$200- $300 tablets any good?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by senseless, May 23, 2011.

  1. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I need an inexpensive tablet computer for $200 to $300. It's a promotional item and doesn't have to be great. Is there anything at this price point worth considering?
  2. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    You can often find the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $300-$350 with 3G.
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Or a used iPad 1 have been seen around $300

    Personally I'd rather have an iPod Touch $200 than a cheap touch tablet.
  4. icstars989 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    That Asus Transformer is supposed to be really good on the really cheap too.

    Or if you're just giving it away you can get that Velocity Micro, that POS can be found for like $150 through tiger direct or Frys most weekends.
  5. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i think this hits the nail on the head. unless you just want a bigger screen to watch videos or surf the web, the cheaper tablets are junk. a friend bought a view sonic, and he was stuck with some outdated android os.
  6. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
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  7. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    To get good, you'll need one with 1gb system RAM, 16gb storage space, and a 1ghz or faster Tegra-2 dual core processor. The Asus Transformer is $399, and about the best you'll find for those specs.
  8. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    What do you want to be able to do with it?
  9. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    He's going to use it to read posts.

    Its a promotional item so it just needs to be a decent all-purpose tablet.

    I would actually suggest a nook color.
  10. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    What does that mean, promotional item??
  11. vrDrew, May 24, 2011
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

    vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    Its a curious category of merchandise, one that needs to a) be just "good enough" that the recipient doesn't immediately toss it in the trash, while b) not really being good enough to actually use on a regular basis. This ensures it will live, pretty much indefinitely, in a junk drawer. And being imprinted with the name of the company that gave it away, ensuring a dubious form of corporate immortality.

    Two examples spring to mind: Flashlights and pocketknives. As we all know, good examples of these products are made by Mag-Lite and Victorinox. "Promotional" companies make copies of these well-known, and respected, brands that appear visually almost identical. Of course, if you actually used them, you'd find that the blades rusted or the switch malfunctioned. But, because they looked sorta nice - you hold on to them, without ever putting them to much actual use.
  12. tekker macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    Nook Color.

    It doesn't hurt if you put Cyanogen Mod 7 on it either.
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Probably means its going to be part of a contest to promote something.
  14. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    I too recommend the nook color, but use autonooter (to root it and install the google apps bundle). CM7 is pretty to look at but battery life is worse.

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