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Old 01-15-2018, 06:58 AM
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Default Tablets: JP5mini (4.3” tablet) for $79.99 vs JP5S (7” tablet) for $129?

My friend's facility will soon be offering tablets. I was wondering if anyone with experience with these would be willing to share their opinions of them.

They will be offering the JP5mini (4.3” tablet) for $79.99 or the JP5S (7” tablet) for $129.99.

Can you tell me your experiences regarding battery usage and efficiency . Ease of use, amount of storage.

My friend isn't sure which direction to go. He is thinking the smaller one might be better due to battery efficiency, but is concerned about the limited memory space.
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I don’t have a ton of knowledge on those specific tablets, but I will say that a 7 inch screen is going to be easier for him to read than a 4.3 inch screen. Consider that most smart phones have larger screens than that these days.....unless money is really tight, I think he should go with the 7 inch screen just on principle.

Keep in mind that battery life in the devices is going to deteriorate over time in either case.

My only instance where I’d say go with the 4.3 is if he has a large music collection and doesn’t intend to use the device for reading or other apps. But prison music is not cheap in my experience.....
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:30 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Battery consumption is a real concern due to they will probably have to be run on AA or AAA batteries as they really don't have any other way to charge things unlike those of us on the outside.

We would definitely go with the larger one normally, but depending on battery efficiency, it might be better to go with a smaller one that won't drain the batteries so fast.
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Thanks for the reply. Battery consumption is a real concern due to they will probably have to be run on AA or AAA batteries as they really don't have any other way to charge things unlike those of us on the outside.

We would definitely go with the larger one normally, but depending on battery efficiency, it might be better to go with a smaller one that won't drain the batteries so fast.
Hmmmm......again, not knowing specifics, I do know that at least here in California inmates are allowed to have rechargable batteries purchased for them, which would eliminate some of this concern (and frankly be easier than a built-in battery in that they're easier to replace when they start to go bad.) Might be something to check into to see if rechargables are available/allowed. That would help cut down on battery costs either way.

I should probably research the tablet to see if there's information on whether they run off an external battery (like AA or AAA) or if they run off a built-in battery (lithium-ion I'd imagine.)
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Okay, a little information from JPay themselves beyond their basic product page which doesn't talk about batteries or battery life....

https://blog.jpay.com/jp5-101/

Buried in the comments section is this comment. Which doesn't really answer the question about the battery type unfortunately but indicates that the tablets in some cases do have built-in batteries....

From the "JPayModerator" on that page's comment section:

"In Florida, the JP5 player will have a rechargeable lithium battery. Unfortunately, at this time the JPay tablets are not available in all facilities. When it does become available for all, everyone will be notified of its release and its additional features. Thanks!"

So we know in Florida the battery is built-in. Whether or not this is true in other states or in all states is not indicated. My initial thought would be that these tablets all have built-in batteries and that inmates can charge them up in their cells, but I could be wrong.
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I know the ones in Colorado you plug them into the wall.. he can do music, news, and Messages through the connect network.
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PERFECT! Florida is actually the state info I need. Thanks!
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Anybody know if anywhere has books available for download in prison on these devices?
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Anybody know if anywhere has books available for download in prison on these devices?
That's what we were talking about in that other thread.

JPay doesn't offer e-books yet, but these tablets would be perfect for such a venture if they could get one of the big bookstores (Amazon or B&N) to partner with them.

Funny how prisons allow all these entertainment options (music and video games) for prisoners to chill out and relax with on those devices, but won't offer e-books yet...
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"Funny how prisons allow all these entertainment options (music and video games) for prisoners to chill out and relax with on those devices, but won't offer e-books yet..."

As an avid fiction reader that does not listen to any music nor play games I am constantly peeved by this.

I use my library's Overdrive e-book feature daily both for reading with my eyes and with my ears. I feel like readers are being ignore! ;-(
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That seems so expensive. My husbands was 20$
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My husband just gets books from their library. He actually prefers the hard copy real version. But I definitely think e books should 100% be an option!

Also, being unrealistic and ridiculous, I’d also like to see FaceTime or Skype on it so I can see him... as well as a teleportation app. Lol
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E-Books would be smart. A connection to something like Overdrive would be smart. Just my opinion.
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That seems so expensive. My husbands was 20$
My bf's was $20 also, so mention for your LO to ask about introductory price s or sale, he got the small one, music use mainly, photos I send through jpay, audiobook also, he has been very happy with it so far, it allows him to ignore some stuff and sort of a mental 'get away' so to speak. I think he charges by his bunk.
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FL is offering them at half price for a short period of time when they are first released.
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My bf's was $20 also, so mention for your LO to ask about introductory price s or sale, he got the small one, music use mainly, photos I send through jpay, audiobook also, he has been very happy with it so far, it allows him to ignore some stuff and sort of a mental 'get away' so to speak. I think he charges by his bunk.
My husband also said that when he comes home he can send it to Jpay and they will unlock it so he can use it at home. I don't know why he would want to do that. I'm buying him a new computer and phone. He won't need it lol
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As an avid fiction reader that does not listen to any music nor play games I am constantly peeved by this.

I use my library's Overdrive e-book feature daily both for reading with my eyes and with my ears. I feel like readers are being ignore! ;-(
I'm totally with you, safran.

If I were running things, I'd have allowed e-books in there before even entertaining the idea of music and games.

It's one thing for prisoners to be able to have leisure devices to expand their minds, but if you introduce too many mindless entertainment options and make things too comfy for prisoners in there, it no longer becomes punishment but rather adult daycare.
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I'm totally with you, safran.

If I were running things, I'd have allowed e-books in there before even entertaining the idea of music and games.

It's one thing for prisoners to be able to have leisure devices to expand their minds, but if you introduce too many mindless entertainment options and make things too comfy for prisoners in there, it no longer becomes punishment but rather adult daycare.
Do you know if they have tablets in Federal Prisons?
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I don't believe so.

They don't allow personal television sets in federal either, which would have to suck.
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