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2014-01-06 11:11:00 AM
What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).

I've even seen some cheap 7" tablets for under $70.

They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?
 
2014-01-06 11:47:28 AM
1. CES starts tomorrow
2. Windows RT has forever beshat CES
 
2014-01-06 12:21:33 PM
Come on new nexus 10 or 11 or 8?

Fark it I don't have a tablet yet and want one
 
2014-01-06 12:25:49 PM
Also, half this stuff will never make it to market.
 
2014-01-06 12:28:03 PM
I really wish I was able to make it this year.
 
2014-01-06 12:32:25 PM

Ghastly: What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).

I've even seen some cheap 7" tablets for under $70.

They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?


Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)
 
2014-01-06 12:47:21 PM
uttertosh:
Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)

It's the crappy part I have to question. So they're going to have a tablet for under $50. What good is it if it can only run a handful of apps and none of the ones people actually want..
 
2014-01-06 12:48:27 PM

Ghastly: They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?


Instead of giving their kids their shiny 5s or s4 or what have you, they buy a cheapo tablet that the kids will still enjoy if it is a turd. If it gets scratched, bashed, etc, no big loss.

I'm not saying it's a good idea. Just observing what my friends are doing. I'm at the age where if my friends aren't about to have a kid, they've already got one or two...
 
2014-01-06 12:49:49 PM

Skraeling: Come on new nexus 10 or 11 or 8?

Fark it I don't have a tablet yet and want one


The Nexus 10.2 has been announced.  Again mfg. by Samsung.  I've found no other details.
 
2014-01-06 12:50:48 PM

uttertosh: Ghastly: What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).

I've even seen some cheap 7" tablets for under $70.

They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?

Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)


Sadly this is the likely truth. Well-meaning low-income parents spending 1/3 the price of a Nexus 7 on something 1/10 as good... Welcome to being poor and trying to give your kids something nice once in a while.

Also non tech savvy people who just want a tablet to do email/Facebook. They might fare better with low cost low power devices (at least until the cheap hardware cacks out).
 
2014-01-06 01:00:02 PM
i42.tinypic.com

I can wait to get my hands on the digital accordion.
 
2014-01-06 01:03:55 PM

No Such Agency: Well-meaning low-income parents spending 1/3 the price of a Nexus 7 on something 1/10 as good.


Yep, that's pretty much the way most goods at the absolute bottom end of the market works. My mother bought us new shoes all the time because they were the cheapest ones she could find and would quickly fall apart. Buying something a bit more expensive would have been cheaper in the long run but when the bank account is low it's hard to take a longer term view.
 
2014-01-06 01:11:20 PM

Odoriferous Queef: Skraeling: Come on new nexus 10 or 11 or 8?

Fark it I don't have a tablet yet and want one

The Nexus 10.2 has been announced.  Again mfg. by Samsung.  I've found no other details.


Link?
 
2014-01-06 01:19:27 PM

EngineerAU: No Such Agency: Well-meaning low-income parents spending 1/3 the price of a Nexus 7 on something 1/10 as good.

Yep, that's pretty much the way most goods at the absolute bottom end of the market works. My mother bought us new shoes all the time because they were the cheapest ones she could find and would quickly fall apart. Buying something a bit more expensive would have been cheaper in the long run but when the bank account is low it's hard to take a longer term view.


Also known as the law of Sam Vimes' boots.

Kids are brutally brand savvy too, so showing up at school with some cheap knockoff device isn't going to go unnoticed.
 
2014-01-06 01:20:48 PM

Ghastly: uttertosh:
Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)

It's the crappy part I have to question. So they're going to have a tablet for under $50. What good is it if it can only run a handful of apps and none of the ones people actually want..


Well, I feel the same way. But how I'm looking at it, $50 is a small price to pay to have an "Angry birds machine" if it keeps the kids away from my damn phone.
 
2014-01-06 01:26:05 PM

Need a Dispenser Here: Instead of giving their kids their shiny 5s or s4 or what have you, they buy a cheapo tablet that the kids will still enjoy if it is a turd. If it gets scratched, bashed, etc, no big loss.


Yep. I can afford to give my 8-year old daughter a top of the line iPad, or the most expensive Android-based tablet on the market. But I don't because she's only 8.  I bought her a new Asus MeMo for about $80 that runs damn near everything app she wants.

