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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 12:44:47 PM PST
Erin says:
I want a tablet that is at least 9", play games on, internet , takes pictures, plays movies, plays music, etc. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 1:26:51 PM PST
R. Brown says:
well, i think you're being blunt about what nearly everybody in this section of forum is really interested in. if you look at the ratings being thrown down, right now the leader appears to be AGPTek but only certain models. what I don't know, and would love to find out, is who/which/how-many REAL makers are there, versus "branders" on all sides of the water. In Android tablets unlike some other similar devices, it is important what goes into the product you hold in your hand. The processor [i.e. the cortex-A9] only matters a little; the graphics engine/gpu, the memory controller, the power interface, buttons, sd reader/holder, the tweaks to android [firmware/ROM] to support said components - it all matters and it all matters a LOT - not to mention the display which is a huge issue.
so we'd be better deserved to talk about what "best" means: what are you willing to compromise on in order to get something higher up your wishlist?

I am a tech, and have been in high tech for a long time, much of it in product development. I do put weight in numbers: how many have sold and are in use, how many real user feedback posts do we have and what are they saying. some people make things up.. most do not. if you got 20% of the owners saying it stinks, and there are a lot of feedback posts, that's something to consider. there is a reason why people pay up for apple ipads....

any day now, the lenovo ideatab 2107A and the Viewsonic equivalent, which to me both look identical, from the same real maker, will be selling/shipping. something has held them up. I suspect the something is a Quality metric that is not being met. Lenovo will have a standard "fall out" rate: of every 100 units pulled at random for testing, if more that X% of them are faulty, they don't ship and a lot of heat is brought to bear on the supplier. I am very suspicious that these two companies whose brand value can move a lot of units, cannot afford and do not want to throw yet another tablet out that is going to harm their brand IN THE tablet game - as it is getting way late for those kinds of blowups.
Nexus has issues... some of them serious
kindle has issues
xyz little-known knockoffs have issues
iPAD has issues, but they are nothing like the aforementioned imho.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 5:48:07 AM PST
22sweet says:
do they connect to a pc to download a program?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 6:24:32 AM PST
B. Marks says:
If you mean do tablets connect to a PC, they can. The usual way to get programs (in tablets they're called apps) is to download them directly onto the tablet via the internet. Android is designed with that in mind. In fact, the default setting on most tablets requires that and requires that you download it from an approved source. That setting can be changed, of course.

It can be a bit tricky in most cases to get an app downloaded to your PC so you can transfer it to a tablet but it can be done. Most of the app sources won't allow this so you have to use something like that will.

If you have Wifi there's not much reason, in most cases, to go through a PC with your apps. The simple way is to download it directly on the tablet. If you don't have Wifi and you have a tablet you should really look into getting Wifi. As long as you have broadband internet it only takes a wireless router, usually $30 at Walmart or Amazon, to get Wifi. The setup is very simple these days.


Posted on Dec 1, 2012 7:25:47 AM PST
mr st.louis says:
got 3 agptek 7 inch ones and couldn't be happier. thought about ordering 9 inch one for myself. they run google play and amazon market. Great battery life and ICS.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 8:56:34 AM PST
R. Brown says:
which model exactly did you get? have you put microSD cards in them?

I wish someone would identify which company is the real maker of these - I don't think agptek is a maker, rather a distribution brand. the name is not known to the development community

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 9:05:06 AM PST
22sweet says:
I have Wi-Fi but I do not have a users manual that I can read without a magnifier, then it does not say what the side button is for or how to use my external keypad.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 9:19:19 AM PST
Janet M says:
Hey, I went to - scroll to the bottom of that webpage and click on "about us". At first glance it looks like they started as a laptop battery company. Curious!

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 2:58:27 PM PST
lucky says:
I HAVE A nine year old male.he would like a laptop computer for christmas.What size,and brand do sugest?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 12:12:22 PM PST
R. Brown says:
the user manual is likely online. look at the label on the unit carefully and note the exact model [example "MR814v2"] then Google search "MR814v2 manual". find the .pdf and pull it up on your computer and save it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 3:50:22 PM PST
Skin Thirst says:
HI Lucky: are you sure he wants a laptop? Or a Tablet? Honestly, I have used laptops for years--I am pretty happy with my HP Pavilion Entertainment. However, after trying out a Samsung 10.1 Tablet at the store, I am dumping my laptop and getting the tablet--it is the latest/coolest toy. I'd imagine you can get a decent tablet for a 9 year old for around $350-$450. Make sure it has wi-fi and touch screen if you decide to go with a tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 7:23:27 PM PST
S. A. French says:
Yeah, and while you are at it... make sure it has a battery and cpu.:)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 4:51:05 AM PST
22sweet says:
unfortunately, there is no model other than 7.0 Zeepad Android 4.0 tablet computer 4GB inbuilt, Youtube,Google. I thought this was going to be good, but it does not work so I will return it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 6:13:19 AM PST
S. A. French says:
You should write a product review for it so that other people can learn from you experiences... that is what they are here for.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 6:44:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 6:44:53 AM PST
R. Brown says:
I was speaking with a friend who is adamantly anti-apple. personally I've bought two apple things: ipod touch years ago [sold] and ipad Mini wifi. [have, wifes]. I pointed out the battery life, a little of the available apps, the camera, the picture editing, facetime, screen/display quality etc of the Mini. She said "no way...." Why? "cost". I said $329. "Huh? I thought they were like 500 bucks".
the Mini is worth 329 just in technology alone. show me a full 720p tablet that can go 3 days, practically speaking, on a battery charge, has prosumer-level camera, has legendary reliability, and a billion useful apps? nonetheless, because I hack, I will personally fool with android devices

