Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Tablets › Cheapest
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cheapest

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I never gave tablets any thought till now and I'm just wondering what's the absolute cheapest one I can get? The only things I care about is:
  • Capacitive screen
  • Play vids from YouTube/Hulu
  • Pandora
  • Browse OCN and Facebook

I'm hoping someone will say "yeah get this one for $50" but I'm dreaming right?
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 13
Your really cheap tablets will have limited hardware. I have a Nextbook 7 that my son uses just for some games and videos. I paid 129 for it. A decent cheap table is going to run you around $199. That still won't have Bluetooth or GPS. If your wanting to specifically run Hulu Plus you'll want to look at there list of specific tablet that they support.

Sent from my Android ICS HP Touchpad using Tapatalk.
Gaming Rig
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz T... MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ZOTAC ZT-61102-10M GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-b... G.SKILL Sniper Series16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA ... DVD Burner CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance CPU C... Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell S2340M IPS Corsair Strafe Thermaltake SMART Series SP-550PCBUS 550W ATX 1... Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Ste... 
MouseAudio
Logitech M65 RGB Pro Logitech G930 Wireless 
  hide details  
Reply
Gaming Rig
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz T... MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ZOTAC ZT-61102-10M GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-b... G.SKILL Sniper Series16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA ... DVD Burner CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance CPU C... Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell S2340M IPS Corsair Strafe Thermaltake SMART Series SP-550PCBUS 550W ATX 1... Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Ste... 
MouseAudio
Logitech M65 RGB Pro Logitech G930 Wireless 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dhrandy View Post

Your really cheap tablets will have limited hardware. I have a Nextbook 7 that my son uses just for some games and videos. I paid 129 for it. A decent cheap table is going to run you around $199. That still won't have Bluetooth or GPS. If your wanting to specifically run Hulu Plus you'll want to look at there list of specific tablet that they support.
Sent from my Android ICS HP Touchpad using Tapatalk.

confused.gif I've come across $100 tablets though. And I'm not referring to Hulu PLUS. Just Hulu.com... the free stuff. And I'm not looking for high res or anything either so I can't imagine why I need to worry too much about hardware. People got by with last year's generation stuff so why do I need to worry about getting the brand new ones?
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 13
Quite honestly, it's only recently that there has been a massive crop of android/non-apple media tablets. In fact, last year was more or less the year of "first gen" android tablets. I mean hell, you're still looking at ~$200 for a used HP touchpad, a tablet that met its demise in a month back in August. At this stage in the game, anything under $100, especially new I'd steer clear of, as you're getting into some fairly sketchy territory. Realistically, what are your expectations for a tablet purchase and what does your budget look like?
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
As cheap as possible.

Just something that will do Pandora at my deskjob since there's talk of cutting our web access. Then YouTube or free shows on Hulu.com while doing things at home. Lastly mobile web browsing... mainly Facebook and OCN which obviously leads to Newegg and hardware review sites. So light things... no games or anything like that. I'd probably end up using it as a scheduler as well. Simple things.
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 13
The cheapest option I can think of that will let you watch 480p video without too much lag and has a capacitive screen would be a rooted nook color for b/t $100 and $130 used/refurbished. It probably wouldn't cut it for 720p video. Of course, that means you'll have to tinker with it to put a usable build of android on it, but from what I can tell, that's the bare minimum performance you'll need to not want to shoot yourself in the leg. As was said earlier, your optimal price/performance range is $200-$250, with tablets such as the kindle fire, nook tablet (upgrade of nook color that's meant to be a tablet), and some of the various other 7" tablets recently released (I.e. samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0). You might be able to find some decent buys between $150 and $200 if you hunt for them, but they probably won't be new. Other than that, your sub $100 options are going to be generic tft, resistive headaches.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 4/15/12 at 6:13am
post #7 of 13
You said your work is cutting your work web access, if you are ok with a $30 monthly data plan, here is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" for $50 through the 22nd.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=5565
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD RyZen 1700  ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero EVGA GTX 1080 FE Crucial Ballistix ELITE DDR4-3200 4GB x 4  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB PCIe/NVME SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Swiftech H240-X2 Prestige Win10 Pro X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Qnix QX2710LED @ 110hz Nixeus Moda Pro Mech w/Khail Browns EVGA P2 750 w/ CableMod Custom Cableset Fractal Design Define C 
MouseAudio
Nixeus Revel  Sanyo Soundbar FWSB405F 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD RyZen 1700  ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero EVGA GTX 1080 FE Crucial Ballistix ELITE DDR4-3200 4GB x 4  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB PCIe/NVME SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Swiftech H240-X2 Prestige Win10 Pro X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Qnix QX2710LED @ 110hz Nixeus Moda Pro Mech w/Khail Browns EVGA P2 750 w/ CableMod Custom Cableset Fractal Design Define C 
MouseAudio
Nixeus Revel  Sanyo Soundbar FWSB405F 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 13
I'm going to second the rooted nook color, but i don't know for sure if it will do hulu.
The EasyBake Oven
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055t Asus M5A88-M Asus 470 16 Gigs ADATA (4x4Gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 730 Segate Baracuda 750 WD 500GB Laptop Samsung 22x DVD+DL LightScribe 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Pioneer BD-XL R/RW External Corsair H100 Antek Kuhler 620 Windows 7 U. x64 
MonitorPowerCaseOther
BenQ E2200W OCZ Modx whatever 700w Thermaltake Armor A30 Internal WiFi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1.3 GHz Intel Celeron 867 Samsung proprietary Intel HD Graphics 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
16GB Sandisk SSD Pioneer External BR-RW Ubuntu 13.04/ ChromeOS 12.1" 1280x800 
Power
40w 
  hide details  
Reply
The EasyBake Oven
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055t Asus M5A88-M Asus 470 16 Gigs ADATA (4x4Gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 730 Segate Baracuda 750 WD 500GB Laptop Samsung 22x DVD+DL LightScribe 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Pioneer BD-XL R/RW External Corsair H100 Antek Kuhler 620 Windows 7 U. x64 
MonitorPowerCaseOther
BenQ E2200W OCZ Modx whatever 700w Thermaltake Armor A30 Internal WiFi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1.3 GHz Intel Celeron 867 Samsung proprietary Intel HD Graphics 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
16GB Sandisk SSD Pioneer External BR-RW Ubuntu 13.04/ ChromeOS 12.1" 1280x800 
Power
40w 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krusher33 View Post