Even if she loses or breaks it, it's no great loss.
 
2014-01-06 01:27:28 PM

Ghastly: uttertosh:
Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)

It's the crappy part I have to question. So they're going to have a tablet for under $50. What good is it if it can only run a handful of apps and none of the ones people actually want..


bought my MIL a cheap-off brand tablet for Christmas, she a tech rookie but ti was time to replace her aging netbook with something a little better, but till most to play solitaire, online bridge, read books etc

Didn't quite have to budget for a Nexus (LOVE my 1st gen Nexus 7)   so checked out two that were at Microcenter for rock bottom prices.  the 7 in was $39 but it only had a single core 800 mhz processor and 512 Meg of RAM which seemed, barely adequate to do ANYTHING.  But the $80 10 in had dual-core 1.2 ghz processors, 1 gig of RAM, better screen resolution, a full size USB input port as well as the micro for charging, and a micro-SD card slot.   For a kid or a causal user, thatt's way more than enough.  Netflix and Hulu streamed fine (even on their 3g home wireless -they live in a log cabin in KS,  high speed internet hasn't gotten there yet...though Google's gigabit service is avail 30 miles away)
 
2014-01-06 01:42:11 PM

uttertosh: Ghastly: What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).

I've even seen some cheap 7" tablets for under $70.

They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?

Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)


I have too many tablets.  I'm a gadget junkie so I buy lots of stuff I don't need, but it gives me exposure to a lot of what is out there.  I got a couple of 7" Sero Pros for around $80 for my kids.  Basically identical to last years Nexus, plus a read camera and micro SD slot.  Cheaper doesn't always mean awful.

//Also had a couple of Polaroid 7" tablets which were not worth the $40 price tag attached to them.
 
2014-01-06 01:43:58 PM

Ghastly: What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).



I don't know. It's alphabetical order, so at least there's a pattern to it. It can't be any worse than when someone asks you if you are running something based on some surf town only Californians would know about and you look up the OS on YOUR DESKTOP and it says "10.7.2" or whatever.
 
2014-01-06 01:47:27 PM
So what's the best sweet-spot product for somebody who wants a 10 inch tablet to use as an internet Newspaper replacement, Wiki reader, Facebook viewer, and occasional Skipe video phone?
 
2014-01-06 02:12:13 PM

OhioKnight: So what's the best sweet-spot product for somebody who wants a 10 inch tablet to use as an internet Newspaper replacement, Wiki reader, Facebook viewer, and occasional Skipe video phone?


iPad.

I say this as someone that doesn't own/use Apple products. The fact is, if you want a TEN INCH tablet, you are crazy to buy anything other than an iPad.

Things would be different if 10" Android tablets weren't the same price as 10" iPads. But if you are going to spend that much money, you might as well get the best. And the iPad is the best tablet, honestly. It has the most application support, the best touch screen, the smoothest graphics acceleration.

Personally, I can't stand the iOS interface, but most people like it.
 
2014-01-06 02:12:34 PM
CES---biggest mecca for geeks around. Conveniently held the same time as the AVN adult entertainment expo. Whoever managed to get those two scheduled together  was a genius.
 
2014-01-06 02:20:10 PM
I'd like a 10" tablet with an e-ink display on the back. I'm sure that's not beyond the scope of today's manufacturing capacities, but I wonder how many people would buy one.
 
2014-01-06 02:21:56 PM

Skraeling: Odoriferous Queef: Skraeling: Come on new nexus 10 or 11 or 8?

Fark it I don't have a tablet yet and want one

The Nexus 10.2 has been announced.  Again mfg. by Samsung.  I've found no other details.

Link?


http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/533014/20140106/nexus-10-2-release-da te -specs-features.htm
 
2014-01-06 02:27:14 PM

The Crepes of Wrath: Need a Dispenser Here: Instead of giving their kids their shiny 5s or s4 or what have you, they buy a cheapo tablet that the kids will still enjoy if it is a turd. If it gets scratched, bashed, etc, no big loss.
Yep. I can afford to give my 8-year old daughter a top of the line iPad, or the most expensive Android-based tablet on the market. But I don't because she's only 8.  I bought her a new Asus MeMo for about $80 that runs damn near everything app she wants.
Even if she loses or breaks it, it's no great loss.


