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Discussion in 'Wackbag Tech Support' started by TJLamb0518, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. TJLamb0518

    TJLamb0518 Jumping That Shark....

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    So the gf is whining at me that I don't have any "big" items on the old Christmas list. She started looking at getting me a tablet since I use apps on my commute and read comics on my Kindle (admittedly a pain in the ass). So I told her that I didn't want her spending a lot of money, but if she can find one on Black Friday that has a 9 or 10" screen, access to a decent app store and the ability to expand the memory (SD/microSD whatever), that would be cool (although I already carry my phone, ipod, XM radio and kindle on my commute). The problem I'm seeing is of course you can't get anything too good for a cheap price. And I'm not looking for top of the line. Heck, I've already read about how to install roms onto them to get the Android App Store or the amazon App store, so that's not a big deal.

    I saw the pandigital 9" tablet is going to be on sale at BigLots on Black Friday and they look....okay. But I suspect it's more E-reader than tablet. I can't seem to get a definitive answer on whether or not it can be jailbroken to run apps and such.

    Anyone have any decent suggestions?
     
  2. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    What is "cheap" to you? The Asus Transformer 2 is coming out for $500 in December, which means the Transformer 1 will probably drop it's price. Right now it lists at slightly under $400, but I've seen Black Friday sales listed for as low as $250. The T2 is probably more than you need, seeing as though it's a quad-core tablet... but it would be a great iPad competitor for a better price. Both have the option to purchase an external keyboard dock which includes USB/SD ports (both have MicroSD ports on the tablet themselves) as well as an extra battery that brings battery life to 16 total hours. I almost bought the T1 and I am considering the T2, but can't make the leap. If I receive some Amazon gift cards for Christmas I may grab the T2.

    The Kindle Fire runs $200 right now I think, and I imagine would probably drop $50 or so (maybe with a store credit) on Black Friday. Not sure if $200-$300 is more than you're looking to spend. If so, I haven't really looked at cheaper tablets.
     
  3. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Stay away from the "off-brand" tablets, like the one you mentioned from Big Lots.

    What is your price range? You can get a refurbished Ipad 1 for $400 or Xoom for $350. I mentioned that Staples will be selling the Blackberry Playbooks for $200 on Black Friday and although the current app selection is lame, I believe they are working on porting it to Android.
     
  4. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    I think I noticed on slickdeals.com today that you can get that Playbook (16GB) for $175 from Staples right now if you purchase a $25 off $75+ coupon from ebay, if anyone is interested. Go to slickdeals.com and scroll down the main page, it will be in the first 20 posts.
     
  5. Bobobie

    Bobobie Registered User

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    Kindle Fire is $200. You'll have access to all of your E-Books, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and your comics should look better in color and in higher resolutions.
     
  6. blee

    blee Will Drink Today

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    I have the Asus transformer and it is awesome.
    You will have to look online for deals on it since almost no stores carry it.
     
  7. Begbie

    Begbie Wackbag Generalissimo

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    You can probably scour eBay for a new TouchPad for about $200-$250. The bugs are still being worked out on the Android port, so that's a work in progress. Or she can splurge on a iPad.

    I've heard alot about Kindle Fire...but the screen will be smaller and going by the reviews...it truly lacks the punch (features, power) of a fully capable tablet like iPad or like HP's now-defunct TouchPad.

    And yeah, I'd avoid a Big Lot-type deal, especially when it comes to electronics.
     
  8. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    One thing that's confused me about the Kindle Fire... does it have full access to android apps or do they have to be ported? From reading the descriptions it sounded suspiciously like the old Archos tablets were.

    How does it play videos? I heard rumors of some skipping occasionally.
     
  9. blee

    blee Will Drink Today

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    I have not had any problems with any videos.
     
  10. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    I believe the Kindle Fire only has access to the Amazon app store, which is an abbreviated version of the Android app store.
     
  11. Begbie

    Begbie Wackbag Generalissimo

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    Correct sir. Though I think developers have already rooted it to run the Android Market...though overall, I've heard reviews for the Fire are a bit mixed. I think people really expected a true fully-functional tablet. Kindle Fire lacks webcam/camera, bluetooth, the bigger screen, location services, GPS, and the 8GB size is pretty bad. Also, the dual core processor is way better than the Nook's...it's not nearly as good as iPad2 and TouchPad. But for $200...it's cheap.

