#1 Posted by Grimmrobe (197 posts) -

I've been thinking about getting one of those Kindle fire tablets, but the price is concerning me. Is it worth the money, or are there better models for a decent price? ($150-250)

#2 Posted by Andorski (5367 posts) -

Unless you really want to be integrated into Amazon's store, you might as well for the Nexus 7.

#3 Posted by Grimmrobe (197 posts) -

@Andorski: I am already a Prime member, so I guess that narrows it down. Is 4G internet worth the extra money?

#4 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1482 posts) -

I would suggest the Nexus 7 ($200/$250) over the Fire........having access to the Play store and not just the Amazon appstore is the thing that stood in my way of buying the first Fire.  But if you're invested in Amazon Instant and their other streaming options than the Fire should be good.   Also you could wait to see the what price point on the rumored Ipad mini will be next week, some are speculating (Will and Norm of Adam and Jamie's Tested.com) it will start at 250

#5 Edited by handlas (2760 posts) -

There was a leak of Nexus 7 tablets with more space too.... might wanna see about that whether it's true or not and the price. Saw it on Engadget I think.

#6 Posted by YetiAntics (1493 posts) -

Don't buy a racing wheel tablet.

#7 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2690 posts) -

I don't see the point of tablets.

#8 Posted by Deusx (1910 posts) -

For some reason every time someone asks for a tablet I always think about an art tablet but hey, here is my advice, get a Nexus 7. That thing is pretty dope.

#9 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

Nexus 7.

#10 Posted by handlas (2760 posts) -

Engadget posted another leak about a 32GB Nexus 7 Tablet for $250. That's what I'd get, personally. I've been interested in messing around with one but I got an Ipad 2 so there isn't really a point in buying one. I'm more interested in Surface except they are pretty expensive.

#11 Posted by Kidavenger (3629 posts) -

I bought a Samsung Tab 10.1 2 a few months ago, I'm using it a lot more than I expected I would.

Make sure to get one with expandable storage or more than 16gb storage, mine is full already, apps/books/comics/movies/etc adds up quick.

Try them out before you buy too, most of them have crap speakers, I picked the Samsung partially because it had the best speakers (for a tablet anyway).

#12 Posted by aquamarin (555 posts) -

I got the nexus 7 and I highly recommend it. I don't use it as a gaming platform so I can't attest to that but for looking things up on the couch, reading in bed, apps, streaming radio around the house I love it.

#13 Posted by ki11tank (683 posts) -

i bought one, found little use for it and sold it. a good phone is much more portable and basically gets you the same info you'd want and a good PC shits on a tablet anytime you are home.

#14 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4495 posts) -

Like most of the people in here, you should seriously go for a Nexus 7. I don't see any reason in getting a Fire unless you plan on getting heavily invested in Amazon's marketplace and consuming content.

@ki11tank said:

i bought one, found little use for it and sold it. a good phone is much more portable and basically gets you the same info you'd want and a good PC shits on a tablet anytime you are home.

This is the way I do things too. I'm using my Galaxy Nexus which can handle my portable needs just fine and I plan on picking up a Macbook Air unless the pricing announcements for the Surface Pro end up being enticing.

#15 Posted by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -

I have owned both the Nexus 7 and the latest Ipad and have since both returned them. Everyone will have different life styles that may make it useful, but for me I never found a use for them beyond being able to pick up the device and continuing to watch a video on GB on the shitter when I had to go take a crap half way through a video. I also found the iPads big screen made reading comic books really nice, but if you are going for a Nexus 7 priced tablet then I would say that the smaller screen made reading comics a bit of a pain but still viable if you are really into it.

You really need to say what it is you hope to get out of the device if you want some actual advice on what to get. In your price the Nexus 7 is the best tablet you can get.

#16 Edited by project343 (2838 posts) -

@Bloodgraiv3 said:

I don't see the point of tablets.

Great in the kitchen, on the couch, and in bed--for casual browsing or casual gaming. Also spectacular for reading.

@ki11tank said:

i bought one, found little use for it and sold it. a good phone is much more portable and basically gets you the same info you'd want and a good PC shits on a tablet anytime you are home.

Phones are essential, and using your phone as a tablet will kill that essential battery life pretty fast. PC's are not portable and certainly not lay back/couch material.

