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Learning How to Use My New Tablet and Other Things

Taken with my own camera and edited with picmonkey.comThis morning I decided to write an article about a couple of ingredients that I cooked before adding eggs to the mixture. I found my camera but when I tried to take a picture or two I was informed that I needed to charge the battery. Then I got out my new Verizon Ellipses tablet and took a couple of pictures with that instead. After I got the cord to plug it into my computer I discovered that I couldn't upload it as easily as I can anything else I use for pictures.

It could be because I need a different type of picture player to view pictures taken on there, but it didn't begin to automatically upload to my computer like it does on other devices that I own. I decided to put that article on hold and write about the tablet itself. Luckily, a few days ago when I first brought it home I took a couple of pictures of the face of the tablet with that same camera. I removed the SD card to put the images taken into a collage for this article.

I did download the manual to my computer last night, but I've yet to read through the camera portion of the manual to see how to upload pictures or videos to my computer.

For those that have wondered about purchasing these before, they are supposed to be very similar to a Samsung tablet. This is the Ellipsis 8. This week, in honor of Father's Day you can get one for only $30.00, but it might be when you sign up for a two year plan with new phones. That is something my two daughters did last week. When they found out they could get the tablet for thirty dollars and then ten dollars per month to use Verizon's umbrella (or whatever that is called), they thought of getting it for me. Problem is, none of us have an excess of funds. So, I told them I'd purchase it myself, but I had to go with the daughter that took the service under her name.

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paigea wrote on June 20, 2015, 1:17 PM

Oh, it is so frustrating learning to use new technology. I hope you really enjoy it once you get used of it.

MegL wrote on June 20, 2015, 1:20 PM

If I take a photo with my tablet, I haveto email it to myself because the operating system on my tablet is different from the one on my pc

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 21, 2015, 1:06 AM

I may end up having to do that as well, but so far I'm only using wifi, no data usage has been designated for my tablet. My daughters are concerned it might impact their usage if I use it too that way. And, I'm okay with that. I hear there are several free texting apps, not so sure about email apps or whether emailing can be done just using wifi and not using data as well.

I may just need to get a different picture viewer, one compatible with both my pc as well as the Verizon tablet.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 21, 2015, 1:07 AM

I enjoy learning new technology, but I just don't want to overstep my boundaries as far as only using wifi, like I said below. There are many apps and other things already loaded onto my tablet, but I have to find out if everything there is free, or how it lets me know what any extra charges might be. I wouldn't want to find out with the bill that I ran the tab up extra, pun not intended.

scheng1 wrote on June 21, 2015, 2:07 AM

It is really cheap. I wonder how long it will last, and if the features are good enough for the price paid.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 21, 2015, 7:10 PM

The regular price ois around $250.00-280.00 or so. The price I mentioned is because new phones and plans were picked. The features seem great to me. Of nothing else if it cannot tide me over until I get a more expansive one, that would be great.

I don't have a smart phone, so this allows me to check things like it while on lunch at work.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 4:04 PM

I'm not sure if it's helpful Marsha, but there's a free photo viewing and editing program called IrfanView that I have been using for years. It's safe, easy to download and install, and it takes up very little room on your computer. I thought maybe this might help you to view the photos you want to transfer from your tablet.