Saturday, 24 January 2015

Taking credit and charge cards in my bookshop using PayPal, I have taken the tablet

Well I have bitten the bullet and bought a tablet and it is good.

Very good in fact, the main issue with Paypal was the app did install on all of our phones and paired with the Bluetooth but once it was paired with one device it wanted to keep it making it rather clunky so I bought a cheap Android pad from Argos a Lenovo A10. So yes the answer is it works with paypal and I am learning to use what is essentially a much bigger phone that you can't make phone calls on.

It takes a bit of getting used to but roll on a phone this size, well maybe not, but for blogging and many of the internet stuff do on a daily basis it is a very good bit of kit. £130 well spent.

I think we have all the issues covered now, the customer wants to pay in the shop and a mixture of the Paypal app on the tablet and the Paypal card reader functions fine. When a customer phones up wanting me to post them a book, it can handle this by linking the address the book is going to to the person who wants it, and the cost to us is greatly reduced.

An issue with the paypal app is that it doesnt work on all devices, so buying the tablet, which you can’t try first involves risking buying one that just won't work, so that’s the main reason for this blog post.

Another aspect is learning to touch type on the pad and taking it all the way to produce a blog post, something I am getting better at.

The pace of technology is pretty alarming at times, but I think the days of it damaging book sales are finally over, people seem to have realised that they need both the pad and the book.

What I can't understand I how the bookshop where the books are significantly more expensive than the internet can work or have much in the way of a meaningful future.

Anyway a few pictures looking down the bookshop from the till desk using the camera in the tablet, another camera for me to learn to get the best from.

I guess an important aspect of the bookshop cheap Android tablet is that I would think most adults would be able to use one instead of a desktop or laptop computer and as all of the Android software I have installed for normal computing is free, then £130 covers the was whole lot.

A much bigger keyboard than the mobile phone one, with predictive text, takes a bit of getting used to. On this version of Android your spelling mistakes and typos get underlined which is good.

The voice recognition works like this and seems to be fairly good. I will try to strain it now.

One thing about speaking to a machine is it you never really know what it's going to say in terms of text it might say for instance something with you really didn't want it to sir on the other hand in this case it seems to be working perfectly.

Well it only got say wrong and wrote sir instead

On the text editor front I don't think you can really beat installing the Google drive app and writing any text in a document on that. Once you get used to it you can go as fast as with a keyboard and MS Word.

Then just a long tap and copy into the blogger editior .


  1. I have a Lenovo A8 and a Lenovo yoga 10 which I bought when the VAT was rebated so it was a bargain. if you need a backup device Argos have the Lenovo A7 for £79.
    You may like to install Nova launcher on Lenovo to make it look more like a standard Android.

  2. At the moment anon I am at the never had a pad stage, I have had various smartphones over the years, but a large tablet is still too new for me to worry past the basics.


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