    There's also talk of Amazon building a larger tablet that has more power and more features. Thing is...expect the price to be way higher and who knows when something like that would come out.
     
  12. TJLamb0518

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    But you can't add memory to the Kindle Fire, right? That's kind of a deal breaker for me .....if I even truly wanted one. I kind of do, but I'm not too sold like I said. But she's REALLY giving me grief about having no "big" items on my list.

    As for price, I don't want her spending a lot on something I am not totally sold on.
     
  13. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    Tell her you want an Amazon gift card.
     
  14. TJLamb0518

    TJLamb0518 Jumping That Shark....

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    Yeah....that never works.
     
  15. Bobobie

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    Kindle fire is good if you have a budget, and you're an Amazon Prime Member, purchased Ebooks, music, ect from Amazon. They are subsidizing the price quite a bit with the idea that you will be buying stuff from the Amazon store.
    I'm thinking of getting one just to root it. It costs over $200 just to build one so they are not even breaking even.
     
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    If you are set on a cheap android tablet, go for the 7 inch galaxy tab. I didn't like android, but the tablet itself was pretty good. And I do miss the smaller size; I could fit it in my pocket.
     
  17. MayrMeninoCrash

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    I have the original tab and it does work well with being able to stick it in the back pocket. I believe you can get 'em new right now for 200. Verizon is running black Friday deal to get a Xoom for 200 as well, which IMO is the far superior tab...despite it not fitting in pockets unless you rock the old school Jncos.
     
  19. Don the Radio Guy

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    Just get an iPad and be done with it. It's the gold standard in tablets. Nothing else is even close.
     
  20. Mikefrombx

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    Yeah and then you have to pay for every app and everything you buy in the app store give apple 30% of the purchase price. I have one for free from work and I hate it, my phone (rooted incredible runnibg cm7) is so much more effective for work just smaller screen. And on tip of that I didn't have to pay for nearly half the apps to make it functional.

    Biggest nail in the coffin was the whole ipad to Mac syncing pages and numbers debacle. It was advertised that it worked and it doesn't even come close. Bottom line if yiy have no knowledge of how to do shot on a computer go to ipad if you want to be able to chose how to use your own device then go android. And if you go with the new Samsung tablets Asus Sony or Acer all of them have the same build quality and more features than the ipad
     
  21. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    How? I agree Apple makes devices that are fairly simple and just work, but you're telling me there's no value in having expandable memory, the ability to connect USB devices, in some instances the ability to connect a keyboard with an extended battery... all for hundreds of dollars cheaper?

    The reason I like the Transformer is it's a netbook replacement for me. It bridges tablets and laptops enough so that most of the time I'm traveling it would be more than sufficient.
     
  22. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Why do you say that? I agree they are good toys for people without much computing experience to read a book or play Angry Birds, but I'm getting ready to dump mine for a HTC Jetstream. I need something with some real flexibility as a computer to do work with.

    EDIT: And Whiskey said basically the same thing. Stupid not updating WB.
     
  23. Pumpsie Green

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    Picked up a 200 Xoom today. And on top of everything else said on iPad, 3GS ftl.
     
  24. whiskeyguy

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    Amazon has the Asus Transformer 1 32GB listed on it's Lightning Deal page for 6:45 PST. If it's around $250 (usually $400), I may grab it. I was thinking about waiting for the Transformer Prime, but $500 is a little more than I want to spend (plus another $150 for the keyboard), when the most intensive thing I'll do with it will be watching digital movies (so a quad core seems excessive).
     
  25. Your_Moms_Box

    Your_Moms_Box Free Shit / Socialism 2016

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    I have a Xoom Family Edition.

    16Gb internal memory and I snagged one of the 16Gb class 10 Micro SD cards from Best Buy for $19.


    I have my Thunderbolt with Google Music and a 32GB SD card, so I mainly use the XOOM for video and fucking around with games.

    I am able to put all of my apps from the Android market and the Amazon Appstore right onto my tablet.





    On the Ipad you have to buy all the apps again unless they have changed it, and most of the popular ones cost more for the tablet version (I think angry birds is like $5) I got al that shit for free :)
     

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