carriers without inexpensive data plans for tablets.

Most have data plans for $5, $10, or $15/month. Wind does not.

John F said...

I recommend not buying a Nexus-6, even if you find one on sale. they have known stability and reliability issues...

laura k said...

Thanks, John! It's only the Nexus 7 or Nexus 7 With Data I'm interested in. I decided to spend the extra money on the "with data" variety.

Do you have a separate data plan for your tablet? Who is it through?

John F said...

I should have put a smiley on that comment. click the link... :-)

John F said...

I actually have an iPad, which you said was not on your list of possible purchases. So I don't have anything useful to tell you.

Roman Cezar said...

Wind does have mobile data plans, they're the same as the hotspot plans though.

$15 for 1GB
$25 for 3GB
$35 for Unlimited

laura k said...

So I just clicked on the Nexus 6 link and got the joke. Better late than never. :) :)

John F said...

I was going to link to Roy Batty's dying monologue, but I thought it might obscure the joke.

I wish my iPad would play that when it freezes.