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1 So recently I listened to the audiobook version of Good Omens, and the entire way through I was pretty sure the reader was impersonating David Tennant for Crowley.  I thought "what a good choice, yes, I could see him in that."  And then I laughed bitterly to myself, because I was of the opinion that there was no chance in hell (see what I did there?) that THAT would happen.
Yes. Well.  Hm.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Monday, October 08 2018 06:30 PM (8i+JN)

2 I am trying not to get my hopes up too high, but this looks good.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, October 08 2018 09:40 PM (PiXy!)

3 That slate looks nice.  I bet it's going to be stupidly expensive, though.
Last year I bought an 8" Galaxy Tab S 2.  The 9.7" was selling for $500.  I just saw it yesterday for $309 at Costco.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, October 09 2018 02:21 AM (Q/JG2)

4 Yeah, the Tab S4 is out now, so the older models will be on clearance.  The S4 is overpriced though.

I have my Mediapad M3 which I'm quite happy with, and of course now the Spectre x2 if I want a large tablet.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, October 09 2018 09:54 AM (PiXy!)

5 The Mali-T880 MP4 in the M3 seems to be a decent bit less powerful than the S2's Adreno 510, and isn't in the same ballpark as the S4's Adreno 540, though.
I'd love to see an 8" tablet with a more rectangular form factor with a decent CPU but a good GPU, and it wouldn't have to have stupidly-high dpi, either; just something that I could have nice performance with mobile gaming.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, October 09 2018 11:01 AM (Iwkd4)

6 The newer M5 has twice the GPU performance.  (But lacks a headphone jack, sigh.)

It doesn't affect any of the games I play since they're almost all 2D anyway, but it is an issue for some people.  I wanted the high DPI for reading books, and it is wonderful for that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, October 09 2018 11:45 AM (PiXy!)

7 I don't object, per se, to high DPI, I just don't feel an urgent need for it, if a lower resolution would result in increased performance.
I've mentioned this before: I have one (I believe Unity-based) game I play a lot, that really needs a flagship-level GPU.
Looks like the Mali-G71 MP8 of the M5's GPU (Kirin 960s) slots in roughly halfway between the Adreno 506 of the Moto G5S Plus (SD625) and the Adreno 540 of the Essential PH-1 (SD835).

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, October 09 2018 01:44 PM (Iwkd4)

8 Yeah, it's a big jump but hardly flagship level.

The M3 and M5 do have an option to render 3D at a lower resolution than 2560x1600, but I still wouldn't recommend either device for a heavy 3D app.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, October 09 2018 02:29 PM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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