[clug] Chasing a Cheap Android Tablet

Owen rcook at pcug.org.au
Sun Feb 17 16:06:28 MST 2013

On Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:33:41 +1100
jm <jeffm at ghostgun.com> wrote:

> Been eying off tablets for a while but can't really justify the price
> of the high end big brand models. Poking around the Internet it seems
> that there is an emerging number of cheap models out there. As my 
> requirements are rather relaxed beyond a few key features I should be 
> able to find a suitable unit. So far I've found plethora  of models
> but am having trouble separating the wheat from the chaff.  If any
> one would care to venture their opinion or experiences here's my
> rough list of requirements,
> * USB on the go
> * Wifi  preferably full a/b/n
> * Don't need 3G
> * Approximately a 10 inch display
> * Capacitive screen with multi-touch
> * Good display quality (resolution, viewing angle, contrast, etc)
> * Android 4.x
> * Future O/S updates for at least a couple of years
> * Built in speakers
> * Headphone connector (3.5mm stereo)
> * Microphone
> * Microphone plug would be a nice to have but not necessary
> * Large battery capacity 8+ hours of running time
> * Decent CPU as I may wish to run Octave and a few other apps that
> take as much CPU as you can give them.
> * 8GB or more of flash storage
> * SD or other removable storage would be nice
> * Reasonably durable (which may include the use of a leather case)
> The question I have the most difficulty answering is which
> manufactures have a history of providing ongoing support including
> O/S upgrades? Which models are most open?

I see Aldi are offering an el cheapo next Saturday that might meet your
needs, but I would hazard a guess that upgrades are not part of the


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