Just something that will do Pandora at my deskjob since there's talk of cutting our web access. Then YouTube or free shows on Hulu.com while doing things at home.

If they're cutting off web access at work, how will you access the internet from the tablet without paying for expensive monthly internet access? By tethering to your phone? If you already have a smartphone, why not just use that for Pandora? I think Hulu.com is blocking tablets as they want you to use the Hulu app and subscribe to Hulu Plus (but there are workarounds for that).

Consumer oriented tablets are still in their infancy. Heck, Honeycomb was Google's first stab at a decent tablet OS and ICS tablets are getting released just now. If you only consider a tablet to be something that would be "nice to have" but aren't willing to spend so much on, then wait it out. I dual-boot CM7/CM9 on a Nook Color and run CM9 on an HP TouchPad. CM9 on the TouchPad provides a much better experience. The Nook Color was extremely laggy and the touchscreen isn't as sensitive requiring multiple taps, etc. Hardware on cheap tablets just don't make for decent performance. Pandora would be okay but web browsing or browsing YouTube would be frustrating. If you just wait a year or so, you'll be getting a better specced tablet at lower prices.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 4/15/12 at 2:36pm
Garnet
(11 items)
 
Lucifiel
(13 items)
 
Metatron
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
Case
Rosewill R101-P-BK 
  hide details  
Reply
Garnet
(11 items)
 
Lucifiel
(13 items)
 
Metatron
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
Case
Rosewill R101-P-BK 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post

If they're cutting off web access at work, how will you access the internet from the tablet without paying for expensive monthly internet access? By tethering to your phone?
No. They're blocking it on the desktops but we're still allowed to have smartphones or tabs via guest wireless network which is almost unlimited.
Quote:
If you already have a smartphone, why not just use that for Pandora? I think Hulu.com is blocking tablets as they want you to use the Hulu app and subscribe to Hulu Plus (but there are workarounds for that).
Nope. Don't have any smartphones or cell phones.
Quote:
Consumer oriented tablets are still in their infancy. Heck, Honeycomb was Google's first stab at a decent tablet OS and ICS tablets are getting released just now. If you only consider a tablet to be something that would be "nice to have" but aren't willing to spend so much on, then wait it out.
I'm having moments of "if I only had a tablet". My wife is using our only laptop for her school work. I used to use it a lot and can't afford to get another like it.
Quote:
I dual-boot CM7/CM9 on a Nook Color and run CM9 on an HP TouchPad. CM9 on the TouchPad provides a much better experience. The Nook Color was extremely laggy and the touchscreen isn't as sensitive requiring multiple taps, etc.
Yeah, I've already counted out the Nook based on a lot of things heard.
Quote:
Hardware on cheap tablets just don't make for decent performance. Pandora would be okay but web browsing or browsing YouTube would be frustrating. If you just wait a year or so, you'll be getting a better specced tablet at lower prices.
I've yet to find "minimum specs" that would suit my needs. Suggestions? The only thing I know so far is that I want capacitive vs resistive. But I don't know what speed to go for. The slowest pc in my house is 2 ghz and it plays youtube and hulu just fine. Will 800mhz handle it?

I'm not asking just brand new markets. Even used ones will do. But I don't know what to look for that would be the bare minimum.
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
My gaming desk
(14 items)
 
Miner
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Tablets
Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Tablets › Cheapest