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Old 04-19-2017, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cheap Tablets?

Are cheap tablets worth buying?

It would be used for: reading text stories, e-mail, short low quality Youtube, BBC radio audio.

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Made a big mistake when buying a cheap tablet a few years ago when I discovered it wasn't supported by Google play and the battery life wasn't that good.
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Yes.

I picked up a base model Fire last fall for ~35$ and it works reasonably well for that. Of course it helps if you're willing to root it. .

But Even the base OS is pretty good now and does support google play if you side load it. Mind, if you're paying regular price it's more like 50$ and you'd probably be better off going up to 90$ for the HD version and almost double the battery life.

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The operating system is "Fire" 5.0 which PC mag says is loosely based on Google Android. So I guess that's a limiting factor.


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A friend has offered me an older tablet he is no longer using for *free* so I'm going to check that out and see if it still has life in it!
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And if the used market is more faith than you want to gulp, consider refurbished.
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By way of comparison, the cheapest laptops with a 15" screen, windows, and a hard drive are around $350 so if you are looking at things like the Amazon Fire it's a different category entirely.
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I have a basic Fire, though I got the step up version without built in ads. It's like $15 more for that "feature".

It doesn't have the play store installed but you get Amazon's app store which is reasonably comprehensive. It should cover what you are looking at doing though. If you need an app not offered I have found the apps found on apkpure.com to be clean for side loading, though I haven't done any sort of crazy testing on this.

I do recomend going for the larger storage, at least 16 GB. I have an 8GB model and find I am fighting space fairly frequently. All I use it for is ebooks. It has an SD slot but the Fire OS doesn't seem to properly handle the SD card and as near as I can tell copies things to the internal memory to access them anyway, which is a real pain, I loaded all of my ebooks on the SD card but I can't even add all of them into a library at once because the thing doesn't understand the SD card properly.
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