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Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby Unicorn » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:38 am

Has anyone tried one of these cheap ipads now on the market? I do not want to do anything complicated only accessing internet, email and listening to the BBC radio. Tablet not ipad. I taky the oxy out of oxymoron.
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Re: Cheap ipad

Postby gerryh » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:46 am

I don't think there is such a thing as a cheap ipad. Apple control the prices of ipads. Or do you mean a cheap tablet?
With cheap tablets, generally speaking, you get what you pay for?
Google Nexus tablets being the 4exception as they are very good value for their low prices.
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Postby El Cid » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:47 am

Cheap iPad is a bit of an oxymoron!

I assume you mean what is commonly described as a tablet. There are loads of cheap versions on the market, some better than others. The Hudl recently introduced by Tesco at £99 has had decent reviews whereas the similar one from Argos has been slammed as cheap and nasty.

The cheapest I have seen is the one being sold in the UK by Carphone Wharehouse for £49.

Of the main stream options probably the best one is the new Nexus 7 from Google at £199 - certainly as good as an iPad.

A lot will depend on what level of after sales and warranty support you want.

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Re: Cheap ipad

Postby ajtg1952 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:49 am

My Wife bought a Sunstech TAB900 for just under €100. It is slow in loading pages but it does everything she wants, i.e. email, games and that's about it. I can watch Channel 5 on Filmon with no buffering. I think it is great, but it is not an ipad!. My daughter also has a Hudl from Tesco. The resolution is not great but, again, it does what she wants it to do and that is important.

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Re: Cheap ipad

Postby Unicorn » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:52 am

Yes I mean tablet. Shows how tech I am!

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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby olive » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:04 pm

Aldi have a tablet on offer for 99 euros

http://www.aldi.es/aldi_tablet_7_con_an ... _8345.html

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Re: Cheap ipad

Postby Mowser » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:41 am

ajtg1952 wrote:My Wife bought a Sunstech TAB900 for just under €100. It is slow in loading pages but it does everything she wants, i.e. email, games and that's about it. I can watch Channel 5 on Filmon with no buffering. I think it is great, but it is not an ipad!. My daughter also has a Hudl from Tesco. The resolution is not great but, again, it does what she wants it to do and that is important.

Does she use the built-in browser or has she downloaded a quicker one? I was a bit disappointed with the browser but now use Opera Mini. It's much faster. She could also try the "Photon" browser as it gives you FLASH. Another free download is "Network signal speed booster". After you download this, click it and watch the signal go up to 5 bars. I also recommend "Clean Master" and "All in one toolbox".

While we're at it, download a battery saver as well. If your tablet is like mine, you may find the volume not up to much. In which case I suggest "speaker boost."

After all these, you'll have a much quicker tablet.
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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby Unicorn » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:21 pm

Carphone warehouse in UK have got a special offer of a tablet for £49. I though I would get a mate to buy and bring over unless there is anything better here. That one is reduced from £99.

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Postby Colinm » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:32 pm

You need to be careful as to the OS for the tablet (sorry, Operating System!).
Most of them are Android, but the version is important as some of the more useful apps will only work on newer releases of the OS. I bought a tablet that has Android 4.0 and it cannot use quite a few decent apps. Look for 4.1 as a minimum.
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Postby flan_taster » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:51 pm

Good point about up to date operating system. I have an ASUS Fonepad with Android 4.1.2 and whilst I do not use it as a phone it does work really efficiently. Am happy. I put an extra micro sim card in and can store 25gb of stuff which is enough for me. The single camera facing the user is not fantastic but more than adequate for Skype.

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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby Enrique » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:50 am

The Guys have raised a good point about the OS...............a lot of the "cheap" Smartphones and Tablets will not get any updates to the OS.
I'm currently sorting (maybe) one with Version 2.0 ........ :evil:
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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby Mowser » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:08 am

I bought a cheap Android in the UK from Amazon. The comnpany was "Tabtronics" and when I had a problem with Skype, they sent a prepaid sticker. Tabtronics fixed the problem and the tablet was returned within 2 days. They responded very quickly when I emailed them. If you buy a cheapo, make sure the company gives good back-up.
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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby gerryh » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:26 am

Enrique wrote:The Guys have raised a good point about the OS...............a lot of the "cheap" Smartphones and Tablets will not get any updates to the OS.
I'm currently sorting (maybe) one with Version 2.0 ........ :evil:

Not only "cheap" Smartphones also applies to most of the expensive ones.
The basic OS gets modified by the phone manufacturer then further modified by the seller, such as Orange, Vodafone etc.
When a new OS comes out the seller, in particular, would prefer you to upgrade your phone to the latest model.
Generally speaking, neither the manufacturer or seller is usually interested in supplying an updated OS to you, the customer.
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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby katy » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:31 am

Well, you live and learn...I call my Apple ipad a tablet. I thought it was a new name for it :lol:

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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby gerryh » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:43 am

katy wrote:Well, you live and learn...I call my Apple ipad a tablet. I thought it was a new name for it :lol:

Correct an Apple ipad is a tablet but not all tablets are ipads. :wave:
Just the same as a Ford Escort is a car but not all cars are Ford Escorts.
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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby El Cid » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:46 am

gerryh wrote:
Generally speaking, neither the manufacturer or seller is usually interested in supplying an updated OS to you, the customer.
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Correct - one of the few deficiencies in the Android "open source" approach.

The obvious exception is Google with the Nexus. It's not a problem with iOS on the iPad either.

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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby markwilding » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:30 pm

El Cid wrote:This is the cheapest I have seen locally at only €61

http://www.appinformatica.com/tablets-szenio.-7000-dc-7-dualcore-512mb-4gb-wifi-usb-a4.0.php

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I spotted one for 59 euros in the latest Carrefour brochure. Their website has some 6 inch ones for 49 euros

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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby El Cid » Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:35 pm

markwilding wrote:
I spotted one for 59 euros in the latest Carrefour brochure. Their website has some 6 inch ones for 49 euros


That's getting a bit small - some phones and phablets are now that big.

7" is about the minimum that I would like to see in a tablet. We have both a full size iPad and an iPad mini and it really is a toss up which is best especially now that the Mini has the new retina screen.

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Re: Cheap ipad Ooops, I mean tablet

Postby Acen » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:24 pm

Ive seen the advertised tablet from carrefour.

it only has 512k ram, would that be enough to handle PDF magazines????

€59 is an incredible price!!!


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