#17 Posted by EVO (3941 posts) -

@Bloodgraiv3 said:

I don't see the point of tablets.

Games & porn.

#18 Edited by TruthTellah (9475 posts) -

@aquamarin said:

I got the nexus 7 and I highly recommend it. I don't use it as a gaming platform so I can't attest to that but for looking things up on the couch, reading in bed, apps, streaming radio around the house I love it.

When you say it's good for reading in bed, can you elaborate? One of my concerns when I hold the Nexus 7 is that the bezel just feels too thin for long term holding in portrait view, and my main purposes for the tablet would be reading books, looking at graphic novels, and watching online videos. The weight also feels distributed a bit oddly for holding, especially one-handed, but maybe you've had a different experience. How about the amount of memory? Is it holding up well? I also worry about the screen. It looks bright, but the colors just seem washed out, like the calibration is off. For watching videos and such, does that ever cause you any issues?

Thanks! I've been considering a Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire HD, and I've been starting to lean toward a Kindle Fire HD with sideloaded apps(such as the alternative launchers). I love the software on the Nexus 7, but the hardware of the Kindle Fire HD just keeps drawing me back to it. It's a rather tough choice, as one has the hardware I like and the other has the software.

#19 Posted by Cameron (607 posts) -

I think it depends on what you want to use the tablet for. If you just want it for games and media, I'm not sure it would be worth it. I use mine to read PDF scans of books, which, as a grad student, I do at least eight hours a day every day. I haven't found anything better than my iPad for reading that kind of document. Being able to have a file on my computer open for notes while reading an essay on the iPad is so convenient. That said, I know my case isn't a common one, and if you don't have a particular use in mind and you already have a laptop, I'm not sure how much you'll get out of it.

#20 Posted by TruthTellah (9475 posts) -

@Cameron: How nice would you consider the bigger 9.7 in for reading so much? When holding the iPad, I usually feel like it is a bit big for reading. It seems like it would get tiring after a while, and you could certainly not read it with just one hand for long. Do you need it propped up at all? In your experience, how does it hold up over hours of reading?

Thanks! :)

#21 Posted by commonoutlier (136 posts) -

...is it weird I came to this post to suggest a Wacom tablet?

I just use the Kindle app straight from my phone...but I suppose I'm weird in that I do not mind reading books on that small screen. Honestly, I'd probably choose that app over the actual Kindle device, since I can just stand in line reading with my phone that I already have with me without having to carry around an extra device to read. But again, I don't see that as a preference most people would have...depends on your eyesight I suppose.

#22 Edited by ki11tank (683 posts) -

@project343:

"Phones are essential, and using your phone as a tablet will kill that essential battery life pretty fast. PC's are not portable and certainly not lay back/couch material."

i have a motorola photon and the battery life is fine, plenty of life to fit a work day of social apps, music and calls. i used my tablet for the same things i used my phone for and the hassle of a device that large vs my phone wasn't worth it. also when i go to the couch other than chatting on my phone via text or twitter i don't want the net. i've got a home office with a mean pc and a 42" & 2x 26" monitors that is where the business happens.

to each his own i guess?? tablet doesn't make the middle ground any better for me so i don't like them. i mean if i could buy a device that could magically fold into phone size in my pcoket and unfold into tablet size sign me the fuck up. until then the tasks i do are either great for a phone or way to complex for a tablet. additional shit to carry blows.

#23 Posted by Barrock (3553 posts) -

Got an iPad last month and don't regret it. It's amazing for reading comics in bed, there are great games, and it has apps that help me study. Does it replace my PC? No, but I didn't expect it to.

#24 Posted by Cameron (607 posts) -

@TruthTellah said:

@Cameron: How nice would you consider the bigger 9.7 in for reading so much? When holding the iPad, I usually feel like it is a bit big for reading. It seems like it would get tiring after a while, and you could certainly not read it with just one hand for long. Do you need it propped up at all? In your experience, how does it hold up over hours of reading?

Thanks! :)

I've never used a 7" tablet for any length of time, so I'm not sure how it compares to that. I assume the larger screen helps with getting a whole page on the screen at once, which is nice. It's certainly much better than reading on my old 4S or my Galaxy SIII. I tend to read either at a desk or on the couch, so I either place it on the desk or have it in my lap. It's not something you can use one handed for any length of time. I don't find it uncomfortable to hold in two hands, even after quite a while.