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.




16363 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3229

Trusted

# 138007 16-Dec-2013 19:59
Send private message

My daughters solo mother friend would like to buy a tablet for her boy, has to be cheap.

I recall a while back there were cheap Android tablets but some could not access Play Store, IIRC the issue was they were made in China for China, and then imported.

If she buys at a regular store here, aka Warehouse etc, will there or could there be any Play Store problems?

Tks all

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
335 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 19


  # 953306 16-Dec-2013 20:19
Send private message

Shouldn't be any issues with accessing the play store if it's not from an importer. However low end cheap android devices are usually terrible and not worth bothering with.

267 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 48


  # 953308 16-Dec-2013 20:19
Send private message

I bought a cheap tablet from Warehouse Stationery some time ago and yes it was able to access the play store. You can check the tablet in store to see if it is ok. (well you could the last time I looked).

 
 
 
 


830 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 267


  # 953311 16-Dec-2013 20:21
Send private message

I bought one for about $80 from PB Tech and it is not worth the time, you need to get one worth a few hundred dollars or so.
John




I know enough to be dangerous




16363 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3229

Trusted

  # 953326 16-Dec-2013 21:01
Send private message

SATTV: I bought one for about $80 from PB Tech and it is not worth the time, you need to get one worth a few hundred dollars or so.
John


Yes, I appreciate that, but if it works ok, and used by a child, and can access the Play Store, it would be fit for for purpose I feel. I assume the child is around 5 to 9 years of age. Basically, a toy, but better than the do 5 things toy tablets that are seen at toy stores. Workable SATTV in your opinion?

5124 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1431

Trusted
Microsoft

  # 953336 16-Dec-2013 21:20
Send private message

in this category of low cost tablets, you basically get what you pay for

maybe take her into a shop and have a play with a few

I bought a cheap one to have a look recently and its pretty crap, but I totally understand why people are buying these things. Because they're cheap and its still a "tablet"

830 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 267


  # 953359 16-Dec-2013 21:43
Send private message

It is a good idea to try them first, mine slowed down after a day or two when several apps updated.
I tried to load a couple of games, the connect four game take about 3 seconds from toughing the screen until something happens, typing an email is almost impossible and I tried to load a decent game and it wont run, it loads kind of but wont run.
Buying a cheap tablet will be a disappointment,




I know enough to be dangerous


14877 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2017


  # 953362 16-Dec-2013 21:58
Send private message

tdgeek:
SATTV: I bought one for about $80 from PB Tech and it is not worth the time, you need to get one worth a few hundred dollars or so.
John


Yes, I appreciate that, but if it works ok, and used by a child, and can access the Play Store, it would be fit for for purpose I feel. I assume the child is around 5 to 9 years of age. Basically, a toy, but better than the do 5 things toy tablets that are seen at toy stores. Workable SATTV in your opinion?


I suspect there will be some good deals on tablets in the boxing day sales. Tablets are the must have Xmas present this year so the good ones are still pricey.

 
 
 
 




16363 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3229

Trusted

  # 953383 16-Dec-2013 22:21
Send private message

Tks for feedback, appreciated

Hows this, Nextbook. I've heard of it on GZ I think

https://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/Nextbook-7-Inch-Premium-Android-Tablet-7SE-8GB-M757ND?SKU=1718122

14877 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2017


  # 953390 16-Dec-2013 22:44
Send private message

tdgeek: Tks for feedback, appreciated

Hows this, Nextbook. I've heard of it on GZ I think

https://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/Nextbook-7-Inch-Premium-Android-Tablet-7SE-8GB-M757ND?SKU=1718122


They were sold out at my local warehouse so couldn't try one out. But if I was going for an android tablet, I would probably stick to the teir one brands like samsung, as they should be supported for longer, and the build quality should be better. The cheapest ones tend to use old outdated versions of android, with poor quality screens both poor veiwing angles and screen resolution, and poor battery life.

131 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 5


  # 953508 17-Dec-2013 09:24
Send private message

I bought one of the cheap 7" Newsmy tablets from PB tech for $69+gst. My experience is quite poor (same as other posts here). It is basically unusable due to how slow it is, and all I wanted it for was web browsing. I've got some young children so was planning to give it to them, but even then it'll still be difficult for them to play games with the extreme lag. I should have bought an Asus memopad or something (branded but cheap), I think they are $188 in the shops.

I had also previously bought a 7" tablet from the Warehouse (ordered online). It seemed okay except for the fact it was used, had a few apps installed including someone's saved games and stuff (yes it was meant to be a new unit).

1748 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 426


  # 953752 17-Dec-2013 14:25
Send private message

SATTV: I bought one for about $80 from PB Tech and it is not worth the time, you need to get one worth a few hundred dollars or so.
John


I bough a APAD from PBTech
Google Play store didnt work out of the box, I had to find a 'fix' for that
The screen was pretty bad, even sitting next to a sunny window it would be almost unreadable.
Was OK away from bright windows, the screen wasnt very bright.
Other than that, it was usuable if patient, too slow for most newer games though. Even angry birds it struggled with.

I now have a Samsung tablet. Its a thing of beauty in comparison.
Good tablets are more than you want to pay though, so recommending a $300 Tab isnt much help.
:-)


3187 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 415


  # 953755 17-Dec-2013 14:35
Send private message

Incase anyone was wondering

 

https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1727131?hl=en

Anything else is either manually loaded store APKs (much like you do with cyanogenmod) or hacked to bits to make it work, but some apps will reject (like ones that rely on certified google API etc)

894 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 127

Trusted

  # 954030 18-Dec-2013 07:41
Send private message

If I was short on funds I'd go for a used 2012 Nexus 7 off Amazon. For me they're better than those other chinese imports.

39 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  # 954040 18-Dec-2013 08:20
One person supports this post
Send private message

I managed to pickup a 2012 Nexus 7 off TradeMe on the weekend for $180.  I am very happy with my purchase, running stock Android 4.4.  Even got the box and receipt.

Mad Scientist
20323 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2769

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 954074 18-Dec-2013 09:17
Send private message

Bsiacally if u get a cheap tablet it must have thee otherwise don't bother

1) ram
2) storage
3) dual core if possible




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



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 »

Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18


E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34


Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51


Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47


100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35


5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01


Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24


Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24


Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10


Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32


Epson launches new 4K Pro-UHD projector technology
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:26


Lenovo and Qualcomm unveil first 5G PC called Project Limitless
Posted 28-May-2019 20:23


Intel introduces new 10th Gen Intel Core Processors and Project Athena
Posted 28-May-2019 19:28


Orcon first to trial residential 10Gbps broadband
Posted 28-May-2019 11:20



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.