Tablets Are there any solid, affordable android tablets out there?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by BallparkDreamer, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    I don't know much about the android universe, as I'm a pretty strict Apple fanboy. I was thinking about picking up an android tablet just to kind of learn the ecosystem and whatnot. Don't want to spend a ton (<= 200), so is there anything you'd recommend?
  2. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    If you don't care about downloading the apps you can download the Android simulator bundled with the Android SDK, or if you have a Mac and Parallels, they allow you to download an Android (tablet-based) OS that you can try out for free. If you would much rather have a device you can pick one up for a pretty low price from just about anywhere, you might check your local Walmart for a low price. I like to stick with the name brand stuff and I saw an Acer (pretty good) Android tablet with an 8" screen going for about ~$120.

    RCA had a few ranging from $40 - $100 but not sure how good they are.
  3. spriter macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2004
    I guess a Nexus would be cleanest to keep resources free for running apps.

    TBH whilst there are plenty of alternatives to Apple phones, I find Android tablets significantly behind iPads.

    Maybe it's just my needs but software is a huge deal and I haven't seen evidence to suggest the Android tablet scene is worth me switching.
  4. BallparkDreamer thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
  5. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    I'd just do some research on it, find out how long it's been out, what is the highest version of Android it supports (since it comes with 5.0 and I think 6.0 is the latest and greatest), and what is the resale value of it in case you want to sell it when you are done with it. Personally, I'd just go to a computer shop and mess with one for a while just to see if it's any good. I'm a big Apple fan as well and I'm not a big fan of Android, just not my cup of tea. Seems it's just sold for the customization options.
  6. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    It appears there is no upgrade plan to get that tablet to Marshmallow. This upgrade matrix does not list that device and has a note that devices not listed have no upgrades planned.

    Android Upgrade Matrix - Lenovo Support (US)
    --- Post Merged, Apr 9, 2016 ---
    I can assure you that anyone looking to get an Android device to check out the ecosystem will quickly go back to the platform they used to be on because the experience with one of those devices will be atrocious.

    This article pretty much sums it up. While it talks specifically about Black Friday, the same idea holds true. Please don't buy a crappy cheap tablet on Black Friday | Android Central

    A used Nexus 9 can be had for under $200 on Swappa and the experience will be MILES better than those RCA tablets.
  7. BallparkDreamer thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    I appreciate that article! Looked at the nexus 9, but since the iPad Air 2 is a similar size I think I'll grab the Nvidia Shield k1! Seems to be really popular, and a really solid device :D
  8. navaira macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2015
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    I have a Z3 Compact tablet that I got from an auction site for less than €200 and I love everything about it – the one and only thing it's missing is a fingerprint reader.
  9. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    I'd personally go with a Nexus 9, Nvidia Shield, or Pixel C(which I'm looking to pick up right now). But, for roughly $200, the Shield is your best option and it looks like you're picking one up!
  10. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    Nvidea Shield K1

    Good specs for the price, and there's some indication Nvidea are committed to keeping it up to date - it received Marshmallow update in December, which was pretty fast compared to other Android devices.

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