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Looking for a good tablet

i am looking for a good tablet to get. i want something that is not overly expensive. i want to be able to watch videos and surf the net is all i really want. i have looked into the ipad find it expensive for what i want. looked into the kindle fire some. any suggestions?
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  1. What's your budget?
  2. probably no more then $530.
  3. Hi :)

    I have a KINDLE FIRE TOUCH.....brilliant bit of kit , which does everything you want...

    All the best Brett :)
  4. i keep hearing that the fire cant be compared to a tablet thow.and doesnt work well with anything other then amazon.
  5. Where did you hear that?

    It's true that it's semi-locked into the Amazon sphere of influence. Kind of like iPad is semi-locked to the Apple universe.

    You didn't mention where you get your videos from, or the type of sites you surf.
  6. This one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230018

    Get the keyboard dock and it transforms into a laptop:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834991651

    Recently upgraded to Android ICS. It's awesome.
  7. i have seen this one before it looked good.
  8. Stop by your local Walmart, Staples, or BestBuy and see if they have the newer
    Tegra 3 ASUS TF201 Transformer Prime
  9. i think amazon does.
  10. I've seen it on Amazon too. But it helps a lot if you can see a demo model before you buy.
  11. Best answer
    WR2 said:
    Where did you hear that?

    It's true that it's semi-locked into the Amazon sphere of influence. Kind of like iPad is semi-locked to the Apple universe.

    You didn't mention where you get your videos from, or the type of sites you surf.



    Hi :)

    Everyone "thinks" its locked to Amazon but its easy to sideload apps (takes about 10 minutes) from then on....Amazon is history..

    I have loaded Opera for browsing (very fast on wifi)

    BBC Iplayer (excellent)

    You can drag and drop videos or tv shows to it as well (excellent quality)

    Books of course...there are hundreds of thousands of free ones, including the latest ones...

    I bought mine in the UK (Ebay £139) brand new and its one of the best things I ever bought...highly recommended...

    All the best Brett :)
  12. Brett928S2 said:
    Everyone "thinks" its locked to Amazon but its easy to sideload apps (takes about 10 minutes) from then on....Amazon is history..
    Upgraded the OS to Honeycomb or ICS yet?
  13. WR2 said:
    Upgraded the OS to Honeycomb or ICS yet?



    Hi :)

    Not yet, I thought about it, but Amazon issued a firmware update that makes android apps easier to sideload anyway...

    Also SILK (Amazons browser) is rubbish (very slow) so I sideloaded OPERA and its very fast with none of Silks problems...

    I can load any android app now...most work perfectly, although some of the older ones cannot cope with the portrait/landscape change when you turn the kindle 90 degrees....but I doubt they would on any other tablet....3g would be nice but the wifi is brilliant and locks into my home of office wifi as soon as I get in...

    All the best Brett :)
  14. First thing: what is sideloading? and i plan on getting my videos from YouTube / Netflix / narutoget for the most part. i also use manga sites for the manga version. then my general net surfing. i want it to work decent with COD: Elite videos. and i want to be able to load videos i have downloaded on my computer to it.

    I will be surfing things like facebook, my COD clan site, the narutoget site, i am wanting to see if i can try playing runescape on it sense it is a browser game.

    and i don't already have an android devices.
  15. can the kindle fire do all of this without sideloading.
  16. fishthedish said:
    First thing: what is sideloading? and i plan on getting my videos from YouTube / Netflix / narutoget for the most part. i also use manga sites for the manga version. then my general net surfing. i want it to work decent with COD: Elite videos. and i want to be able to load videos i have downloaded on my computer to it.

    I will be surfing things like facebook, my COD clan site, the narutoget site, i am wanting to see if i can try playing runescape on it sense it is a browser game.

    and i don't already have an android devices.



    Hi :)

    Basically "sideloading" is drag and drop the setup file from windows into the fire....then start setup on whatever app you dropped from within the fire...

    Youtube is no probelm..you can watch their vids in Opera...

    I doubt it will play Runescape though , although I have never tried...

    Any other videos you just drag/drop into the fire then play them...perfect quality as well...

    Net is easy...Opera is as good as Chrome or IE...so ANY site will work...

    All the best Brett :)
  17. Make sure you are aware of the other limitation of the Kindle Fire. I don't remember what they all are, but I know it does not have a camera (front or rear), or GPS. There are others. I'm not sure if it has an SD slot or not.

