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I want to get a full size android tablet. I have no idea what to get. I'd like to spend about $200 but the budget is a little flexible. I don't mind buying refurbed.Any suggestions or questions?
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I recently purchased a Pipo M9 tablet and love it! I should have waited for the 3G version (it's now out) but I still love it's bang for the buck performance!

The company is pretty decent at pumping out firmware updates (in english) and the tablet has a pretty good battery that lasts between 12-16 hours (7800 mAh) of heavy usage. When I say heavy usage as in my kids watching 2 movies and then surfing YouTube and watching additional cartoons on there. Then my wife surfs the web while leaving the WIFI on the whole time as well as playing games (Jetpack Joyride, etc.) with it.

The one caveat for it, which I'm sure your more than capable of handling is, this tablet is for people who love to tinker and root tablet/ phones. I have mine rooted; I used moborobo to load up all drivers to my PC (Win 7 64 bit) and then used the Pipo proprietary software to upgrade the tablet with their JB 4.2.2 English firmware (removes a lot of Chinese bloatware in there). I also have setCPU and Nova launcher running things and the tablet is very fast and responsive!

Here's a link for price reference:

PIPO M9

I actually bought mine at my local retailer and spent $236 on it. The shop owner even warranties the tablet even when rooted (unless you hard brick the thing).
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 5/30/13 at 6:29pm
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Wow if the hardware in it is good it sounds like a great deal. How's the screen and speakers? Also how does the housing feel?
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Wow if the hardware in it is good it sounds like a great deal. How's the screen and speakers? Also how does the housing feel?

1. The screen is very nice and bright, I actually have it set at a pretty low level most of the time since the colors do pop out and you can see details very well.

2. There are 2 speakers in the back and it is a loud tablet, though I wish it was placed up front.

3. The housing is a combination metal (aluminum) and plastic and it's held up pretty well for 3 months so far. I do plan to buy a case for it eventually. If you click on the link I gave and scroll down, you'll notice a few shots of the tablets backside and the brushed aluminum part is very sturdy and gives it a good feel and look to it.

The one thing that I don't like about the tablet, and I'm being very picky, is the faux aluminum bezel around the camera in the back. If they just made it black it would have been perfect. tongue.gif
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I read a review and it seems that the biggest issue is 3d gaming performance. With new firmware how is it?
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I also wanted to add that the Wifi on the tablet is pretty good, it has the same range (maybe a bit better) than my Galaxy S II. Never had any issues about wifi dropping of or the battery losing it's charge rather quickly like the other Chinese tablets out there.

In all fairness, I did use 'Battery Calibration' once I got the unit and rooted it.
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I read a review and it seems that the biggest issue is 3d gaming performance. With new firmware how is it?

Overall, I would say the new firmware did improve the tablet; Shadowgun, Downhill extreme, Real Racing 3 on this tablet all run smoothly.
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Yeah I'm buying it tomorrow! Thanks for the help!
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Just remember 99% of Chinese tablets do not have Bluetooth or GPS...
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At the 200$ price range a used Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wifi 16GB version might be an OK choice. Just root and flash CM 10.1 / 4.2.2 and youll do fine. I currently run a Galaxy Tab 10.1 i bought off ebay for $165 overclocked at 1.4Ghz.


If you dont want to mess with all that then stoop down a few inches and grab a Nexus 7
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