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Topic # 226021 16-Dec-2017 07:27
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I need a tablet for my daughter. I don't want to spend a lot. From a bit of research, I can see that these two are pretty good value.
Amazon Fire HD 7 or Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus.
Anyone got any experience with either of these?
She needs it for basic apps (mathematics) and obviously a little bit of gaming too.

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  Reply # 1920469 16-Dec-2017 08:57
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Sorry, meant the Lenovo Tab 3 A7-10 7inch.

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  Reply # 1920470 16-Dec-2017 09:01
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  Reply # 1920471 16-Dec-2017 09:03
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kindle fire tablets from $79 on 1 day this morning

 

 




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  Reply # 1920472 16-Dec-2017 09:04
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Thanks.
Is that link just to compare the models?
Amazon don't post to NZ.

I don't want to end up with a tablet, which won't accept software updates in a couple of years time. My mother in law purchased a Galaxy tablet a few years ago. No more software updates available for it, which mean she can't run Lightbox anymore.



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  Reply # 1920473 16-Dec-2017 09:07
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kindle fire tablets from $79 on 1 day this morning


 


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  Reply # 1920475 16-Dec-2017 09:10
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danepak: Thanks.
Is that link just to compare the models?
Amazon don't post to NZ.

I don't want to end up with a tablet, which won't accept software updates in a couple of years time. My mother in law purchased a Galaxy tablet a few years ago. No more software updates available for it, which mean she can't run Lightbox anymore.

 

That is the Amazon affiliate link for Geekzone.

 

You can use YouShop to buy from Amazon and have things shipped here.

 

Amazon tablets don't have Google Play so you pretty much want something different then (or install separately).

 

Yes, most Android OEM are really bad at releasing updates.







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  Reply # 1920479 16-Dec-2017 09:16
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Cool, so I can install Google Play Store?
$79 sounds like an amazing deal.
Again, she's just using it for a few games (not extremely heavy in graphics) and we obviously want her to use it for maths apps etc as well.
Also, Netflix and YouTube.
This will be sufficient?



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  Reply # 1920487 16-Dec-2017 09:49
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Is the Kindle Fire 7 16GB an old generation? I don't want to purchase something, which will be unusable in 12 months time.
It doesn't state anywhere, when this was released.

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  Reply # 1920554 16-Dec-2017 13:28
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I bought the older version of this for my daughter about a year ago . . .

https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Touch-V10-800x1280-Bluetooth/dp/B0752H47LF/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1513383919&sr=8-4&keywords=dragon+touch+x10

Obviously not a top end tablet but much much better than the price suggests.


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  Reply # 1920595 16-Dec-2017 15:52
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Mrs has the Lenovo. She  uses it for reading and FB.

 

No good for games. 


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  Reply # 1920742 17-Dec-2017 10:30
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Given the dubious update record of tablets, I would check out lineageOS and find a well supported model on there and give consideration to one of those

LineageOS is very stable and usually provides a newer version of android then is available on the latest of tablets, so coupled with a older generation (read cheap to buy) tablet makes a cost effective option



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  Reply # 1921561 18-Dec-2017 22:45
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I ended up buying the Amazon Fire 8 HD (7th gen) for $124.
I've installed Google Play Store and it seems to work fine.
Also, the Amazon Fire has an ad, when you unlock the screen. It costs around $30 to have this removed...that is, unless you contact Amazon and ask them to remove it for free!
I saw someone on YouTube, who said he'd done it. I tried the same, when contacting their live chat support and bingo, they did it.

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  Reply # 1921583 19-Dec-2017 07:15
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danepak: I don't want to end up with a tablet, which won't accept software updates in a couple of years time. My mother in law purchased a Galaxy tablet a few years ago. No more software updates available for it, which mean she can't run Lightbox anymore.

 

Basically, with Android, you shouldn't expect any software updates. If you do get them you won't for more than a year or two. That's just the way Android is.

 

Google is working to improve this. It may be that tablets you buy in a few years will get consistent updates.

 

If anyone really wants updates Apple do this well.





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