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Does anyone make a 7" tablet with a good camera?

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Initial post: Sep 20, 2012 1:38:24 PM PDT
KF2012 says:
I am looking for a 7" tablet for the ease of portability. But would like to have the size to use it as a sales tool rather than trying to display pictures on a cell phone. I am not aware of anyone who makes a 7" tablet with a good 5mp camera like the iPhone 4s or an 8mp like many of the android phones have in them. Has anyone heard of any rumors of such a thing coming out? Besides the supposed iPad mini.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 1:45:55 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
The Acer A100, Dell Streak 7, HTC EVO View 4G/Flyer, and Toshiba Excite 7.7 all have 5MP cameras. The Toshiba seem to be the better, with an auto focus and flash. The HTC models lack the flash entirely.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 3:43:47 PM PDT
If not happy with the quality of pictures taken with the tablet then take them with a good camera and transfer them to the tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 4:06:27 PM PDT
S. A. French says:
Or do like most people and take them with your phone and transfer them with bluetooth. I was recently in the boonies hours from cell service or wifi and shared pictures with other people via the bluetooth on our phones.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 9:40:31 PM PDT
Kevin Bealer says:
I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch. It has an awesome camera.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 10:07:58 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
3MP. Poster specifically wanted 5MP or better.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 12:09:50 PM PDT
JC says:
Not sure what you're selling, but if the photos are really a major sales tool, I would take them with a different device (real camera, cell phone with very good camera) and transfer them to the tablet. In some cases the quality of a product photo can really make or break the sale. If it doesn't look good, people aren't going to buy it.

I've taken photos with the Acer A100 (7", 5 MP camera with flash) and the new iPad (larger than your preferred screen size, but also a 5MP camera), and I was not impressed with either. They are fine for a quick post to Facebook, but not suitable for a professional setting.

I've recently replaced the SDHC cards in my Nikon DSLR with micro SDHC and an adapter, so quick viewing on a tablet with a built-in card reader is easy. After post processing, I copy my favorites to the card designated for my tablet, so I can share them later. Or, like someone else mentioned, you could use a device with bluetooth. With wi-fi or 3G/4G and cloud storage, you have even more options.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 10:21:29 PM PDT
ParkAvenue says:
C Schmidt - Can you recommend the best value for a tablet that is under $100 and possibly where to get it?? I plan to give it to Wounded warrior program users and unfortunately as a non profit org- our budget cannot exceed $100 per unit. Primary usage would be email, web surfing letter writing, and possibly with a camera with text to speech helpful (preferred but not imperative) so one can share/communicate video? All other features - i.e. music, movies will be helpful. The less expensive the unit will allow us to buy more units. i.e.Price Angels - is offering 4GB Android 2.3 1GHz CPU 7-inch Resistance Touch Screen Tablet PC with Wifi Camera Function(Black)I have seen Walmart offering Pandigital R7T40WWHF1 Novel with WiFi 7.0" Touchscreen Tablet PC Featuring Android Operating System, White for $49.00. Any suggestions where to get the best deal/price will be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2012 10:38:53 PM PDT
S. A. French says:
Don't buy tablets with resistive screens. Nuff said.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 12:29:53 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 12:35:45 AM PDT

DO NOT waste even $49 on that tablet. Please respect the fact that a few of us know what we are talking about and some like myself have also made these silly mistakes early on in our Android lives.

$100 per unit then buy second-hand 1st Gen Kindle Fires but again it is worth saving some more dollars up and getting the new Kindle Fire HD or the Google Nexus 7.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 2:25:46 AM PDT
S. A. French says:
Actually I recently have seen first gen Kindle Fires showing up for around $100 NEW.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 6:57:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2012 7:20:46 AM PDT
Yasue says:
Agreed on buying a resistive touch tablet. Not long before we got our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the Google Nexus 7, we bought a music player with resistive touch. It was a brand we liked in the past, but that type of touch screen is just terrible. Another pitfall no one has mentioned about cheapo tablets is that they often lack access to the major app stores (Amazon and Google Play) which means 3 things:
1) Very limited access to apps that will work with them, since most developers are focused on testing apps on good quality tablets for well known app marketplaces.
2) No gauntness that apps will be updated to deal with bugs on cheapo tablets.
3) Over time cheaper tablets don't always have support for general software updates too. My sister got a Coby and it was more or less useless within 6 months because they stopped supporting the device.

If you need to cut a deal on multiples and you're registered as a non-profit, I would try directly contacting the vendors who sell better tablets or even the companies who make them, to see if you can get a package deal for buying several. I worked at Best Buy while I went back to college. They have Best Buy for Business for that purpose. I would expect Amazon or other savvy retailers to have the something similar. Be prepared to show your non-profit credentials (usually your tax exempt status info) once you've discovered which retailers or manufacturers will work with you on a better price.

--As far as the camera issue mentioned by the original post goes, I also agree that it's a better bet to buy or use a real camera and then transfer the pics. Tablets work fine on the fly, but they can be awkward to hold steady for better images. The good news about transferring the images to a tablet: there are tons of apps the clean up and tweak images on a tablet that will spare you buying from expensive PC software for image editing. In addition to photo editing apps, you'll find apps designed for professional presentations, which could also give you an upper hand using a tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 7:18:46 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Hello Marite,

Usually I prefer not to advise tablets in that range as they are very much a crapshoot in terms of quality, functionality, and longevity. A used Android or iOS smartphone (without service, using wifi only) usually is a better idea. One you might consider is the iRulu 7 I have in my Listmania for cheap tablets (click on my name, links are on the right). Seriously though, consider saving up another $50 or so and getting a better quality device.
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