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The battle for the penny: upcoming cheap Android tablets

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Apr 2012, 04:27

The Amazon Kindle Fire started it, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet followed and for a long, long time, these were the only two affordable Android tablets you could get…

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posted on 12 Apr 2012, 04:33 2

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

i wish the nexus tablet sports gsm bands at least, phone functionality for a 7" Quad Core Tablet and I'll sell my xperia play and transformer prime.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 04:50

2. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Cheap aside,the kindle fire is all well built and powerful tab,sales have reflected that.
Although it will seem like a cheap tablet at the price the Nexus tab will be quad core and no doubt have a solid well built design from asus. Android tab sales will take the market share this year

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 04:51 1

3. jhov_laganson (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

im waiting for the ASUS MEMO 37oT, when we can have this in Uae?? and how much will it posibly be??

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 06:01 1

4. wendygarett (unregistered)

Im sorry, Im still prefer kindle fire. :)

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 07:09

5. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

I will go out on a limb and say for the 7" or smaller tablets, the Nook Simple Reader is a great design -- that is the right size for my taste with a 6" squarish display. If BN could improve the processor and get a color display while keeping the weight the same and sell for around $119, it would be a game changer.

For some of us who just want an e-reader that can let us surf the net and write e-mails (not necessarily look at videos or play games), the small and light weight device is ideal for now.

Btw, when I go to a McDonald's or Starbucks or any place with free wifi, people are using their tablets to surf the net, read news, watch youtube videos -- it's the new form of entertainment. It's the new form of a digital newspaper.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:03 1

6. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

If your talking about the e-reader, theres no point to give it any of that. The reason its so cheap is because all you need it for is for reading. And if you gave it a better processor, which you dont need a really good one for just turning pages and downloading books, then probably the battery life would go down, which why would you want that? And it wouldnt be a an e-reader if it had a color screen, thats where the nook color and tablet come in.

Also if your talking about the new one, is it worth upgrading from the 1st gen BN nook?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 17:09 1

7. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

gp284, you need to understand that technology chanes over time. A smartphone is really a computer, even though we call it a cell phone. In the same vien, what we consider as e-readers 5 years ago may not be what e-readers will be in 2 years.

If you want to study technology and see what technolgies win over time, check out the theory called disruptive technologies. The e-reader stands the best chance of transforming the tablet market because as chips get cheaper, dsplays get cheaper, you get an "e-reader" that does most of what a tablet can do but at a lower cost. Also, please have the intelligence to discern that battery technologies also improve over time!!

In conclusion, gp284 your comments and poor logic is the same reason why Apple overtook RIMM. If you recall, a RIMM executive made a derisive comment stating people don't want to type on glass in reference to the just introduced iPhone. The BN simple reader already allows people to surf the net and write emails so a better pricessor will make the net surfing experience better.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 21:07

8. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

What about the Indian Aakash 2? With ICS on it that too! I'm sure it'll be great for kids and students who can't afford the Tab or Fire

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