Yep, got both my 6-year-old and my father refurbished Nook HDs for $70 each. Liked them so much while setting them up that I bought one for myself... use it almost as often as my Asus Transformer now.

mjbok: //Also had a couple of Polaroid 7" tablets which were not worth the $40 price tag attached to them.


I did the same with a Pandigital Novel. They were $60 at Kohl's a few years back... wasn't remotely worth it, even back then. Managed to sell it for $45 on eBay though.
 
2014-01-06 02:30:02 PM

OhioKnight: So what's the best sweet-spot product for somebody who wants a 10 inch tablet to use as an internet Newspaper replacement, Wiki reader, Facebook viewer, and occasional Skipe video phone?


If you can find them, I bought the wife a Nook HD+ for Christmas and they are a spectacular deal right now for a 9 in tablet.  Solid specs, true 1080p+ display, and  32 Gig + an SD card slot for only $149  though annoyingly no native camera, so you'd have to get one after market, and a 30 pin connector rather than micro USB for power/ connectivity
 
2014-01-06 02:49:23 PM

clkeagle: Yep, got both my 6-year-old and my father refurbished Nook HDs for $70 each. Liked them so much while setting them up that I bought one for myself... use it almost as often as my Asus Transformer now.


Shortly after I bought my daughter the MeMo, I picked up a refurbed Nook HD for about the same price and rooted it (previously had a rooted Nook Color).  Had I known I'd be able to pick up the Nook HD so cheaply, I would have gotten that for her instead of the MeMo. They're both good tablets, but the Nook is a bit better.
 
2014-01-06 02:57:03 PM
I've been to CES thirce an it is an exhausting, hyperbolic marketing fair and Las Vegas is overrun by fat, middle aged white and Asian men.
 
2014-01-06 03:02:22 PM

Magorn: Ghastly: uttertosh:
Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)

It's the crappy part I have to question. So they're going to have a tablet for under $50. What good is it if it can only run a handful of apps and none of the ones people actually want..

bought my MIL a cheap-off brand tablet for Christmas, she a tech rookie but ti was time to replace her aging netbook with something a little better, but till most to play solitaire, online bridge, read books etc

Didn't quite have to budget for a Nexus (LOVE my 1st gen Nexus 7)   so checked out two that were at Microcenter for rock bottom prices.  the 7 in was $39 but it only had a single core 800 mhz processor and 512 Meg of RAM which seemed, barely adequate to do ANYTHING.  But the $80 10 in had dual-core 1.2 ghz processors, 1 gig of RAM, better screen resolution, a full size USB input port as well as the micro for charging, and a micro-SD card slot.   For a kid or a causal user, thatt's way more than enough.  Netflix and Hulu streamed fine (even on their 3g home wireless -they live in a log cabin in KS,  high speed internet hasn't gotten there yet...though Google's gigabit service is avail 30 miles away)


I'll bet the 7" was an Azpen A700.  I bought it early last year when $79 was a good price for a cheapo
Android 7" tablet, and while I am fairly happy with it, I bought it solely for light web surfing, local media
playback (it is, indeed, hopeless at streaming, even on a good internet connection, but plays back pretty
well from the sd card slot) and to be an E reader. I knew full well the limitations it would have, and within
those constrained expectations I have gotten lots of good use out of it (and hope to for a while to come).

I think you made a good purchase decision, though, and I'd be curious about what brand of 10" you ended
up buying.
 
2014-01-06 03:05:21 PM

Ghastly: What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).

I've even seen some cheap 7" tablets for under $70.

They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?


When I was little, my parents couldn't afford a gameboy. I got this instead:

www.handheldmuseum.com


It was the most awesome thing I ever owned at the time.

Somehow I think there's a market for cheap crappy Android tablets.
 
2014-01-06 03:10:33 PM

No Such Agency: Also known as the law of Sam Vimes' boots.

Kids are brutally brand savvy too, so showing up at school with some cheap knockoff device isn't going to go unnoticed.



Don't worry about them. The kids whose parents can only afford cheap knockoff devices? We grow up understanding the value of a dollar, how hard it is to earn one, and spend the rest of our lives working towards a good career.

