Android hardware Page 242

  • BurnoutJunkie 1 Nov 2018 21:51:49 1,079 posts
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    pk1980 wrote:
    Maybe look at Lenovo, some of their models are pretty good, albeit I can't remember exact ones.
    Thanks. Iíll check them out. I saw a few on John Lewisí website but saw that they were priced quite cheap and just assumed cheap and nasty.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 1 Nov 2018 22:05:06 8,156 posts
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    I've got the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus, it's a fucking stupid name but it was £199 about 6 months ago I think and can't fault it really. I only use it for Netflix, surfing and the odd game though, nothing too heavy.
  • Darth_Flibble 2 Nov 2018 09:12:52 3,215 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie

    The cheap Lenovo tablets are shit, the ones that cost £70 to £150ish, I would stay far away from them.
  • BurnoutJunkie 2 Nov 2018 18:38:38 1,079 posts
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    @Darth_Flibble Thanks. Iím looking at the Lenovo Tab 4 Plus 8Ē version, has 16gb memory, micro SD slot and 3GB ram. Seems to be about £170-200.
  • thelzdking 2 Nov 2018 19:40:52 8,699 posts
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    FWIW I had the Lenovo Tab 2 a couple of years ago and it was pretty good.
  • AddyJB 2 Nov 2018 19:48:34 526 posts
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    Look at the huawei mediapads as well. I got a T2 for under £100 and it's great. They have newer models closer to your max budget and they review really well.
  • BurnoutJunkie 2 Nov 2018 20:59:08 1,079 posts
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    @AddyJB Thanks. Does the Huawei one come with lots of bloatware?
  • AddyJB 2 Nov 2018 21:04:38 526 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie

    I honestly haven't noticed a lot. I mainly bought it for my marvel unlimited sub and other graphic novels I have. I've used chrome and YouTube on it and that's it so to be honest I've not had a big deep dive into it. I definitely haven't had anything intrusive.
  • THFourteen 2 Nov 2018 23:06:29 50,208 posts
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    https://www.cnet.com/news/xiaomi-mi-pad-4-a-bargain-tablet-you-may-never-see/
  • BurnoutJunkie 3 Nov 2018 08:36:30 1,079 posts
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    @THFourteen This looks pretty neat but the review put me off with talk about their own version of Android on it and no Google Play Store pre-installed. Iíd consider it if it was for myself, but itís for my niece, so just want to get something thatíll be easy to use out of the box.

    Edited by BurnoutJunkie at 08:36:39 03-11-2018
  • BigOrkWaaagh 10 Nov 2018 18:20:33 8,156 posts
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    Anyone got any experience with the lower end Amazon Fire tablets? I was looking at one for my son's birthday next year (he'll be 7), and I presume there will be some decent deals in black Friday. However to me, the specs look well, fucking shit. 1GB RAM on the 7" and 1.5 on the 8". I haven't looked at the 10" yet as it's more than I want to pay. If it were me I wouldn't even consider anything under 3GB, but they can't be that shit as I see them quite frequently so I'd like to hear how they perform in the real world. Also I believe getting the play store, YouTube etc up and running isn't a massive ballache, can anyone confirm?

    Edited by BigOrkWaaagh at 18:21:03 10-11-2018
  • crashVoodoo 10 Nov 2018 20:21:37 6,159 posts
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    @BigOrkWaaagh i bought the fire 7 for my 4 year old in last years sale. It's good bit of kit really, amazon give you a years access to their kids store (games, books, tv) and its all unlocked for use. What i liked was since its curated, I didn't even need to monitor or install, he could just get on with it himself, and it has a massive chunky foam/rubber case.

    However the years sub runs out in december so I need to cancel it on the tablet and sideload some of the google stuff (otherwise they start charging you £4pm i think so beware).

    I've just picked up the samsung tab a6 for my eldest to (surgically) replace the hudl he's been attached to for the past 2(3?) years. it was on sale on amazon, £160.

    Edited by crashVoodoo at 20:22:07 10-11-2018
  • CosmicFuzz 10 Nov 2018 21:28:35 32,481 posts
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    I got an HD Fire 8 in last year's sale and it's still doing me fine. I don't use it for anything other than marvel unlimited and Netflix/Amazon prime video though.

    You can pretty easily unlock it to install the Google play store too, which is pretty much a necessity imo.

    If I was wanting a tablet for anything much more than browsing, I'd probably look elsewhere, however for me it's been great for the price.
  • BurnoutJunkie 17 Nov 2018 10:44:26 1,079 posts
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    @CosmicFuzz Thanks for this. After seeing the current early Black Friday deals, I may just go with the Fire HD 8. It's priced cheaper than the Lenovo I was after (which looks like it's being phased out).

