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I am thinking about getting myself a tablet for school. I need something that will allow me to use flash so I can use crAmster. Something along the $250 would be nice. Used/new/open box. Doesn't matter as long as it has some warranty left in it.

My other question is, do you guys find tablet is worth it for school? what other applications is useful for it?

My major is civil engineer: structure (not 100% but most likely) Got about 2 years left for school.
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They aren't really school devices in my experience, especially the ones in your price range. I can see something like the Transformer or even a windows tab suiting your needs, but not at $250.
    
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I figured that, alright well thanks!
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Well most tablet would be able to run flash(assuming their Android version is supported). For note taking with a stylus, thatll cost more.

I currently have a Nook Color that I'll be using for my textbooks and other stuff so it does have it's advantages.
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Tablet works well for taking notes and if you have a keyboard dock typing papers but unless you have a PC too it is going to be hard to really edit and format a proper paper.

For $250 forget it.
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Yeah, going to have to agree with everyone else here. I thought about getting tablet but ended up buying Lenovo's X210 tablet PC. It's a laptop with a touchscreen that folds down. They're pricey (~$2000 - $3000 depending on options you pick) but are totally awesome...laptop + tablet in one biggrin.gif
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If you want something for school get a few notebooks and binders. I doubt you'll find a lot of use for a tablet or laptop unless you're into graphical design or engineering.
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I love gadgets, but I think for school a laptop/netbook would just be a lot easier to use for just notes and stuff.
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If you want something for school get a few notebooks and binders. I doubt you'll find a lot of use for a tablet or laptop unless you're into graphical design or engineering.

Seriously? There is a huge advantage to having a netbook/laptop no matter what major. It is a huge benefit to note taking. You can take notes faster, add pictures, and use the search feature to find specific topics instead of flipping through pages and pages of notes. If you have time between classes you can use it to write papers and or get some work done. Some classes even require you have a laptop. I had a couple of classes where all assignments and quizzes were turned in online. Laptops are literally more useful than notebooks and binders now. I carried about 6 sheets of binder paper in a folder in my backpack my last semeter and by the end of the semester I had 2 left. Everything else was typed.

This was all at a state school where they are cheap and slow to progress with technology.

I don't think you will get through college without needing a laptop/netbook at some point. You can get a small netbook that is sufficient for word processing very cheaply. Though it is true you will need a fancier one for art/design majors and other majors.

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Originally Posted by geoxile;14584824 
If you want something for school get a few notebooks and binders. I doubt you'll find a lot of use for a tablet or laptop unless you're into graphical design or engineering.

Laptops are incredibly useful for school. In fact, the two majors you listed are probably the ones most likely to use paper instead. Engineering students, which I am one and can speak from experience, are unlikely to buy the expensive engineering software and will usually use school computers. However, much of what they do, such as diagrams, equations, things of that nature, have no way of being input into the computer quickly enough, and the non-active digitizer tablets are too imprecise.

Graphic designers I imagine are in a similiar boat. Expensive software, and many artistic things are modeled on paper first.

Of course, when your in a text based class, your laptop is invaluable (or a tablet with a keyboard). Easy to read, easy to sync, easy to organize.
    
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