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# 257343 26-Sep-2019 19:01
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So, my wife has had an Asus 8" tablet for a few years and it's been great but like all such devices it has gradually slowed down to the point of being annoying.


Use is mostly reading e-books borrowed from the library, photo viewing from the Amazon app, a few undemanding games (Sudoku etc) and web browsing.


There don't seem to be many 7-8" tablets on the NZ market now, and those that are seem to be cheap with low-res displays, eg the Samsung A8.  Options for importing include the Huawei Mediapad M5 lite and the Xiaomi Mi pad 4, but both these seem a little obscure and unsupported in NZ.  This seems the best option and the seller gets good reviews:


I'm normally averse to Apple, but from the reviews I've seen, the new Ipad mini seems the best option, even with its huge bezels.  Anyone have any other suggestions?

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  # 2325527 26-Sep-2019 19:26
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IMO the iPad is the only really decent tablet ecosystem around. Some hardware is OK from Android manufacturers but Google has given up on a tablet optimised version of Android. App support is rubbish as well.


The Fire tablet devices are cheap crap (they are fine for my kids but the latency and screens are horrible).


Given the relatively reasonable price of iPads now it's hardly worth going anywhere else.

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  # 2325629 26-Sep-2019 22:04
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You hardly need a hi-res display for that sort of use!  The 2019 Samsung A 8" with LTE is a great buy -- just bought one for email, kindle reading, newspapers, casting, and the occasional video, and it works superbly.  Screen is absolutely fine.  Can't go wrong.



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  # 2325636 26-Sep-2019 22:20
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I'm writing this on my 8" Samsung Tab S2. It's getting a bit slow and battery life is average at best, but its OLED display is still awesome and it is a perfect size. I wish Samsung had continued with this size for it's successors. The Tab S2 replaced my Note 8 (not Galaxy Note 8) and I was disappointed it didn't have an S-Pen like the Note 8 did.
Android tablets have been neglected and mostly abandoned by manufacturers, particularly in the smaller one-hand size.
Guess I'll have to wait for the Fold to come down in price.

Sorry, no helpful suggestions. There just aren't any decent smaller Android tablets on offer (imo).

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  # 2325648 26-Sep-2019 23:31
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I have the mipad 4 plus which is pretty good for the price, presume the normal one is equally good.  I bought mine from a xiaomi store in China

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  # 2326071 27-Sep-2019 14:39
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Thanks for all the replies
I'm erring towards the IPad mini at this stage. Partly because I know they just work, and will continue doing so reliably for several years. I'll check out the Samsung but having had a FHD+ display on the Asus for the last few years, I don't think I'm happy to drop to 800res. My wife likes browsing and editing our photo collections and the high res display is really nice for that.

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  # 2326216 27-Sep-2019 22:17
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Do check out the latest s4 or s5e or s6 whatever is the latest. I have the s4 and it's footprint is not much bigger than my old 8.3 LG. With smaller bezel it's quite nice to use. And the screen is gorgeous.

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  # 2326919 30-Sep-2019 06:45
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I've just purchased the Samsung S6 tablet and love it - this coming from an Apple fan changing from an iPad Pro.


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  # 2327239 30-Sep-2019 18:07
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kiwimustang: I've just purchased the Samsung S6 tablet and love it - this coming from an Apple fan changing from an iPad Pro.


I had a look at one - very nice but both too big and too expensive for what I want in this case.

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