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So I'm looking at device options for next year. 3rd year rotations start in july and I need a device that is able to run the epocrates and medscape apps (that's really about all I need it for) and to get online to run a couple other programs if needed.
I have always been a cheap flip phone guy (no need for a smartphone), so I need some advice on this.
Option 1: Get a smartphone (thinking galaxy s3 for the bigger screen)
Pros: only 1 device, can use anywhere even if wifi isn't available.
Cons: $$$$ it will cost me 200 bucks with a new plan at verizon for the phone, plus an additional 30 bucks/mo for data we aren't currently spending. An iphone 4 would be free, but the screen and buttons are a little small for my liking (although for a 200 dollar difference I could probably learn to deal with it). So over the course of 2 years, we'll spend an additional 720 dollars for data.
Option 2: Get another flip pone (costs 80 bucks with new plan at verizon) + a Nexus 7 tablet ($200)
Pros: Saves money b/c I won't have to have a data plan. Bigger screen for the medical apps and keyboard.
Cons: If the sites don't have wifi service, the online stuff I may need (not sure how much that would be) would not be available. Tablet isn't as portable as a smartphone.
I'm contacting the clerkship coordinator asking about the wifi service, so that may push me one way or the other.
Size of device and whether the apps need internet access will be the deciding factor in this, imo. iPad mini with 3g or without access might be another option
I have a galaxy and an ipad...I hardly ever use the ipad anymore. I prefer using my phone for most things. I love the big screen...def prefer it over the iphone screen size. I thought I'd hate having the galaxy in my pocket but I actually hardly notice it bc it's so thin and light, much less annoying than my last phone. if I had to pick b/w your 2 options I'd take the smartphone.
I wish it was, but at 380 bucks for the device, it's a tad out of the price range I want to spend. Especially considering I really only need it for a couple apps.
I need to check on the apps, but I think both work offline.
If you can get away with wifi only, used iPads are pretty cheap on Amazon. I've got two for the kids: 16GB 1st gen for $175 and 64GB 1st gen for $225.
I can't give advice on the smartphone, as my phone is probably 7-8 years old.
The will is not here, the will is at my office next to the hot plate with the frayed wires.
I would say smartphone. I have a tablet that I never use unless I'm using it as a book. I prefer a smartphone because it fits in my pocket and in one hand. I'm sure you are used to having your phone on you already so it isn't adding another thing to carry around.
you could get one of those Galaxy Note.
i personally like the iphone because of it's size...i probably wouldn't want to get bigger than the S3 and i think the note would be too big for me....but the size may be more up your alley. of course, i think a new galaxy S is coming out soon (and maybe a note), so you may be able to find the older models (which would be the current ones until the new models come out) at a cheaper price. If you currently have a flip phone, then you shouldn't have a problem being a generation behind on the smartphone.
if you can swing the data plan, you may as well just get the smartphone...i would think that carrying a phone and a tablet seperate would be a bit of a pain, and the size of the tablet may make it a little more difficult to just carry wherever you need...with what the price of a new flip phone would be and a tablet (your estimates), the cost of a older generation phone will probably be less.
on a side note, i have the Nexus 7 that i won, and it seems to be a pretty decent tablet
This post was edited by hawkirob 13 months ago
Really like it.......had it over a year and
great for everything, really
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Get a smartphone and join us future people. So many cool apps that make daily tasks easy, you don't know what you're missing.
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