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 8:24:24 AM PST
22sweet says:
I did write one. If like something I say and if something is wrong I say that to.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 9:51:34 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I also have a strong preference for Android devices. I do have an Ipod Touch. I had an earlier one as well. I also have an Ipad 2. I used the Itouch a lot for about a year and I sure got my money's worth from it. The Ipad is an excellent device but I don't really have a lot of use for it. I probably made a mistake buying it but I never thought the price was too high. I just don't really have a good use for it.

Any object's worth depends on how useful it is to you and/or how much you want it.


Posted on Dec 5, 2012 7:15:53 AM PST
Ann M. Elias says:
Which tablet is a better buy?
ipad, OR Samsung Galaxy tab2 10.1?
I have been doing research for DAYS, trying to decide:~(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 7:57:52 AM PST
B. Marks says:
It's not really possible to give an answer to a question like that. The Ipad is a premium tablet and an expensive one. The Tab 2 is an economy model that costs a whole lot less. Do you want a premium tablet or an economy model tablet? Both are well made but the Ipad has more features because it costs more. The Tab 2 has a lot of features but it's slower. It's a reasonably fast tablet but the Ipad is very fast.

Really if you want to compare tablets you probably should pick a different one to compare with the Ipad. Samsung makes premium tablets, as do Asus, Toshiba and Acer.

What do you plan to do with it? What is your budget? What are you looking for in a tablet? You didn't give any information about what you want.


Posted on Dec 7, 2012 12:49:33 PM PST
I got a Sony Xperia S tablet for $299 during Black Friday. Best tablet I've ever owned. I was a previous owner of the following
1s tgen ipad
3rd gen ipad
Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Nexus 7 to me though looks like a hard one to beat. For $199 you get the latest hardware with instant Android OS updates the second they release.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 1:30:17 PM PST
FAL says:
259.99 asus tf300 amazon warehuse used like new 9.5/10 condition. A case stand is a must for tab. This size.

379.99 tf600, 399.99 nexus 10, ipad mini, tf600 w/ free keyboard

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 7:59:07 AM PST
R. Brown says:
I ended up ordering a 32gb Nexus 7, concluding that the real "TCO" cost of owning, is easily the cheapest. ditto for the 16gb. it has its issues, but the fact is that people want them. If I decide I'm done with it, it will sell on eeebbaayyy for very close to what I paid for it, as is the case with ipad mini. battery life is not what the mini is, but depending on how I configure it, which rom I use, etc, it can be "all day long" and then some. The 'smart' connector on it... very interesting.. so far goog has elected to not use the hdmi capability of the chipset but it is not a hardware issue, its probably a marketing/pm issue. they can 'activate' hdmi and support with a dongle that splits out a hdmi port from the multipurpose connector port. You can buy a lenovo 2107 for 150, but I doubt seriously it would sell anywhere close to that on the used market, though its a likable tablet [if it had hdmi, I might have bought it by now].

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 12:06:18 PM PST
WJM says:
I recently purchased a Sony Xperia SGPT 12 and I love it. I own an iPad 2 that I have had great success with but I wanted to be able to watch video links on the internet when I am doing research. The Sony is one beautiful piece of work and it is amazing the things it will do. As busy as I get at times, programming other appliances with the Sony, I don't have to worry about all the little things that require setting. It controls my TV, messaging devices (other than internet), has the ability to even take the mess out of video editing and the list goes on. The display is fantastic and clarity of printed matter is outstanding. I have serious eyesight limitations and for me to say the display is great, that is a big statement. I couldn't be happier and the battery life is about the same as my iPad 2 when it is in use. No complaints and besides, this one is a lot lighter to carry and hold.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 12:53:14 PM PST
R. Brown says:
This is good as it confirms the happiness over the Nexus 7, which has the same chipset/architecture and packs 1200x800 densely into its 7" display [vs the larger less dense sony].
nexus 7 @199 vs. Experia SGPT 121 @$349.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 6:57:13 PM PST
BrodyWB says:
Toshiba makes a wonderful tablet. Have a 15 month old who carries it around watching Disney apps all day long. Still in one piece.
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