    I'll definitely have to unlock it to install the Play Store...my niece is used to it and the usual Google suite of apps. Once the Play store installed, does the tablet still run on Amazon's version of Android or is it possible to put stock Android on it? If possible, is this advised?
  • BigOrkWaaagh 17 Nov 2018 10:50:16 8,156 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie FYI I went for the Huawei T3 8 in the end, I had my eye on the Lenovo as well but they are both exactly the same spec and the Huawei came in at about £30 less. The extra RAM and native Google support swung it for me.
  • kentmonkey 17 Nov 2018 11:27:29 22,761 posts
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    Having had a Lenovo tablet in the past, I would highly recommend NOT to buy a Lenovo.

    Their software updating was terrible. They offered one update in the two years I had it. Samsung and Huawei had 5 in that time. Sony 6. It ended up an unsecure, bloated (the amount of shit they pre-install that you can't get rid of, about 2.5gbs worth on top of the standard install) and laggy waste of money.
  • CosmicFuzz 17 Nov 2018 11:32:06 32,481 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie it still runs Amazon's version of Android, or at least mines is. I'm not sure if you can install stock android on it tbh.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 17 Nov 2018 12:01:45 8,156 posts
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    I currently have a Lenovo Tab 4 Plus 10. It's had lots of updates, but it's still on the same version of Android it came with (Nougat), which is a bit disappointing. It runs well though, I wouldn't have a problem buying another one.
  • BurnoutJunkie 17 Nov 2018 12:12:53 1,079 posts
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    @BigOrkWaaagh I may consider this.

    Thanks guys. I was looking at the Fire HD 8 but it seems people are having issues installing Google Play on that. The Fire 7 is only £30 at the moment during the BF sales...but I'm assuming the specs on this aren't very good at all. 1GB ram...in 2018. My word.

    Whilst browsing Amazon I got an ad for this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XZTL338?ref_=ams_ad_dp_ttl

    A 10" Android tablet by a UK company called Neocore. Anyone familiar with them?
  • Gl3n Moderator 17 Nov 2018 12:18:47 6,633 posts
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    I'm after Mario Kart for the switch.

    Have Mario Odyssey if anyone's interested in a straight swap.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 17 Nov 2018 12:21:54 8,156 posts
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    @Gl3n And you just wanted to let the Android folks know?
  • BigOrkWaaagh 17 Nov 2018 12:23:55 8,156 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie I would go for the Huawei T3 10 over that if you're after a 10" tablet. Currently down to £100 for BF and similar specs.
  • BurnoutJunkie 17 Nov 2018 13:42:25 1,079 posts
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    @BigOrkWaaagh It was more out of curiosity. My niece prefers the smaller size so I think Iíll get the Huawei 8 you suggested. Or the Huawei M3 Lite which is £140 on sale at the moment. Wondering if itís worth paying £50 for an extra gig of ram though...Iím sure there are some other improvements.
  • BurnoutJunkie 17 Nov 2018 13:43:10 1,079 posts
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    @Gl3n Iíll give you Puyo Tetris for Odyssey.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 17 Nov 2018 13:44:05 8,156 posts
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    BurnoutJunkie wrote:
    @BigOrkWaaagh It was more out of curiosity. My niece prefers the smaller size so I think Iíll get the Huawei 8 you suggested. Or the Huawei M3 Lite which is £140 on sale at the moment. Wondering if itís worth paying £50 for an extra gig of ram though...Iím sure there are some other improvements.
    If cost is not much of a concern I would definitely get the extra RAM.
  • Gl3n Moderator 17 Nov 2018 13:56:04 6,633 posts
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    Bizarre. I definitely had this in the right thread earlier!
  • BurnoutJunkie 17 Nov 2018 15:30:27 1,079 posts
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    @BigOrkWaaagh How is the bloatware on the T3? I'm always concerned that these Android tablets come packed with unnecessary stuff.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 17 Nov 2018 15:59:54 8,156 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie No idea to be honest, mine's staying sealed until February. I have a Huawei phone though and there is a bit to be honest, more than the Lenovo, and they use their own UI too which I hate, so I use Nova launcher.
  • BurnoutJunkie 17 Nov 2018 18:25:25 1,079 posts
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    @BigOrkWaaagh Right, thanks. Will check out the Nova launcher. Think I may end up going for the M5 8Ē model, it comes with 4GB ram and is a 2018 model. Lack of a headphone port is rather annoying though.
  • Dougs 21 Nov 2018 05:51:45 87,358 posts
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    Bloody Samsung and their inability to have alarm apps work properly. Despite the alarm being set, they just drop off and don't work. Seems an update somewhere along the way broke the function.
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