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Help me find a tablet, please.

#1TheWayOfTheGunPosted 9/26/2013 3:07:26 PM(edited)
I want to tablet that I use as a reading device at home. I stare at a screen all day at work but at night I like to read tech blogs and news sites. I considered a Netbook but I don't need a full OS and I want something that will function like a phone where I rarely ever have to shut it down.

What I need:

- good sized screen and resolution
- easy on the eyes
- good browser support
- long battery life


What I don't need:

- good hardware
- good app support
#2WeaponX1138Posted 9/26/2013 3:33:44 PM
Nexus 7
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#3bluemooglePosted 9/26/2013 3:36:12 PM
7": Nexus 7
8": Galaxy Tab 3.0 8"
10": iPad
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#4NicoC96Posted 9/26/2013 3:46:51 PM
TheWayOfTheGun posted...
What I don't need:

- good hardware
- good app support


Well in that case, Windows Surface RT.
#5NicodimusPosted 9/26/2013 4:05:03 PM(edited)
I went through this a couple of weeks ago. I initially was interested in the Nexus 7, but it has no microSD support, so that was a dealbreaker.

Instead, I got the Nook HD, loaded up Cyanogenmod 10.1, and bam, cheap Android tablet with a pretty nice screen (1440 X 900 is no longer the best, but is nothing to sneeze at in a 7" tablet) and great battery life. Got a 64GB microSD with it, which is now almost full.

You can do the same thing with a Nook HD+ if you want a 10" tablet.

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#6TheFeshPincePosted 9/26/2013 3:57:02 PM
WeaponX1138 posted...
Nexus 7

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#7MonopomanPosted 9/26/2013 3:57:45 PM(edited)
If you want as stated a large size tablet the Ipad is bar none the best.

This coming from someone who has loved PC ever since my dad got me a 486 when I was 13 and have built my own PC every time I have needed a new computer since I was 17 or so.

While I still wouldn't touch a mac with a 10 foot pole for my main computer they make great portable devices and have the best selection of apps. The only downside is how they keep the thing on lock down.
#8TheWayOfTheGun(Topic Creator)Posted 9/26/2013 6:21:11 PM(edited)
IPad's are sweet but the price is out of the question since it's mainly for reading. I'm really liking the Kindle HD 7 but the screen is really small. It's only $130 and got great reviews but doesn't release till next week.

Is it even possible to get a 10in for under $250? One that has good readability?

EDIT - I took a look at the Nook HD+ 9in. It looks to good to be true at only $150. I feel like the screen isn't going to be nearly as good as the Kindle or Nexus. It also looks to be pretty poor for web browsing by some of the reviews.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-hd-plus-barnes-noble/1110060512
#9NicodimusPosted 9/26/2013 6:33:47 PM(edited)
TheWayOfTheGun posted...


EDIT - I took a look at the Nook HD+ 9in. It looks to good to be true at only $150. I feel like the screen isn't going to be nearly as good as the Kindle or Nexus. It also looks to be pretty poor for web browsing by some of the reviews.


The default UI is terrible. You have to put Cyanogenmod 10.1 (Android 2.2 OS) on it, and then it's a stock Android tablet that you can do whatever you want with. It's pretty easy. The reason the price is low is not because it sucks, but because Barnes and Noble is not making them any more. The screen is 1920 X 1080.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2317500

^ Here's a guide on how to add the OS if you decide to go that route.

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#10TheWayOfTheGun(Topic Creator)Posted 9/26/2013 6:33:52 PM
Nicodimus posted...
TheWayOfTheGun posted...


EDIT - I took a look at the Nook HD+ 9in. It looks to good to be true at only $150. I feel like the screen isn't going to be nearly as good as the Kindle or Nexus. It also looks to be pretty poor for web browsing by some of the reviews.


The default UI is terrible. You have to put Cyanogenmod 10.1 (Android 2.2 OS) on it, and then it's a stock Android tablet that you can do whatever you want with. It's pretty easy. The reason the price is low is not because it sucks, but because Barnes and Noble is not making them any more. The screen is 1920 X 1080.


Not bad. I have an Android phone so I would definitely feel comfortable with the aftermarket OS on it. For $150 I guess I can't lose. Unless there support dies. lol

Thanks.