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Old 05-30-2013, 05:52 AM
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Question What's the best cheap tablet to watch films on?

Hi, I am looking for a cheap tablet to stream films on and catch up tv. I only have a little net book and the buffering is so bad that it is pointless trying to watch anything! I want something that's fast enough that buffering won't drive me up the wall and a screen 8-10 inches but apart from that I'm not fussy. I would prefer the android interface that can get the latest updates but if it affects the price greatly then I can live without it.

My net book works fine for all my other needs and I have a smartphone. So what's the cheapest I can get away with? Old models, obscure brands are not a problem. Budget approx 100. (obviously at that price I realise it's going to be second hand.)

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:09 AM
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Incessant buffering could be due to your network connection, and not just the fault of your netbook.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:05 AM
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Your right, but content plays fine on my phone and family laptops so I think it's safe to say it's lack of processor power.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:14 AM
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I ordered a BlackBerry Playbook, and I'm waiting for it to arrive. Granted, it's a 7" screen, but it's fine for internet browsing & media consumption. I haven't received it yet, and I'm waiting impatiently,... I did pay only $149 for 64gb tho, and the battery is rated @10hrs. Most who own one seem happy with it, and it should get the new BB10 OS soon,...
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:39 AM
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Thanks Darkside. Let me know how it goes
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I will,...if they ever SHIP the damn thing!!!
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:23 PM
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Asus anounce the MeMO Pad HD7 today. Noticeable features are 1280x800 display, GPS, a quad-core cortex A7 processor, and a $150 US price tag. No word on availability yet. I've played with my friend's Asus Asus tf300 tablet extensively and it seems Asus knows what its doing when making Android tablets with great bang for buck ratios. I think this is a tablet to watch out for.

Edit: Again, it's 7 inches, but it's another option. Samsung also announce the whole tab 3 line including the 8-inch tab 3 which there is no price for yet but telling by history it would be around $200 US which might be out of your budget.

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Old 06-03-2013, 05:17 PM
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I'm trying to cancel my order with 1saleaday. I'd rather just get something else, considering I've been waiting since the 20th of May for them to ship,...screw that!!!

I'm definitely interested in the Asus MeMO Pad HD7 that nathan mentioned above,... http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/03/a...priced-at-129/

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Old 06-03-2013, 06:31 PM
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1saleaday and 2 weeks to ship? A norm . . . .
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:35 PM
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1saleaday and 2 weeks to ship? A norm . . . .
Yeah, I know,...but buy the time it arrives I'll be so pissed I'll eBay the damn thing. There's folks who'll buy it for cost, as $149 is a solid price for it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:53 AM
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Nathan,

I checked the specs on the Asus Website, there is a 10" and a 7" version of the memopad, BUT the 7" does not have GPS, the 10" version does, at least according to the specs on their own website. I am guessing that removing the GPS is what helps keep the price down around $150. Google's tablet (current version, made by Asus) has the GPS, but not the microSD card slot. Just guessing, but maybe the deal with Google means Asus can't offer a 7" tablet with GPS? Otherwise, it would have a leg up on the Nexus, IMHO having both expandable memory and GPS for the same price (when the Nexus is on sale for $150).

Why can't someone produce a sub $200, 7" tablet with both a microSD slot and GPS?
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:24 PM
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Why can't someone produce a sub $200, 7" tablet with both a microSD slot and GPS?
What's the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" WiFi going for these days? Pretty sure it's under $200 in Canada.

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I mean if you just want something to view videos on in bed or around the house, then you could just go for something like a Acer Iconia B1. Its not pretty, its got a plastic screen but if you need a microSD card slot and a display that thing only costs 100$//€. If you're the kind of person that sticks a screen protector on everything you own having a plastic screen shouldn't even be a problem though

I would personally spend a little more to get something with better resolution though. So a Nexus 7 at least. No real compelling argument for the Galaxy Tab 2, even at 200$.

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I would personally spend a little more to get something with better resolution though. So a Nexus 7 at least. No real compelling argument for the Galaxy Tab 2, even at 200$.
It has expandable storage, unlike the Nexus 7.
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It has expandable storage, unlike the Nexus 7.
I agree,...the expandable storage is a major selling point. I don't understand why it isn't standard, except to force you to spend more for the higher capacity player.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:36 PM
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Google has a medieval attitude against expandable storage, saying it makes it too confusing for people.

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"Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it's just confusing for users. If you're saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt every time? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It's just too complicated."
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Google has a medieval attitude against expandable storage, saying it makes it too confusing for people.
So I guess it's much easier to understand that all your stuff, to the neophyte, is in the "cloud"? Lol!!! Stupidity at it's most finest,...
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:56 AM
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I'm not a fan of MicroSD cards myself - I find I'm not really using the one in my Z.
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I'm not a fan of MicroSD cards myself - I find I'm not really using the one in my Z.
For those of us who have substantial libraries of music and video, they're essential, given the excessive cost of cellular data plans over here on this side of the pond.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:07 AM
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But why would anyone want to put music on a tablet when there are small DAPs which do a better job?

And why store more than 1 or 2 movies locally? Wouldn't you just delete after viewing?

16Gb was more than enough when I had the Nexus 7, I could have managed with far less and I suspect I am the typical consumer.

On the subject of tablets, I wouldn't get another 7 or 8" one unless it was 1920 x 1080 at the very least.
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