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Old 09-30-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Cheapest tablet that will play videos

I'm considering joining a gym, and when I use the cardio machines I like to watch movies. The last time I joined, I watched movies on my palm T/X, but it is long gone. At home, I have the tv and a dvd player, but I'd like a portable option.

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Bluetooth would be a bonus, but not necessary

I won't be using the tablet for anything else.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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After this review was released, Kobo decided to double the storage on the base model and offer 16GB for $199, 32GB for $249 and 64 gb for $299. Runs on ICS and Kobo has confirmed it will be updated to Jelly Bean in a few months.

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:29 AM   #4
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I think Samsung Galaxy tabs are cheaper and provides much more features in much less prices.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:07 AM   #5
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I think Samsung Galaxy tabs are cheaper and provides much more features in much less prices.
Nah. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7 inch) is $250 (MSRP) for a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB RAM, 8GB storage (though with a microSD slot), and a 1024x600 screen. In terms of features and specifications, it is outclassed by the similarly-priced Google Nexus 7 (16 gig storage at that price, but no microSD slot, and a quad-core CPU) and the upcoming, and far cheaper, Kobo Arc ($200 for a 1.5GHz dual-core, 1 GB RAM, 16GB storage, and 1280x800 screen - at $250, you'll get 32GB storage, making it a far better deal, despite the lack of microSD slot, than the Tab at either price point)
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Drop by your local BigLots and pick up a Polaroid PMID701i for $80. 7" ICS tablet... has a microSD slot, video out, and can play Netflix and with MX Player virtually all video formats. I have one (just to tinker around with) and it makes a nice simply player.
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Drop by your local BigLots and pick up a Polaroid PMID701i for $80. 7" ICS tablet... has a microSD slot, video out, and can play Netflix and with MX Player virtually all video formats. I have one (just to tinker around with) and it makes a nice simply player.
This might work! Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:26 PM   #8
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Indeed. One of the cheap off-brand tablets. Biglots often has them for even cheaper than that.

That's definitely the route for someone who put 'cheap' on their list three times and 'good' not once.

$199 Nexus? $250 Galaxy?...please. Might as well suggest an iPad.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #9
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Indeed. One of the cheap off-brand tablets. Biglots often has them for even cheaper than that.

That's definitely the route for someone who put 'cheap' on their list three times and 'good' not once.

$199 Nexus? $250 Galaxy?...please. Might as well suggest an iPad.
Beware of battery life. These cheap no-name Chinese Android tablets often have extremely poor battery life. Better battery life and better screen is what you're paying for with the Nexus, Galaxy Tab, etc.

Depends what you need, of course. If a 1h video playing life is adequate for your needs, that's great.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #10
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Might be able to pick up a used 1st gen Kindle Fire for a reasonable price, would be much better than a lot of the generic no-name devices.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #11
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If I go this route, the tablet will be tossed in a gym bag and handled roughly. I just need it for 30-60 minutes of distraction a couple times a week. Like I stated in my first post, I don't need anything else but video. $60-$80 is perfect.
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Let us know if you get one. I've never actually tried one of those cheapies in person, and I'd like to hear how it works for you.
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I'd rather have the rumored $99 Nexus....I'm ready to order.
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I don't really know anything about this seller, but someone just mentioned them to me as a source for cheaper tablets. Thought I'd pass it along...
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Personally I'd go for a Nexus or Samsung as you know they have the horsepower for any video file out there, another factor is the Samsung's already come with all the needed codecs.

I imagine a lot of video on the cheap knockoffs would end up a stuttery mess or like a slideshow.
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