Linked by David Adams on Tue 20th Dec 2011 06:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless 2011 will go down in the history books as a great year for tablets mostly for Apple's iPad however, not all tablet vendors fared as well as Apple. It's not for lack of products that prevented Android tablets from taking any market share away from Apple this year. By our calculation, over 100 tablets were introduced since the iPad however, we defy even the most tech-savvy of you to name more than a few of them. What was so wrong with the competition that it failed to make any inroads in the tablet market, at least until the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook came along?
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Still waiting...
by broken_symlink on Tue 20th Dec 2011 06:40 UTC
broken_symlink
Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm still waiting for the perfect 7in. android tablet. I want something with 1280x800 resolution, microsd slot, at least 16gb storage, dual core 1ghz minimum, 1gb ram, microusb port, and bluetooth. The ideal price for me is $299.

I've considered a galaxy tab 7 plus, but the lack of microusb is a deal breaker for me. I've also considered a kindle fire, but no microsd is a no go.

I'm strongly considering getting a 7in. toshiba thrive, although its a little more expensive than I would like. The nook tablet would be ideal if only the bootloader were unlocked...

Those are the things that are personally keeping me from buying an android tablet. I recently came across this link http://www.spemall.com/Tablet-PC_c.html they seem to have a bunch of generic android tablets for cheap.

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RE: Still waiting...
by Pro-Competition on Wed 21st Dec 2011 01:15 in reply to "Still waiting..."
Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

Have you looked at the Nook Tablet? The screen resolution is only 1024x600 and it has no Bluetooth, but it has the MicroUSB and MicroSD, dual-core, WiFi, 1GB RAM, and 16GB storage (not all user accessible, of course). And it's only $249.

I've been thinking hard about it myself. I would probably root it and use a custom ROM.

(There is speculation that the chipset probably supports Bluetooth, but that there is no antenna for it. Apparently this was the case for the Nook Color, and when the custom ROMs came out, they were able to get Bluetooth working, but only for very short distances. Something to consider.)

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RE[2]: Still waiting...
by broken_symlink on Wed 21st Dec 2011 01:37 in reply to "RE: Still waiting..."
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

I have. There are no custom roms for the nook tablet though, because the bootloader is locked. B&N also recently disabled the ability to sideload apps, so you can only install apps you get through their app store.

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RE: Still waiting...
by chemical_scum on Wed 21st Dec 2011 21:14 in reply to "Still waiting..."
chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

I just bought my wife one of the much maligned cheap Android 2.3 "tablets". A Nextbook 8 Premium, Its hardware specs are relatively basic; 1 GHz ARM processor, 512 Mb RAM, 4Gb storage with micro USB, a micro SD slot and a 8 in. capacitive screen. It is really just an extended eBook reader. But it is fast and intuitive to use. In addition she can browse the web using WiFi and the Webkit based browser that comes with Android (a better experience than I expected), read her email, view videos (YouTube runs smoothly), take pictures and listen to her favourite music as well as reading ebooks. As for apps so far I have installed Overdrive for her so she can borrow ebooks free from our public library. She is keen to try some other apps as well, like one that will do web radio. She couldn't care less about games.

It might not compare to an iPad or be the perfect small Android tablet but at about a third the price of an iPad, it is a very useful and competent little device that meets her needs exactly.

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