It's all the dumbshiats who wore the super expensive designer clothes and the Nike Air's who you find on Facebook 20 years later, working a minimum wage job with 4 kids and biatching about how they can't afford gas and a bigscreen 4K TV.
 
2014-01-06 03:10:37 PM
Got the Verizon Ellipses to replace my old samsung 7". Paid more for the case ($100 ZAGG). Plays movies great and surf the web on 4g. Great little toy. My phone is way better and my lap top is slightly more powerful than my desk top.
 
2014-01-06 03:14:08 PM

MithrandirBooga: Ghastly: What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).

I've even seen some cheap 7" tablets for under $70.

They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?

When I was little, my parents couldn't afford a gameboy. I got this instead:

[www.handheldmuseum.com image 400x356]


It was the most awesome thing I ever owned at the time.

Somehow I think there's a market for cheap crappy Android tablets.


Almost all crappy tablets can play Angry Birds, Where's my Water, etc. if you have access to the Google Play store (which you can get with root access usually), but it' getting to the games that is the issue.  Just going from screen to screen causes many of them to momentarily hang.  Once an app is started it is usually fine.
 
2014-01-06 03:14:25 PM

Odoriferous Queef: Skraeling: Odoriferous Queef: Skraeling: Come on new nexus 10 or 11 or 8?

Fark it I don't have a tablet yet and want one

The Nexus 10.2 has been announced.  Again mfg. by Samsung.  I've found no other details.

Link?

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/533014/20140106/nexus-10-2-release-da te -specs-features.htm


Except that announces nothing but more speculation
 
2014-01-06 03:15:13 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Magorn: Ghastly: uttertosh:
Huh.. It's like you've never even heard of poor people. (or their kids)

It's the crappy part I have to question. So they're going to have a tablet for under $50. What good is it if it can only run a handful of apps and none of the ones people actually want..

bought my MIL a cheap-off brand tablet for Christmas, she a tech rookie but ti was time to replace her aging netbook with something a little better, but till most to play solitaire, online bridge, read books etc

Didn't quite have to budget for a Nexus (LOVE my 1st gen Nexus 7)   so checked out two that were at Microcenter for rock bottom prices.  the 7 in was $39 but it only had a single core 800 mhz processor and 512 Meg of RAM which seemed, barely adequate to do ANYTHING.  But the $80 10 in had dual-core 1.2 ghz processors, 1 gig of RAM, better screen resolution, a full size USB input port as well as the micro for charging, and a micro-SD card slot.   For a kid or a causal user, thatt's way more than enough.  Netflix and Hulu streamed fine (even on their 3g home wireless -they live in a log cabin in KS,  high speed internet hasn't gotten there yet...though Google's gigabit service is avail 30 miles away)

I'll bet the 7" was an Azpen A700.  I bought it early last year when $79 was a good price for a cheapo
Android 7" tablet, and while I am fairly happy with it, I bought it solely for light web surfing, local media
playback (it is, indeed, hopeless at streaming, even on a good internet connection, but plays back pretty
well from the sd card slot) and to be an E reader. I knew full well the limitations it would have, and within
those constrained expectations I have gotten lots of good use out of it (and hope to for a while to come).

I think you made a good purchase decision, though, and I'd be curious about what brand of 10" you ended
up buying.


Correct the 7 in was the Azpen A700.  The 10" tablet was a Eken
GC10X Tablet

and while some specs were truly bottom of the line (0.3 megapixel webcam)  it did have a couple nice features like the Full Size USB  and a full Size HDMI port and 4 gg of internal storage in addition to the micro SD
 
2014-01-06 03:16:12 PM
I got my kids cheap acer tablets the first time around. Both had problems with the charging/data port, and the limited memory and slow CPU meant a lot of apps had crappy performance.

Got Samsung Galaxy Tab 7s the second time. Much better, but I should have put them in heavy-duty cases.
 
2014-01-06 03:35:22 PM

Skraeling: Odoriferous Queef: Skraeling: Odoriferous Queef: Skraeling: Come on new nexus 10 or 11 or 8?

Fark it I don't have a tablet yet and want one

The Nexus 10.2 has been announced.  Again mfg. by Samsung.  I've found no other details.

Link?

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/533014/20140106/nexus-10-2-release-da te -specs-features.htm

Except that announces nothing but more speculation


Yea, my bad.  I stumbled across it looking for info on KDE plasma on a Nexus 10 and I miss remembered what I had read.

