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Looking for cheap way to access internet while travelling...

Postby rodgers73 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 14:13 pm

...that doesnt involve a smart phone. I've looked at netbooks but they're a bit too much, internet cafes are few and far between these days and my basic Nokia isn't great for internet access.

Ideally it would be something about the size of a paperback (or smaller) that doesn't involve a phone contract or PAYG dongle and uses wifi rather than 3G.

Does this exist or am I on a wild goose chase??

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Re: Looking for cheap way to access internet while travellin

Postby ricklilley » Mon Aug 27, 2012 14:19 pm

There are plenty of Wifi compatible devices that you could use. An iPad is obviously the popular (though expensive) option. But an iPod Touch would work too.

Or how about a Google Nexus tablet with a 7" screen, think they start at about £170.
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Postby briantrumpet » Mon Aug 27, 2012 14:21 pm

Google Nexus 7 - the £160 8gb version would be ample. (Get in there before Apple closes down the competition in their quest for higher profits.) One recently accompanied me across France - picked up wifi well, and packed nicely in my small seatpost-mounted bag. It's easy to use and feels robust.

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Postby esspeebee » Mon Aug 27, 2012 14:22 pm

The Nexus 7 is about the closest thing to that that I can think of. Not sure whether it fits your size requirements, being about 8"x5". Wi-Fi only, tablet form, and cheaper than most smartphone handsets these days.

However, it may be worth revisiting the Wi-Fi idea depending how much travelling you'll be doing -- my employer gives us laptops with built-in 3G cards because it's a lot cheaper than paying for hotel Wi-Fi. It's also considerably more convenient and versatile, as you don't have to go searching for public access points or signing up to dozens of different services for different places.

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Re: Looking for cheap way to access internet while travellin

Postby daviesee » Mon Aug 27, 2012 14:28 pm

If it is just for browsing, no need for speed, you won't have access to a wireless network and where you are going gets 3G then the Kindle with 3G & keyboard would do.
Once you have paid for the unit, the internet is free worldwide. But slow, and in black & white. Still cheap though.
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Re: Looking for cheap way to access internet while travellin

Postby rodgers73 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 15:06 pm

Hmm, good answers here. I like the look of the Nexus but also the free 3G access the Kindle offers. Shame you cant combine the two into one unit!

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Postby dw300 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 15:08 pm

Download a wifi sniffer app to find unprotected networks, and take it for a walk.
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Re: Looking for cheap way to access internet while travellin

Postby briantrumpet » Mon Aug 27, 2012 15:13 pm

I'd wait for someone who's used both to give an opinion, if you can, though I'd reckon that the superb functionality of the Nexus for little extra $ (despite the lack of 3G) would win it (but I haven't used a Kindle). I certainly think that the Nexus will cause a dent in sales of the iSmugPad, if Apple don't get worldwide injunctions to protect their obscene profits ... sorry, I mean patents.

EDIT - see above post - the Nexus seems to be pretty good at sniffing out wifi, if you go for a wander.

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Re: Looking for cheap way to access internet while travellin

Postby baldwin471 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 15:21 pm

briantrumpet wrote:I'd wait for someone who's used both to give an opinion, if you can, though I'd reckon that the superb functionality of the Nexus for little extra $ (despite the lack of 3G) would win it (but I haven't used a Kindle). I certainly think that the Nexus will cause a dent in sales of the iSmugPad, if Apple don't get worldwide injunctions to protect their obscene profits ... sorry, I mean patents.

EDIT - see above post - the Nexus seems to be pretty good at sniffing out wifi, if you go for a wander.


I have the Nexus 7 and a kindle3g. Get the Nexus 7. Trust me it's great. For the price you can't get better.


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