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  1. Sydman

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    I know this does not go here but this is my home forum and I know I can count on you guys. Quick story my grandma passed away and I had to hop the first plane this AM to New York leaving my wife at home.

    We want to Skype because we have not been apart for the two and a half years we have been together, but she has a Droid Pro and we don't have a web can for our desktops.

    So my question is, what is a good reasonably priced tablet for her to Skype with me? I was thinking a Kindle Fire, but is there something better? I want one that will be usable after I come back of course. So please any suggestions or comments on how to proceed.

    Sorry I know this is the wrong section but I am sitting in the Baltimore airport and had to go where I was sure to get good advice. Thanks for any responses.

    Joe
     
  2. 94lt1

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    Try Google talk. Its the same thing I believe. And there are all sorts of tabs.... alot are online though.

    The tf3 by Asus is 3-400 but its a pretty good tab too.

    I got a prime and right out of the box it had a screen problem... and of course it was the last one I could find! GRRRRR.

    Still might get one off of amazon.


    Back to your issue... look into the Acer iconias ..

    DROID RAZR MAXXIMIZED!!!! PREPARE TO BE VANQUISHED!!!
     
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    I could be wrong, but I dont think the Fire has a camera. Does the Droid Pro have a front facing camera? why not use Google Talk?
     
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    Still same problem the Droid Pro has not front facing camera so they don't allow you to start a video call.
     
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    transformer tf101 . i dont think the kindle fire has a front facing camera. also sorry to hear about your grandma.
     
  6. Sydman

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    Man you are right about the camera just read the full specs and didn't see it listed. OK let me look at the transformer, was also considering the seven inch Galaxy Tab 2 like the one they just gave away on this forum.
     
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    Transformer looks a little more than I want to spend since I just paid 1100 for last minute ticket. 250 for Samsung is looking a little better for me.
     
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    I don't believe the Kindle Fire has any cameras, so that one would be out.

    The least expensive, but still decent tablet that will fit your needs is probably the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. It's a full featured Android tablet (meaning that, unlike the Fire, it has native access to the full suite of Google apps, including the Play store), with 8GB of internal memory (plus a microSD slot), GPS, and it comes in at $249 new on Amazon. It also ships with ICS. The 7" form factor is great for reading and portability. I used to have a HTC Evo View, which has a 7" screen. It was great, and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to have something that can fit into a jacket pocket.

    The most future-proof tablet at a decent price is the Asus Transformer TF300. It's a 10.1" tablet with the Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 32GB of internal memory (along with a microSD slot). I have it, along with the keyboard dock, and absolutely love it. But it's more expensive, coming in at $384 on Amazon as of right now. It also ships with ICS.

    Those are, in my opinion, the best two tablets out at a lower price point. Which one you and your wife would prefer will depend on your needs and what kind of use you think you'll get out of them. You can also find a lot of great deals on refurbished and used tablets various places online, giving you a lower price than either of those. But for a new tablet with specs that are more up to date and a lower price, I think those are two to look at.
     
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    Love my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. I'd go with that one. Comes with ICS out of the box. Newegg free 3 day shipping and $249.

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    Thank you sweetness, looking more and more like I am going to order the Samsung on Bestbuy and have her pick it up in store. Thank you everyone for the responses.
     
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    I bought my wife an ASUS Transformer Prime (TF201) for X-Mas. I looked at virtually everything that was available at the time and although the Prime was a little more expensive the features and the technical specs could not be matched. It has a front facing camera, ICS, 32 gigs internal and capable of 64 gigs external. The one thing I really liked is the availability of a detachable, full keyboard (which I also bought). I'm not discounting the other tabs available, but if you can afford a little more you might check out the ASUS Transformer Prime.
     
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    Given everything you've said, I think that's the best choice. The only option that might turn out to be better is the rumored Nexus tablet, but we don't know when that will be released at this point.

    While the Prime is a very nice tablet, I'd venture to say that the Transformer TF300 is a better buy for most people. I had the Prime for a couple months, and while it was exceptional in most things, it fell short in some important areas. The most widely known is the poor GPS reception (and spotty WiFi) due to the metal housing of the Prime. Asus has sent out GPS dongles to improve the GPS performance, but they've been unable to give an internal fix. The Prime is also a little sharp around the edges, which make lengthy periods of holding it a bit uncomfortable.

    The TF300 is basically the Prime, but in an every-so-slightly thicker plastic body. It's still thinner than the original Transformer, and in my opinion, the extra millimeters make it more comfortable to hold (and reduces the sharpness of the edges). The plastic also allows GPS and WiFi to function flawlessly. The TF300 runs the Tegra 3 quad-core as well (albeit clocked slightly lower, but the difference isn't noticeable). The only major differences beyond the outer casing is that the screen on the Prime has a higher maximum brightness than the screen on the TF300. While that's nice to have, the only time it's really noticeable in everyday use is if you take it outside in direct sunlight. Indoors, they both look pretty much the same at a brightness level that most people would use. The TF300 also has an optional keyboard dock. Plus, the TF300 comes in at $100 cheaper (or more) than the Prime, which allows someone to pick up the TF300 tablet and keyboard dock for just a bit more than the cost of just the Prime.

    So, while the Prime is definitely a great device, I think the TF300 is a much better value for most people. In my case, having owned both, beyond being a better value, I find the TF300 to be better in everyday use due to the better ergonomics and improved WiFi reception. I really enjoyed the Prime, but with the TF300, Asus corrected its shortcomings and provided what I feel is a better all-around device.