Originally Posted by ficbot
I am in the market for a cheap mini-tablet. I have an iPad and love it, but it's a bit heavy for bedtime reading. I have an iPod Touch and it's a bit small. I also have an e-ink Kindle but the lighting situation in the bedroom isn't great. I have experimented with book lights for ereading and don't like them. I'd like to sell my Kindle and get a backlit mini tablet.
So I am thinking of getting a 7-inch tablet and am not sure what to get. Ideally, I want to read books on the Kindle app, watch Netflix and maybe read Zinio magazines (that is not a deal-breaker though; I am on the fence about sticking with Zinio).
The Vox tempts me a little now that it can load Google Play, but I loathe the Kobo app and am not sure how easy it is to hide it or minimize it. I know I can add the Kindle app easily, but will I still have Kobo on the toolbar, or can it be removed? Also, I am not sure it is powerful enough to run Netflix.
Kindle Fire is not an option since I am in Canada.
Blackberry Playbook, I know nothing about. I do have a Blackberry phone and don't love the apps for it. I think Android is more popular. But I don't want games or anything, just Netflix and Kindle.
Is there another device I haven't thought of?
Ideally, my ideal device would be a mini iPad, and I know there have been rumors but nothing confirmed. I also am wondering if it's time for the Kobo Vox 2 and if that might be worth waiting for.
Ideas? Suggestions? Buy now or wait? What device? I welcome any help.
Vox is $169.99 right now and does run Netflix, reading with Aldiko for all formats (even library books) except Kindle is a charm. You can get rid of the Kobo widgets by installing a launcher like Go Launcher.
Another choice could be the 7" Galaxy Tab 16 gb, it's at $249.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy and Future Shop until the 21st. Thin and light, looks at lot like the iPad and it has a lot of great features. Samsung hasn't given a date yet but their Galaxy Tabs will all be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months.
I agree that Android is much better for apps than BlackBerry and if you also have an Android phone, you can "share" your purchased apps between devices. I think that since you are used to Apple products, you would be better off with the Tab because it's a fair bit faster than the Vox. You might find the Vox slow; I know I do unless I'm using it strictly as a reader.
Galaxy Tab listing here: