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I'm looking into purchasing my first tablet. I don't know much about them, so fill me in tongue.gif

Can you guys suggest me some? I was considering the Nexus 7.

Here are some things I want.
-Browsing and playing videos is mainly what I will use for it.
-Must have Wifi support. 3G/4G support is not needed. I don't have the money for plans, because I'm only going to use it at home or at a wifi area.
-Must be less than or equal to $325.00. I really want to keep it below that price, but I can extend my budget a little bit. I'm poor.
-I want it to be fast. Like for example, when I swipe, I don't want any lag whatsoever.
-I would like a rear and front camera, but it isn't that necessary.

If there are any other things I should mention that I would like, let me know. Please suggest me some that would suite my needs.
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Nexus 7 is your best bet because it is cheap. You could also look at the Asus Infinity 700 which is out of your budget, but is one of the best 10" tablets out there.
    
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Go for a nexus 7, or a locally available craigslist iPad1. Ive seen many an iPad 1 for <300$.
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Any others below 300?
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If you are using it mainly for video as opposed to gaming (which you did not mention) then there are better options than the Nexus 7.

Depending on your timeframe, the Acer Iconia A110 is coming out within the next month. Same cpu as the Nexus 7, $199 price tag but it also does HDMI out and has a Micro SD slot (neither of which the Nexus supports). Sure you can take the time to root your Nexus 7 and then have a micro USB OTG dongle hang off the bottom connected to a USB memory stick but why bother?

Here are a couple of charts I built when I was comparing various 7" tablets.

I currently personally have a couple of Samsung tablets (the 7.0 plus which is great but unfortunately discontinued and a Tab 2 7.0). They are fantastic for video playback, web browsing ereading etc. Pick up a couple of cheap 32GB micro SD cards (around $16 currently) and you can travel with a huge library of video.

I'm planning on grabbing the A110 when it is released. Frankly other than a slightly lower resolution than the Nexus, it's superior in every other way.

Another great tablet (IF they drop the price) is the Toshiba AT270. Problem is it's $500. Waaaay overpriced but also the best sub 10" tablet available. If it ever drops to the $300 range for the 16GB model, it will be a killer device.

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Thanks for the chart! I'm looking forward to that Acer.

Also, a quick question.

I'm wanting to use this whenever I'm out at sea (I'm in the Navy). I'm beginning to realize it would be pointless if it only had wifi. I would look into getting the Asus Transformer, because it seems to be a great tablet and has a 3G service. How does the 3G service work? Do I pay per month or something?
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Yes. with a 3G device you pay a monthly fee just like a cell phone plan. Mind you if you are out at sea, you may have a challenge getting connected to the provider.
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Thanks for the chart! I'm looking forward to that Acer.
Also, a quick question.
I'm wanting to use this whenever I'm out at sea (I'm in the Navy). I'm beginning to realize it would be pointless if it only had wifi. I would look into getting the Asus Transformer, because it seems to be a great tablet and has a 3G service. How does the 3G service work? Do I pay per month or something?

IMO you have more flexibility if you just get the wifi version and tether it to your phone or a portable hotspot device (MiFi or MiFi-like). If you decide to use a custom ROM there will be more choices for non data enabled tablets. If you decide to move from one carrier to another all you have to do is change one device - your phone. When you sell the device later you won't be pigeonholed to a particular market.
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Alright. Is there a wifi only version of the transformer? Or is the Nexus 7 the only tablet that has wifi only (besides ipad)
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Most of the Transformer series is WiFi only. smile.gif
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