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Old 12-15-2016, 10:32 AM   #1
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My google nexus 7 (2012) is about to give up on me. It has slowed down to the point that it takes 20 minutes for a book to open, then page turns take forever.

I've not kept up with tablets. I would like to stick with android. Do you have any recommends on what is out there for reading on, with some netflix movie watching that is reasonably priced?

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Old 12-15-2016, 10:34 AM   #2
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My google nexus 7 (2012) is about to give up on me. It has slowed down to the point that it takes 20 minutes for a book to open, then page turns take forever.

I've not kept up with tablets. I would like to stick with android. Do you have any recommends on what is out there for reading on, with some netflix movie watching that is reasonably priced?

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First, what do you think is reasonably priced? Second, what size do you prefer?
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Old 12-15-2016, 02:44 PM   #3
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Probably stick close to the nexus with a 7 or 8 inch tablet, and price hopefully under $300.00.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:08 PM   #4
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I don't know which country you're in, which will affect price, but you might like to have a look at some reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0". It has a 3:4 aspect ratio screen (2048 x 1536px AMOLED) which should be a good size for reading. Not necessarily the most portable device though.

Caveat: It's a later model than my own 8" Samsung tablet so I can't give it a based on personal experience.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:42 PM   #5
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Thanks. I'll go check this out.
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Old 12-15-2016, 10:31 PM   #6
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While I agree that the S2 8" is a very nice tablet it's also pretty expensive. Right now it's on sale, probably till Christmas, and within your budget, but normally it's quite a bit over $300.

These days most good Android tablets are between $125 and $175. Some good choices are the Asus Zenpad S and the Acer A1-840FHD. These are both 8" tablets. The Asus has a 4:3 aspect ratio and the Acer has a 16:9 aspect ratio. I have the Acer and it's got a really fine screen.

https://www.amazon.com/Asus-Zenpad-Z...words=zenpad+s

I'm not saying these are better than the S2. They're not, but they're very good and they cost a lot less.

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Old 12-15-2016, 11:36 PM   #7
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i really prefer the reading mode on the samsung tablets (I've not seen this on others, but it's possible it exists?)
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Old 12-16-2016, 01:23 AM   #8
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I would recommend Nvidia shield K1.

http://www.gsmarena.com/nvidia_shield_k1-7832.php

Or if you can get your hands on a xiomi mi pad 2

http://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_pad_2-7770.php

I am in the same boat as you looking for a good Android tablet. These 2 so far have the best price to spec I have found. I am leaning towards Nvidia as I already own its nvidia shield tv. Though Xiaomi screen is making the decision difficult but Nvidia is very good with the os and software updates and fixes.
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FYI Samsung Galaxy's have the hard button that takes you back to the main screen. If reading in landscape mode, I continually, accidentally, kept hitting it and going out of my book to the main screen. I no longer use my Galaxys.



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I don't know which country you're in, which will affect price, but you might like to have a look at some reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0". It has a 3:4 aspect ratio screen (2048 x 1536px AMOLED) which should be a good size for reading. Not necessarily the most portable device though.

Caveat: It's a later model than my own 8" Samsung tablet so I can't give it a based on personal experience.
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:41 PM   #10
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Ebay still has cheap refurbished nexus 7s if you like your current model.

You have been asked how much do you want to spend, and what size. I would add what ratio, 4 3 or 16 10. Latter is better for video, some prefer former for reading.
Some makes, models have no upgrades for marshmallow, but that it more of a techie thing than a user requirement, unless it affects favourite apps.
E.g. my previous LENOVO was at android 5.01. Bbc I player had a long running incompatibility with that, only got fixed several months after I bought that tabet. Conversely, the virgin media tv app is fine with old android versions but does not work on some new android 6 tablets, like the pixel c

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Old 12-16-2016, 04:38 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone. I'm not technical at all and hadn't even considered screen ratios. I'm off to investigate your suggestions!
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Old 12-16-2016, 05:35 PM   #12
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Surely the new Amazon HD 8 would tick your boxes? From £85.49 in the UK. One of our young uns has the 10 and it feels far more android than early fires.
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I've had the Zenpad S 8 linked upthread for over a year now, and it's great. It's my dedicated reading device, as well as web surfing in bed, and it hasn't given me a bit of trouble. If you're in the US, it's going for 169.99 on Amazon right now, and there's a slightly lower end version going for 119.99, which still has very good reviews.
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Thanks everyone. I just ordered the Zenpad S 8. Should be here Wednesday. Looking forward to reading instead of waiting for pages turn!
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I got my ZenPad S8 this Saturday. I must say I really like it, but I'll be happy when the z stylus arrives. My fingers just are too thick for any real selections (I really liked my Galaxy Note 8.0)...
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