questionschallenge: what's the best tablet for $150 or…

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If refurb is on the table: http://www.reddit.com/r/BuyItForLife/comments/16fu7t/what_does_bifl_think_about_refurbished_products/c7vorra

I bought a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7'' for $150 and have zero regrets. I found it to be one of the most highly rated and also one of the most reasonably priced tablets available. Also, it takes a micro sd card so you can easily put lots of movies/music on it.

I got mine from http://www.microcenter.com (some products are only available in-store)

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You could always look at the Nook HD+. They opened up the google play store so if the hardware can handle it you can download it. Kindle on your nook? Sure, why not? It's on sale right now, too.

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@pulsetv: Thanks, I visited the site but the tablets are either over my limit or not a brand name I know. I'm surprised, as I paid $150 for my ASUS Transformer 101 almost two years ago, I thought tablet prices were dropping but not so much. Groupon has been offering a Galaxy for $170 for the 7" and $250 for the 10" and I passed it up because it seemed high to me.

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@zuiquan: The "if the tablet can handle it" caveat is worrisome, as my friend is far less of a tech-head than I am, and I have had plenty of difficulty learning my own tablet's functions. Android is simply not intuitive to me. You say that it is on sale, do you have a good link?

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@moondrake: Yes, click the link I posted above. Hover over "You could always..." and then click it. What I meant by the hardware is that it's not super bleeding edge and will run pretty much whatever you like now but in a year or two things will probably be different. I believe it's running Ice Cream Sandwich. Different iterations of the android OS are easier/harder for neophytes to understand, ICS is pretty simple, Jellybean is also dead easy. I started with 2.0 and there's quite a bit of difference between that and Jellybean but it only took me about an hour to figure it all out when I made the transition.

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@zuiquan: ugh, I'm an idiot. Sorry, I should have seen that link. I believe my tablet is running ICS. Even though it is purported to be easy, I just have the worst time solving problems with it and frequently have to turn it over to my IPhone adept friends to manage. But ICS will work fine for Bob, neither he nor I need the latest and greatest. I thought about the Nook/Kindle angle, but I haven't ever laid hands on one, I am not sure how they differ from tablets. But I can google that info.

Having looked at your link it is a good option and I will put a pin in this one. I see it will take a microSD card, which is good. I assume these things can DL apps from the Amazon Marketplace and run video viewing apps to watch stuff in xvid format? I am planning to make the purchase by Wednesday as his BDay is the 1st week of July.

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@moondrake: I don't have one but I'm definitely considering it now that they've opened it up to the full google experience. I was looking at one at books-a-million yesterday and it seemed to be pretty responsive and the screen is really sharp. I guess the only issue I had was there was a lot of glare but I imagine some sort of screen protector would take care of that. I do really like that it's got the expandable memory. Battery life is supposed to be quite good as well. 10 hours of reading or 9 of video. I couldn't check out how it handled web pages because it wasn't connected to the internet and I didn't feel like configuring it standing there at the little stand it was on.

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Asus MeMo 7" 16GB at $149.99 MSRP NEW is really quite good. It is by the same company that makes the Nexus 7 (and of course the Transformer) and is running Jelly Bean. It has expandable storage (unlike the Nexus). There are no NEW 10" tablets at $150 that I would ever recommend.

Here is a link for it at $129 from newegg ($4 shipping):
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/ed8fd6d8-6bfe-4b68-a588-5b699367ad5b/asus-memo-pad-16gb-1-00ghz-7-1gb-ddr3-memory

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The 16GB Nook HD+ (as suggested by zuiquan) is on sale for the same price at Target so you could check it out in-store there too. One caveat, the 32GB model isn't listed in the Target ad so it might not be available or on sale.

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@msklzannie: Regarding my previous post, I apparently didn't get the editing done in the time frame window. I wanted to add that Target also has all their Nook HD+ accessories 25% off this week.

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@msklzannie: Thanks, I will try to get by and check it out. I would probably get the smaller one anyway as the 32g is a bit outside my preferred price point and the micro SD slot makes onboard storage less important.

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Another vote for the Asus that @morriea posted.
Good product.

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If you're tempted by the Asus MeMO, depending on when the birthday is you might want to consider holding off until the MeMO HD 7 comes out. It's better, it's the same price, but with the one catch that it isn't quite available yet.

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@starblind: Ha! I was talking about the new one introduced at Computex, didn't even realize there was one out already.

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I have a Nook tablet that I've rooted and running Cyanogenmod. 16 gig versions were going for $90 around christmas time, and are really good devices. If you need bluetooth, or a little more grunt, for the $150 range you can get a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Other than those, next one I'd really only recommend is the Nexus 7, which is a bit over your price range, right now.