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Re: [LUG] Cheap tablet


I have bought 5 tablets all from China without any problems over the last 4 years. 2 of them for a friend who uses them for email and browsing on the sofa between TV and has been very happy with them. The last was about Â120. I also bought one for my wife for the purpose of playing Candy Crush which cost Â50 and was worth every penny to keep her away from more useful gear. I haven't had any problem with getting rid of vendor bits and pieces.

My latest latest tablet is a Cube 9x U65GT which cost about Â175. It has a 4:3 screen which is very hard to find. I think it is an Apple screen which I think is the only good thing about Apple. Why every other screen on the market is 16:9 I do not know as I find it the most useless screen ratio, especially at smaller sizes.

I mainly bought this tablet to read magazines as I don't like using a desktop or laptop for this; I like to lounge. I also bought a bluetooth keyboard which works well but which I hardly use. Reading an A4 magazine or a newspaper on a 16:9 format is a waste of time.

At the moment I am between houses and on the move which is a situation a bit like going on holiday. I expected to use the tablet quite a bit but I don't. I use a 5" android phone for email and instant browsing and a laptop running Mint for proper browsing, banking etc. I don't trust android security really. The phone by the way is another China purchase, an Elephone P8000, which I'm more than happy with. I would like to try Modding it but I rely on it too much to risk bricking it at present.


On 25/02/17 14:22, Neil via list wrote:
Recently we, that is to say the wife, decided we should have a few more short breaks away. (In this country but, being pensioners, we can go out of season and get some very good deals.)

The wife has an iPad (I know, but she said it was her money so she would spend it on what she liked.) It is easy to pack and to take with us, and she is able to keep in touch with emails, facebook etc while away. It also takes some half decent photos.

I am obviously not going to pack a 17" inch laptop to take and I do not have anything suitable otherwise. (I do have a mobile phone, but it is not a smart phone.) I am thinking about getting a cheap tablet, mainly for keeping up with emails and checking local information.

So I have been looking online. And, as usual, I have finished up very confused. (I don't want anything to do with an iPad, or with Windows, so that Android is all that is left apparently.) One of the cheapest so far is the Amazon Fire, which has some mixed reviews and some others from China. I am wary about those.

If anyone on the list can come up with some ideas/suggestions I would be grateful.

Many thanks,


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