I wanted to buy a tablet for a long time but i waited to see how Windows 8 hybrids would turn out. After trying two of those hybrids (Asus Vivo Tab RT and Surface Pro) i came to the conculsion that the technology (cpu) is simply not there and that hybrids make either a bad laptop with a lack of power (Asus Vivo Tab RT) or a bad bulky expensive tablet with low battery life (Surface Pro).
So i decided to buy a cheap tablet and replace my current laptop with a new more powerful and likely smaller one.
I would like some recommendations from my fellow Neowinians. So here's what i'm looking for in a tablet :
1. Will be used mostly to read, play games, watch videos, listen to music and casualy browse the web. Reading will be the primary use. Quality of the screen to read is super important.
2. Would like to pay less than 400$ CAD. Definately not more than 500$ CAD. 500$ CAD is a hard limit (i.e. 501$ is too much).
3. Not decided between ~7 inches and ~11 inches. I think 7 inches might be too small and 11 inches too big. 8 inches something might be a good compromise?
4. I have an iPod Touch and an Android phone but i bought lot more apps and games on iTune than Google Play. Do i need to rebuy apps and games for tablet or the iPhone/iPod version works?
5. I would prefer 32GB since i have a lot of music files. I can probably live with 16GB (providing the OS doesn't take half of it Windows 8 style) but certainly not 8GB.
6. I'm not buying some no brand cheap Android tablets (no D2, Hipstreet and such). Not sure i trust HP with tablets.
7. I just need wifi.
8. A keyboard and office thingies are not a plus to me. I'm gonna use my laptop for that.
9. I want about the same battery life as my iPod Touch. I want to be able to spend 8 hours on a flight playing games, listeting to music, reading and watching videos without having to recharge it.
Right now i'm leaning toward the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus or iPad. All Windows 8 RT tablets i checked were over 500$ CAD. I might have missed some not avalaible in a store near me so i'm open to suggestions.
Kindle Fire HD 7 inches 32GB - 244$ CAD
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inches 32GB - 314$ CAD
Google Nexus 7 32GB - 231$ CAD
iPad Mini 32GB - 431$ CAD
iPad Mini 16GB - 331$ CAD
iPad 2 16GB - 401$ CAD
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 inches 16GB - 301$ CAD
Asus Memo Pad 7 Inches 32GB - 151$ CAD
Asus Memo Pad Smart 10.1 inches 16GB - 301$ CAD
How is the Kindle fire HD? Is it better to read books? I see the lack of Google Play store and the custom Android skin as a minus but it's cheap and i kinda like the 8.9 inches screen size.
Google Nexus 7 is **** cheap right now. How is it to read books? Is the Kindle app for Android any good? How does the screen compare to Kindle Fire HD? I don't want to pirate books so probably gonna buy them from Amazon anyway. I can't find the Goggle Nexus 10 in any store here don't know why ...
iTune would be a big plus for the iPad Mini since i already own a lot of games on my iPod Touch. It's Kinda expensive tough and i don't think i own between 100$ and 200$ CAD worth of apps and games lol. iPad 2 price is more competitive but i fear it might be a little bit too big and it's coming with 16GB only.
How are the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Memo Pad Smart 10.1? They are both priced sort of low for 10 inches tablet but i fear they might be updated less often than Google Nexus. And they are coming with 16GB only. Are they vanilla Android or are they coming with stupid useless launchers? Are they coming with weaker cpu? Asus Memo Pad 7 at 151$ is really tempting. Hard to beat price for 32GB ... but there's surely a catch at this price.
Anyway i don't really have the time to extensively try all of those so i welcome any feedback and suggestion from Neowinian who actually tried any of those (or some that are not listed here but are priced under 400$ CAD and sold in Canada).
Ty in advance.
Best Answer Manish , 31 July 2013 - 16:10
Have you considered the Surface RT
I personally wouldn't recommend the Surface RT, or any other tablet meant to be used mainly in the landscape orientation, for someone who wants a tablet primarily for reading.
I'd recommend waiting to see what Apple does with the next generation of the iPad, and potentially the iPad mini but that might be a longer wait. Even if the new devices are out of your price range, the current generation will become cheaper. If you need something now though, my vote would be for either the iPad mini or new Nexus 7. The Nexus' display is far better, but the iPad mini is the size you'd prefer (well 7.9" rather than 8") and a part of the ecosystem you already have more apps for (any universal apps that you have will work perfectly, whereas the iPhone/iPod touch apps will also work but they'll be scaled).Go to the full post