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#1 vetDirtyLarry

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:30

I am up to get a new smartphone soon. I am either going to go back to the iPhone or actually pick up a Windows based phone. That is obviously a whole other topic and not why I am posting here. So no need to discuss which smartphone I should get next. I am no doubt waiting to get a new smartphone until after Apple releases info about the iPhone 6 in June.

 

So the purpose of picking up an Android tablet is I have been an Android smartphone owner for the past 2 years. As such I have invested quite a bit of money into the ecosystem. I actually do like Android a whole lot as well. I own a Chromecast, and the integration with it is fantastic. I also use Google products for pretty much all my personal organization, so Android obviously really excels there. I have come to rely on quite a few Android based apps for my home network and media.

 

This is why I am looking to pick up a Android Tablet. To have something that keeps me in the Android ecosystem. The main purpose of this tablet will be Android Games and Reading; Books, Comic Books, and Digital Magazines (I have made a few magazine subscription purchase in Google Play Newsstand).

 

I have somewhat narrowed it down to one the following tablets:

 

Strongly Considering

  • Google Nexus 7
  • Google Nexus 10
  • EVGA Tegra Note 7
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • LG GPad 8.3 Google Play Edition

 

Honorable Mention

  • Asus MeMo Pad HD 7

 

Now the Xperia Z2 is the most expensive of the bunch but it also seems to have some of the best specs overall, and I do like the fact one can use a Dualshock 3 with it. Being a heavy gamer and also having many Sony devices in my home makes me no doubt consider it. I just feel like it would fit good with the rest of my Sony components.

 

A nice resolution is important, which is why as much as I love the rest of the specs on the EVGA Tegra 7, and the price is really damn nice, I just wish it had a higher resolution. I also do not think I need a Stylus really, which seems to be a major aspect of it.

 

So just curious if anyone has owned any of the above tablets, or even better has been able to compare any of the above tablets, and has an opinion either way?

 

I got my parents a Nexus 7 for Christmas this past year, so I am very familiar with it, and am really considering it, but I do like the idea of having a larger screen with one of the 10" models.

 

The one criteria I would love is if somehow any of these tablets will no doubt be upgradeable to the next Android OS, but I do not think they do things like that.

 

So again, any feedback is no doubt appreciated.

 

TIA,

DL

 




#2 tsupersonic

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:47

I would take out the Nexus 10 from your list, it is outdated (don't mean this in a bad way), and it is rumored to be replaced soon. Same with Nexus 7 - there are rumors that HTC is building a 8" Nexus tablet.

 

I only have experiences with the Nexus 7 2012 & 2013, and have played with my friend's Nexus 10 multiple times. I prefer the 7" form factor, but both devices are overall excellent. I think on the lower end price spectrum, the N7 2013 is the best Android tablet you can buy hands down - it has plenty of power, great battery life, good build quality, wireless charging, and since it's a Nexus, you get quick Android updates.

 

If you need something now, I would get the Z2 tablet. It is not only new, but like you said, the spec winner. If you can wait, I'd see what Google is releasing. I know the N7 2013 came out around end of July - got one on launch day, and made a thread with initial impressions.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 05:56

I bought the Nexus 10 when it first came out, and if I were to buy another tablet today, it would still be the Nexus 10.



#4 Darrian

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 06:28

I can't vouch for any of those tablets because my kids have the last gen Nexus 7, and other than that the only tablet I own is a Nook HD+.  I will say, however, that if you plan on using it for reading comic books and magazines you will greatly appreciate a 9, 10 or even 11" screen over a 7" screen.  I went from the Nook Color (7") to the HD+ (9") and I could never go back, but I still consider getting an 11" some day so that I might read my comics at the same size as they would be in print.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 06:52

My son recently won a Nexus 7 (Who says too many Kit-Kats are bad for you?)

 

Very nice.



#6 Jeston

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:05

Pretty good deal on a new Nexus 10 right now if you can order in the next 6 hours. Just $269.99.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 15:22

Pretty good deal on a new Nexus 10 right now if you can order in the next 6 hours. Just $269.99.

