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    Tablet Computers (not iPad)

    Anyone have a non-iPad tablet computer? What about a reader? What's the best thing out there that doesn't have an Apple logo? Recommendations? What to look out for?
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    Samsung Galaxy Tab is on sale @ best buy. I've never used one, but the reviews on the interwebs look "ok" at first glance. I'll watch the youtube reviews made by users.
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    I have a Toshiba Thrive, which I like. it's a little thicker and heave4ir than others of the same screen size, but I like it for several reasons:

    1) USER REPLACEABLE battery
    2) Rubberized, textured, swappable back plate with 5 colors available(comes with black)
    3) Full sized HDMI port for hooking up to a TV/ monitor
    4) Full sized USB port Capable of USB host mode(meaning you can plug in flash drives, etc)

    Unlike the ipad and (some?) other tablets, it requires it's own power brick to charge(can't charge over USB)

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    It's a dead platform (tho still supported a tiny bit), but I still dig my touchpad. Can be had for 200ish. Whe WebOS system is slick, browser works well (including flash sites!), mail is nice (all my accounts are synced), has an Amazon eReader, and a decent enough amount of quality apps.

    I've also had a chance to play with the Thinkpad Lenovo convertible laptop. Screen swivles around to turn it into a heavy-but-powerful tablet. When you want to do mucho typing, just swivle back into laptop mode. Full windows 7 compatibility, i7 processor, 3ish lbs with SSD, for $1400. Pretty sweet.

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    Thanks for this, Doo. I am interested in a tablet. While I enjoy some of the Apple gizmos I don't like paying the premium.
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    I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0. Love it. I got it for the 7" form factor, wanted an e-reader as well as a tablet. Currently $300 at Best Buys, which is pretty good as I got it for $350 at Christmas.

    It has Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) which is optimized for tablets, so try to get a tablet with 3.2. The Samsung's are "supposed" to get updated to Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) sometime this spring, which will a good thing as I can then use the new Chrome browser. Note that tablets running Android 2.3 probably will not see an OS upgrade as the hardware won't support it (including older Samsungs.)

    The Samsung replaced an Acer Iconia 7" that had major and known issues with poor WiFi reception (it really sucked).

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    Im using a Acer a500 10" spec wise almost top of the line if you look hard you can find them for about 300 new. I bought a refurb for 250. Android based is the way to go.
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    Wife talked to a coworker about this a couple of months back. The guy has a iPad and Motorola Xoom (don't know the specs of either). He told her the iPad was the better designed product, but he preferred the Xoom. The reason is that there are a lot of free apps for Android, while you virtually have to pay for everything at Apple's App Store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Anyone have a non-iPad tablet computer? What about a reader? What's the best thing out there that doesn't have an Apple logo? Recommendations? What to look out for?
    A Rooted Nook...

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    I haven't rooted my Thrive, but I don't really see why I need to.

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    iPad.

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    My mom has a Thrive (dad works for the company, it was a gift) and she likes it quite a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    My mom has a Thrive (dad works for the company, it was a gift) and she likes it quite a lot.
    Sounds like an opportunity for you to set up a Group Buy for your fellow BF'ers
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskanb3arcub View Post
    I have a Toshiba Thrive, which I like. it's a little thicker and heave4ir than others of the same screen size, but I like it for several reasons:

    1) USER REPLACEABLE battery
    2) Rubberized, textured, swappable back plate with 5 colors available(comes with black)
    3) Full sized HDMI port for hooking up to a TV/ monitor
    4) Full sized USB port Capable of USB host mode(meaning you can plug in flash drives, etc)

    Unlike the ipad and (some?) other tablets, it requires it's own power brick to charge(can't charge over USB)
    Thrive here too. Same reasons. Got a 16k for $279. Can't beat that with a stick.
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    I got my wife a Kindle Fire. I'm very impressed with it.
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    My wife and I both are pretty happy with our Kindle Fires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_R View Post
    A Rooted Nook...
    What does rooted mean?


    And in general, what features/specs should I be comparing?
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    It means you have "administrator" access to the device. You can then make customizations if you know how. Things like other shells, special apps, remove embedded apps, etc.
    http://android-dls.com/wiki/index.php?title=Why_Root
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    Specs/features:
    Battery Life.
    Screen Resolution
    Memory - Ram and Storage.
    Weight
    Smoothness of video.
    Also you need to decide if you want 3g/4g or is Wifi only good enough.
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    just buy whatever fits your bill.
    it's better if the place you bought it from allows returns.


    I'd recommend any of the tablets from samsung, lenovo, acer, asus, toshiba or sony, because THEY ALL SHARE THE SAME HARDWARE. The only thing that's different between them are some minor features, so just buy whatever has the best price.


    for instance, this:
    Quote Originally Posted by gitarzan View Post
    Specs/features:
    Battery Life. - all roughly the same
    Screen Resolution - no difference between 10.1" models currently sold on the market, they're all 1280x800
    Memory - Ram and Storage. - memory doesn't change between models, because the hardware is the same, only storage is different
    Weight - not enough of a difference to warrant consideration
    Smoothness of video. - no difference at all, because they all use the same hardware
    Also you need to decide if you want 3g/4g or is Wifi only good enough. - unless you want a massively unportable phone, then this is just worthless
    Between all the major makers, that is.

    For the 7" market, which is where kindle fire, nook and blackberry are in. The fire is hands down the best one on the market at this time.



    having said all that, buy in this order: price to storage, asus transformer.
    Which means, if you can't find any good 16GB 10.1" android tablet for less than $300 in your area, just buy an asus transformer or asus transformer prime. Because the transformer is really the best 'over $300 10.1" ' android tablet on the market. That's considering you skip over the kindle fire in the first place, which is a 7" android device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    just buy whatever fits your bill.
    it's better if the place you bought it from allows returns.


    I'd recommend any of the tablets from samsung, lenovo, acer, asus, toshiba or sony, because THEY ALL SHARE THE SAME HARDWARE. The only thing that's different between them are some minor features, so just buy whatever has the best price.


    for instance, this:

    Between all the major makers, that is.

    For the 7" market, which is where kindle fire, nook and blackberry are in. The fire is hands down the best one on the market at this time.



    having said all that, buy in this order: price to storage, asus transformer.
    Which means, if you can't find any good 16GB 10.1" android tablet for less than $300 in your area, just buy an asus transformer or asus transformer prime. Because the transformer is really the best 'over $300 10.1" ' android tablet on the market. That's considering you skip over the kindle fire in the first place, which is a 7" android device.
    No love for Motorola, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    No love for Motorola, eh?
    moto... who?

    I forgot the HTC flyer, but that's if you can ever find that in the US market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Sounds like an opportunity for you to set up a Group Buy for your fellow BF'ers
    At least in the old days, he was limited to a certain number of systems a year he could purchase at the employee rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    moto... who?

    I forgot the HTC flyer, but that's if you can ever find that in the US market.
    Oh, yeah, since Google is buying MobileMoto, I guess that would be an accurate statement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Anyone have a non-iPad tablet computer? What about a reader? What's the best thing out there that doesn't have an Apple logo? Recommendations? What to look out for?
    What do you want to do with it. If it's just watching videos, web browsing, and email the B&N nook rooted becomes a perfectly serviceable android tablet for $149.
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