[Nottingham] Advice on best tablet sub £150

Richard Hodgson rich at dearinternet.com
Tue Mar 22 19:38:12 UTC 2011

Yikes, £150? You'll be lucky.

Even the single core pre-Honeycomb tablets weighed in higher than £150 last
I checked. They may come down in price with the new dual-core offerings, but
if you've only played with ones at a show, you were likely handling a
dual-core Honeycomb tablet, which is going to be noticeably faster, and
indeed have a different UI (as Honeycomb requires a multi-core processor) to
any of the single core machines out there.

If you're dead set on a single-core tablet, the Archos tablets (
http://www.archos.com/products/ta/index.html?country=gb&lang=en) are
supposed to be fairly good, or if you're willing to get technical, you could
try nabbing yourself a Nook Color (an Android based e-book reader with a
colour screen) and modifying it - there are various tutorials around the
internet for 'rooting' the Nook Color.

The machines you see from China are often cheap knock offs; they do run
Android, but they're just trying to quickly cash in on the market; don't
expect any support or updates in the future.

Honestly though, since this isn't really an essential purchase, I'd advise
you to wait on the dual-core tablets that are appearing, or you're going to
end up with buyer's remorse in a couple of months.

Best of luck!


On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 18:14, gadgetpat <gadget.pat at ntlworld.com> wrote:

> Hi guys!
> I've left it a bit late but any advice welcome from the collective to solve
> my problem.
> I am trying to get hold of a tablet with all the bells and whistles for
> under £150.  I bought one from the last PC show at Harvey Hadden and it is
> faulty.  The problem is that I will be away for the next show for the refund
> I will be requesting but i need to get hold of one if possible before
> Friday.  I have spent quite a few hours trying to get hold of another one
> and then found that all tablets are NOT the same even when they look it.
> Anyway, requirements are (in no particular order) android, web cam, skype
> via wifi conection, fast(ish or est) processor, wifi, gps for the google
> maps, web browsing, email and the g-force thingy that allows it to play /
> use the apps that support it. What brand or spec do you advise I should go
> for?
> Have found a couple of sites that do all or most of the items but delivery
> (from china etc) won't reach me BEFORE i go away on holiday. Am i asking for
> the world, being unrealistic or is there a UK site or local shop that can
> solve my prob within time and budget? This will be my first experience of
> android and it looked great on the WORKING tablet at the show...  I thought
> I would try the group before gave up. Would consider a used one in good
> condition if it can do the requirements.
> Thanks in advance,
> Pat
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