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Old November 21st, 2011, 07:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ZJE123 View Post
I am looking for a tablet to buy on Black Friday and I have found four that have peaked my interest. I was in the market for a 7 inch tablet mainly because of it's portability, but I have heard that 7 inchers really aren't that much more portable than a 10 incher because a 7 inch tablet cannot fit in your pocket anyway, at least not well. So I must ask people who maybe have had experiences with one or more of these tablets, of these four tablets, what gets you the most per dollar (with the black Friday discounted price)

The Acer Iconia Tab a100 at $190
Pros: Android 3.2 1 Gb Ram as opposed to 512mb
cons: low viewing angle and poor battery life

The Amazon Kindle Fire $200:
Pros: Large Community, cheap to replace if it breaks comparably (to replace the other 3 tablets I couldn't get it at the Black Friday price again), wide viewing angles
cons: 512mb Ram, No camera, Android 2.- as opposed to 3.-, no camera

The Blackberry Playbook $200 (Yes I know its not android but I'm still considering it)
Pros: Apparently the best camera(s) a tablet could have, better battery life than the A100, good reviews despite not being android, nice business style (I like the business matte plastic style), 1Gb Ram, wide viewing angles
Cons: Not android, though may be compatible with android apps soon, afraid it may have the same problem as the HPTtouchpad

The Big Cheese of Android Tablets, the Asus EEE Pad Transformer $250
Pros: Hands Down the best android Tablet out there according to reviews, optional dock, android 3.1, standard battery life, wide viewing angles, 10.1 inch screen, 16:10 aspect ratio as opposed to 16:9 which goes along with higher resolution at 1280x800 ( I prefer 16:10 over 16:9, wish laptops still existed with that aspect ratio ), support for actual 720p video with it's resolution.
Cons: extra $50 over the others, 10 inch screen may be less portable, heavier maybe?

*All of these tablets have a dual-core 1GHZ of some kind, a must need for me. I prefer a full gig of ram because that would mean more multitasking possibilities (I tend to have a lot of tabs open at once on my laptop so I would want my tablet to not have a problem with this either, to an extent of coarse)

*The eee Pad slider is my dream tablet, but unfortunately there isn't a black Friday price on it (yet) and $500 is way out of my price range.

If I had to choose off the bat, it would be the Transformer, I am just unsure if it is worth the extra $50. I know, it is probably the best android tablet out there now according to reviews, but please take into consideration my pros and cons before answering with this right away. I also do not need a HUGE app store, I would probably only want the most popular apps such as gas buddy, angry birds, ect., although all the tablets I mentioned here have support or will have support for all android apps anyway. Any help will be appreciated. Also if any of you have another recommendation of a tablet I did not mention feel free to tell me.

A good website to look at to compare all major tablets: Tablet comparison | Tablet pc comparison 2011

As a side question, I heard Adobe is no longer supporting mobile flash. Does that mean no new version of it will come out after 10.2, but will still work, or does that mean flash will no longer work at all on tablets?
Because being able to get any tablet on Black Friday is a draw due to high demand and large crowds, I have decided to buy the Blackberry Playbook for $199 (which was the Black Friday price anyway) at Best Buy online on back-order. I think this is a steal and something everyone else should look at. Yes the Transformer would have been nice, but by the time I would get to Best Buy on Black Friday, even if I showed up before the store opens, there would probably be a large line (large as an understatement) and I probably wouldn't have a chance getting the Transformer anyway. However, if I would rate 9/10 on the Transformer I would rate the Playbook at 8.5/10, so needless to say I am not disappointed in my choice

Thank you to EVERYONE for your help and suggestions!!!
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