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Karlsweldt wrote:Since Apple went with an Intel-sourced motherboard, their OS platform also changed.. and there is a strong legal agreement between Apple and MS about cross-use of programming. Only those programs authorized by Apple for their products is valid under warranty. And vice versa. Any non-authorized programming likely will void any warranties. Look for the specific programs for the specific brand.
As to "small" hand-held computers, the OS of choice is typically Android or other compact OS version.. not the full retail version for a desktop system.
Instead of a MS Word program, look at the Open Office program.. from http://www.openoffice.org/
which is a very compatible program to MS Word and MS Office, but is less of a memory hog. Did you note it is FREE?
Mr T wrote:If you go with Apple, you have to get the software from the Apple store - there is a lot and you will find what you need 99% of the time. The advantage of this is that it will be virus free.
If you go with a windows 8 based tablet, the software is still from M$ approved, but there is not a great deal of it, it will improve over time, unless M$ goes bust. A lot of windows desktop based software won't work on a tablet as either the specs for the hardware is too high or you need a mouse top operate it (touch screen on a lot of stuff is here, but not great).
And with Google Android, there is alot of software, but because it is 'open source' it can be prone to viruses that can steal data or dial you (if using 3G) to a premium rate hotline in Belize.
If you use Apple you have to use iTunes, but think of it the other way rouns, can I move stuff from my PC to my tablet. Itunes is OK, but if you lets say buy music, buy it through Amazon and store it to your PC, then drag and drop it to itunes, then DRM wont come into it as you will still have the original copy on your har drive out with itunes.. With emails, I log into my ISP's website and get them from there generally, however with my ipad and iphone I have set up my account on them and you will then access the account and delete the stuff you don't want. Then if you want the email on the PC, log into your ISP and you can view it there or set your PC based email client to download it. Hard to explain but pretty easy to do... Think of it as cloud computing. My photos get synced with itunes and I can get them onto my PC using itunes as (with windows) it uses the pictures folders.. Apple and iTunes is by no means perfect, but so far it is the most polished of the three I have used...Say I buy an iPad and iPad apps and then store what ever on the tablet, will I be able to move what ever I store on the tablet onto my PC say a saved email, photo or a document?
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