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Looking for tablet with USB port - does it exist?

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Initial post: Mar 27, 2011 10:43:06 AM PDT
I am looking for a tablet pc that does 3 things.
surf the web - they all do this
serve as an e-reader - most do this
has a real USB port that I can use to download photos from my old digital SLR camera - note the camera uses compact flash memory, not micro SD, so I can't use that to transfer the photos

I know IPAD doesn't have this. Neither does the Xoom - I was misled by the specs that said it had a microUSB port, but it turns out that's only to download from the tablet to a pc.

I have a trip coming up and would really appreciate any advice.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 1:19:31 PM PDT
The Viewsonic gTablet, which runs Android, has a USB port that you can use to host USB flash drives, keyboards, mice, and 3G/4G adapters (it only comes with wifi out of the box). A USB CF adapter should work just fine, but you may want to ask around on the XDA forums.

Upsides: (1) Fast Tegra 2 processor, same as the Xoom, (2) very reasonablle price (it was featured on Woot this past week for less than 3 benjamins, so be sure to look around to try to find the best price).

Downsides: (1) the bundled firmware is lousy by consensus, so be prepared to load one of the 3rd party ROMs from XDA, (2) screen viewing angles aren't great, (3) not exactly the most svelte or polished-looking device, (4) XDA currently supports Froyo, but there's no Honeycomb port for it for now.

If you're not comfortable with messing with technology at all (to install the ROM), or you expect your device to be a super-polished work of art like an Apple device, this probably isn't the tablet for you. But if I haven't scared you away, it can be a really good device for the right people. It's a big underground hit with Android geeks.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 2:03:59 PM PDT
my elocity a7 tablet does i have one its duel core real nice you can get it for 300.00 at tigerdirect it is also android there are apps out to make it the real android like cell phones also has flash in one of the fastest out now.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 2:54:25 PM PDT
Thanks for the replies. I saw the Viewsonic on Amazon. Looks interesting, but I am concerned about the weight - 2. 5 lb seems a bit heavy to use for an e-reader.
Hadn't seen the elocity before. Checked it on Amazon and this is a definite possibility. Comes only with 4 GB memory, but looks like you can add another 16 GB relatively cheaply. How is this as an e-reader? Wondering if 7 in screen would be OK for my middle-aged eyes. Otherwise, it looks good.
Another one I saw on Amazon is the ICAN 10 tablet. The specs are great, but reviews are not. Any comments?

Really wish I could try these out at local stores, but they just aren't available.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 3:35:16 AM PDT
Get the Asus EEE Slate, T91mt or the T101mt all tablets all by asus all have usb ports.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 7:37:39 AM PDT
R. Johnson says:
Asus EP121 Has 2 USB ports and Runs FULL Windows 7

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 3:41:54 PM PDT
am looking for the same thing. The new Fujitsu is a way too hefty price- anything close to it?
basically needs: internet, usb and keyboard & mouse use possibility.
small and lightweight of course to lug around on trips.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 6:12:27 PM PDT
Rebecca says:
the coby kyros 7005 might be useful, has a full usb port and an hdmi conector, and around 200 bucks

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 6:13:11 PM PDT
Rebecca says:
the coby kyros 7005 might be useful, has a full usb port and an hdmi conector, and around 200 bucks, its also .9 pounds

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 5:17:54 AM PDT
G. Bramlitt says:
Rooted Nook Color. Actually, even without rooting the Nook Color will do what you want.

For $250 and the price of a class 6 mini-SD card (very cheap on eBay) you can have a GREAT tablet that does what you've requested.

Out of the box, the Nook Color can surf the web on it's native internet app, serve as a book reader on Barnes & Nobles site, and has a micro USB (which it comes with) that allows you to plug it into your computer and drag and drop music and pictures onto your mini SD for you to look at and listen to your music - all while reading your favorite books!

Now, with just 5 minutes of your time, root the Nook Color [read as: hacking] and you now have the Android market available (and the Amazon App Store!!!). Now you can download the Kindle app for use with any Kindle books you might have. Get an app called Aldiko which will allow you to import all of those epubs you might have. And see just how awesome it is to play Angry Birds on something larger than a smart phone!

If you don't feel comfortable rooting [hacking], then wait a few months - B&N will be allowing the Android Market and other features on the Nook Color when the update comes out! However, rooting it will allow you to customize it more and even get the operating system that the Xoom has right now (Honeycomb). For the money, I really don't see how the Nook Color can be beat. The only con is that you don't have any kind of camera, gps, or working bluetooth (yet). But I didn't want a tablet to make calls, take pictures, or use as a navigator...that's what my new shiny Thunderbolt is for.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 12:26:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2011 12:30:51 PM PDT
Wil says:
Take a look at the Superpad. I've had one for three weeks and it was worth every penny ($200). I use the USB port to connect my keyboard that came along with the case I bought for it ($30).

