Tablet recommendations (in Off-topic)

DrAcO5676 [The Knighthood III] July 16 2012 2:58 AM EDT

So planning on getting a tablet here soon and was browsing through a whole slew of them. Was wondering if anyone had any reccomendations on a good one for games, movies, web browsing, etc.

I am really liking the specs on the galaxy s tab 7.0 and rhe price range is about right as well.

Anyways any input is appreciated. $250 and lower is my prixe range.

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] July 16 2012 7:12 AM EDT

Google nexus 7 just came out, 7 inch tablet apparently pretty good, might wanna check it out too

AdminNightStrike July 16 2012 11:48 AM EDT

Ignoring price, get a transformer prime with a tf201 dock :)

Seriously, do it.

MonkeyMandate [Wasting Time] July 17 2012 8:55 AM EDT

I've only bought iPads myself however apart from the small memory, would recommend the new neus tablet. Currently using jelly bean on my phone, and have to say best hone operating system yet.

Only downside really in my opinion is screen size for watching movies and memory.

QBsutekh137 July 17 2012 11:53 AM EDT

The Nexus 7 is nice except for three drawbacks that I can see:

-- No HDMI out.
-- No external SD card slot.
-- No USB host, I don't think (so can't hook a USB drive or thumb-drive to it either as far as augmenting content capability).
-- No rear camera (though most folks aren't going to do a lot of pic-taking and movie-shooting with a 7-inch tab, probably).

Three out of those four are eliminated with the Acer Iconia A100 7-inch. It has a microSD card slot, a decent rear camera, and an HDMI output port.

The Acer runs Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), so if you really want Jellybean (4.1), that would be an advantage of the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 also has a higher resolution screen.

The Acer A100 does not have USB host, which sucks, but at least you can jam in a 32 GB microSD card for ~30 bucks. That's a fair amount of content.

I'm not sure why so many reviews slam the Nexus 7 for only having 8 GB of internal storage. A lot of tablets only have that much, and most games do NOT utilize the external SD card anyway (that is up to the app designers, most Android installations can't do anything about it at the OS level if games want to store 750 MB internally).

I have an Acer Iconia A100 (8 GB), and have enjoyed it a lot. It is very good for acting as a multimedia kiosk by installing BubblePNP (can stream from any DLNA server) and using the HDMI output to stream to an HD TV. Also is a nice little game machine (though the Nexus has a faster processor and better screen, as I mention.) The Nexus 7 does NOT have an HDMI output port, as far as I can tell. I think Google wants folks to buy a Nexus Q for that, which is a pretty lame move on their part.

One last thing: battery life... The Nexus 7 has great battery life, the Acer not so much. If I were to play Angry Birds continuously (i.e. screen on), I might deplete the battery in just 3-4 hours. I fixed that by buying an extra AC adapter for work, so I don't really have to worry about power.

If lack of external space, rear camera, and HDMI output don't bother you, the Nexus 7 is extremely hard to beat at that 199 price. You can potentially grab an Acer Iconia A100 at places like Best Buy:

within your aforementioned budget.

Hope this helps...

QBsutekh137 July 17 2012 11:54 AM EDT

Oops, that should be FOUR drawbacks at the start. What is this, the Spanish Inquisition?

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] July 17 2012 2:10 PM EDT

Personally im going to wait for the surface tablet, likely a bit more than 250, no price has been released though.

DrAcO5676 [The Knighthood III] July 18 2012 7:30 AM EDT

Ended up getting the Acer. Loving it so far and most of what sut said about the a100 is the reason I got it in the first place. I wanted the HDMI port and the rear camera. Ended up paying 250 exactly for it including taxes, and best buy offers their 30 day price match guarantee so if it drops in price I will get some moolah back!

QBsutekh137 July 18 2012 12:32 PM EDT


So it came with Android 4.0 already? There were some issues and lags with updates on older tabs that were 3.2 and 3.2.1, but Acer finally worked out the kinks and got it pushed to everyone.

If the Acer had USB hosting (like its big brother, the A500), that would REALLY put it ahead, but regrettably, it doesn't... I highly recommend BubblePNP for streaming, though, as that negates some of the need for requiring a USB hook up or external SD card assuming you have some way of DLNA serving content from a PC or NAS, etc.

Also, I have found this to be one of the more active Acer A100 forums:

though there are several such forums (including the Phandroid one that was recently hacked and had some user data stolen...)

Glad you are enjoying the Acer!
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