    My vote is for the Asus TF-201 Transformer Prime. It is currently running ICS 4.0.3, is extremely fast, and the screen is brilliant.
  18. i am leaning more towards that one. camera doesn't matter and without 3g gps would be worthless anyways. the main reason i was looking at the fire was because of its price. will i have to format videos for the fire?
  19. JasonAkkerman said:
    Make sure you are aware of the other limitation of the Kindle Fire. I don't remember what they all are, but I know it does not have a camera (front or rear), or GPS. There are others. I'm not sure if it has an SD slot or not.

    My vote is for the Asus TF-201 Transformer Prime. It is currently running ICS 4.0.3, is extremely fast, and the screen is brilliant.



    Hi :)

    Yes the kindle fire is limited ..no cameras, no 3g, no sd slot...but its GOOD and its CHEAP...

    The Asus Tranformer is WAY out of his budget.....nice bit of kit though...

    All the best Brett :)
  20. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    Yes the kindle fire is limited ..no cameras, no 3g, no sd slot...but its GOOD and its CHEAP...

    The Asus Tranformer is WAY out of his budget.....nice bit of kit though...

    All the best Brett :)


    That's not true. You can get an Asus Transformer for 500 bucks.
  21. fishthedish said:
    i am leaning more towards that one. camera doesn't matter and without 3g gps would be worthless anyways. the main reason i was looking at the fire was because of its price. will i have to format videos for the fire?


    Hi :)

    Mine plays AVI`s fine....never tried others...

    All the best Brett :)
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    Hi :)

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    All the best Brett :)
  23. Dickstar said:
    That's not true. You can get an Asus Transformer for 500 bucks.



    Hi :)

    In the UK ..they are over £500 ..thats OVER $800

    Dont forget this is an International site...we all have different prices.....including the OP...

    All the best Brett :)
  24. yea it is $499 on amazon for US. i was just wanting some opinions from ppl that already have talbets. this will be my first one.
  25. http://www.dealigg.com/story-Lenovo-IdeaPad-A1-Tablet


    lenovo is having a really good sale right now

    last day is today $189
  26. chudddds said:
    http://www.dealigg.com/story-Lenovo-IdeaPad-A1-Tablet


    lenovo is having a really good sale right now

    last day is today $189


    I wouldn't call that a good tablet. It runs an Android version mean for phones, not tablets, plus 7" doesn't cut it for me.

    chudddds said:


    That's a 2nd hand one.

    Quote:
    yea it is $499 on amazon for US. i was just wanting some opinions from ppl that already have talbets. this will be my first one.


    The Asus Transformer is good, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is good, the Motorola Xoom 2 is good. Look for the tablets with the Nvidia Tegra 3 chips. The Tegra 2 is less fast, but fast enough still.
  27. Dickstar said:
    I wouldn't call that a good tablet. It runs an Android version mean for phones, not tablets, plus 7" doesn't cut it for me.


    That's a 2nd hand one.

    Quote:
    yea it is $499 on amazon for US. i was just wanting some opinions from ppl that already have talbets. this will be my first one.


    The Asus Transformer is good, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is good, the Motorola Xoom 2 is good. Look for the tablets with the Nvidia Tegra 3 chips. The Tegra 2 is less fast, but fast enough still.



    yeah, the OP used the word expensive twice, so i just went to the deal sites and looked for something low budget
  28. i am going between the Kindle fire or the Asus transform prime. and i do not buy used computers/tablets.
  29. The kindle fire is a good device, but it's really limited compared to the Asus. You'll only unleach its full potential if you buy your books, movies and movies through Amazon. It is cheaper though.
  30. i will see what i have left after my TDY and see if i can make the choice then.
  31. Especially with ICS now, these things totally rock.
  32. and make sure you enable windows update, so msft knows you care
  33. does the store on the kindle fire have free apps.
  34. fishthedish said:
    does the store on the kindle fire have free apps.



    Hi :)

    Yes if you are in the US...in the UK you get them other ways as its says location invalid...as officially its not released in the UK...

    All the best Brett :)
  35. how good is there manga section i m looking for naruto specific but cant find it on the webpage.
  36. fishthedish said:
    how good is there manga section i m looking for naruto specific but cant find it on the webpage.



    Hi :)

    No idea, sorry...

    All the best Brett :)
  37. i went with the kindle fire.

    thanks for all the input and suggestions guys it helped a lot. i may not even have to sideload the one site i was worried about works with it as is but that might change down the line.
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