/I blame the Vodka.
 
2014-01-06 03:37:22 PM
Oooooo...
 
2014-01-06 03:46:58 PM

MithrandirBooga: It's all the dumbshiats who wore the super expensive designer clothes and the Nike Air's who you find on Facebook 20 years later, working a minimum wage job with 4 kids and biatching about how they can't afford gas and a bigscreen 4K TV.


Yup, the big thing in this country is that the rich don't stay rich and the poor constantly get rich. That's the ticket.
 
2014-01-06 03:50:39 PM
Also, titties:

www.mmogames.com
 
2014-01-06 03:55:18 PM
Outside of the HDTV business, is CES even relevant any more in terms of gadgets the average consumer will even care about? It is too far away from the holiday buying season for Apple, Google, or Microsoft (or just about any other big name vendor) to bring out their big guns. If this is anything like last year, we'll have some announcements on new chips from Qualcomm, NVidia, Samsung, Intel, and other chip makers, some new glass from Corning, and some other stuff that we won't actually see in a product until around fall.

If you geek out about chipsets and the like it is cool, otherwise everyone else has shifted around their release cycles to be 4th quarter heavy (again, TV business excluded, since they seem to be on a totally different product release cycle).
 
2014-01-06 03:56:08 PM

Magorn: (LOVE my 1st gen Nexus 7)


Magorn: The 10" tablet was a Eken GC10X Tablet


*Thanks* for following up.  If you have a moment, could you compare the El Cheapo to the 1st Gen N7?

I also *LOVE* my N7 (took a chance and bought it launch-week-ish and couldn't be happier with the purchase) but it is starting to get long in the tooth in annoying ways... I was just going to replace it with the 2.0 version, but if I can get a 10" for $80 that compares even "it's kinda-sorta-similar and good enough" from someone who has used both, I'm'a have to think about it.

Thanks!

/ back to drooling on CES stuff I'll never afford, but, also, not being irked by that
 
2014-01-06 04:04:15 PM

realmolo: OhioKnight: So what's the best sweet-spot product for somebody who wants a 10 inch tablet to use as an internet Newspaper replacement, Wiki reader, Facebook viewer, and occasional Skipe video phone?

iPad.

I say this as someone that doesn't own/use Apple products. The fact is, if you want a TEN INCH tablet, you are crazy to buy anything other than an iPad.

Things would be different if 10" Android tablets weren't the same price as 10" iPads. But if you are going to spend that much money, you might as well get the best. And the iPad is the best tablet, honestly. It has the most application support, the best touch screen, the smoothest graphics acceleration.

Personally, I can't stand the iOS interface, but most people like it.


IOS 7 made things a lot better when they got ride of the weird skeumorphic chrome from the original iOS and made it easier to get to things quickly with the command center. Plus, on the iPad the OS doesn't matter as much because you're really going to spend time in the apps, and they are generally better laid out and more mature on iOS than other platforms. Android is pretty close to parity now, though, but you sometimes run into a dearth of tablet optimized apps, causing you to have to peck at tiny buttons on screen because the app developer never accounted for how the UI would function at 2560 x 1600 resolution when developing an app for 720p phone screens.
 
2014-01-06 04:14:28 PM

Silvyrbug: CES---biggest mecca for geeks around. Conveniently held the same time as the AVN adult entertainment expo. Whoever managed to get those two scheduled together  was a genius.


Actually, as of last year, the AVN awards are a week later, seriously screwing up schedules for those of us going to CES.

Speaking of which, who's going and where are you partying?
 
2014-01-06 04:14:55 PM

Silvyrbug: CES---biggest mecca for geeks around. Conveniently held the same time as the AVN adult entertainment expo. Whoever managed to get those two scheduled together  was a genius.


AVN and CES are no longer the same weekend and haven't been for a few years.
 
2014-01-06 04:18:50 PM
Also, shameless plug here, my partner and I host the most comprehensive party last for CES at http://2014cespartylist.stuntandgimmicks.com so stop by. And if anyone had details for this year's Google party, please for the love of God let me know. EIP, and I promise we're very discreet.
 
