Internet Forums: A Great Resource for First-Time Tablet Buyers
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Internet Forums: A Great Resource for First-Time Tablet Buyers

Friday, November 18, 2011 by cyberacoustics

I just read an article yesterday that 3 out of 4 consumers will be looking at buying a tablet instead of a notebook or laptop this holiday season. Talk about a dramatic shift in a short period of time! For all you first-time tablet buyers, a word of warning: when you open the box, all you’re going to see is the tablet and a plug. No instructions, usually no manual, and if you’re super lucky, maybe a coupon for you next purchase! Thanks a lot. 

You and I aren’t dummies, but come on, is it too much to ask to get a little help here with our tablets? Simply telling me how to turn it on and where to plug it in just doesn’t cut it. It bothers me a lot that manufacturers leave us to stumble through the learning process on our own. This is where Internet forums come into play.

For the unfamiliar: an Internet forum (or message board) is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. You have access to people that are pretty knowledgeable and unless you’re on a super premium board, it’s usually free. Post your question or thread on a forum—other users will read your question and those in the know will reply. It’s that simple.

Internet forums differ from chat rooms in that messages are archived for you to go back and read. You can do searches on topics and best of all, you have access to thousands of users just like you. Below is a list a forums you might want to check out and if you buy a tablet. (Feel free to bookmark this blog for future reference.)

Kindle
www.kindleboards.com
www.mobileread.com
www.kuforum.co.uk

iPad
www.macrumors.com
www.ipadforums.net
www.ilounge.com
www.avforums.com
www.mactalk.com.au
www.appleforums.net

Motorola Xoom 
www.xoomcommunity.com
www.xoomforums.com
www.motorolaxoomforums.com

Samsung Galaxy
www.thegalaxytabforum.com
www.galaxytablettalk.com
www.mygalaxytab.net

The Nook
www.nookboards.com/forum
www.mobileread.com/forums
bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com

Got any more forums that you love? Let me know in the comments!

-Steve Murphy, CA CFO


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