Tablets under $400?

  • chaotic1

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    Oct 24, 2011 2:01 PM GMT
    Anyone have any suggestions / reviews for tablets under $400.

    I'm looking for something to use as an e-book reader / portable video player with web browsing capabillities.

    (The ability to play Konami's X-men game or Angry Birds would be considered a bonus icon_razz.gif ).

    I'm one of the few graphic designers who can't stand Macs, so the iPad is off the table for me. I was thinking maybe the Dell Streak, the Acer Iconia, or the Viewsonic Gtablet?

    Your thoughts / suggestions?
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    Aren't you describing a Kindle Fire? At $199 it should do everything you want.

    I've got the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and my partner the iPad2.

    BUT what I really use......My Favorite and Most Portable little tablet device.......the ONE I do the most reading on and use constantly for all the apps.........

    is the tiny little iPad known as the iPod Touch.

    I'm eager to see the new larger mini tablets that Samsung will soon offer.

    Full size tablets are great for around the house but smaller and more portable is the key to usefulness........from my experience so far.
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    Oct 24, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    The Asus Transformer is probably my top tablet pick. The new quad-core version launches in a few weeks, so the current dual-core version will likely drop in price significantly. It'll easily slide to well-below $400.
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    Oct 24, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    kindle fire is your best bet i think
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    Oct 24, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    Kindle Fire. I'm very excited about this myself.
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    Oct 24, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Kindle Fire is the best bang for your buck. But if you're looking for a full on multimedia ready tablet, then it might not be a good choice. Unless you're only planning to consume content from amazon, that is. I'd suggest the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 instead. It can pretty much play any file format without additional apps. The 7.7 isn't out yet. But if you can wait, check it out.
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    Oct 24, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    I got myself an Acer Iconia, and I absolutely love it. It's beautiful, it's snappy, and it pretty much does everything I need it to do. With a bluetooth keyboard it can easily replace your netbook/laptop, if you don't need any specialized apps.

    I should mention that I use a Verizon 4G MiFi, so that I don't need the tab to be connected on its own. Also, the battery life is fantastic, but I wouldn't give up my Kindle just yet. And as much as I love Android, it is not a full OS with a complete complement of software.

    I love the size (10 inches should be enough for anyone, cough cough), but it's a little big to cart around without a manpurse (the 7" Kindles are much better that way).

    Currently, I use it mostly around the house: it's the kitchen radio with Pandora, my morning paper thanks to Google Reader, my media center remote thanks to MythBuntu, and the best way to show my roomies the latest in funny.
  • Rami918

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    Oct 24, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    BlackBerry playbook
  • chaotic1

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    Oct 26, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    I appreciate all the feedback.

    From everything I've read, the Kindle Fire isn't going to have too much in the way of onboard memory, and it also isn't going to have any kind of expansion slot (SD or MicroSD). Otherwise, believe me . . . I'd be all over it.

    I hadn't given much thought to the Blackberry Playbook. Given the recent bad press they've gotten recently, the prices could conceivably go down quite a bit. That being said, I read somewhere that they didn't use an Android operating system and instead built their own off of an old Palm OS. Any feedback as to how that affects apps compatability?

    I'm a total Samsung fanboy and would love to pick up a Galaxy device. That being said, the only options in my price range fall in the 4-5" device range. I'd like something a little bigger for viewing movies on (10" would be best, but 7" would be tolerable - Despite what everyone says . . . screen size matters icon_razz.gif ).
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    Oct 26, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    $99 tablet
    https://www.eglobalwireless.com/p-4402-wifi-new-7-android-22-touch-screen-tablet-2gb-hd-w-camera.aspx
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    Oct 26, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    You can find a NOS (HP) touchpad and root the thing. About $250-$300.
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    Oct 26, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    I haven't done much research in this area. I just bought an iPad 2 that I like, but that's off the table for you.

    Here are CNET's budget tablet reviews: http://reviews.cnet.com/2733-3126_7-936-5.html?tag=

    Check out their other tablets reviews too. Hope this helps.
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    Oct 30, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    I have an Iconia too and like it. I am amazed by the long battery life.

    My only beefs (which may be Android-related):

    - Facebook app crashes a lot, to the point where I just use the browser.

    - A text edit/input box like the one I'm typing in now does not have a working vertical scroll, so if you are editing a large block of text there's no way to get to the bottom, since you have no arrow keys or mouse. A keyboard as Themachine suggested would solve this.
  • SurfInVa

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    Oct 30, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    I too, bought an Acer Iconia A500...this one is not the 3G one which I think is the W500. But I have WiFi and can also tether to my Sprint smartphone wherever I am.

    I got mine at Target for $399 and in addition they gave me a $100 Target Gift card for the purchase, so basically $299.

    I LOVE this tablet. Like others have said, the battery life is off the charts excellent. HD quality playback of vids, the updates are fast to all apps. It's been updated to Honeycomb 3.2. All automatic and free.

    My FB app never crashes so the other dude that posted here may want to delete it and download and install again. Takes great 5mp pics and vids and has the 2nd user facing camera (2mp but fine).

    Suggested Apps:
    Tune-In Radio is awesome, Note Everything is fast and super useful, Docs (to access Google Documents), File Manager HD, the Live Wallpapers are pretty cool, A4A - Scruff - Jack'd all work well on this tablet. And the ereader apps, user-interface and capability is pretty perfect.

    Get one buddy! You won't regret it. Don't forget to check reviews on YouTube...helped me make my decision.
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    Oct 30, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    SurfInVa said
    My FB app never crashes so the other dude that posted here may want to delete it and download and install again..


    will try that and look at the other apps you mentioned, thanks!