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Help me decide on a tablet based on my needs please

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Initial post: Dec 17, 2012, 9:58:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012, 10:37:54 AM PST
scooter says:
I originally was set on getting the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" but now I'm torn between that, the Samsung Tab 2 7", Asus TF300, and Nexus 7. There are features I like about each one.
HDMI: Asus and Kindle fire have this, but will I miss it if I don't have it? I thought it would be nice while traveling to easily plug into a hotel TV with hdmi.
Android: I like that Nexus 7 runs jelly bean. Will the Samsung and Asus upgrade to that? But with the Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, do I need that in a tablet?
Amazon content: Yes, I'm primarily an amazon consumer for entertainment but I'd like the option of google's store since my music library is already in google play.
Apps: I'd like to use dropbox, netflix, amazon prime instant video (whether through a workaround or organically), and kindle app. Will the non kindle tablets read aloud through the kindle app? I don't play any games, but like apps like radio.com, iheartradio, pandora, etc. Is HBO Go available on all? I'd love to use swype beta's keyboard and I haven't been able to put that on my original kindle fire. The cloud print app would be amazing as well.

I'm really torn. I also looked at the ipad mini which was nice, but I'm not really tied to apple products in any way and don't really have a desire to start, especially for the price tag.

The Asus is on sale now at HHG, does anyone have an opinion on that one? As long as I can somehow get amazon prime video and other amazon content as well as amazon apps, I'm leaning towards that for the features and price tag. Is there something I'm overlooking?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 12:09:08 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I don't have a TV so I never used HDMI. I watch on the tablet itself. Both the 7" and 10" tablets are fine for that. Before I had tablets I watched on a portable media player with a 4.3" screen. I still use that now and then if I feel like watching something laying down.

The thing is if you watch by yourself you can hold it close enough to you that it's effectively larger than a large TV screen across the room. These things are ideal for that.

I have a Samsung Tab 2 7" and a Nexus 7 and I watch videos on them all the time. I also have the Asus Transformer TF101, the predecessor to the TF300, which is pretty much the same thing with a faster CPU. I suspect the Samsung and the Asus will get Jelly Bean eventually but they both have Android 4.x now and that's fine with me. The difference from 4.x to Jellybean is a bit of speed and zippiness when you're using it, and that's kind of nice but not very important. When I compare the two or show one off the Nexus is nicer. Most of the time I don't notice any difference at all.

If your music library is in Google Play you can download it to your computer and move it to any tablet you like. Unless it's a very large library that isn't a big thing. If it is very large then it might take a bit of time before you get it all.

Dropbox and Netflix will work on all the tablets you've named. Amazon Prime will work on a Kindle Fire or an Ipad. You can make it work on other Android tablets by using an older Dolphin browser and Flash, which is still available from Adobe's website. This involves a bit of extra work to set up but once set up it works just fine. I haven't done that because I do have a Kindle Fire HD 7" but there are instructions all over the internet for doing it and it seems pretty simple.

I also have an Ipad Mini, which I got last week, and I like it a lot, mostly because I like watching old TV shows and movies that have a 4:3 aspect ratio and they fit the Ipad screen nicely. For anything else I prefer Android tablets.

I personally don't think there's enough difference in any of the tablets you've mentioned to really care that much which one you get. I'd decide first if you want a 7" or 10" tablet, decide how much you want to spend and get the closest one to that price. Whichever you choose you'll probably be glad you did and you'll probably find that one feature you don't have that you wish you did. That's just how it works when you buy electronics. :)

You're looking at a lot of first rate tablets. There's no reason to worry about any of them. Sounds like a good and safe time for an impulse purchase. :)

Posted on Dec 18, 2012, 11:11:11 AM PST
scooter says:
I was all set on getting the Asus when the Best Buy guy was trying to talk me into a kindle fire hd. back to square one!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012, 12:36:30 PM PST
B. Marks says:
Those are both good tablets, however it's very important to remember that advice from sales clerks isn't in your best interest, it's in his. On any given day there may be spiffs (cash bonuses from the manufacturer) for selling a given device and if there is he gets extra money for selling them. A sales clerk that doesn't try hard to sell the spiff items soon starves. There are always spiffs.

Another very important point to remember is that sales clerks in a place like Best Buy aren't trained to know anything about the devices they sell, they're trained in sales techniques, such as how to keep track of which items have spiffs. :)

Never, ever assume that a sales clerk knows what he's talking about because they rarely do.


Posted on Dec 18, 2012, 6:03:50 PM PST
scooter says:
Thanks for the advice. Picked up the 32GB Asus tf300 tonight for just $329 and am charging it up a bit before playing with it. Watching a movie on my old kindle fire while waiting. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012, 1:12:44 AM PST
I personally own the ASUS TF700T, it is amazing and so glad that I went with it instead of the Fire HD. I did hear some bad things about the TF300 having some I/O issues that slow it down quite a bit after a while though.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 11:35:33 AM PST
Alicia says:
I've had the TF300 since release day and never had a problem but what tablets don't have problems when it's release.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 11:55:58 AM PST
scooter says:
I am having the hardest time deciding between the 7" and 10" tablets. So while I bought the TF300 and love it (recently got a price match for $299 from the $329 I bought it for), I also just picked up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" for $150 on Woot (refurbished). I figure for the prices of these tablets, why not keep both and my husband and I can share them, especially if they update to jelly bean with the multiple user profiles.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012, 12:24:58 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I have 7" tablets and 10" tablets and a few sizes in between. I even have smaller ones. They all have their uses but I find myself using the 7" tablets about 90% of the time.


Posted on Jan 1, 2013, 5:10:52 PM PST
scooter says:
Well, I got the tf300 and then picked up the galaxy tab 2 7.0 on woot. I returned the Asus because it constantly dragged even after cold reboots and the display was lacking, especially compared to the galaxy tab. On paper, it should be faster but I'm not a gamer and prefer a good display and good sound. The one speaker on the back of the Asus was a turn off. Anyway, I do realize that I prefer a 10" tablet and now am thinking about the galaxy tab 2 10" or waiting for the nexus 10 to be back in stock, although who knows how long that will be. Does anyone know when that might be?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013, 5:37:50 PM PST
B. Marks says:
My guess is they'll be stocking up soon but who knows.

If the problem was slow the Galaxy Tab 2 (7" or 10") is vastly slower than the TF300. You must have had a bad one or something. I have the 7" Tab 2 and I like it and it's fine for web browsing and stuff, but like the TF300 it's definitely a low-end tablet.

The Note, on the other hand, is said to be among the fastest tablet on the market today. Still, it's only a little faster than the TF300.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013, 9:14:41 PM PST
JC says:
If it's the Nexus 10 you're looking for, check out local Walmarts. Several of the stores near me have them in stock, but I think they only have the 32 GB/$499 ones.
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