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Hi,

I'm looking for a new tablet, around 10" screen size and *not* iOS. As tablets go, I am the opposite of a power user but what I *do* use (Browser, Outlook, Twitter) has to work without much tinkering. Without any tinkering, that is.

I was looking at the Surface Go 2 but unsure as to how restricting the S-Mode really is. Are there any users, past or current, wo could and would shed some light on S?

Android would be perfectly acceptable as well if someone can confirm that a particular model has NO problems managing an Outlook.com account AND an IMAP account in the Outlook app. I've seen some very bizarre behaviour here recently on my current devices (older Lenovo Tab with Android 6 and a SONY smartphone with Android 8).

Any insight is greatly appreciated. And no, I shall not be swayed into the Apple camp :-)

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And no, I shall not be swayed into the Apple camp :-)


I just knew there was something likable about you.   Hah.  FOUND IT!!!!!!!!

<giggles>

I worked at the help desk while in college.  As I walked back from taking care of an issue in another building (52,748 buildings away, actually), a faculty member recognized me and ran to catch up with me.  He started "talking shop" with me, and said "I have two MACs at home..." to which I replied "I'm sorry to hear that."
 
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Okay. 

So what role(s) do you want your tablet to fill?
The reason I ask is that you mention two different platforms... Windows and Android.

I had a Sony Xperia 10" tablet for about 2+ years, loved it... but of course, it was Android-driven. 

What I missed was the ability to run some of my "necessary apps" that I rely on so heavily, that I consider them "required installs."

I have some Autohotkey scripts that I use for repetitive tasks - these can't be used on Android.
I also use an app that saves everything I copy to the clipboard - this can't be used on Android, either. (neither?)  no... either.  I'm sticking with that and you can't stop me.

However, you CAN take it with you, say, to the park, and access the Internet, using your cellular data.  With a tweak (I can tell you how), you can also use it to make calls, but you'll need earbuds for privacy.

Lastly, the Android tablet will have a monthly charge attached to it. (Actually, that's true here in the US, but not sure how that works over by you?)

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You also mention the Surface Go.  That's Windows driven.

With Windows, you won't be able to access the Internet from the park, UNLESS you add a cellular SIM, use your phone as a hotspot, etc.  

You won't have a monthly fee, like you would with an Android device.

I have a Surface Pro and use it as my main PC.  (I can't believe I just admitted that...lol)


I take it EVERYWHERE with me.  Pretty much where ever I go, there's wireless access available... so I usually just use the wireless where I'm at.  That would be a problem, if I found myself in the woods, alone, in the dark of night, with wolves howling nearby and no wood for my dying fire...  okay...maybe I'm not worried about Internet access at that time.... (actually, I wouldn't be worried at all...ROFL...okay... I'd be "concerned" about not having wood for making my morning COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.... but I could always just burn all your maps and notebooks to make my coffee.)

 

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Also!

You mentioned S-mode.
Dear gowd, man!!!  WTH are you thinking?!?!

Actually, I really believe wholeheartedly in the "we're all different and what's good for me may not be good for thee" mindset.  I get "agitated" (to say the least) when I see someone forcing their own choices down someone else's throat.  But I digress...

You can try out S-mode yerself:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/windows-10-s-enable-s-mode

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As far as multiple email accounts - I have not had any problems with multiple email accounts on any Android email app (one supplied with Android OS, Outlook for Android, Mail, etc., and I use IMAP for everything.

I do the same for my Surface (Win 10) - and have Desktop Outlook pulling down via IMAP for 3 diff email domains, plus there are like 2 of the same email accounts getting pulled down to the MS Mail app (don't ask...lol) and never a problem. <crosses fingers>

Caveat: Android sucks for multitasking, as you know... and there's no way that I know of, to run two instances of an app on Android, let alone concurrently.  So Windows wins hands down in that arena. 


HTH.

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And lastly!!!

I'm laughing at your comment about "the opposite of a power user"....

ROFL!!! I'm the same way!

People start asking me about phone tech, and I stop them and say "I just use my phone to make calls 'cuz that's the only icon I figured out." lol


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I would look at something in the Lenovo Flex 5 line. Their AMD and Intel based convertibles have been getting excellent reviews.

Yes, it's not a true tablet but a convertible but I love the versatility of being able to read, watch movies or do some simple work on it.

https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Chromebook-i3-10110U-Integrated-82B80006UX/dp/B086383HC7

Or

https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Flex-Convertible-Touchscreen-Fingerprint/dp/B089LGG3ZH?tag=p00935-20&ascsubtag=04XqJiLAmKs6eYgtu1GqfYs
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Thanks for input everyone. I decided to do proper requirements engineering:

  1. bought a Kindle because reading eBooks is the one thing where, for me, the tablet format makes absolute sense.
  2. gave my current tablet to my daughter
  3. will try to figure out whether I miss the tablet for anything else, then decide based on that.

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Thanks for input everyone. I decided to do proper requirements engineering:

  1. bought a Kindle because reading eBooks is the one thing where, for me, the tablet format makes absolute sense.
  2. gave my current tablet to my daughter
  3. will try to figure out whether I miss the tablet for anything else, then decide based on that.


KISS...  : )

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I do not NEED a tablet, but weirdly enough i tend to use it more and more for work/productivity related stuff. Especially because I am restricted to the PV build of my contractor, and that one is quite limiting. And as an avid reader i really do not recommend anyone using a tablet for reading.
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And as an avid reader i really do not recommend anyone using a tablet for reading.


True that. As an avid reader myself, I usuarly prefer paper books. But not every book of fiction is worth possessing physically, and in modern non-fiction books, indexing has been largely abandoned due to the notion that people will read them electronically anyway [frown]

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