Has anyone had any problems with the 'factory reconditioned' tablets?
Yes...but at about the same rate that I have had problems with NEW tablets (and other electronics). Do not let it scare you. If there is any warranty of at least 30-days, you will probably be fine. I find that most problems occur at the beginning of the life-cycle (already present at time of purchase), or sometime after a year (when a warranty for a new item generally ends).
Has "ANYONE" had problems can only be answered "YES". Of course SOMEBODY has had problems. Ask the same thing and insert "NEW" in the question and you will still get an answer of "YES".
Much of the response you get is determined by the wording of your question. Ask if anyone has had luck with reconditioned tablets will get a different group of answers.read more collapse
I haven't as such, but I ended up getting creative with the older, slower tablets I've bought here as new ones replaced them. Way back when, for instance, I picked up a couple of those 8" Vizio tablets with the easel-style cases, and those have made good Wi-Fi remotes for my AV equipment that have related apps (Squeezeboxes, TV, receiver, Boxee box). A different tablet model is where I get ready to leave in the morning and rotates among a weather display and information about approaching buses that I created with my city's transit tracker. All of them work just fine, even a few years later... the bias that pops up here frequently against slow inexpensive tablets isn't really right because there are plenty of uses for them that, with a little creativity, are really good. That said, my go-to tablet is the Nexus 7 2012 that I bought when it was new. It still works great, but I strongly dislike the 7" screen with its washed-out colors and hope to find a reasonably priced 8" tablet soon.read more collapse
I have had many refurbs over the years and have only had meaningful problems with one. I bought a factory reconditioned laptop that came to me with a bad screen. The connection between the screen and the computer was bad. It made two round trips to the manufacturer during the 90 day warranty and although they claimed to have replaced the screen, it wasn't fixed. It made a couple of visits to my local fixit shop who also replaced the screen and they couldn't fix it either. It was basically a lemon. At first most of the time when you opened it it would connect and you were good to go till you closed it again, and then you took your chances. As it aged that got worse and worse till it would take a dozen tries to get it to connect. I used it for a while as a desktop and when the screen failed for good I hooked to my TV as part of my entertainment center. Its hard drive failed after about five years of daily use, not bad for a "lemon".read more collapse
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