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I've been reading up on tablets lately, and I know everyone says you can't get a decent tablet for cheap... but it seems my needs are far less than most.

Ability to read PDF documents
Wifi

That's it. The ability to play avi movies would be a cool touch, but it really isn't needed. Just a way to surf the net and read PDF books. I'd prefer android just because I know it very well, but again, whatever works.

Ive read some horrible things about MID tablets and crashing/ force closing, but I'm wondering if there may be some other reasonable options out there without spending a lot of money.
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post #2 of 15

DinoDirect.com has several $100-$150 range tablets that are not bad, though most of them ship overseas from China.

Check this out. $32.99! EDIT: Doesn't ship free.  But for $63 or so it fits your needs.


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After doing a ton of reading, I think I've pretty much settled into the idea of buying a refurbished Nook color ($149) and rooting it. I've had several android phones over the past 3 years, and I know android inside and out. Never had an unrooted phone, either. So... win/win. thumb.gif
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The nook color is not a bad choice. You may be better off with 16GB Touchpad though, it's faster, bigger and brighter. Can be dual booted with WebOS and Android. Both OSes can read PDFs, handle movies and the net. Plus you can find one for around $150.
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I am very interested in reading more. I don't care anything about having a dual boot setup, but the specs are definitely solid.

Not sure where you found it for $150, though.

Amazon...

125


eBay...

145


That's the problem I keep running into. It seems I'm not the only one looking for a really good deal on a tablet right now, and it keeps driving up the prices. Now nothing is selling for what it was just a couple of weeks ago. Hell... even a refurbished Nook Color is more expensive. a month ago, they were selling from BN for $119, and now they are at $149.
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If you end up cheaping out like me, make sure that the tablet has a capacitive screen, and not resistive. I feel like I am about to kill my screen every time I use it. Just a friendly word of advise. thumb.gif
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Why not just get a Kindle if all you really want to do is read PDFs? They start at $79 and have WiFi.
    
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If you end up cheaping out like me, make sure that the tablet has a capacitive screen, and not resistive. I feel like I am about to kill my screen every time I use it. Just a friendly word of advise. thumb.gif

This is the key when you are looking into cheap tablets, most of them have a resistive touch screens (cheaper to make). They are terrible for accuracy of touch. There are some off brands that sell android tablets for that price. The only brand I can think of right now is Coby
 
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If you end up cheaping out like me, make sure that the tablet has a capacitive screen, and not resistive. I feel like I am about to kill my screen every time I use it. Just a friendly word of advise. thumb.gif

Although resistive screens can be made to be multi-touch and would probably have a limited impact on user experience compared to things like OS support and performance, I would have to agree for this use.  Resistive touch screens don't necessarily mean much worse touch accuracy and response but the experience can definitely be somewhat detrimental in several ways i.e. speed-of-use (you may require extra time for corrections in case of an inaccurate or otherwise not-hard-enough touch). Although at $60 shipped one might bother whether it is even worth caring that the screen is resistive or capacitive.  Things like size and resolution may come into mind instead.

 

That said there do exist some decent looking tablets in the $100 range that do have capacitive touch screens.  i.e. SoWill OiOi S7, Momo A91, Ainol Novo 8 and Novo 7.

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Why not just get a Kindle if all you really want to do is read PDFs? They start at $79 and have WiFi.

I want to be able to surf the net as well. Plus, I'm not too keen on the idea of having to convert the PDF to a kindle format before reading it.


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If you end up cheaping out like me, make sure that the tablet has a capacitive screen, and not resistive. I feel like I am about to kill my screen every time I use it. Just a friendly word of advise. thumb.gif

Yeah, I made that discovery about 3 hours after my original post. I thought resistive touch was a dead technology, so it hadn't occurred to me to even bother listing the screen type.



In any event, I ordered a refurbished Nook Color. It'll be here on Friday, and I've already snagged all the files I need to root and install Cyanogenmod. biggrin.gif Let the fun begin!


Ninja edit: Just tracked the package... my NC is currently out for delivery!
Edited by zx6r1033 - 1/5/12 at 5:56am
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