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    In the market for a sub $200 tablet w/Android

    This will be primarily an e-reader and PDA. Streaming music/mp3 player a plus, gaming and video playback not a deal breaker. Integration with Skype and preferably Google Voice would be nice. Here are the ones that have made the 'short list' so far:

    -Lenovo IdeaPad. I like this because I can pick it today and I can create office documents with it. The 512mb of RAM gives me pause, though, and apparently lacks GPS (I thought Android devices had basic/limited GPS by default?).
    -ASUS MeMO. Twice the RAM and memory, can also create documents.
    -Kindle Fire. Perhaps the best hardware, but appears to lack create/edit of documents and is essentially locked into the Amazon ecosystem. Also lacks microSD, so would have to either download or sideload content/files and then start swapping files with laptop when memory nears capacity.

    Note that wife has $55 in Amazon credit...

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    Further research compels me to scratch the Asus from the list. Wife is now trying to talk me into a 7" Coby. My past experience with the brand eons ago still leaves a bad aftertaste, but apparently they have improved their quality a bit. Most of the key specs seem to meet or even exceed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (my wife has a Galaxy Tab 2 10").

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    Try nomorerack.com. To be honest I dont know anything about tablets but the one my wife got me seems to be a good one. Its a MID Android tablet, $69.00 shipped. Wifes say if you decide to order from them let them know you were refered by (email will be sent via PM), so she can get a discount next time she orders.
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    My mom has the Asus and seems to like it. She really just uses it for Netflix though.

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    I got a Google Nexus 7 tablet. Love it. I looked at the cheaper ones but decided to spend a little more and get this one. Mine is the 32gb, but I probably would have been fine with the 16gb model.

    Yeah, I would have liked a slot for an SD card and a camera on the back, but I haven't really needed those yet. I use Dropbox to move files between my tablet and my other machines. Works great.

    I put the Kindle app on mine and have been collecting free books. I have 70ish so far.

    I'm going to be setting up my Google Voice account on it with GrooveIP or Talkatone apps to use it as a wifi phone in a pinch.

    I got a $10 usb keyboard case from amazon and it turns the tablet into a mini laptop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Further research compels me to scratch the Asus
    Please do not scratch your asus in this forum.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Please do not scratch your asus in this forum.
    Or at least keep it to yourself (and wash your hand before shaking ours) if you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Please do not scratch 'n sniff your asus in this forum.
    Feel no evil.
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    Amen.
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    nomad i had a cheap 70 buck tablet and gave it away just was to slow and battery life was awefull

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    Gonna be putting this acquisition on hold for the time being. I have 'appropriated' my wife's old Nextbook2 and trying to breathe life into the battery (not wanting to charge via wall- will see if it will charge via PC).

    It is slow (600MHz processor), and it has limited (2GB) onboard storage. The OS is Android 2.1 (originally 1.5) and unsure if I can upgrade the OS anymore because of the low end hardware. Will have to settle for Borders/Kobo instead of Kindle for books, but I can get titles from the local library. Apps will apparently come from Get Jar.

    Edit: It did take a charge via the wall charger. It will play video, but doesn't support Flash, so a bunch of the interactive content on the web is gonna be inaccessible. It has a youtube app but wouldn't play any of the files that I clicked on...
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    Posting this from the lame thing now...

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    are you sure it dont have space for add on card?

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    Kindle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    are you sure it dont have space for add on card?
    This thing has a SD slot.

    I originally thought that I could do without Flash, but I can't stream local radio stations nor can I access my Slacker account.

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    Download the flash apk file and install it manually.
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