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Offline tone007

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Another cheap computing device
« on: May 26, 2012, 11:45:56 AM »
$39 Android tablet, at this price even if it only gets use as a digital photo frame it's worth a shot.

One day only, as the URL says.
http://1saleaday.com/

The 800x600 is a way nicer resolution than the more common 800x480 on 7" tablets.
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Offline Bigbronc

Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2012, 03:31:32 PM »
The same reader is on sale at Olies Bargain outlets here, when I saw your post I went and dug out the flyer, yeap the same one $99.99:drink:
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Offline partycentralpartygirl

Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2012, 07:44:30 PM »
Quote from: tone007;694335
$39 Android tablet, at this price even if it only gets use as a digital photo frame it's worth a shot.

One day only, as the URL says.
http://1saleaday.com/

The 800x600 is a way nicer resolution than the more common 800x480 on 7" tablets.


Yes I have one of these, it is not the best unit, but with Opera it is semi-usable. The touch screen is terrible though, you need to use a stylus or it won't work at all. Worth getting at this price though as it watches movies just fine.
 

Offline don27dog

Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 02:02:05 PM »
I picked up one of these from this offer to play around with. It doesn't compare to my Ipad or Galaxy Tab but after flashing from Android 1.5 to 2.1 it is very usable.
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Offline Megamig

Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 02:30:54 PM »
Yes watch Commodore USA buying a truckload of these cheap tablets, slapping on a Commodore or Amiga badge and then selling them for $999. Lets not forget they will have to use a name that totally does not represent the former CBM model so I would suggest CDTV.
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Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 02:48:08 PM »
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I picked up one of these from this offer to play around with. It doesn't compare to my Ipad or Galaxy Tab but after flashing from Android 1.5 to 2.1 it is very usable.


I agree, I have other cheap Android tablets (HP TouchPad and a Polaroid 7") and this one doesn't perform nearly as quickly, but the screen is much nicer than the one on the Polaroid.  Getting the Android Market on it definitely helped.
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Offline Fester

Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 05:23:24 PM »
Speaking of Android tablets, I'm looking for one. Any recommendations on something that works well? I'm mostly interested in surfing and games. I wouldn't mind the one mentioned in this thread if it wasn't for the stylus-only issue.

I have a Kindle Fire which I enjoy, but I've run into issues where I couldn't find a particular app I wanted other than on Google Play.
 

Offline don27dog

Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2012, 06:24:36 PM »
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Speaking of Android tablets, I'm looking for one. Any recommendations on something that works well? I'm mostly interested in surfing and games. I wouldn't mind the one mentioned in this thread if it wasn't for the stylus-only issue.

I have a Kindle Fire which I enjoy, but I've run into issues where I couldn't find a particular app I wanted other than on Google Play.


Before you buy another tablet I would look into rooting your Kindle Fire. Once you root the fire you should have full version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and can install Google Market which will open a whole new world of apps for you.
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Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2012, 06:30:56 PM »
Not sure what issue partycentralpartygirl may have been experiencing with hers, but I find no need for the stylus.  It's a perfectly usable resistive touchscreen, and much more precise than a capacitive one if you use your fingernail (could be a problem for compulsive nail-biters.)  However, resistive is old technology and most people are used to capacitive by now, and most resistive screens don't support multitouch.

If you're used to the performance of a Kindle Fire, I wouldn't look into anything significantly cheaper as you probably won't be happy with the speed.  There are a bunch in the mid-100s now that run ICS, many the same hardware with different branding.  I think I'd have a hard time settling for anything that isn't dual-core, capacitive and at least 600 pixels wide in the smaller dimension (1024x600 is a good size, 800x480 is not.) after the assortment I've had.  I'd probably shop for one of these A500s (ha, ha) if I were looking to spend a couple hundred on something. http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Acer-ICONIA-A50010S16w-16GB-WiFi-101in-Silver-/112225849?_refkw=acer+a500&_pcatid=839&_pcategid=58058&_dmpt=US_Tablets

edit: but yes, as don27dog said, rooting the Kindle Fire may be a good option, the hardware specs aren't bad at all.
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Re: Another cheap computing device
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2012, 07:16:47 PM »
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Not sure what issue partycentralpartygirl may have been experiencing with hers, but I find no need for the stylus.  It's a perfectly usable resistive touchscreen, and much more precise than a capacitive one if you use your fingernail (could be a problem for compulsive nail-biters.)  However, resistive is old technology and most people are used to capacitive by now, and most resistive screens don't support multitouch.

If you're used to the performance of a Kindle Fire, I wouldn't look into anything significantly cheaper as you probably won't be happy with the speed.  There are a bunch in the mid-100s now that run ICS, many the same hardware with different branding.  I think I'd have a hard time settling for anything that isn't dual-core, capacitive and at least 600 pixels wide in the smaller dimension (1024x600 is a good size, 800x480 is not.) after the assortment I've had.  I'd probably shop for one of these A500s (ha, ha) if I were looking to spend a couple hundred on something. http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Acer-ICONIA-A50010S16w-16GB-WiFi-101in-Silver-/112225849?_refkw=acer+a500&_pcatid=839&_pcategid=58058&_dmpt=US_Tablets

edit: but yes, as don27dog said, rooting the Kindle Fire may be a good option, the hardware specs aren't bad at all.


Yeah it works with a fingernail but it was infuriating to me if my flesh hit the screen it would be inaccurate so I just use a sharpie marker as a stylus. Much more precise.

I have an Android 2.2 laptop that I hacked to get google play on, totally worth it. Though SlideMe is pretty good and so is typing:
 
"app_name filetype:apk"

into google.