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post #1 of 18
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Subject sums it up for the most part...

Getting it to play around on, nothing special. Have PC's and laptops for everything else..

The Mrs wants one, but I dont want to waste $ on crap.. Would like something responsive, tegra 2 is a plus but dont know much about the cpu on these, Android 2.2 or better, reasonable storage, etc...

I am looking at the following: (sorry for all the compusa links, prices pretty similar everywhere else anyway)

eLocity A7 7" Android 2.2 Internet Tablet $349 - tegra 2 - 4GB + 512

SAMSUNG GTP1010CWAXAR Galaxy Tab $349 - ARM Cortex A8 - 16GB

Dell Streak 7 $399 - tegra 2 - 512 DDR2 - 16GB

Archos 501586 7o $349 - ARM Cortex 8 - 250GB Hard Drive

Feel free to offer any reasonable alternatives. I read up on these but keep finding reviews of people bashing each one (except the Dell as its released next week) but I dont know if people are just real picky or what.

My friend has an older Samsung Galaxy and really liked it...
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post #2 of 18
Asus Transformer.... 10.1", Tegra 2, Android 3.0, $399


However, Asus is having production shortage so good luck finding one.
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post #3 of 18
I agree, the Transformer is the one to get at the moment.
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post #4 of 18
+1 for the Asus Transformer...in second the Acer Iconia looks nice
    
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post #5 of 18
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When is it coming out???
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post #6 of 18
Asus Transformer. Already out for sale, if you can find a place that's not out of stock.

Just order on Amazon and wait till they get more in stock.
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post #7 of 18
Asus transformer.
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post #8 of 18
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Micro Center lists shipping in 5-7 days....

Thanks for the advice
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post #9 of 18
Transformer is the hot one to get for the price right now. By the end of the month, Samsung should have their 8.9" and 10.1" Honeycomb tablets out too, but they are ~$450+. I would wait until the end of the month to see if Asus can work out their supply issues and Samsung can release their devices as well. After June you probably wont see new tablet hardware arrive until September.
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post #10 of 18
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Saw this ViewSonic at Office Depot of all places yesterday. Was messing with the display model...

Did some research, people say once rooted they are great tabs...

$299 out the door

10.1"
Android 2.2
Tegra 2
512 RAM
16GB
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