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After reading a bunch of reviews and checking out several tablets in person, I'm stuck between 3 or 4 options. I feel like I'm over-thinking things.

Budget: ~$400, give or take 50 bucks. I'd be nice to make use of the V.me 10% off promo that Newegg has going on right now.
Usage: Web browsing/streaming, maybe some light gaming. Nothing too crazy, and I doubt I'll ever use the camera or stuff like GPS. Expandable storage would be nice.

Transformer Infinity TF700T: I was originally leaning towards this before reading about potential sluggishness caused by ASUS cheaping out on slow NAND. Kinda like the idea of the keyboard dock though I wouldn't buy one right away. $440 before promo.

Galaxy Note 10.1: I don't know if I'd really use the S-pen, and it's only 1280x800, but it's got a microSD slot. $450 before promo.

Nexus 10: 2560x1600 - do any apps even take advantage of this? No SD/microSD, meaning I'm stuck looking into an OTG USB cable for external storage - I can't see myself spending $500 for the 32GB version. I couldn't find one of these locally to play with, which makes me sad. $400, no promo.

Acer Iconia Tab A700: Full HD, 32GB internal, microSD, but the rest of the specs lag behind slightly. Then again, it's relatively cheap. $400 before promo.

Of course, I could just forget the whole thing and pick up a Nexus 7 for $250, but I feel like I'd get more out of a 10" tablet.

This will be my first tablet and first experience with Android, hence why I'm so paranoid. Thoughts? Anything I'm missing?
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The ASUS Infinity seems like a really great choice. I had a chance to play around with one and I really liked it. However, I bought my daughter an ASUS Transformer TF300T for around $350 and she is really loving it. It's a bit cheaper, and has the normal 1280x800 display rather than the 1920x1200 that the Infinity has, but it has all of the other features that she wanted. I was all set to buy myself a Google Nexus 10 but the fact that it doesn't have any expandable storage was a deal breaker for me. I also looked at the Galaxy Note but the whole stylus thing is very limited and seems gimmicky. Infinity would be my top choice now. Will be interested to hear other peoples thoughts though. Good luck to you! thumb.gif
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Customer service and warranty support is an issue with off-brand tablets from China. I don't suggest it unless you're willing to do a ton of troubleshooting. You can get a Transformer TF300T for around $300-350 and that's a better option than a China tab.
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What about the Asus Memo Pad Smart 10? It's basically a TF300T without the keyboard dock.

It has a micro sd slot, 1280x800 res, and a tegra 3 processor, all for $299.99.
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Originally Posted by burwij View Post

After reading a bunch of reviews and checking out several tablets in person, I'm stuck between 3 or 4 options. I feel like I'm over-thinking things.

Budget: ~$400, give or take 50 bucks. I'd be nice to make use of the V.me 10% off promo that Newegg has going on right now.
Usage: Web browsing/streaming, maybe some light gaming. Nothing too crazy, and I doubt I'll ever use the camera or stuff like GPS. Expandable storage would be nice.

Transformer Infinity TF700T: I was originally leaning towards this before reading about potential sluggishness caused by ASUS cheaping out on slow NAND. Kinda like the idea of the keyboard dock though I wouldn't buy one right away. $440 before promo.

Galaxy Note 10.1: I don't know if I'd really use the S-pen, and it's only 1280x800, but it's got a microSD slot. $450 before promo.

Nexus 10: 2560x1600 - do any apps even take advantage of this? No SD/microSD, meaning I'm stuck looking into an OTG USB cable for external storage - I can't see myself spending $500 for the 32GB version. I couldn't find one of these locally to play with, which makes me sad. $400, no promo.

Acer Iconia Tab A700: Full HD, 32GB internal, microSD, but the rest of the specs lag behind slightly. Then again, it's relatively cheap. $400 before promo.

Of course, I could just forget the whole thing and pick up a Nexus 7 for $250, but I feel like I'd get more out of a 10" tablet.

This will be my first tablet and first experience with Android, hence why I'm so paranoid. Thoughts? Anything I'm missing?
Nexus 10 hands down.

Storage - Storage option for me was never an issue since I have over 100gb dropbox space, and I use google drive, skydrive, and amazon cloud as well.

Screen - Screen resolution plays the biggest factor in a tablet in my opinion. Watching movies, reading books, magazines, gaming, and etc. makes a huge difference. As for color reproduction, Nexus 10 hands down as well. I hated viewing pictures or movies on my note 10.1 (N8000) since the colors were oversaturated in my opinion.

Built Quality - Nexus 10 hands down again. I thought the back of the nexus 10 felt funny at first but it grips well and it seems to withstand my usage of the tablet. When I had the Note 10.1 for a few months I noticed the white color of the back started to turn a bit yellow and scratches would start building up. Nexus 10 and the Note 10.1 is almost identical in looks but the build quality is very different. smile.gif
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The nexus 10 is, however, the most expensive of all these tablets. It's almost $450 after shipping and tax from the google play store. You could get all the other tablets for a lot cheaper with the V.ME promo code.
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What about the Asus Memo Pad Smart 10? It's basically a TF300T without the keyboard dock.

It has a micro sd slot, 1280x800 res, and a tegra 3 processor, all for $299.99.

I was actually looking at this one yesterday - $270 after promo for a 10" Tegra 3 tablet is hard to overlook. The 1280x800 display is obviously the biggest drawback but I feel like I could get past that. At first glance, it looks like the MeMo Pad has better I/O performance than the Transformer Pads, which is a relief.

The 16GB Nexus 10 comes up to ~$440 with tax and shipping on the Google Play store. It's obviously the better (arguably the best) option right now, but I don't know if it's $170 better in my case. The limited storage would be fine 95% of the time, but it's still a compromise.

Time to decide how much I want to spend.
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