7" Tablet With Excel-Compatible Spreadsheet Software?

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  1. ViRGE

    ViRGE Elite Member, Moderator Emeritus

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    I had someone ask me for product advice, and I'm a little out of my element here.

    They're looking for a 6"-7" tablet that can run a spreadsheet package that is Excel compatible. It needs to have WiFi, but cellular connectivity is not necessary.

    After thumbing through some devices, the Galaxy Tab seems to be the right size, but as I don't regularly use Android I'm not sure where it stands on the software side of things. Are there any spreadsheet programs for Android that are suitable for use on a tablet? That is, they make appropriate use of the screen and aren't just a magnified phone application with equally little space to display cells.

    And for that matter, is there any other hardware I'm overlooking? The Galaxy Tab seems a bit overkill since cellular data isn't a necessity. Certainly a Tab sans cellular would be cheaper.
     
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  3. Oyeve

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    Thinkfree office is the only ms office app that come to mind.
     
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    Does price matter?

    HTC Flyer.
     
  7. ViRGE

    ViRGE Elite Member, Moderator Emeritus

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    To an extent, yeah. A $900 device probably won't fly.
     
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    Numbers for iPad.
     
  9. BoT

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    for office productivity, the build in quick office works well, for more check out
    DocumentsToGo

    Viewsonic has released some nice tablets too. i really like the Viewsonic G. Runs on the Nvidia Tegra 2 and performance wise blows just about anything else out right now out the water but the screen is not so great.
    the Viewsonic ViewTab 10 is also interesting. runs on an Atom 455 and dual boots android and win 7, there you go with full support for excel
     
  10. DivideBYZero

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    The BlackBerry PlayBook comes with the full Documents To Go package installed out of the box. Does Excel, Powerpoint, word, etc.
     
  11. TSDible

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    I would also be concerned as to what level of compatability is needed... Is it just a simple spreadsheet?

    Or are there macros and such that run as well?
     
  12. simonizor

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    If you don't have to have a device that's extremely thin and extremely lightweight, the eee pc tablet could work for you. It's $430 at buy.com, and it has Windows 7 Starter, so it should be able to run office. It's 2.86lbs and it's 1.22" thick, so it's not as small as an android tablet or the iPad, but it's definitely very portable.

    http://www.buy.com/prod/asus-eee-pc-...214937659.html
     
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    shortylickens No Lifer

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    Are they planning to type in this spreadsheet, or just view it?
    Cuz I been playing with a lot of tablets lately and in all honesty it would be better to get a small laptop or netbook. I really dont think they will be getting much work done on a tablet with Android or iOS on it. Or WebOS. Something tells me this person wants the tablet for the same reason everyone else wants one: They are cute toys and they wanna justify buying one by trying to find practical applications.

    But for the money, power, and software compatibility a small laptop is a much better deal than any current tablet.

    Maybe next generation tablets will be good for real work, but not yet.
     
  14. ViRGE

    ViRGE Elite Member, Moderator Emeritus

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    It's just a simple spreadsheet as far as I've been told; walk past a machine, record some values, move on. Macros and other complex functionality were not specified.
    It's to replace their clipboards while doing rounds, so there will be data input. I've already suggested netbooks and that has been shot down as it's not practical to do any data input while standing. Ultimately what they want to do is to ditch the clipboards and go paperless so that they don't have to do a bunch of data entry at the end of the day.
    Ahh, I had totally forgotten about the Playbook. Will it be available (and will it worK) without a cellular contract?
     
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    shortylickens No Lifer

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    Good luck with all that.
    Tablets are just big smartphones. The only reason they succeeded at all is cuz of Americas obsession with phones.
    Back when we had real tablets nobody bought them, and those were full computers.

    If you got people who think they are gonna use a tablet as a work machine something tells me they need to see for themselves. Get them an Android device and pay for a good Office program. When they come back in a month to return the things you can rub their noses in it.
     
  16. DivideBYZero

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    Yep, WiFi only version that requires zero contract is up for pre-order with Apr 19th delivery at Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, etc.

    Sounds like just the device, small enough to carry for a long time and light @ just under a pound, which will matter when you're carrying it all day long. Imagine doing that with the three pound joke someone suggested.
     
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    Yeah, tell all of those Doctors that use iPads now.
     
  18. Capt Caveman

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    Another option based on wifi/cellular connectivity, is using a RDP solution like TeamViewer on a tablet to connect to their desktop/work pc. I use it all the time on my gf's iPad to do stuff on my work/home pcs.