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Topic # 119746 12-Jun-2013 08:52
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Hi,

I see HP have returned with a 7" android tablet.  My mother is looking for a 7" tablet, and I'm looking for something a bit cheaper than a nexus 7 as it will be for relatively light duties.  Web/weather browsing and will install the kindle app etc.

Acer make the other 'name brand' one out there at the moment, in the cheaper range.  What are peoples thoughts on these?  Anyone have one?

I tried the warehouses 'premium' 7" tablet the other day in store and it honestly felt pretty good.  The cheaper ones had a lower res screen, lower RAM etc.  Still thinking I'd prefer to get a 'name' brand, as it's going to someone else.


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http://dicksmith.co.nz/tablets/hp-slate-7-2800-tablet-silver-dsnz-ta7000

http://dicksmith.co.nz/tablets/acer-b1-a71-touch-7-tablet-dsnz-xc8616

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  Reply # 834600 12-Jun-2013 08:58
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The Nexus 7 is superior, HP consumer products are built to a budget and it shows. The iPad mini is also a good alternative.




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  Reply # 834610 12-Jun-2013 09:23
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If you are buying an android tablet, get a nexus 7. If you want bigger, get a Nexus 10. Any off brand (i.e. not Samsung) is more than likely to be utter rubbish.

Otherwise buy an iPad.

I'd love to reccommend Windows tablets - but given 8.1 is a few months away and most OEMs are going to be bringing out their haswell gen tablets at the same time it doesn't make sense to buy now.





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  Reply # 834611 12-Jun-2013 09:25
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iPad mini is probably where I'll end up steering them, but I can't stomach buying the first gen unit knowing a retina based version will surely arrive one day. I actually really like the iPad mini and find it's size tardis like, in that you don't realise you're working on a smaller one until you place it next to the full iPad.

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  Reply # 834627 12-Jun-2013 09:57
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sure all those tablets are twice the price though. for $205 (if you shop around) its a really cheap tablet.

every review ive read about it said the screen was rubbish though (odd resolution/aspect ratio which makes everything the wrong size).

but for $200, i may buy one for my son for in the back of the car.

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  Reply # 834629 12-Jun-2013 09:58
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The iPad mini is $479 whereas the HP Slate 7 is $229 so you're not really comparing Apples with HPs ;)

The Slate7 is actually a really nice product and perfectly suitable for the usage you describe

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  Reply # 834634 12-Jun-2013 10:07
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I trialled a HP Slate for a client. With in a week the buttons were becoming unreliable and battery life was only average. It been a few months since HP  released it so going by track record they will drop them very soon.

Re the iPad mini, although it is not retina you really do not notice it the screen is very good and the build quality is excellent.




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  Reply # 835673 12-Jun-2013 12:01
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seriously if you just want one for your son , you cant go past the ainols you can get one of these for $120 to your door

http://www.mp4nation.net/tablets/ainol-tablets/ainol-novo-7-crystal-ii-quad-core-7-hd-screen-android-4-1-tablet-8gb-white




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  Reply # 835686 12-Jun-2013 12:27
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You can't buy a tablet that sounds like a hemorrhoid cream

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  Reply # 837368 15-Jun-2013 19:07
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I noticed that everyone seems to have left out the Samsung galaxy note 8 at $599, it's slightly more expensive than the 7" ones or the iPad mini, but its a good android device. With some interesting features arranged around the s-pen.

Also there is the Kindle Fire, which is android based, just released in New Zealand through Dick Smith

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