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Well, we should be getting our tax return in the next week or so now and my wife wants a tablet. The thing is, I know diddly squat about them. All she wants is a dependable tablet that will play Facebook games nicely without any issues. No long wait times on loading then either. The rest of the stuff that she does is check her email, weather and local news.

She also wants it to be under $300. Any advice would be great. Thanx.

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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359607963' post='595491574']
Well, we should be getting our tax return in the next week or so now and my wife wants a tablet. The thing is, I know diddly squat about them. All she wants is a dependable tablet that will play Facebook games nicely without any issues. No long wait times on loading then either. The rest of the stuff that she does is check her email, weather and local news.

She also wants it to be under $300. Any advice would be great. Thanx.
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Under $300.00, a Google Nexus 7 dude.

[url="http://www.google.com/nexus/7/"]http://www.google.com/nexus/7/[/url]
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the under $300 budget knocks out 10" tablets, so in the 7" range I'd say the Nexus 7 would be your best bet :) https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_16gb

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[quote name='Scorbing' timestamp='1359608100' post='595491580']
Under $300.00, a Google Nexus 7 dude.

[url="http://www.google.com/nexus/7/"]http://www.google.com/nexus/7/[/url]
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So, she will be able to load up a web browser and play her facebook games?

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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359608520' post='595491586']
So, she will be able to load up a web browser and play her facebook games?
[/quote]no. but then again you won't be able to do that on any new tablet anymore (except a Windows RT tablet) since mobile flash was killed off last year

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So either way then a tablet isn't going to work for her then?

[quote name='Brando212' timestamp='1359609065' post='595491598']
no. but then again you won't be able to do that on any new tablet anymore (except a Windows RT tablet) since mobile flash was killed off last year
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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359609387' post='595491604']
So either way then a tablet isn't going to work for her then?
[/quote]not necessarily. many facebook games have a phone/tablet version as well. just check the [url="https://play.google.com/store/apps?feature=corpus_selector"]playstore[/url] to see if the ones that she plays are there
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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359609387' post='595491604']
So either way then a tablet isn't going to work for her then?
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You can install Flash yourself. It's still hidden deep inside Adobe's Web Site. All you have to do is find it and install it.
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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359609387' post='595491604']
So either way then a tablet isn't going to work for her then?
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Correct. The easiest way to do this would be to get a Nexus 7, find a flash.apk(all over the internet and we can provide you with one) and download firefox. Firefox on Android OS 4.2 (known as Jellybean) will support flash, as long as you manually install it. Officially flash is killed off and no updates will be received.

On my Nexus 4, I tried this and it worked. Do I ever use flash? No, but I made a bet to my friends I would never need flash on a mobile device and guess what, still dont.

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Well, since I know nada about these things, I would probably bork the S.O.B. up. So, I will see what else can be done. Also, we checked the playstore and only found 2 out of the 4 games she plays. One of which not found was the game she plays most.

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[quote name='Sikh' timestamp='1359609545' post='595491614']
Officially flash is killed off and no updates will be received.
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... opening you up to unpatched security vulnerabilities? That doesn't sound like a very good solution.

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A $300 tablet won't do everything you ask. The cheapest you can get that will is an Atom based Windows 8 tablet, which can be bought for $450 I believe.

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[quote name='mrp04' timestamp='1359610862' post='595491646']
A $300 tablet won't do everything you ask. The cheapest you can get that will is an Atom based Windows 8 tablet, which can be bought for $450 I believe.
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This is basically what I told her. But she's adamant about 300 or less. So best bet might be a used lappy.

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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359611445' post='595491656']
This is basically what I told her. But she's adamant about 300 or less. So best bet might be a used lappy.
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If she insists on touch, you can buy a used older model tablet PC. They're not extremely light, but they have 2 finger touch support in addition to stylus support. I see a few HP 2730p laptops with SSDs for $250 on eBay, [url="http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-EliteBook-2730p-Windows-7-Dual-Core-1-86GHz-2GB-128GB-SSD-Tablet-PC-BLK-51-/321064260507?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item4ac0ebd39b"]such as this one[/url]. 128GB SSD and two batteries. Throw Windows 8 on there and it'll be pretty nice. Just make sure it has touch support first, the 2730p is configurable with pen-only input I believe.
EDIT: According to the description it does not support touch. I'm nearly positive there are configurations of the 2730p with touch support, even though this item says there aren't.
[url="http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-EliteBook-2730p-12-1-Intel-C2D-1-86GHz-2GB-80GB-/330866226176?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item4d0929f400"]Here's one for $200[/url] that shows it supports single touch input but has a slow and small 80GB 1.8" HDD.

