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For Christmas I gave my brother my entire sound system in my car, including my DVD head unit, so I decided to actually use a tablet as my head unit now. I want to mount it in the dash, so a 7" tablet is ideal, but outside of the Samsung Galaxy tablet I haven't found any other reputable brands, so I was hoping someone else knows something I don't.

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Kindle Fire:

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/dp/B0051VVOB2


You'll probably want to root it and install a custom rom to get rid of the Kindle UI, but its about as good as it gets. Anything else and you're overpaying really.
    
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I have a rooted Nook Tablet which is awesome, and cheap, although I surmise a Nook Color would do the trick as well. You could also look at the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Thrive 7, or Iconia A100 if you want a "real", albeit more expensive option.
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The Fire, then a Nook Color.
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Man I had no idea they had roms out for the Kindle Fire. I'm definitely going to have to check this out. Ever any complaints that you've heard of?
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It doesn't have hardware volume keys, but aside from that no. Quite a few people on OCN have them and the reception is pretty positive.


And yea, its a dual core $200 tablet with an IPS screen. The dev support is going to be massive. There's already a working ICS port, and its likely going to get proper CM9 support (especially since the hardware is basically identical to that of the Galaxy Nexus)
    
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Any input on the Viewsonic V7E and the Lenovo IdeaPad 7"? And is the K.Fire and NookC. really worth it for their price? I am in the same spot looking for a good 7" tablet like the OP.

 

Must have MicroSD, Flash Player 10.1, Android 2.3, Can be upgraded (OS to CM7 Mod or something like that), capacitive multi-touch screen...

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I was in the same spot last week and semi-reluctantly picked up the Kindle Fire. It is powerful, provides a great set of stock features, and has great consumer buy-in. I think Amazon has a winner on its hands, and is really the only viable (imho) alternative to the Ipad. Now before you guys skewer me up for saying that, let me explain what I mean.

Amazon has the first android tablet that comes with a set of comprehensive services, right out of the box. Amazon has their own app marketplace, music store, movie/tv store, book store AND cloud storage, delivered in 1 bundled, easy-to-use package. This is similar enough to some of Apple's services to make the user experience compete at a lower price point.

And, if you aren't going to use the device in the way Amazon desires, there are options for custom ROMS, rooting, side loading apps, etc. This is another win-win.

I am actually very happy with the Fire, even in stock form. I had CM7 on it for a few days, but reverted back to stock.

The Fire does lack expandable storage, but that can be overcome with Amazon's cloud (and really, outside of storing music/movies, how much space do you really need for apps?) if you can keep running the stock rom.

I almost bought the Acer A100, but found the display (especially the viewing angles) to be too big of a shortcoming to make up for the other "features" it has. The camera, for example, seems like a nice feature, but in reality I doubt I would use it. Bluetooth would also be a nice feature, but again...I doubt I would have a good way to use it.
    
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I wouldn't get a Fire when you can get an Acer Iconia that is running the full version of Android + it has front/back camera for $50 more and the performance is better. The only thing it's worse than the kindle is viewing angles.... which it's not bad at.

I've looked and touched and played with all of them, the Iconia is easily the best per $ you'd spend. $100 less than the competition with same specs.... just an Acer brand.
     
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The view angles on the Acer are TERRIBLE. I went to BB to pick one up and it was bad enough to turn ME away. It might be acceptable for some folks (especially those interested in expandable storage, camera's and bluetooth), but was a total deal breaker for me.
    
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