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@jumbowoot: Did you get this? It looks kind of cool, and I keep thinking I want one.

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I keep dropping hints that I would like a tablet for Fathers Day. @jumbowoot Any chance you would clue my wife in for me? The minute I start talking Woot with her she immediately responds, 'Now what did you buy?'

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@jimmyd103: Hahaha I feel you I have the same problem

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@jimmyd103: Don't mention woot, just say "Hey, I found this screaming deal on Amazon". That's what I do.

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Wait, why not just get a cheaper and nicer Tegra 2 Viewsonic gTablet?

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People seem to love it on Amazon, but watch out for Vine reviews, they tend to bump up the ratings because they get the item for free

The non-vine reviews are pretty good though

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Has anyone found information about this outside of the Amazon reviews? I was just about to buy the Viewsonic gTablet but this one has a GPS (I've seen people wandering about with the huge maps on their iPads and it seems like it would be great when traveling). I also like the shape of this tablet too...looks great for magazine and books with pictures.

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@theoneill555: Pretty much any conversation that involves me acquiring another piece of technology is not going to go well. Now if an outside 'voice' were to guide her.....

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@jimmyd103: I know what you mean and have the same problem myself. Sometimes I purchase the item for them and if they use it, I can get one and if they don't use it, I get their's.

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@enigmaland: If you are REALLY adventurous, check out this tutorial on XDA on how to solder in a GPS module to a gTablet: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=14111386&postcount=207

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This is the older A8 processor.. I wouldn't be willing to pay more than $200 for this device.. The Viewsonic GTablet has been on sale multiple times for under $300 or less, and while it doesn't have a GPS, it's running the same processor as the Motorola Xoom..

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@enigmaland: I typed a message earlier, forgot to post it. I got sidetracked with Android/GPS stuff lol..

Anyways, the gTab is a great tablet...there are plenty of small USB GPS dongles around, just not sure what the compatibility with Android is (the gTab DOES have a fullsize USB port, so that's nice). And like I was going to say earlier, you CAN solder a GPS mod if you get the guts, but kevin beat me to it.. The gTab is also about $100 less. BUT it's rectangular, this is pretty square - screen "size" is pretty close.

In the end, I guess it's gonna come down to screen, gps, processor and money.

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@drchops: i concur, the gTab is def a great tablet...

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the gtab, has a mod community and will get a hack to honeycomb, this never will, it is android 2.2 and likely that is all it will ever be.

other then that, it looks pretty nice, for what it is

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Also probably worth mentioning...gTab has 2 dual viewing modes (Landscape & Portrait), whereas I think this is a perfect square. Not really good OR bad I suppose, just a matter of personal preference. Personally, I think the option's kinda nice.

But I'd actually be really interested in seeing how this display worked out. Although I gotta imagine it'd probably be a lot like the OTHER square displays I used 10 years ago :) - but it could be handy on a tablet.

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or you could by a barnes and noble nook and hack it... its solid with cynogen mod 7 I use mine daily. Handles flash well and can be hacked to run netflix and hulu. Check out huskermania's videos on youtube. Super easy to hack

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why not just get a refurbished ipad 1 for the same price?

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@kevinmost93 and drchops: Thanks for your suggestions! I'm cool with a mod or a dongle if the pad is that good. My other issue you brought up as well; the squarer shape is much like the iPad (which I'm adverse to buying) and this is one of the few pads I've seen that mirrors that. I have an Archos pad but find the narrowness a hindrance when reading magazines and some wider PDF books.Every time I see an iPad I think maybe the square shape really would be better. Of course besides not wanting an Apple product I'm not too thrilled with a pad from "Le Pan", lol.

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@justinhampton81: Some people don't want the closed environment that iOS has. Plus, the iPad is dumb.

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The $399 Asus EEE Pad Transformer is much better if you're lucky to find one in stock.

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I'm hesitant to trust any tablet with less than bluetooth 3.0
It suggests that the maker is cutting corners. If I am spending this much on a device I want to get the highest quality product I can so I'm not buying another one a year later.

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Regarding the "beware the Vine reviews" comment - First disclosure: I'm a Vine Reviewer. If you read the Amazon Vine reviews for this product, you'll see a lot of very specific criticisms and details (independent of star ratings) that you do not see in the brief, non-Vine reviews. E.g., the power button is a pain in the buttocks, the screen truly is awesome (probably same one used on iPad), etc. Many of us "Viners" operate from a sensibility expressed as "what information can I give to help someone decide whether or not to buy this product?" Would I have bought this out of my own pocket? Probably not. For me, the price point would have been too high.