- Recommend me an Android Tablet
Guy at work here has the Xoom. It’s the best Android tablet I’ve played with so far, the cheap ones are pish. I’m liking the look of the Asus Transformer too.
Someone will be along shortly to tell you to buy an iPad, but in honesty there aren’t a lot of realistic competitors.Posted 6 years agonixieSubscriber
Got an Asus Transformer here and very happy with it. If your not bothered about the lack of 3g connection direct from the tablet I’d say this is the one to go for (Can easily be tethered to a phone to use its connection so I see the 3g a expensive unnecessary feature). Yes some of the others are lighter or more stylish but the addition of the keyboard dock makes the transformer a much more useful device, since I bought mine 2 months ago the main house PC has only been used once! The screen is nice a clear and plenty bright enough. Slight annoyance at the moment is lack of Skype video calling (skypes fault apparently), however google talk gets around this.Posted 6 years agofreddygMember
What about the Samsung 10.1 jobbie?
MrsG is interested in a tablet (she is a complete technophobe with no Apple/Android bias) so we went to an outlet that stocked the lot. She spent over an hour fiddling with them all and declared the Samsung her favourite with an Asus transformer a close second. She just didn’t ‘like’ the iPad.Posted 6 years agounovoloMember
Tried the Xoom at the airport recently didnt think it was any better than a Advent Vega that I had(With upgraded App Market and Rom).Posted 6 years ago
Really like the HTC flyer but seems a bit pricey for the size.
Blackberry playbook seemed nice enough but a bit small and some awkward gestures on it.
Not had a go on the new Galaxy tab yet but the old one seemed pretty good.
And yes I do have a Ipad as it does seem to be the most useable,I only have the Wifi version but I can tether it to my Android phone no problem and use its 3G connection.
I had a play with this in HMV yesterday:
It runs gingerbread 2.3 (big bonus), has a multi touch capacitive screen that seems pretty bright and its a bargin at £120.
It was really responsive and fast, nicely made, solid and glossy. Best experience Ive had on an android tablet and Ive been fiddling with them when I walk into shops for the last twelve months. I reckon the discount price (down from £300+ish) is due to low demand for the size, but its a great size for a big pocket, and sofa surfing etc.
Im about to press the button, but has anyone got one yet?Posted 6 years ago
Hmmm that looks good stoner…have to say I find 7″ way handier to use than the 10″
Vegas are £140 refurb on ebay
Kogan @ £120 has had good reviews, Hannspree at a similar price also – I think these cheapies will need a bit of hot-rodding to make them work well, but there appears to be money to be saved.
TBH If I was looking at spending £300+ I’d just get an ipad – you can get a discount if you Look/wait around. But then I’m not an apple-hater.Posted 6 years ago
I like having the 1gz ARM cortex and capacitive screen in there for £120.
As I said I think on my early posts on tablets nearly a year ago that this is when the functionality and pricepoint become sensible for something for webbrowsing, podcast/music listening / ebook reading on the train etc,
PS It also means when I get my new phone in a few months time, I dont have to look for the size/phone function compromise. I can use my phone as a 3G mifi point for this for browsing so I can go for a smaller, slimmer android business phonePosted 6 years ago
oooh hadnt seen the 7c for just 130.
I have a spare sim lying around somewhere….
Think I might have to go for it…Posted 6 years ago
stoner, some comments on the std one and the 3G one (which has a slower processor apparently):
3g (which has GPS too)
avforums.com will prob have some comment too…if it ever gets up 😡Posted 6 years agomiketuallySubscriber
just bought it
Be interested to hear how you get on with it. My thinking on tablets seems to be similar to yours – don’t need 3G/GPS because I have a phone to do that and want something easy to carry about, which the 10″ tablets don’t manage. 7″ screen seems like a good compromise.Posted 6 years agoclubberMember
the Fire ‘s not out yet, no uk release date, a strong possibility that the uk version will have less functionality, price tag likely to match or be more than the dollar price and currently privacy concerns on the stock browser.
still interested, mind but with some hacking.Posted 6 years ago
Samuri – yeh, I have a modaco one on there just now. Haven’t quite got the hang of USB hosting (failed to get it to sync down a cable with my phone, but had a go tonight with the tablet as a massive GPS screen tethered to my phone via wifi) If only I could see past it to the road ahead 😯
GrahamS – You’re right, as long as they can rip the Amazon software out of it, the guts sound fantastic value for people like modaco to piss about with. It’ll be interesting to see prices of other devices now this is out for 200 dollars (REALLY ??) in the USPosted 6 years ago
This article makes a good point:
The Fire may be the death of (other) Android tablets – who can compete with Amazon?
Especially when it may be being sold at a loss:Posted 6 years ago
Got to admit, I am going to be sorely tempted by the Fire as and when it appears in the UK (though may be tempted to hold out for the 10″ version). The Archos machines are also looking tempting though… especially if I can get the 250Gb version and find a way to plug my DSLR into it as a backup device on the road.
Or an Android version of Lightroom…. mmmmmmPosted 6 years ago
I know what your saying Al, but popularity is not necessarily a bad thing.
Buying Apple may mean your “one of the sheeple fanbois” but its popularity means you have access to a ton of third-party accessories (covers, docks, keyboards, car chargers, stereo hook ups, printer support, NAS support etc).
When is the new Amazon thing out, or isn’t it a proper toy?
Definitely proper, but no release date in the UK yet (available in the US now I believe). It took the original Kindle two years to come to the UK so we might be in for a wait.Posted 6 years ago
It’s not GrahamS but many buy ipads for reasons that don’t matter to android lovers (and I don’t mean apple haters)
So we have a 10″ refurb android tablet that can be honeycomb’d for £140 and a 7″ on gingerbread for £120 – ideal for me and others as I don’t want to blow £400 on an ipad.
The point about accessory support is not lost on me though.Posted 6 years ago
cynic-al: agreed 🙂
I really don’t understand the furore over tablets.
I think it comes down to two things Cougar:
1) it just works: Most netbooks come with XP or Windows 7, so you’ve got to faff about with virus scanners, Windows Updates, malware, browser updates, blah blah blah. Most (non-geek) people can’t be faffed with all that when all they want to do is read their email and Facebook.
2) form factor: trying lying on your couch and holding a netbook over your head to read like a book. The screen is the wrong way round for a start and the keyboard gets in the way.
You (like me) are a geek I believe. So these things possibly hold less sway to you than they do with Joe User.Posted 6 years ago
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