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2011 4:43:49 AM PDT
@ G. Bramlit
I think one the issues the original poster was interested in was whether you can plug a card reader (with whatever adapters needed ) into the micro usb port of the color nook and have the nook load the pictures etc. into itself from whatever type of flash card you have. Thus you could have the nook read from a compact flash, XD or other type of flash card without having to use a laptop or other computer as an intermediate step. Thus you wouldn't have to add your notebook to the gear you carry on vacation.

I am a great big weeny and am scared of trying this on my unmodified color nook. Can the rooted ones with android 2.2 or 3.0 honeycomb do this ??

Anybody know??
---Ray Pearson

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2011 1:55:40 PM PDT
G. Bramlitt says:

I don't think any portable tablet device can do this. The reason being is that computers need drivers that support reading and writing USB. To my knowledge, I don't think there is a device that is a card reader that plugs into a micro usb port. However, what you can do is take the micro SD card out of the camera, and then use a file explorer program from the market (such as "And Explorer") and then move/copy the files from the micro-SD to the Nook Color memory.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 5:29:57 PM PDT
Thanks again for all the advice. I ordered an elocity a7 and just started playing with it. Will post a review after I've had it for a while.

In response to some of the comments above, yes this tablet has a real USB port and I was able to attach my digital camera to it via cable and copy a photo to the a7 memory card. And yes, I am sure that you can't do this with the Nook Color - I contacted their technical support and asked.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2011 6:36:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2011 6:38:47 PM PDT
J_Onyx says:
Take a look at the Coby Kyros 7" MID7015. It has fast USB, 4GB internal flash and 256MB RAM. It has flash, a solid touch screen, Android and it can be rooted to access and use the entire Android apps library. It has 1080p HD, HDMI, a micro card slot and can use up to a 16GB card, plays videos and streams movies well. Its a fascinating tablet for only $150. It has built in photo gallary b/g/n wireless, and more. Its already attracted a sizeable enthusiast and mod following. You can get one at Its not an Ipad but it does a lot for a lot less money.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 6:42:49 AM PDT
laertes says:
I need a tablet that can read and edit office which please advise me

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 12:39:26 PM PDT
B. Munro says:
The answer is the Acer Iconia A500 has everything you need and due out soon!

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 2:01:38 PM PDT
M. Paradise says:
The PlayBook is coming out in another week or so which has full support for amazon reader, USB (to be available in software update). Also has a full version of a mobile ms-office compatible suite included.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 2:54:29 PM PDT
nashnash says:
Guys the best tablets are Archos 101...Great tablet and very lightweight.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 3:00:25 PM PDT
GadgetGrl says:
Yes. Check out the Toshiba Tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2011 5:25:08 PM PDT
elf says:
There's no way the gtablet weighs 2.5 lbs, that must have been the shipping weight. The gtablet itself is more like 1.5 lbs.

I have one, swapping over to a new rom was actually painless. It took longer to download than to set up, and it didn't take very long to download at all. It's a great piece of hardware, the downsides are the software it came bundled with (which is easy to replace) and the screen viewing angle. It's fine for a single user, but not so great if two of you are watching something together, or if you're just trying to lean it against something, it needs to be pointed at you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 9:36:18 PM PDT
throwapot says:
get the flytouch 3 works great has two usb ports and a micro sd slot 200 bucks

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 2:02:11 PM PDT
Well I just returned the Elocity A7. Sooo disappointed and frustrated. This hardware is great, but the software is lousy. Also, there is a one page quick start guide & no other instructions - not even online! Tried downloading an upgrade recommended by many on the xda-developers site. Then I couldn't even see the memory card anymore. Tried redoing and undoing it several times to no avail.

I see several people have recommended other tablets - some of which are coming soon. I really wanted this for a vacation next month. Guess I'll just order more memory for my camera and wait until better tablet models are available.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 2:50:20 PM PDT
Joseph Gioe says:
wait six months all the tablets out there suck cept the ipad and i dint even have one trust me i been doing research for the past year

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 10:42:35 PM PDT
Lizzie says:
I am looking for the same things as Jeri, plus to be able to read whatever format and not be tied to a specific provider,and don't want it to be my telephone. I'll find a wi-fi spot. I do want to listen to music, and to be able to take it instead of my laptop when I am out of town and be able to access a word document and fix it for the boss or at least email him and tell him what he needs to fix. I started out just looking for an e-reader because some of the books I like are no longer being published on paper. Then I saw the Velocity Cruz 301 and thought I should get something that does more than just read. But once I started reading all the information and reviews, I ended up with a headache. There's the whole battery thing that people have raised that I haven't thought about before. After 3 weekends of researching this subject (I spent at least an hour finding out what rooting meant), I am wondering, is the answer to wait for the Toshiba android 3.0? I have a Toshiba laptop that is 4 years old and I have never had any trouble with it, except the sleep mode would freeze the puter sometimes. Or as soon as the new android stuff comes out will the 2.2 stuff be so much cheaper that one of them will do enought of what I need without spending a lot of money? (Maybe you techie types will be unloading your old stuff at good prices?)
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