What's the best value-for-money tablet?

With a few recent price drops (HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom) - which tablet do you think is the best value for money?

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 16:57

oh my... kinda depends on what you wanna do with it.
If you just wanna read the news, emails and an ebook at night, a chinese 99 buck no-namer will probably be "great value"...

I quite like the Acer Iconia A500 - it's €390-ish here in Ireland. Has full usb hosting, dual core etc... But avoid the Packard Liberty tab - it oughta be the same since Acer own the company and the Liberty is on paper identical to the A500, but I tried both. The Liberty is laggy, and the A500 has some extra apps and UI improvements.

I spent half an hour with a Galaxy Tab 10.1, and tbh though nice, it's not worth the extra money...

Haven't tried the Moto, nor the Flyer ( a 7inch tab? 4.8 and 5+ inch sized phones on the horizon, so 7inch seems kinda ebookish to me.)

blizzard7  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:51

I'm with Jan here, if you're looking for value, crappy, low-spec tablets will be great.

For those looking for something... less risky let's say, I don't think any of the current tablets are good value price drop or not.

For a good, big brand tablet, it'll be worth waiting for the Lenovo Ideapad A1 and of course the Amazon tablet. However, both these are 7 inchers and as Jan says, it is a slightly disappointing screen size given 4" phones, but still it's a compromise you'll have to make for the low-price.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 21:06

I wouldn't touch a cheap chinese tablet with a ten foot pole, personally. God knows what you're actually buying...

Bar the touchpad sale a few weeks ago, all tablets are a rip off still. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is probably the best of the bunch, but as Jan says, it's just not worth the cash :/. I'd wait for quad core tabs then pick up a dual core one cheap. That's assuming the price drops, the 7 inch original Galaxy Tab is still pretty steep...You could always buy an HP TouchPad off ebay for £200ish, great tab, I have one, Overclock to 1.8ghz and it'll smash an iPad 2 in page loading times, and it has a full flash browser. A month ago, that would have been the bargain of the decade remember...


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