Which tablet is the best bang for the buck?

Discussion in 'Mobile and Portable' started by oddMLan, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. oddMLan

    oddMLan MDL Novice

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    Hello MDL community, I'm currently planing to buy a tablet. I don't want anything too fancy or expensive, neither something too dated or cheap. I just want the best performant, affordable tablet, something between the $250~$350 range. Or, in other words, the tablet that is the best bang for the buck :)

    I'm tempted to get a Nexus 7 2013; has some great specs but I've heard they're very fragile so that kinda puts me back.
    If someone here has one, can you share your experience with it?

    Thank you :biggrin:
     
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    only 2 worthy contenders in the tablet market i.m.h.o.

    samsung galaxy tab & apple's i pad.

    i would recommend an android tablet rather than an ios pad :tea:
     
  3. oddMLan

    oddMLan MDL Novice

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    Well, I guess you're right. I too prefer Android over iOS, so I think I'll wait for the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4". I hope it doesn't be very expensive. o_O

    So... what about the Kindle Fire HDX? Are they good?
     
  4. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    Kindle Fire HDX = Proprietary and not upgradable
     
  5. oddMLan

    oddMLan MDL Novice

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    #6 oddMLan, Jan 19, 2014
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    Yes, it has great specs and all that... but like I said before I heard they're very fragile so I dunno... I don't want to waste $270 on a tablet that's not going to last for more than 1yr.

    Do you have one by any chance? How's your experience with it?

    Oh, that's a shame. I heard they have Android as OS, isn't possible to install CyanogenMod to bypass the limitations?
     
  6. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    I have the ASUS Transformer TF101, had it for over 2 years, had to replace the speakers once, other than crappy firmware from ASUS, now I am on KitKat 4.4.2 Custom ROM and it's still a great and very fast tablet

    I haven't heard anything about the N7 being fragile, but if you're gonna play Frisbee with it, then they're all gonna be fragile

    Get a decent case for it and take care of it and it will last just fine, just like most things
     
  7. oddMLan

    oddMLan MDL Novice

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    Can't post links ATM, but you can search in Google "Nexus 7 2013 screen crack" an you'll see a link to Google Forums with a lot of people complaining about the fragility of the screen. Some users even complain that the screen cracks itself, without any intervention! Search a bit more and you'll see more users complaining about the same thing. To quote another user, apparently it's a design flaw on the surrounding case and level of tension on the glass.

    Overall, the comments are: amazing tablet, but the build quality leaves a lot to be desired.
    Not very good if I consider to carry it in a backpack.
     
  8. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Search for "Any tablet & Screen crack" and you'll get the same results

    Searching for screen problems on mobile devices always bring up sh1t loads of results, nothing new about that, I ordered mine and then went looking for screen problems and lo and behold there were hundreds of people complaining about them, tablet arrived, no screen problems
     
  9. oddMLan

    oddMLan MDL Novice

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    Really? Maybe you're right. They've probably got a defective batch or a lemon.
    Oh well. Anyway... I think I'll wait for the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4" price reveal, if it isn't overpriced I think I'll get that instead.
     
  10. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Good luck, hope you get something you enjoy ;)
     
  11. jellybelly

    jellybelly MDL Member

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    I can't offer a specific suggestion but I will say this ----- either go real cheap, or go real brand name. which is what it sounds like you are doing anyways.

    i bought an on sale $100 tablet and it absolutely sucked. the specs are decent but it's junk. i wish i had bought a $35 tablet to play with so the loss wouldn't of been so bad if it turned out that it was junk. for reference, i bought a Mach Speed Stealth Trio 9.7"... stay away from this company's products.
     
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  12. JoeBattams

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    I've recently bought a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (64GB) wi-fi version, and to me that is the best value tablet around at the moment if you are able and willing to mod it. There are some really good tutorials on XDA Developers regarding this. I have mine with the ability to boot into Fire OS (Amazon's OS based on 4.2.2) or 4.2.2 with google play and all that comes with it using a recovery menu tool called safestrap- the tutorials for doing this are very comprehensive and backups of the original image are easily done. The Fire HDX pretty much has the best processor/gpu in any tablet available (snapdragon 800 running at 2.2Ghz) and the 64GB will come in useful- I got mine in one of Amazon's new years offers with £25 off. The 64GB is currently £259.

    I guess Amazon is making a large loss on the hardware in the hopes of people buying into it's 'Prime' mentality, and apps from it's own app store. Also With FireOS's seemless integration with kindle and Films and Audiobooks from the companies they aquired (lovefilm/ audible) which of course require a subscription.

    I am a Prime member and have been a subscribing member of Audible since 2008, as well as Lovefilm instant, so find myself mainly using FireOS, and then booting into 'Normal' Android when I want to use Apps I have already bought from Google Play etc/ or those unavilable from Amazon's App store.
     
  13. oddMLan

    oddMLan MDL Novice

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    #14 oddMLan, Feb 3, 2014
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    Excellent to know that it's hackable. Also, your testimony is greatly appreciated! :D
    But I'll still wait the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4" officially comes to the market. Then I'll decide which tablet to get.
    If the aforementioned tablet results to be more expensive than it's worth, then I guess I'll get a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" 32 GB instead :yeah:

    EDIT: I see you are new here. Welcome to MDL! :biggrin:
     
  14. DARKOR04

    DARKOR04 MDL Tester/Developer

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    Nexus 7 2013 hands down.
     
  15. yoyofool2

    yoyofool2 MDL Novice

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    I was in the same boat looking for a tablet, i ended up getting the Dell Venue 8 Pro. it has Full windows 8.1 and will run any program my laptop will run. very useful to have with you while traveling.
     
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    tli MDL Novice

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    Unless one is already a Prime member and well immersed into Amazon's ecosystem, the KFHDX would just be a most regrettable purchase. Ever since the last two software updates (1x.3.2.1 and 1x.3.2.2), there is still no rooting method for the KFHDX as of today. Only the original released software version (1x.3.1.0) was rootable.

    I own both the Nexus 7 and KFHDX currently, and hands-down Nexus is the tablet of choice--no screen problem at all as had been mentioned earlier. The only reason why I have a KFHDX is that its previously owner gave it to me out of frustration with the crippled Android OS and locked-down portal to only-Amazon ecosystem. Access to the Google Play Store is severely restricted, and many Gapps would not run at all--just FC immediately upon execution. There's also no GPS--except on one of the high-end LTE-capable models. The previous owner junked his KFHDX onto me, and replaced it with a Nexus--much happier now. After playing with it for the last two months, I would never pay any amount for a KFHDX--no matter how deep Amazon discounts them. Just not worth it IMO...
     
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