2014-01-06 04:19:34 PM

Ghastly: What's the big deal about these cheap Android tablets from China and India? I've seen many under $100 tablets in discount electronics stores for a couple of years now. Some of them are running Honeycomb, some Jelly Bean, and some Ice-cream Sandwich (Android's cutesy naming system is really starting to get annoying fast).

I've even seen some cheap 7" tablets for under $70.

They're all crap from what I hear so why are people excited about an even cheaper, crappier Android tablet?


I have the $38 one.  I bought it just to see what it was because the price was just crazy low.  It makes a nice ebook for the nightstand, a remote for my Chromecast, a video device for Netflix when my spouse has the TV or needs to sleep.  It's not going to make me give up my Nexus 7 2013 which also does those things and is much nicer, but it works fine.  I consider it disposable so if I need a tablet to throw in the back of the car for a road trip or something, it will do.

I see Intel pushing hard into the tablet space, and the prices on these things are going to get amazing as they fight for share.
 
2014-01-06 04:26:41 PM

Skraeling: Come on new nexus 10 or 11 or 8?

Fark it I don't have a tablet yet and want one


THIS!!

WTF Google?  WHAR NEXUS?!?  WHAR?
 
2014-01-06 04:28:46 PM

SFSailor: Magorn: (LOVE my 1st gen Nexus 7)

Magorn: The 10" tablet was a Eken GC10X Tablet

*Thanks* for following up.  If you have a moment, could you compare the El Cheapo to the 1st Gen N7?

I also *LOVE* my N7 (took a chance and bought it launch-week-ish and couldn't be happier with the purchase) but it is starting to get long in the tooth in annoying ways... I was just going to replace it with the 2.0 version, but if I can get a 10" for $80 that compares even "it's kinda-sorta-similar and good enough" from someone who has used both, I'm'a have to think about it.

Thanks!

/ back to drooling on CES stuff I'll never afford, but, also, not being irked by that


Well start with the caveat that I LOVE my Nexus & with the exception of the lack of a rear facing camera, which I hate, and that the super cheap I only saw in action for a week

I actually got to check out two 9+ in tablets for Christmas this year, the other being the Nook HD + which I bought for my wife.

The super cheap was actually pretty impressive for the price.  Most Google play games we installed ran well on it and it streamed Netflix and Hulu without a hiccup  The HDMI slot was a nice and unexpected plus and the device doesn't seem persnickety (as some phones are) about whether you store items on the card or the internal memory.

 The screen is not really HD (1024x764 max res)  which is nowhere near as sharp as the Nexus, but the larger screen real estate helps make up for that.   All in all it wasn;t something I was ashamed to give as a gift, and the full size USB input meant that I could give her (and she could use) the "Micro USB keyboard" someone gave me as a gift thinking "micro" modified "USB" rather than "keyboard".  All in all, for surfing, music through the head phones and watching streaming video, it's a pretty decent machine.

Now  If you have a slightly higher budget,   In my opinion,the 9" nook HD+ machines are a screaming hell of a dealnow that they are fully Android compatible and have access to Google services.  I got the wife a 32 gig model that barnes and Noble themselves price dropped $30 before Christmas to $149   and I saw 16 gig models for $129 at retail stores (and 7in models as low as $100 even.  NBamount of Ram being less of an issue because, again, they have the SD slot.)

   The Nook's screen is sharper than the Nexus 7(1920x 1280 with 256 ppi vs 1280 x800 with 216 ppi)  and while it has a dual core rather than the Nexus quad core, more CPU comparisons declare the processes a dead even push.

The sound without headphones is better than the Nexus because it has two speakers instead of one and with the larger screen size we can actually watch something together on it.

There are however three main drawbacks with the Nook:

1)It uses a 30 pin port (don;t know if it the same one Apple uses or not) for charging and connectivity rather than a micro USB  (though the other end of the charge cable is a standard USB)
2) it has no built in Camera which is a true WTF choice on their part
3) they are so cheap because BN is blowing them out because they have discontinued the line altogether, though they promise to keep enough spares on hand to be able to service existing Nooks for the next ten years, and will keep updating the Android version as new releases become available.


Hope that helps a bit
 
2014-01-06 04:44:30 PM
The bafflerette is presenting product and research this year.  I'm staying home.  All the swag I want, none of the hassle of another conference / event.
 
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