Thursday, August 23, 2018

Penury and the new tablet

BAD is in Key West. Plenty of boys there for her to kiss. (Is that Key as in Quay?)

Penury is how I feel after last weekend. I had decided to buy a new Lenovo tablet. It was in stock at the big blue office supply shop in Elsternwick. I had done my research, I thought. It was not on display and we couldn't actually see it until we bought it. Not happy. But wait. What is this other one? A Samsung tablet for the same price. I was familiar with the specs for the Lenovo and I had a look at those for the Samsung. I liked it. I asked the salesperson about it. Why could I not see this for sale on your website or come across it elsewhere? The reply was that it is the entry level model and not promoted. Well, by not promoting it, Samsung almost lost a sale to Lenovo. For better or worse I decided to go for the Samsung, $299.


I was edging towards the exit door after paying and R grabbed me and steered me back inside. I never got around to following Maribeth's excellent idea of cutting a cork in half and gluing the halves to the bottom of the keyboard to make feet for our desktop computer keyboard after one of the fold out legs broke. Lest of all because we rarely see corks on wine bottles now. Let's look at keyboards, said R.

So, yes, we chose one. C'mon said R, it is only $20 each. $19 to be precise. So we have a new keyboard and it connected up easily. This must be about our fourth or fifth cordless keyboard and mouse and boy, did the early ones give trouble. It's all quite seamless now. But there is something quite different about the key positioning, especially the Caps Lock button. In the first five minutes of typing, I HIT THE CAPS BUTTON HALF A DOZEN TIMES. Annoying, but I am getting used to it.


I taped the mouse and the little usb sender unit to the underside of the old keyboard along with a sticky note, "Works" and I removed the batteries. I am sure it quickly disappeared after I placed it in the recycling room. There was Contessa electric sewing machine in the recycling room, complete with operating pedal, also with a note, "Working, but lift only underneath, not by the handle".


But R had not finished with my wallet just yet. Finally out of the store, there was  phone repair, phone case shop next door. You need a new case for your new tablet, R said. Yours is old and shabby which is quite true and I didn't know if it would fit the new tablet. The case protects it when travelling, and I can sit up in bed and prop it on my legs. Another $40 gone.


As for the new tablet, I did not realise how slow and clunky mine had become. The new one has a much newer operating system that is almost identical to my phone. The only thing where it is less is the brilliance of the screen. This one is just a screen whereas my old one had a Super Amoled screen and there is just not the brilliance with the new one. I can live with that.

22 comments:

  1. We never seem to get out of the store with just buying a tablet or computer, do we?
    May you and your tablet have many years of happiness;)

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    1. No we don't Sandra. I hope you are right about many years.

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  2. Have fun with your new toy(s).

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    1. Boy's and their toys EC. I am a bit underwhelmed by it, but I just haven't had much time it.

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  3. It is Key West as in the kind you open a door with.
    Glad you got the new keyboard. It is helpful. I love the new Samsung you bought. It really is rather beautiful!
    I am a firm believer in cases, be they for tablets, cell phones or MP3 players. I like your case. Very sleek!
    Congratulations!

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    1. Maribeth, I thought it might a spelling difference. I was always anti phone case, and I still would rather not use one, but yes, they do protect your phone.

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  4. The keyboard looks just like every other keyboard I've ever seen. Perhaps the caps lock key is just a little wider than on your tablet? I probably type a lot slower than you and still hit the caps lock a few times.
    Google your new tablet and see if there is some way to adjust the brightness of the screen. Or check the instruction book if it came with one. Most things don't these days, it's all online which is not at all helpful for older people who don't have a clue.

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    1. River, now you mention it, I think the Caps Lock on the old keyboard was just a single key size. I am not hitting it much now. It is the standard phone/tablet screen brightness adjustment and not hard to adjust. Yes, I do wish things still came with a user manual. The best was to find out things for me is to just Google them, rather than wading through an online manual.

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  5. How big is the tablet? inches by inches and weight please.

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    1. About 10 inches, which I assume like tvs is measured diagonally. Weight is 500 grams, say half a kilo, marginally heavier than the old one. Weight of case not included.

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    2. A reasonable size. My laptop is 13 inches diagonally and I'm beginning to wish I had something a bit bigger, but at least I can adjust the size of whatever I'm reading, just like on my kindle, if I find the print a bit small.

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  6. Good luck with your new purchases Andrew.
    I could send you some corks lol, we usually buy Portuguese wine from one of our friends who imports it, and they always come with a cork.

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    1. Sami, It is kind of nice extracting a cork from a wine bottle, or some of the cork and have bits floating in your wine. We have a top notch cork extractor which we have put away as it never gets used.

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    2. Or you could buy corks by the bagful at most good craft shops and have enough for generations of keyboard repairs.

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  7. Have fun exploring your new new techno toy.

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    1. Victor, I just know you would have bought the latest, the $900 tablet, but honestly, it will do the job without any great style. No one sees it but me anyway.

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  8. I like my Samsung tablet but prob use 2% of its capabilities. I'm sure you will make much more use of yours.

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    1. Marie, it amused me that R's even older tablet has 16gb of storage, half of which is taken up by operating system and apps, my old one had 16gb and my new one has 16gb. Meanwhile, R's phone has 32gb and my phone has 64gb. Aren't they just great for travelling with? Light, keep you in touch and you can do what you want with them, with some limitations.

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  9. Sounds good Andrew and so reasonable! I may follow your lead soon. Shortly after I told you how my Lenovo was ok after five/six years, it started playing up, its days are numbered 😀

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    1. Grace, oh. I feel like I put the moz on your laptop. As I commented somewhere, tablets are great looking machines, not doing machines.

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  10. I hope its working out for you!

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    1. Strayer, it really is. I bought a stylus for $1 and that makes it work much better. It was money I did not expect to spend, but I am pleased with the new machine.

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