Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




453 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 10


Topic # 98973 9-Mar-2012 22:50
Send private message

Hi
I am hunting for a 7 inch tablet right now
I want something portable while I travel around
I previously owned Ipad, Ipod touch, Android phones etc
But Ipad just isn't my thing, so rather than a laptop or a 10" tablet, a portable 7" tablet that is capable of both wifi & 3g connection is more prefered

Just a couple of requirements

> Both Wifi + 3g, so I can get a local sim when I need to, wifi tether is too battery draining, I use Motorola defy now

> Capable of HD content => It doesn't lag

> Mainly for ebook and web browsing, may uses it for navigation if desperate in need

> Capable to getting Android 4.0 update

> Under 700 bucks please, othervise I will probably be better off getting the new ASUS ultrabook and replace my laptop :P


So far, I have only found 2 tablets that meets all my needs

1. 2degree's MediaPad


2. Vodafone Smart Tab 7
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/internet/tablets/vodafone-smart-tab-7/


Any other recommendations or things I missed?

Thanks




Cheapest Online Bookstore Free Worldwide Delivery

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=lhou021
 
MOBILE: Nexus 6 & HTC U Play
TABLET: Ipad 2017
OTHER: Asus Vivobook + Intel NUC5i3 + A family of Raspberry Pi x 9 + Amazon Echo


Create new topic
4649 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 470

Trusted

  Reply # 593041 9-Mar-2012 23:00
Send private message

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (similar dimensions to the Galaxy Tab 7 inch).

For your requirements easily the best one available, although a bit outside your stated price range - cheapest price for the 3G variant is $850 (in stock) on Pricespy.

Perfect for lag-free HD content and best GPS in a tablet yet (uses both American GPS satellite network and also the Russian GLONASS one, more satellites to lock to so you get faster lock speeds and better lock accuracy and strength). Will be updated according to Samsung, probably in Q2 (although Root is already available, so likely get ICS sooner via unofficial channels if desired).

Although slightly more than your price range I don't think your decision about which to go for is complete without considering the best device in that size range.

I have the WiFi only one, very good tablet. 




Twitter: @nztechfreak
Blogs: HeadphoNZ.org


823 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 593049 9-Mar-2012 23:25
Send private message

Im not gonna doubt techfreak stating that the Tab 7.7 is the best 7 inch tablet, because it is. But considering you can get the MediaPad for I think $500 now you really can't beat it for value, plus it WILL be getting an official update to ICS sometime this year.

When I had it I'll admit I didnt test any HD video content on it except for some youtube rips but I'm sure its capable. Some people say Honeycomb is the worst OS since Windows ME but the MediaPad was near perfect when it came to performance, none of the stutter on I've seen on tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1

Here's my full review: http://www.androidmobile.co.nz/item/1017-huawei-mediapad-review-the-perfect-stocking-filler?

 
 
 
 


4649 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 470

Trusted

  Reply # 593061 10-Mar-2012 00:23
Send private message

Totally appreciate the value proposition of the MediaPad, agree with you there completely - just thought the high bar should be considered too!




Twitter: @nztechfreak
Blogs: HeadphoNZ.org


2785 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 122


  Reply # 593086 10-Mar-2012 08:16
Send private message

I've got the venerable Galaxy Tab, plays anything I throw at it, already has ICS on it via CyanogenMod9, never going to happen officially though.

Can probably be found cheap, and it's a great tablet.






453 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 10


  Reply # 593110 10-Mar-2012 10:28
Send private message

P1n3apqlExpr3ss: Im not gonna doubt techfreak stating that the Tab 7.7 is the best 7 inch tablet, because it is. But considering you can get the MediaPad for I think $500 now you really can't beat it for value, plus it WILL be getting an official update to ICS sometime this year.

