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Hey all, I'm looking for the best tablet I can get for around $150-$170. I mostly want to use it for reading ebooks, checking emails, taking notes and browsing Reddit and news sites. I would also prefer an Android tablet, but it's not a requirement. I'm willing to buy used if it's a really good deal, but I generally prefer not to otherwise.

The 2 I'm currently looking at are the Kindle Fire and the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107

Are either of these 2 any good for what I want? And is there anything better in my price range? Thanks! biggrin.gif
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I would probably up the budget to $200 and wait for the next Nexus 7.
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What size do you want? If you're looking for a 10 incher, the ASUS TF 101, 201, 300, etc is a great deal used on eBay or something for $170 or so. I have a TF101 and absolutely love it. Insane battery life and its perfect for browsing and Kindle books, etc.

If you want a 7", I'd get a Kindle fire. My best friend has one and she has been quite pleased for it. She loves that thing. smile.gif
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What size do you want? If you're looking for a 10 incher, the ASUS TF 101, 201, 300, etc is a great deal used on eBay or something for $170 or so. I have a TF101 and absolutely love it. Insane battery life and its perfect for browsing and Kindle books, etc.

I'd prefer a 7" tablet so it can fit in my purse, but I wouldn't be opposed to a 10" if it's a good deal. I'll check out those ASUS ones.
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If you want a 7", I'd get a Kindle fire. My best friend has one and she has been quite pleased for it. She loves that thing. smile.gif

How are the apps on it? Are there as many as on an Android?
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How are the apps on it? Are there as many as on an Android?

Kindle Fire is a locked Android tablet basically. Unless you root it.

They're pretty big (33% of Android) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414779,00.asp

Also see http://www.pcworld.com/article/244474/how_to_install_the_android_market_on_your_kindle_fire.html

& http://www.informationweek.com/byte/personal-tech/tablets/turn-your-kindle-fire-into-a-real-tablet/232900697

& http://bgr.com/2012/12/18/kindle-fire-nexus-7-hack-android-4-2-jelly-bean-256262/
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Oh, I did not know that. Thanks for the information! smile.gif

I will definitely be rooting whatever tablet I get, for sure. biggrin.gif
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I would also like to say up the budget to $200 and wait for next nexus 7 or find a used one now for less.
     
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Have a look at the chart I created.

$199 is pretty much the starting point for all of the better tablets.

Below that price, you would be looking at either a lesser featured device (like the original Kindle Fire) or something used.

I'd suggest spending an extra $30 and going for a current device. The Kindle Fire HD, the Nook HD and the Acer A110 are all in the $200 price range. The Samsung Tab 2 has been on sale recently for $179 in several places as well.

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I think I might be able to get a refurbished Samsung Tab 2 for $160. Would that be worth it, or should I still try for the Nexus 7?
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The Tab 2 is a great tablet for the price. The Micro SD slot and DLNA wireless video streaming support make it very flexible. Also, Samsung has been pretty current on OS updates (4.2 should have been launched this week).

I have a couple of them and compared to the Nexus they are actually better for video playback given the PLS TFT screen that the Samsung has; better color reproduction, better contrast and deeper blacks. The Nexus has slightly higher resolution and a faster chip but no Micro SD, no video out of any kind and as I mentioned a bit inferior for video playback.

The Samsung also has an Infrared Controller which allows you to do some really neat things by way of controlling tv's.


The Nexus is better for pure gaming given the Tegra 3 chip but for everything else, I prefer the Samsung.

Get one of these off Amazon and a couple of $15 32GB Micro SD cards and it's great for travel for reading and video. My daughter used hers on a flight to Barcelona this summer (over 7 hours) with battery left over when we got there.

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