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minamikaze 06-07-2020 08:54 AM

Best alternative to iPad Mini now?
 
What's the best alternative to the iPad Mini now - one that's about the same form factor/weight, and also supports active stylus?

Thanks!

hkchew03 06-07-2020 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by minamikaze (Post 128252563)
What's the best alternative to the iPad Mini now - one that's about the same form factor/weight, and also supports active stylus?

Thanks!

Don't think any mainstream 8" tablet support active stylus.
Personally i find 8" too small for stylus usage as well.

xonix 06-07-2020 09:23 AM

Samsung has an alternative but performance is so-so due to midrange hardware

https://mynexttablet.com/best-tablets-stylus/

minamikaze 09-07-2020 01:43 PM

Yes, I saw that. It's surprising that nothing even comes close to the iPad mini in the last few years.

JustBored 09-07-2020 02:13 PM

Im looking towards samsung tab a 8.4" (2020). Not sure when available though.

Teo Ming Ern 12-07-2020 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by minamikaze (Post 128334233)
Yes, I saw that. It's surprising that nothing even comes close to the iPad mini in the last few years.

Actually try the Huawei M5 8.4". Probably pretty close to the iPad Mini in performance but slightly larger and heavier. No stylus support though.

https://consumer.huawei.com/en/suppo...en-us00421640/

Alternatively try the Huawei M6 8.4". This is the latest, launched a year ago in 2019. Still waiting for the M7. Both the M5 & M6 support GMS. But the M7 will not. The latest MatePad also will not support GMS. But MatePad doesn't have an 8" size.

Teo Ming Ern 13-07-2020 09:36 AM

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Originally Posted by JustBored (Post 128334913)
Im looking towards samsung tab a 8.4" (2020). Not sure when available though.

The last 8.4" Galaxy Tab S2 was released in 2015... it's been 5 years... seems unlikely that Samsung will release another small premium tablet...

gld998 13-07-2020 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Teo Ming Ern (Post 128414091)
Actually try the Huawei M5 8.4". Probably pretty close to the iPad Mini in performance but slightly larger and heavier. No stylus support though.

https://consumer.huawei.com/en/suppo...en-us00421640/

Alternatively try the Huawei M6 8.4". This is the latest, launched a year ago in 2019. Still waiting for the M7. Both the M5 & M6 support GMS. But the M7 will not. The latest MatePad also will not support GMS. But MatePad doesn't have an 8" size.

M6 dont have gms. Need to sideload. I using m6 turbo edition as my main phone after my m5 screen crack and send for repair then convert to my main spare phone.

M7 next year or late this year only bah. Will upgrade once can sideload gms.

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Teo Ming Ern 18-07-2020 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by gld998 (Post 128457291)
M6 dont have gms. Need to sideload. I using m6 turbo edition as my main phone after my m5 screen crack and send for repair then convert to my main spare phone.

M7 next year or late this year only bah. Will upgrade once can sideload gms.

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Oh thanks for the correction... so M6 onward no more GMS...

RockingHorse 21-07-2020 09:58 PM

M6 got no GMS. But can side load. I leave an instruction on how to do it. It work beautifully.

Audiology93 22-07-2020 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Teo Ming Ern (Post 128442880)
The last 8.4" Galaxy Tab S2 was released in 2015... it's been 5 years... seems unlikely that Samsung will release another small premium tablet...

Not sure what chipset it's using.
https://i.imgur.com/tGYcQodl.jpg

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iceman15 22-07-2020 12:35 PM

how long do you plan to keep the device?

3-5 years? nothing beats the iPad.
2-3 years? you can look at options from Samsung

xiaofan 22-07-2020 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by iceman15 (Post 128627901)
how long do you plan to keep the device?

3-5 years? nothing beats the iPad.
2-3 years? you can look at options from Samsung

I agree. iPad can last 6-7 years when it comes to HW, and probably 4-5 years when it comes to FW upgrades.

My iPad 2 worked from 2011 to 2018 (battery swollen, died)

My iPad Mini 1 has been working from 2013 to now, no FW updates, stuck with iOS 9, but still working.

So I bought iPad 2018 and iPad 2019 in 2018/2019, mainly for the two kids. They were very useful during the Home Based Learing this April and May. We only have one Windows laptop at home. But the iPad can do most of the things for kids in primary school.

I buy the cheapest WiFi models of iPad.

Teo Ming Ern 23-07-2020 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Audiology93 (Post 128625716)
Not sure what chipset it's using.
https://i.imgur.com/tGYcQodl.jpg

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Bro... this one confirm not a premium tablet... it's quite old already I think... released in 2018 if I don't remember wrongly...

Teo Ming Ern 23-07-2020 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by xiaofan (Post 128631606)
I agree. iPad can last 6-7 years when it comes to HW, and probably 4-5 years when it comes to FW upgrades.

My iPad 2 worked from 2011 to 2018 (battery swollen, died)

My iPad Mini 1 has been working from 2013 to now, no FW updates, stuck with iOS 9, but still working.

So I bought iPad 2018 and iPad 2019 in 2018/2019, mainly for the two kids. They were very useful during the Home Based Learing this April and May. We only have one Windows laptop at home. But the iPad can do most of the things for kids in primary school.

I buy the cheapest WiFi models of iPad.

My observation comes from my sister's use case... the iPad 2 can be upgraded to iOS 12 but it's painfully slow. So while you can get continuous firmware updates, it doesn't mean it will work well. On the other hand, there are many apps that won't work on iOS 12 now... she can't install Google Drive for example... cos I was trying to help her during HBL during CB... same for the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus.

So your mileage may vary...

My own experience with a Sony Tablet Z bought in 2014 and updated from Lollipop (Android 5.0) to Nougat (Android 7.0) is that it still works with most apps from the Play Store especially the important ones... there's no version restriction even though the latest is Android 10 now...

xiaofan 23-07-2020 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Teo Ming Ern (Post 128649997)
My observation comes from my sister's use case... the iPad 2 can be upgraded to iOS 12 but it's painfully slow. So while you can get continuous firmware updates, it doesn't mean it will work well. On the other hand, there are many apps that won't work on iOS 12 now... she can't install Google Drive for example... cos I was trying to help her during HBL during CB... same for the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus.

So your mileage may vary...

My own experience with a Sony Tablet Z bought in 2014 and updated from Lollipop (Android 5.0) to Nougat (Android 7.0) is that it still works with most apps from the Play Store especially the important ones... there's no version restriction even though the latest is Android 10 now...

You mixed up iPad 2 with some other models. It does not support iOS10, let alone iOS 12.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_10

Teo Ming Ern 23-07-2020 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by xiaofan (Post 128651561)
You mixed up iPad 2 with some other models. It does not support iOS10, let alone iOS 12.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_10

Yes I think so... my apologies... I also have on hand a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 which I bought for my brother-in-law in 2017. It's running Android 7.0 (Nougat) and it still is able to download Call of Duty and run it... I think Android allows most apps to run but will warn that your user experience will not be optimal whereas Apple decides for you and doesn't allow installation at all... which is not surprising since it's quite reflective of the two OS philosophies...


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