When I had it I'll admit I didnt test any HD video content on it except for some youtube rips but I'm sure its capable. Some people say Honeycomb is the worst OS since Windows ME but the MediaPad was near perfect when it came to performance, none of the stutter on I've seen on tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1

Here's my full review: http://www.androidmobile.co.nz/item/1017-huawei-mediapad-review-the-perfect-stocking-filler?


Really good review there
Sounds like the 2degrees mediapad is the go





Cheapest Online Bookstore Free Worldwide Delivery

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=lhou021
 
MOBILE: Nexus 6 & HTC U Play
TABLET: Ipad 2017
OTHER: Asus Vivobook + Intel NUC5i3 + A family of Raspberry Pi x 9 + Amazon Echo


4649 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 470

Trusted

  Reply # 593172 10-Mar-2012 12:39
Send private message

One question worth asking: do you have to have a tablet now? If the answer is no and waiting a couple of months then ASUS 7inch tablet with Tegra 3 represents unbeatable value (although whether a 3G variant will come is up for debate, if it were just down to ASUS I'd say no, but now that they seem to be working with Google on it I think it a bit more likely).




Twitter: @nztechfreak
Blogs: HeadphoNZ.org




453 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 10


  Reply # 593173 10-Mar-2012 12:42
Send private message

Thanks for the info
Asus products are great, definitely worth the wait if there is a 3g variant




Cheapest Online Bookstore Free Worldwide Delivery

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=lhou021
 
MOBILE: Nexus 6 & HTC U Play
TABLET: Ipad 2017
OTHER: Asus Vivobook + Intel NUC5i3 + A family of Raspberry Pi x 9 + Amazon Echo


823 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 593229 10-Mar-2012 15:09
Send private message

Don't forget the Asus Memo 370T that has gone MIA since CES

4649 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 470

Trusted

  Reply # 593265 10-Mar-2012 16:54
Send private message

P1n3apqlExpr3ss: Don't forget the Asus Memo 370T that has gone MIA since CES


I think the Memo is going to be the Nexus tablet that is presently being rumoured, seems like they have been working with Google after that point... 




Twitter: @nztechfreak
Blogs: HeadphoNZ.org




453 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 10


  Reply # 594174 12-Mar-2012 14:57
Send private message

finally had the time to do some studying on Asus Memo

http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_MeMO_171/#specifications

looks pretty good
despite the fact it says wifi for the network, but there is a sim slot, therefore it should be 3g capable
sounds like something that would worth waiting for




Cheapest Online Bookstore Free Worldwide Delivery

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=lhou021
 
MOBILE: Nexus 6 & HTC U Play
TABLET: Ipad 2017
OTHER: Asus Vivobook + Intel NUC5i3 + A family of Raspberry Pi x 9 + Amazon Echo


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

NZ and France seek to end use of social media for acts of terrorism
Posted 24-Apr-2019 12:13


Intel introduces the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile processors
Posted 24-Apr-2019 12:03


Spark partners with OPPO to bring new AX5s smartphone to New Zealand
Posted 24-Apr-2019 09:54


Orcon announces new always-on internet service for Small Business
Posted 18-Apr-2019 10:19


Spark Sport prices for Rugby World Cup 2019 announced
Posted 16-Apr-2019 07:58


2degrees launches new unlimited mobile plan
Posted 15-Apr-2019 09:35


Redgate brings together major industry speakers for SQL in the City Summits
Posted 13-Apr-2019 12:35


Exported honey authenticated on Blockchain
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:19


HPE and Nutanix partner to deliver hybrid cloud as a service
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:12


Southern Cross and ASN sign contract for Southern Cross NEXT
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:09


Data security top New Zealand consumer priority when choosing a bank
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:07


Samsung announces first 8K screens to hit New Zealand
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:03


New cyber-protection and insurance product for businesses launched in APAC
Posted 10-Apr-2019 20:59


Kiwis ensure streaming is never interrupted by opting for uncapped broadband plans
Posted 7-Apr-2019 09:05


DHL Express introduces new MyDHL+ online portal to make shipping easier
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:51



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.