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Has anyone heard of the Ainol Novo 7 Fire/Flame 2 thats suppose to launch around December? It's the same specs with the only change is it being a quad core vs a dual core. Thoughts?
Have not heard about it yet, however, does the Android really utilize 4 cores ? I have had an impression that dualcore at higher frequency is better for android than a quadcore within the same TDP (i.e., has a slightly lower frequency per core) or has the 4.1 upgrade made the quadcores more useful nowadays ? Anyway - as long as the CPU change does not bring with itself a price hike and the screen and other specs remain about the same then cant hurt I guess as long as the op system is capable of powering down the unused cores for saving battery.
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Looking at getting a tablet. Galaxy tab 2 can be had for 199 right now. Is it a good deal at that price? How is the CPU in it? I am not sold on the tegras.

Guess my question is, is the tab 2 worth picking up, or has it been overshadowed by the newer tablets?
    
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Looking at getting a tablet. Galaxy tab 2 can be had for 199 right now. Is it a good deal at that price? How is the CPU in it? I am not sold on the tegras.
Guess my question is, is the tab 2 worth picking up, or has it been overshadowed by the newer tablets?

Well on its own its still decent but looking at specs its not that great anymore in my opinion based on whats on offer. I mean that nexus 7 can be had as low as 200$ ocasionaly as far as I understand and for example that Ainol Novo 7 Fire thing can be had as low as 150$. the tab 2 has 3G going for it but the screen is TN and only 1024x600 and as far as I can see it does not have GPS either... Well neither does Novo 7 but you can have an GPS donge that can connect through bluetooth and external 3G modem dongle cheaper than 50$ and Novo has 1280x800 IPS screen ( a lot better viewing angles).
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The Samsung has GPS.

It also has Micro SD and HDMI out. It will also read external drives via USB adapter without requiring rooting. It also has an Infrared Port that allows you to control your entire home media center.
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Added IPad Mini to the mix.
Edited by Robilar - 11/22/12 at 8:11pm
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The ~1.5ghz dual core OMAP 4470/4460 are suppose to be stronger than the tegra 3.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6158/the-archos-101-xs-review/3

So I have been hearing. Would be nice to know what dual cores they are packing.
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The Acer Iconia A110 is now available retail in Canada.

A couple of highlights:

They hit the $199 price point in Canada.

Confirmed that it ships with Jellybean 4.1

DLNA support confirmed.

Has a 3420 mAH battery. Estimated at 8 hours of use (remains to be seen)

Micro SD slot, Mini HDMI

Weighs in at 390 grams


Compare to the 32GB Nexus 7

Nexus sells for $70 more. (32GB MIcro SD cards are about $17, as such 40GB storage for $217 vs. 32 GB storage for $270).

Screen resolution on the Acer is slightly lower

Battery life may be a bit better on the Nexus (no confirmation yet)

Nexus does not have Mini HDMI or MHL support

Nexus does not have a Micro SD slot

Nexus 7 is a bit lighter at 340 Grams

Nexus 7 does not have DLNA support

Nexus 7 Bluetooth is 4.0 (vs 3.0 with Acer)


What this tablet really hurts by comparison is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. $50 cheaper with faster cpu and hdmi out (Samsung does hdmi out but you have to buy the dongle).
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If you love to draw or use your handwriting on your tablet, don't get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. I have it and the touchscreen is horribly unpleasant to use compared to my iOS devices.

I've noticed that there are evenly distributed lines across the screen where the touchscreen is highly sensitive, but the sensitivity between those lines is very poor. Here's what it looks like in Sketchbook Mobile:



This issue isn't specific to the app, and using a capacitive stylus only makes it worse. It happens everywhere and I can notice it even when I'm writing using Graffiti. It also causes scrolling to feel choppy.

Other people seem to be experiencing this issue too. It appears to be caused by cheap digitizer hardware and there doesn't appear to be a solution yet, except drawing with a larger finger surface area:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1304856
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1927017&highlight=wavy+lines

I hope tech journalists would review the touchscreen sensitivity of these devices. This is definitely something I'll be wary about the next time I buy an Android device.
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Updated my chart a bit. Removed the Blackberry Playbook. Price changes on some of the devices (Toshiba AT270 on sale for $329, Samsung dropped to $199).
Edited by Robilar - 12/4/12 at 8:25pm
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I think I'll probably pick up the iPad Mini because I read a lot of textbooks for school. I was considering the full size but I tried out the Mini in the store and the screen is actually quite large. It doesn't at all feel like it's in the same class as the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire.

I think if your primary use for a tablet is gaming, videos, remote desktop, opening apps, reading novels and stuff like that, then it's fair to compare them. But if you're going off of actual screen size and whether or not science textbooks are readable, I would say the Mini is in its own class. I would prefer the Nexus 7 but the super wide screen is just not friendly to my uses. I'll probably pick up a Novo 7 Flame 2 for my gaming/high tech uses and the Mini will exclusively be for reading textbooks. Then again, I might just pick up a used iPad 2 for $250, save money, get the full size screen and call it a day.

But for anyone who prefers new, it's something to keep in mind that the iPad Mini is definitely larger. It would also be quite awkward to try to slide into a pocket. If you want something you can one hand, slide into a pocket or something, avoid the Mini.

All in all, I would say a spec sheet is nice but try to get into the store and play with display devices before you decide. There is a definite difference between what you see in an Engadget review and what the device actually feels like when you use it.
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