Best Android mini tablet?

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  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

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    Nexus 7

    It's my first, and currently only Android device, and I really like it. It's nice to hold, light, inexpensive (16GB=199 and 32GB=249) and decently spec'd. There may be a new version coming out in the near future but who knows?

    You'd be giving up the microSD and S-Pen features though so not sure how much that matters to you.

    Like I said, I highly recommend it.
     
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    I too love my Nexus 7. I never leave home without it. I have the 32GB 3G capable version and use it on T-Mobile.
     
  4. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    The nexus 7 is great but a refresh is imminent with likely the much faster snapdragon 600 or 800. The note 8 is great as well. Don't listen to the review sites regarding the note 8 and 10.1. They always rank them low but customer reviews always have them on top. I have a nexus 7 myself.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say the Nexus 7 is the tablet of choice, though as mentioned. Google should be updating this soon. It's a great start, but it is missing some things, that should hopefully be resolved in version 2.
     
  6. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies everyone.


    1. Anyone know how long ago the Note 8.0 and 10.0 came out? Is a refresh expected anytime soon?
    2. Can the Nexus 7 do anything that the Note 8.0 can't? Is it just the pure Android experience that everyone likes?
     
  7. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    I've heard there's gonna be a new Nexus 7 in July with a price drop and improved specs, so I'd wait until then.

    The Nexus 7 has NFC and some other stuff, don't know if the Sammie Tabs have that.
     
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    Get immediate updates.
     
  9. Twixt macrumors 6502

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    Note 8 is supposed to get 4G stack as far as i remember
     
  10. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What do you mean by "Note 8 is supposed to get 4G stack as far as i remember"

    Do you mean they are going to start selling one with 4G built in or is this something that can be added later via a software update?
     
  11. mib1800 macrumors 68030

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    I would say the best specs is the Galaxy Note 8. This is the one I would go for if I buy a mini-tablet
     
  12. beaniemyman macrumors 6502

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    another tablet that you should consider is, nexus 7, a great mini android tablet. by the way, an updated nexus 7 will be hitting the market in the upcoming months.
    but in my opinion note 8.0 is currently the king of anrdoid tablets.
     
  13. ppeyton1143 macrumors member

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    go with the note 8.0, if you don't have an issue with the price.
    the device is really fast, the s-pen functionality and the display are awesome.
    it has also got expandable memory feature.
     
  14. AppleRobert, May 22, 2013
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    $399.99 with 16gb. What the...

    http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-8.0_id7677

    TFT and the PPI steer me way clear.

    Now that Nook HD tablets have added GAPPS, they are the new leaders in the clubhouse for the price IMHO.
     
  15. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go with this. If you want a cheaper tablet the Nexus 7 is a great option. But if you do not mind the higher price and Touchwiz (It isn't that bad people!) and want the S-Pen then shell out extra for the Note 8.0. If you do a lot of writing or drawing... that S-Pen is pretty nifty and beats the pants off any aftermarket pen you could buy for these things. Just have to rationalize if it is worth the extra $199.
     
  16. SMDBill macrumors 6502

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    I almost fell for the Nook HD+ at the Mother's Day prices, but I am glad I did not. Shortly after news broke about the price drops, and with the addition of Google Play, I was all in to buy one. However, then to find out a few days later that BN would be out of the Nook game by 2014 and selling off the line to, at the time, possibly Microsoft, was more than I was ready to withstand. That tablet just didn't sound like it would be worth fooling with if B&N was giving up on it and anybody could buy it, or kill it, at any time and the possibility of it happening was quite real.

    After that, I will just wait on the new Nexus 7 instead for the few dollars of difference. Fingers are still crossed that the new iPad mini will fall within reasonable price to the new Nexus 7, but Google doesn't mind subsidizing so only time will tell.
     
  17. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    Even if B&N stops development and updates for the Nook you can still install aftermarket ROMs like Cyanogenmod which essentially gives you a Nook running Android, so companies stopping updates for a product is a moot point.
     
  18. SMDBill macrumors 6502

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    I've never heard of it before but will give it some research time. For the price the Nook HD and HD+ is about the best deal going in terms of hardware/price, but the updates and support were what concerned me most. If that's a solution to get around updates and will let me run a raw Android, that may be the answer.
     
  19. ppeyton1143 macrumors member

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    exactly...that's what i was trying to say.
     
  20. SMDBill macrumors 6502

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    I looked into Cyanogenmod and it isn't a supported device (yet) so for the OP and for me I don't think it's yet a viable option. However, there is still OS support from B&N so perhaps it will be supported before B&N sells it off.
     
  21. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Nexus 7 all the way, but unless you need one right now, listen to the others and see what the updated version brings. Even if you don't like it, it'll mean the current model will see a drop in price.
     

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