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only real choice in my opinion is apple or android.

 

first thing you want to do is decide on a size, 7inch or 10inch, personally i prefer 10inch for web browsing, video playback and 7inch for reading. next you want to know what storage capacity you need, some have sd card slots for extra storage space while others don't.

 

personally if i were to buy one today i'd get the 32GB nexus 7 (new 2013 version.).

 

these 2 links should tell you all you need to know about the best tablets currently available, now all you have to do is choose one. :mrgreen:

 

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/10-best-tablet-pcs-in-the-world-today-1079603

 

http://reviews.cnet.com/best-tablets/

 

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although the video playback could use some help...

well you get what you pay for i suppose. :P

 

personally i'd stay away from the ultra cheap tablets and wouldn't buy anything under the $150 mark, they are just way to frustrating in actual use, very slow and unresponsive especially when compared to a decent cheapish tablet like the kindle fire hdx or nexus 7.

 

if you can't afford the newest versions of the kindle or nexus, i'd bet you could find good deals on the older versions and they'd still be much much better in actual use and user frustration levels than a sub $100 tablet.

 

if you can't afford to spend more than $100/$150 on a tablet now then i'd suggest not buying one at all and just stick to using your smart phone you'll get more enjoyment from that than a cheap slow tablet i promise you.

 

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i chose this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834738002 i got it at fry's for $58 and i must say that i am very impressed with the features and the screen. it might be a refurb but its a factory refurb,i didnt want a tablet but after seeing the price and specs i had to give it a try and im glad i did. my daughter got an asus nexus 7 for xmas and i had a chance to mess with it for a week and i liked the hisense tablet better. movies look great plus the response of this tablet is fast with its quad core processor and the sound is good too. i just added a 32gig card for $12 and im set. after using this i cant see myself spending 300+ dollars on something else,and trust me i dont mind spending big money on electronics but if there not worth the price i wont.

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well you get what you pay for i suppose. :P

 

personally i'd stay away from the ultra cheap tablets and wouldn't buy anything under the $150 mark, they are just way to frustrating in actual use, very slow and unresponsive especially when compared to a decent cheapish tablet like the kindle fire hdx or nexus 7.

 

if you can't afford the newest versions of the kindle or nexus, i'd bet you could find good deals on the older versions and they'd still be much much better in actual use and user frustration levels than a sub $100 tablet.

 

if you can't afford to spend more than $100/$150 on a tablet now then i'd suggest not buying one at all and just stick to using your smart phone you'll get more enjoyment from that than a cheap slow tablet i promise you.

 

:b33r:

 

Not really slow Terry, just the video that I've experienced lacks a little, BUT that may be due to my lack of knowledge on tablets...

 

 

 

 

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i chose this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834738002 i got it at fry's for $58 and i must say that i am very impressed with the features and the screen. it might be a refurb but its a factory refurb,i didnt want a tablet but after seeing the price and specs i had to give it a try and im glad i did. my daughter got an asus nexus 7 for xmas and i had a chance to mess with it for a week and i liked the hisense tablet better. movies look great plus the response of this tablet is fast with its quad core processor and the sound is good too. i just added a 32gig card for $12 and im set. after using this i cant see myself spending 300+ dollars on something else,and trust me i dont mind spending big money on electronics but if there not worth the price i wont.

near enough the same specs as the old nexus 7 8gb except for 1 or 2 extra's like sd card so should be good, i see it's a $200 tablet originally tho. ;)

 

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I went through the same turmoil when I decided to get one for my wife, went through many hours of searching and reading reviews etc., then went armed into the store and was lucky enough that they had a massive Xmas promotion on, and had got the makers of each brand to send in a specialist on each area for the public to talk through the options, and the good and the bad, why you should, or should not get set devices, and the bottom line was the new Nexus 7 P'd all over the rest, but as much as I dislike Apple, if you wanted a comparable choice then they were the only ones in that field to go for.



Initially I wanted to get the Nexus 10 for the bigger screen size, but they were only available online at the time, and I would not get it in time, so I went for the Nexus 7, and I'm glad I did, the screen size is much more bearable than I expected, I feared it would be hard to fit stuff on the screen and make sense of it all, but it actually does it quite well, and the main point for me is weight, actually holding it is hard for me with my health, so the Nexus 10 would probably be more than I could work with, but if going for a unit without expandable memory, buy the one with the most that you can afford is my advice.



And remember that the OS and preinstalled stuff is already using x amount of that same memory, so in essence you don't get the full amount to use, many have no name type units and they do all they need for a much lower price, and it is extremely tempting to get a cheap one, but it's a lottery from what I can figure, unless you can ensure it does all that you need, you would be taking a gamble, ultimately it depends on what you need it to do, but one point that's not been mentioned yet that I can see is content, the Nexus ties you to the Google store, but it also gets you the upgrades to the latest version like KitKat first, the Apple ones to their store, so if using 3rd party stuff check out if you can use it on what you get, hope this helps a bit.


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So, after a 1.5 weeks, I took it back and got the 10.1" version. 7" worked fine but my getting older eyes needed a little bigger screen.

 

dont blame ya. any bigger and your gonna need a laptop :)

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