Windows 10 Tablets January 2017

Please see below for a small selection of Windows 10 tablet devices from my Amazon Shop for January 2017.


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Top Android Apps

Following from my “What does the tech expert do?” post the other day. I thought I would post some insights into what I run on my indispensable Android Tablet. Firstly to make life easy I ditched the standard operating System and replaced it with CyanogenMod. Its great and much better than the stock Samsung Android operating system. Performance and battery life are both very much enhanced. So what apps are indispensable on this device. Well for a start the standard Google stack is a great baseline. After that these are the pick of the bunch from those that I have installed:

  • Office 365 – Great for complex Microsoft Office documents!
  • Office Suite Pro 7 – A great office suite.
  • DriveDroid – Boot computers from your Android device! Great tool has helped me out a number of times.
  • National Rail – I am especially fond of the “get me home” – has saved my bacon on a number of occasions!
  • Piwik – Website monitoring on the move!
  • Whatsapp – Essential messaging app, probably needs very little introduction.
  • WordPress – Website management and blogging on the move. An essential app for me.
  • Twitter – Needs little introduction, but I do like the ability to manage multiple twitter accounts.
  • Facebook – This one definitely needs no introduction!
  • Link2SD – Excellent app for managing applications on an SD card.
  • Owncloud – I love owncloud! Its so much more secure than Dropbox and the addons extend its usage so well. I say this eats Dropbox for breakfast! I’m a little peeved that they have started charging for the Android App though.
  • Momento Database – Great tool for customised databases on the move great for capturing leads and much more!
  • Photoshop Express – Excellent photo editing.
  • Meta Trader 5 – Excellent trading app!
  • Bloomberg – Best market news ever!
  • Entrepreneur – Investment and private equity news – quality!
  • MD Scan – Mobile document scanning, brilliant tool!

Top Tip For Samsung Galaxy Tab Owners

I have been using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for just under a year and have had to live with some serious limitations with regards to functionality from the Samsung build of Android 4.03 (Ice Cram Sandwich) such as no support for App2sd. My Galaxy tab is a part business device and part play device. The other day I came across the Cyanogen Mod kit for “rooting” the Galaxy Tab. I rooted the device and installed Cyanogen and then the Google tools. I have to say I am so impressed. Performance has been increased by about 40 %, usable on board disk space by about 50 % and battery life has increased by 30%. The interface is slicker and friendlier too. If you have become disenchanted with the Factory installed operating system on The Samsung Galaxy Tab devices in a similar fashion to which I have I do suggest you give Cyanogen a try. I really rate it! I shall be taking delivery of a Samsung Galaxy S4 shortly and the first thing I shall do is to replace the stock operating system with Cyanogen.  

An update on the bank holiday weekend challenge.

After a chat with a contact about this challenge. It has been suggested I post more about it. So here goes.

The basics are still the same:

In order to get the weight down and get it all in one bag i’m considering travelling with just an Android tablet. Ok its a Motorola Xoom 32GB with a 32 GB MicroSD card on board.

So how do we do this? What Apps are essential on an Android device for a jaunt such as this? What should be junked? Am I crazy? Can it be done? Will it be good enough for business?

What I am trying to do is replace this:

with this:

Can it be done?

A Bank Holiday Weekend Challenge

So i’m off to Luxembourg on business trip on behalf of SystemNet Data, a Court Capital Partners business next week. Normally I travel on business with tons of kit in my briefcase notably, a laptop, tablet device, kindle, iPod, external hard drives, camera, memory stick, backup mobile and more. In order to get the weight down and get it all in one bag i’m considering travelling with just an Android tablet. Ok its a Motorola Xoom 32GB with a 32 GB MicroSD card on board. So how do we do this? What Apps are essential on an Android device for a jaunt such as this? What should be junked? Am I crazy? Can it be done? Will be good enough for business? Let me know your thoughts? On the subject of Luxembourg wheres a good hotel and places to eat and drink?

Ipad 2 versus Samsung Galaxy

As the age of the tablet is underway it’s no surprise to see the big names battling it out with an increasingly impressive spec list.

Today sees the UK launch of iPad 2. It’s thinner, faster, lighter and more desirable than ever.

It’s also cheaper, £399 for the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi. Or, take one on a pay monthly contract for £199 upfront and £25 per month, that’s for the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G along with a generous amount of data. You’ll be able to order online after 5pm today.

After Apples announcement of the iPad 2, Samsung has taken the opportunity to tweak their Android tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is already available in 7 inch form and there are two new models on the way, running on Honeycomb (Android v3.0) with 8.9 and 10.1 inch displays. This crafty tactic means you can pick up a model that is smaller than the iPad if a compact Tab is your first desire or a larger model if you want to take the multimedia package to the next level.


The Samsung Tabs are also lighter, thinner and boast a better screen resolution. Of course the operating systems differ with Samsung pitching Android v3.0 against Apples iOS 4.3. Android may have some way to go to match Apple’s application rich OS and although hardened Apple fans won’t be pried away, the runaway success of Android on smartphones might be enough to convince the rest of the mainstream market.

Camera wise, Apple take another hit with Samsung upgrading their main camera to 3-megapixels against Apples 0.7-megapixel resolution and things get worse for Apple in the video calling department too with Samsung’s 2-megapixel video cam out gunning Apple’s VGA 0.3-megapixel cam. However these are only tech specs, camera results in the real world may turn out different.

Samsung has penned in a slightly lower price tag on the 8.9-inch version but as this story unrolls the true winner will be the consumer as the desire to dominate this market pushes along the technology with higher and higher specs becoming the norm.


At Esgil we prefer the samsung!

Ipad 2 from £399 at themobilefonenetwork

Great Galaxy Tab deals at themobilefonenetwork