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I didnt know anyone play's Facebook games anymore. But The nexus 7 is your best bet. What she's asking for no longer exist in today's technology unless its a laptop or desktop.

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[quote name='freak180' timestamp='1359612673' post='595491676']
I didnt know anyone play's Facebook games anymore. But The nexus 7 is your best bet. [b]What she's asking for no longer exist in today's technology unless its a laptop or desktop.[/b]
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Or, you know, one of those Windows tablets :p

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[quote name='rfirth' timestamp='1359612780' post='595491680']
Or, you know, one of those Windows tablets :p
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The SurfaceRT now starts at $450.

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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359613192' post='595491688']
The SurfaceRT now starts at $450.
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Oh good lord please don't get her a Surface RT....

Now the real information you need to get for us is:
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[*]Does she WANT a tablet, or a laptop with touchscreen?
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[*]What facebook games does she actually play? Some facebook games now have Apple/Android versions of those games so that would help us help you.
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[quote name='SMELTN' timestamp='1359639948' post='595492192']
Oh good lord please don't get her a Surface RT....

Now the real information you need to get for us is:[list]
[*]Does she WANT a tablet, or a laptop with touchscreen?
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[*]What facebook games does she actually play? Some facebook games now have Apple/Android versions of those games so that would help us help you.
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She won't pay over $300. So the SurfaceRT is out anyways. We already looked at the appz store and there is only 2 games of the 4 she plays. Her main game she plays is one of the ones they don't have. Now she's on this kick about getting a Kindle FireHD.

Anyways, the games she plays is Farmville 2, DoubleDown Casino, Licky Jim Casino and Bingo Blitz.

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Nexus 7 unless she likes expensive things then get her an ipad mini. **** i got my wife a 2000$ LV purse for xmas. coming with a nexus would of put me in the dog house.

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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359649859' post='595492548']
Anyways, the games she plays is Farmville 2, DoubleDown Casino, Licky Jim Casino and Bingo Blitz.
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Sounds like it's time for a new wife.

Also, a Kindle Fire HD is still not going to do what she wants. It's an Android based tablet, so it has the same limitations as a Nexus 7, but with more crapware.

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What games doe she play?

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[quote name='spacer' timestamp='1359650531' post='595492574']
Sounds like it's time for a new wife.

Also, a Kindle Fire HD is still not going to do what she wants. It's an Android based tablet, so it has the same limitations as a Nexus 7, but with more crapware.
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I'm not even going there.

She knows that. So she figures just get something she can read books and watch movies. She says it's cheaper anyways.

[quote name='Haggis' timestamp='1359651452' post='595492616']
What games doe she play?
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Farmville 2, DoubleDown Casino, Lucky Jim Casino and Bingo Blitz.

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[quote name='Just Sal' timestamp='1359649859' post='595492548']
She won't pay over $300. So the SurfaceRT is out anyways. We already looked at the appz store and there is only 2 games of the 4 she plays. Her main game she plays is one of the ones they don't have. Now she's on this kick about getting a Kindle FireHD.

Anyways, the games she plays is Farmville 2, DoubleDown Casino, Licky Jim Casino and Bingo Blitz.
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No way would I get a Kindle HD unless I was bought a ton of stuff on Amazon/books. Just get the Nexus 7 for her. It will give her both ANYTHING on the Amazon market, and ANYTHING on the Android market, it will allow her to play games get updates regularly and its the best Android tablet out.

now as far as the games she plays, honestly there are a TON of replacements out there, that are identical to the games she plays. My wife quit playing Farmville 2 and now plays Hay Day, which is almost identical but she likes it better. Same thing with the poker type games and Bingo.


Keep in mind Zynga is hurting bad and lost a bunch of people and Gameloft is making copycat games like crazy that are REALLY good.

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I told her about Hay Day and all she said was never heard of it. Then told her about your wife liking it better and she said: "Mm..Ok." So no clue if she will even try it. But I doubt it. All her friends play Farmville 2.

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