DAMN!!!! I missed this, or else I would have for sure done that at that price. Thanks for sharing though.

And hmmm, I did not realize there were rumors a new Nexus may be released. I have no true sense of urgency. Good to know. Thanks for the feedback so far and if anyone else has any other impressions chime in. 



#8 Andrew

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 15:30

Just FYI, but Apple won't release info on the next iPhone in June, only the next iOS details. The phone details aren't announced until September/October (unless they break continuity), along with iPad and iPod updates. Just in case you want to buy before June and saves you waiting around.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 15:37

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 just came out, you might be able to find the Galaxy Tab 3 8" at a good price. It's an excellent tablet.



#10 Mark

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 16:18

Nexus 7, it has a great price and excellent performance. I prefer this form factor also, fits easily in one hand :)

 

Pretty sure that with a custom kernel, you'd be able to get 3rd party game controllers to work too, not certain of that but I know there are some for several tablets that add this.

 

edit - https://play.google....xaxiscontroller

 

Am I right in thinking that the cpu/gpu of the Nexus 10 are somewhat dated now?



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 16:34

I would hold off until July, there's another Nexus 10 coming out then apparently.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 17:20

I have the Xperia Tablet Z and it is fantastic (and the Z2 is better in every way). Lightning fast, excellent display and it's so thin and light it actually is comfortable to use in many positions where other tablets get hard to hold. Hardware-wise you're not going to find better any time soon. It is probably the most expensive option though, so that's something to consider too.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 17:45

I've personally used Asus Tablets, HTC, and Google(Asus made)

 

Nexus 7's have chronic touch issues.  Coworkers and I bought new the 2013 Nexus 7's and all of us have issues (even more after upgrading to the firmware that is supposed to fix it).  It was so bad i recently sold it. 

 

A coworker has a Kobo Arc and is very pleased with it.  Id stay away from Asus in general because they always have some sort of defect going on with their devices as well. 

 

On this note, I'm a die hard Android fan.  Recently, i began to realize that Android tablets are built very poorly.  Touch response and performance seems to be an issue for Android tablets...while on phones with the same screen resolution there doesnt seem to be an issue.  I actually ended up going iPad to get away from devices where id always be finding flaws.  App quality on the apple store for tablets is vastly superior as well.  Just my 2 cents.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 17:50

I've personally used Asus Tablets, HTC, and Google(Asus made)

 

Nexus 7's have chronic touch issues.  Coworkers and I bought new the 2013 Nexus 7's and all of us have issues (even more after upgrading to the firmware that is supposed to fix it).  It was so bad i recently sold it. 

 

A coworker has a Kobo Arc and is very pleased with it.  Id stay away from Asus in general because they always have some sort of defect going on with their devices as well. 

 

On this note, I'm a die hard Android fan.  Recently, i began to realize that Android tablets are built very poorly.  Touch response and performance seems to be an issue for Android tablets...while on phones with the same screen resolution there doesnt seem to be an issue.  I actually ended up going iPad to get away from devices where id always be finding flaws.  App quality on the apple store for tablets is vastly superior as well.  Just my 2 cents.

 

I have noticed a touch issue with my nexus 7 actually, it almost strikes me as a feature to avoid accidental taps when you're not holding it. The screen actually doesn't seem to respond unless you're holding the tablet!



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 20:19

As you know the Nexus 7 is a great little tablet. Very responsive, great for Android games. I've had very little qualms with it other than a design that's so symmetrical that I often pick it up upside down and hunt for the power button. Super light, great LCD screen (probably not flagship-smartphone nice, but close -- better than the Nexus 5 by a mile). I've had touch issues with it when I first got it (it would randomly stop responding without a reboot), but haven't since the latest update, so it seems fixed for good.

 

If you want to go 10" (and don't mind the extra weight -- one-hand reading is out), then obviously get the Sony Xperia Z2. It's excellent, it's luxurious, and other than simply being overpriced for a tablet, it has few flaws. I prefer the Nexus 7's rubber-y substance, though; the Sony one seems... stickier, for a lack of a better word.