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    Re: Request for advice on choice of portable device

    Quote Originally Posted by boxcorner View Post
    As I understand it, currently Google Voice is not available in Europe.
    So I would still need a separate phone.
    If you want to receive calls on your Nexus 7, any sip provider should work with 3G. Not quite the same as Google Voice with call forwarding etc, but depends on what you need.
    I use sipgate.co.uk in UK, but 2 free French providers are listed on http://wiki.sipsorcery.com/mw/index....=DID_Providers
    Just install something like csipsimple (open source) on the Nexus 7 and you will be good to go. The 3G version may even have a built-in sip application.

    And I would second the suggestion to use Google's mail / calendar service for simplicity with Android. Though, if you're uncertain about being tied into Google cloud services, K9-Mail (open source) is a very good email app (just sync with your IMAP service). Never used anything but Google calendar, so not sure about options on that front.

    I will also point you to http://f-droid.org/ for open source app suggestions on Android (though Play Store does have more). Some more useful open source suggestions to get started (that I use): KeePassDroid, FBReader, MuPDF, Timer, Notepad, WebSMS/SMSDroid, AntennaPod, Barcode Scanner, ES File Explorer.

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    Re: Request for advice on choice of portable device

    Quote Originally Posted by boog321 View Post
    I think you will enjoy it. I love mine. I tend to carry it with me nearly all of the time. I have the 32GB wifi model, but I can tether it to my phone. I hope it does everything you wish, and more!
    Many thanks for your reply, too. Well my Nexus 7 has arrived and what a very lovely seductive toy it is. I can certainly see why you love yours. It really is adorable. I'm currently awaiting a Micro SIM to enable the 3G mobile data, but WiFi set-up was perfectly straightforward.

    I also bought an EasyAcc leather case and micro USB to USB cable, intending to use it to transfer files via USB key. The case is superb, as it enables the tablet to be propped up at two different angles. I haven't had much success using the cable though, so have abandoned it for the time being.

    I visited several sites for recommendations of best apps to install. There are lots of nice goodies that are free, which I downloaded, but I paid for several, too.

    First issue was how best to transfer files from my laptop to the tablet. Initially I needed to transfer a .odt file from LibreOffice Writer. Apparently Android 4.2 doesn't support .odt format files. I was really rather surprised, as I thought .odt was intended for Open Source. Anyway, I saved the file as .rtf then installed Dropbox on both laptop and tablet. That enabled me to transfer the file from laptop to Dropbox then to the tablet, finally to the Drive app on the tablet. Drive has an Offline option. If there's a better way of doing this I'd be glad to hear it, meanwhile this method worked for me.

    Not much more to say at this stage. I'll be better able to comment more when I've had more time to play with it.

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    Just thought I'd mention that I'm still using Ubuntu 12.04 but with the Gnome GUI. It was a while before I noticed the Dropbox icon at the bottom of the desktop, in the right-hand corner! Right click on it and there's a bunch of options.
    Last edited by boxcorner; May 18th, 2013 at 04:29 PM. Reason: Addendum

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    Re: Request for advice on choice of portable device

    Quote Originally Posted by ugm6hr View Post
    If you want to receive calls on your Nexus 7, any sip provider should work with 3G. Not quite the same as Google Voice with call forwarding etc, but depends on what you need.
    I use sipgate.co.uk in UK, but 2 free French providers are listed on http://wiki.sipsorcery.com/mw/index....=DID_Providers
    Just install something like csipsimple (open source) on the Nexus 7 and you will be good to go. The 3G version may even have a built-in sip application.

    And I would second the suggestion to use Google's mail / calendar service for simplicity with Android. Though, if you're uncertain about being tied into Google cloud services, K9-Mail (open source) is a very good email app (just sync with your IMAP service). Never used anything but Google calendar, so not sure about options on that front.

    I will also point you to http://f-droid.org/ for open source app suggestions on Android (though Play Store does have more). Some more useful open source suggestions to get started (that I use): KeePassDroid, FBReader, MuPDF, Timer, Notepad, WebSMS/SMSDroid, AntennaPod, Barcode Scanner, ES File Explorer.
    Many thanks for your reply, too. Also for all the helpful tips. I will certainly have a look at Google calendar. Unfortunately I didn't read your reply before I ordered a Micro SIM from the French provider that my wife and I already use for our mobiles, which are called portables here in France. We used to use SFR, but found them incredibly expensive so switched to Prixtel, which works out a lot cheaper as you only pay for what you use. I'll investigate the sip provider matter later. Have got more than enough to get my head around for now with the tablet and apps.

    I had already installed ES File Explorer before I read your reply. Pretty much essential to understand the storage and find files. Tablified Market seemed worthwhile as it seems good for finding apps best suited for tablets, rather than phones. I've also installed some apps recommended by others such as Plume, SwiftKey Tablet, Pulse, Drippler Nexus 7, Evernote, Kingsoft Office, Nexus 7 Camera, Nexus Media Importer, xWriter, OpenDocument Reader, and so on. It remains to be seen which I actually end up using. They can be un-installed easily enough, I guess.

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    Re: Request for advice on choice of portable device

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    He is like millions of others. Do they worry about where their data is stored? Or what information about themselves they are putting on the web? Which by the way is a form of cloud storage, is it not? Criminals have been caught because they put information about their crimes (even photographs of themselves in the act) on social networking sites. Governments pass laws requiring ISPs to store emails for a certain period of time. Our movements are recorded by a mobile service provider as we take our mobile phone out and about with us. Supermarkets know what products we buy and want to send customer specific advertisements to us.

    All of this is a kind of cloud storage and billions of people are quite relaxed about it. Do we accept all this without thinking and then worry about another area that is not too much different from all the rest?

    Regards.
    I hear what you're saying and I agree with a lot of it. Quite apart from the issue of who has access to your data and what they are likely to do with it, I think it's worth bearing in mind that many of the server farms are located in a part of the world that is prone to earthquakes - major earthquakes. You might find this interesting: "Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government? A former FBI counterterrorism agent claims on CNN that this is the case" http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...ded-fbi-boston
    Last edited by boxcorner; May 18th, 2013 at 01:40 PM. Reason: Corrected typo

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