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Picking the Best Tablet on a Budget

After spending hours going in circles trying to find a good tablet for my needs, I need some help narrowing it down.
I am looking for a 7"-10" tablet on a budget, but I want to pick one that will meet my performance requirements.

Price: >$150
- I am ok with getting a refurbished one off amazon or ebay which may allow for a better tablet for a lower cost.

What I want to do:
- Stream videos from free streaming sites with ease. I am assuming I'll need 2GB of RAM for this. An hdmi port would be nice but if not Ill get a converter.
- I do like playing games so android would be preferred unless there is a better all around windows tablet for the same price or I can play google play games through a windows tablet (?).
- Keyboard available, I'm a student and could use it for note taking (I'm guessing the windows option would be better for this.).

So if anyone has any pointers on a tablet that meets those requirements it'd be much appreciated!

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- More than $150 should not make it a problem. But do you have maximum also?
- "Converter": convert from what to what?
- I don't read any performance requirements (how fast) in your post, only functional (what) and technical (hardware) requirements. So I assume the speed doesn't matter?

Which tablets did you find already during those hours of running around in circles that meet your requirements?


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Ill answer per question.

- My max is 150

-MicroUSB to HDMI

- 2gb ram, a decent screen, keyboard, able to stream well.

I was looking at a lot and didn't really find one that popped out at me for under 150. LG G Pad, memopad, xperia z4

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Let's go about this the other way.

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Tell me the tablet that met your needs. There are some folk new to tablets that think they stand in for laptops and they get burned when it doesn't. I have some Windows 8/10 tablet and keyboard systems at the office as well as the usual Nexus tablets (which take a keyboard.)

The speed of such things is still less than say our Microsoft Surface. I'm going to wait for you to share the model you really wanted.

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I know this will not be a stand-in. I really am hoping for something that can stream videos to my tv so i dont have to move my laptop, that is set up as my desktop, when I want to watch it on the big screen. That should be the most intensive action required by it.

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Then there is no such tablet for 150 bucks.

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While I like the Amazon Fire models your beer budget just doesn't seem to get the tablet you want.

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what would do it?

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In your opinion what would be the minimum for this? With black friday and the holidays coming up I may have extra money to put toward it

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Sorry but here

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We don't have any candidates at the price you noted so how about you sharing what works for you this time.

As to black friday, which model is on sale that hit your want list? (hint: I have no inside line on models up for sale.)

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I dont really have a specific, I just know there will be a decent amount of deals. I could probably spend upwards of $300. I guess I am just looking for a handful of suggestions that would give the best bang for the buck.

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For me, this works.

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Keep in mind the office does Windows, Android so...

1. Nexus 7 first gen. Will replace when it goes.
2. Android 10.1 inch Transformer. Beautiful machine to demo the office apps.
3. Some Windows 10.1 Asus w/ the 500GB base and battery. Another machine that does it all for the app demos.

None of these substitute for my work devices like a laptop and smart phone.

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Picking the Best Tablet on a Budget

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Hi, I do have an Asus tablet and I find it very convenient to use. If you still need more choices I also researched for the best ones that would likely fit your budget. You may also choose Acer and Nexus.

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Best Tablet on a Budget

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Hi, my choice is an Asus Fonepad 7. I found it very convenient and handy to use. However, in if still need more choices then you may try Nexus or Acer also. It would really depend on your preference.

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Got one!

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I ended up getting the asus transformer book for 150 on newegg. It has the 1.46 processor as well. Felt like I got it for a steal! over 60% off.

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