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TABLETS???

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    I agree but that doesn't "not make it worth" paying $250 for 7" tablet if that is the size you need for what you do.

    I had 2 Android tablets (a 10" Asus and 10" Samsung Galaxy) before I ended up with an iPad. As much as I dislike Apple (have a Nexus phone) no Android tablet will come close to "killing" the iPad. I'm not referring to configurabilty, but just "how it works" and the available software, and the accessories etc. I get 7-10 day of light use out of the iPad and it still has 15-20% battery. The Andriod tablets I had with the same or less use were completely dead in a few days. I don't like the "square" screen though. Also, rumor is not to be surprised if you see a 7" or 8" iPad soon.
     
  2. Sgt. Slaughter

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    I might of worded my post wrong b/c I'm agreeing with you it seems. I was simply saying paying that much more for the 10in Acer seemed a bit redic since it uses an old Terga2 chip in it. Esp when you compare that you could get a redic spec wise tablet at 7in for $250 soon.

    simply put is paying $80 more worth having 3in more screen space yet having a much older CPU 1/2 the speed? imho id rather have the 7in thats got better specs than the slower 10in. And id save money in the end.

    you just dont see people paying more for older tech often is my biggest point.
     
  3. lparsons21

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    I have an Android phone, the HTC Wildfire S, and it does fine for what I want to do with it. ie; make phone calls and use it as a golf gps. It is rather slow, but then the data offered here is pretty slow too, so I guess it fits!! :)

    And I don't begrudge what others buy at all. I bought an original iPad the week they came out and use it everyday. Fit and finish of both the hardware and the apps is excellent, Apple certainly got that right.

    As to a 7 or 8" iPad, might happen. I think it will depend on whether Apple thinks it would not hurt the 10" size sales, and how well the other guys do in getting significant marketshare with theirs.

    At the moment, it appears that the only real competition to the iPad may be the Amazon Fire with its own walled garden approach. Hard to say though, because Amazon really never says what the sale are except in marketspeak!
     
  4. Leftcoastdave

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    Retiree here too. I am with ATT on a no contract prepaid plan. I bought a Samsung Galaxy S on ebay for $200 in order to move from analog to a Droid phone. I wanted data access and Android capability. I probably make less than 25 mobile calls per year. This phone requires a data plan if you want to use Android features.

    I buy $100 voice time per year w/rollover permission (calls are $0.25/minute). Gophone now has modest data plans for prepaid customers starting at $5/month. Unused bytes also rollover if you renew data every 30 days.

    I make few phone calls on my mobile phone but really like the Android features and notifications when around the house on wifi or out and about on ATT 3G networks. I do not text, I do not stream video or watch live TV on my phone. I want data access for stock market alerts, email notifications, and clock functions. The Galaxy S is a 3G phone. Unlike the youth in our society, I not want nor will I pay a premium for the latest digital gadget.

    Don't know if my scheme will work for you but in my case $5/month for a modest data plan is a great deal. I never burn enough minutes or bytes to require unscheduled refills.

    Dave
     
  5. SPACEMAKER

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    For me, a 7" tablet would be better than a 10". I will mostly use mine for surfing, tweeting, FB and games while hanging out on the couch or laying in bed. And I want wi-fi only.

    On a side note, I bought an HTC Thunderbolt from Best Buy yesterday brand new for only $50 and I love it. But I am going to try to root it this weekend. All of that Verizon bloatware sucks.
     
  6. Steve

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    This Ainovo $79, 7" ICS tablet may be all you need if your primary tablet needs are e-books, movies and audio playback. I watched the video. It looks like a decent piece of equipment. :up: It's got 8GB memory and a 1 Ghz CPU. Mini-USB and a microSD card slot too, if you want to load it up with video.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. diogenes433

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    love my Toshiba Thrive, MLB.tv app is great, much cheaper than mlb extra innings and available through the HDMI out on the Thrive in 720p. Also I can get mlb.tv through my ROKU .
     
  8. diogenes433

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    love my Toshiba Thrive, MLB.tv app is great, much cheaper than mlb extra innings and available through the HDMI out on the Thrive in 720p. Also I can get mlb.tv through my ROKU . Wake up DIRECTV, the times they are a changing....
     
  9. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    And to think I paid $249 for a Nook Color only a year ago....

    I loaded ICS on the Nook today (a CyanogenMod 9 snapshot) and it looks pretty slick, compared to stock or CM7, even though it is still a work-in-progress.
     
  10. SPACEMAKER

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

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    Wow. This would be perfect for my wife and/or kid.
     
  11. Steve

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    I found another Ainovo video. Seems pretty snappy!

    Not sure why I can't embed the video here, but here's the link: http://youtu.be/5L0SHmo86KQ
     
  12. Rich

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    Can't get audio on it.

    Rich
     
  13. Steve

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    Me neither. It looks like if it did have commentary, it would be in Chinese anyway. I was impressed with how responsive it appeared to be in that video, tho.
     
  14. Rich

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    Awfully cheap for a capacative screen, tho. I don't think I've ever seen a resistance based screen work that fast.

    Rich
     
  15. Sgt. Slaughter

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    this actually peeked my interests purely on price and running ICS with expandable memory alone.
    Surprised they did this with a 1GHz chip and the thing doesn't seem laggy and like a slug...

    haven't watched the video of it yet or read any more than what you've posted but does it have straight ICS on it or did they use their own lil overlay? If overlay I wonder if it gets full google certified and actually has the google apps on it and market, or if they did what amazon did and strip it down and in turn you lose some of the google framework stuff.

    whats the resolution of the screen? icons seem lil big there.
     
  16. FHSPSU67

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    Amazon is finally shipping my ASUS 64GB Champagne Prime and I will get it Monday!
    My wife will get my original ASUS transformer as a much belated Christmas present:)
     
  17. Steve

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    800x480, so DVD quality. Fine for a 7" screen, IMHO.
     
  18. ncxcstud

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    I swung by Best Buy yesterday in hopes of exchanging my Galaxy Tab 10.1 for a Transformer Prime. They had just sold the last one in store.. Bah, they get delivery trucks today, I may brave the 'storm' and go by later this evening or tomorrow in hopes of getting it.
     
  19. FHSPSU67

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    Good Luck!
    I'm sure we'll both love ours:)
     
  20. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    From reading this, sounds like the smoothness of "ambitious" apps running under ICS will really benefit from the Prime's quad-core CPU.
     

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