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  # 954081 18-Dec-2013 09:41
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Tks all

The person wanting one is on a low budget, so I take this at $150

New tablets at $150 seem to offer acceptable specs such as that Nextbook I quoted, but the issue amongst these cheapos is Play Store access. As noted above, I will advise to budget $150, and get a known brand such as a Nexus off Trademe

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  # 954774 19-Dec-2013 12:38
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Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


 
 
 
 


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  # 954799 19-Dec-2013 13:19
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i recommend trying to get a decent older 2nd hand model. i picked up a TF300T for $275 last week, which is a quad core running 4.3.

if you can live with 7" you can get decent samsung ones for around $200 if youre patient and watch the auctions.

i bought a ainol firewire/spark from aliexpress, waste of money, wifi was terrible (even after the update that was suppose to fix it), wasnt robust (my son dropped it about 2 feet onto carpet and the screen popped out, luckily i was able to push it back in).

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  # 954805 19-Dec-2013 13:36
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Yeah i guess esp with kids who sometimes don't realise things don't last forever




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When you are spending around $89-$99, you are really looking at a white-label branded 7 inch tablet with a single core (unspecified processing power), 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage (extendable with a MicroSD), WiFi (not sure about Bluetooth), and half decent screen. In terms of reliability, you could expect a battery problem, an annoying software glitch, and/or durability problems. Most of the time you figure out these problems pretty quickly, take it back to the retailer, and have it replaced (or repaired, if they are quick about it) You add about $40, and you'll get a bit more RAM and processing power (dual or quad core). I categorise these tablets as entry level tablets, suitable for either those that are used to cheap stuff, or adults that are trying to buy for their children for the first time (who will get a better one into the future, after figuring out what they hate about this one).

The next step up would have to be the branded tablets (like Samsung), reaching into the couple of hundreds (starting from $277 I think?). They are a lot smoother running compared to the cheaper tablets, ranging from something you can barely hold in your hand, to about 10.1 inches at the high end. Spend $100-$200 more on top of one without 3G for one with 3G, and you can use it just about anywhere to access the internet. Being a reputable brand, they are far less likely to have hardware problems, and they have worked hard to make the software work smoothly as tablets like those from Samsung are sold globally in big numbers.

I would have to say tablets like the Apple iPad are a lot more on the high end of things.

If you purchased your tablet from good places like Kmart, The Warehouse, Dick Smith, Noel Lemmings, or other main retailer, I'm sure even their entry level tablets are made and ready for New Zealand (including the Play Store). Unless told otherwise, all products sold here in NZ need to be suitable for use in NZ, otherwise it is not fit for purpose and you would be entitled to a full refund under the Consumers Guarantees Act.

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  # 956283 22-Dec-2013 19:02
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saw these at jb hi fi today

http://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/computers-laptops/tablets/amaze-7-4gb-tablet-black/74294


didn't check it out but seems to meet your needs re budget and specs that others have mentioned...


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  # 956333 22-Dec-2013 22:14
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I haven't tried the Amaze ones, but there is a thread on GP forums of someone who bought two of them for kids or something but returned them due to how slow and annoying they were, the OP swapped them for Ipad Minis.


 
 
 
 


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  # 956340 22-Dec-2013 22:27
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Archer77: I haven't tried the Amaze ones, but there is a thread on GP forums of someone who bought two of them for kids or something but returned them due to how slow and annoying they were, the OP swapped them for Ipad Minis.

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cheers for the info

if that's the case with these - then a 1st gen nexus would def be a better bet...


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  # 956378 23-Dec-2013 01:37
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In terms of cheapish but still good quality tablets I think the Nvidia Tegra Note is worthy of consideration, just starting to become available now.




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  # 956573 23-Dec-2013 14:14
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tigercorp: $150 for a 2012 8GB Nexus 7

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=77&topicid=137960


winner winner chicken dinner :)

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