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Offline ssfc72

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Android tablet recommendation?
« on: December 30, 2018, 12:25:33 pm »
Since my wife is in hospital and bored stiff, i was thinking an android tablet with wifi, would allow her to easily browse the internet and listen to music, read or listen to an ebook.
A 10" tablet might be too big.
The user interface would need to be easy to use.
The tablet would have to be inexpensive. Battery life would need to be good.

Any recommendations on a good tablet?



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Re: Android tablet recommendation?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 03:08:54 pm »
Depends on what you mean by inexpensive. We have used happily a

Samsung Tab A 8"

for I think about 3 years (?), and we find it easy and clear. But generally in Canada when purchased from a store you will pay over $200 as far as I can see. Then you will add a bit more to insert a wee USB stick for added storage. And you may opt for a cover. And all this has tax.

Lots of programs such as
Overdrive for downloading free books and audio books from library
Wordscapes, a word game that starts with extremely easy puzzles and works up as hard as you wish (addictive!)
Jigsaw puzzles
Various solitaires
Nice camera, and BlueMail is my email program, that can send your pictures,
and on and on.

When I use it it in bed I have an extension so it's plugged in. But I have used most of the battery during a rainy day. I also put movies and tv shows in storage to watch. I can also watch TV on it, because of Fibe, and if I choose, I can watch it from anywhere with wifi.

Don't know if it's one of the best, but it's what we use.

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Re: Android tablet recommendation?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2018, 05:38:40 pm »
I'm still happy with my 8" LP gpad III. Much higher resolution than the Galaxy tabs A and E. Stippled back makes for secure holding, and I find it easy to hold it up with one hand for a fair period of time. Open box $249 from Best Buy; this is the gpad IV. You can get deals if you buy it with data from Freedom or Fido or Rogers.
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Re: Android tablet recommendation?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2018, 06:04:59 pm »
Ok, thanks guys!  That gives me a starting point.
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Re: Android tablet recommendation?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 05:21:53 am »
My wife has the Samsung Galaxy Tab E. I got it for her in February through a data plan with Virgin which was really handy when we spent the entire night in emerg. She really likes it and the few times I've used it, I've found it quite fast. The back feels smooth but she's never dropped it that I know of. Resolution might not be as high but I doubt your wife will really notice. Even on my old tablet which is slow as heck, I had something like 1280 x 800 resolution, the same as the Tab E, I believe, but I never have trouble viewing anything, even tiny text.
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Re: Android tablet recommendation?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 03:48:56 am »
You mentioned in another post that the price for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch had dropped to $179 and then shot back up to $299 at Staples. Well, can't do as well as $179 but it looks like you can get it at Amazon.ca or Best Buy online for $230. It's available in-store too, but you'd have to be willing to travel to Warden, at least right now:


https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/samsung-galaxy-tab-a-8-32gb-android-tablet-with-qualcomm-apq8017-quad-core-processor-black/11531619.aspx?

I'm not sure now if my wife has the Tab A or Tab E but it's definitely 8-inch. The 'A' 8-inch at Best Buy appears to be WiFi only whereas hers has LTE, too. I'll check later and get back to you on which she has.
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