Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 until the present I have provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I am an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Still Looking for a Tablet
I was leaning strongly towards the Lenovo Ideapad 1A. The $200 price tag with 16 GB of built-in storage seemed very likely to be a good choice. I don't tend to do things that need a super-fast processor, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) seems to be well supported. Then I discovered that it was sold out. The Future Shop and Best Buy stores who handled it, no longer had it. I could find it available online at Future Shop online store, where I had previously had a bad experience. (A flat bed scanner arrived dead-in-the-box. They accepted it back but I was stuck with $20 return postage.) I could also find it online from Lenovo, but they were asking $250. I would definitely not pay that much for it!

Unless I can find a better deal soon, I will probably go with the Acer Iconia. It has only 8 GB of built-in storage, but is expandable. It is faster than the Ideapad 1A, has 1 GB RAM instead of 512 MB, and runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). It is probably more tablet than I need. But the customer reviews give a satisfaction rating of 4.5/5 versus 3.5/5 for the Ideapad. I have read a lot of reviews on various tablets over the past week, and some of them are downright scary.

I am still looking for other options. $280 is a lot of money, but I want to be satisfied with what I get. (It is that Scottish blood acting up again.)

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