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$200 - $300 Tablet worth buying?


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My daughter would like a tablet to take notes in her college classes. She "thinks" she wants a Kindle Fire. She already has Kindle. She wants to be able to type her notes. I know there are some programs where she can write her notes with a stylus. What is the best available tablet/mini in the $200-$300 price range that will allow her to do what she wants? She already has a 15" laptop, but would like something lighter to carry around to class.
If I can get it for Christmas, great, but if not I can switch her birthday gift. I just want to get something that will be useful and not another E-reader

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Edited by pdl2nd, 22 December 2011 - 11:39 AM.

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Welcome to Geeks to Go! :thumbsup:

In that price range, the best choice is probably the Amazon Kindle Fire. It's a 7" tablet running a modified version of Android, for $200. It's not perfect, but it is a great price point, and I think a good choice for your daughter.

The on screen keyboard would be okay for note taking. They are ideally suited to quick bursts of text; emails, Facebook status updates, Twitter posts, web searches. You could also use it to record the lecture. However, you wouldn't want to type a thesis on it.

A Kindle Fire, or any tablet won't replace all the function of a laptop, but for $200 it can fill a useful role.

I have a friend who ditched his 10" HP Touchpad with WebOS for the Kindle Fire, and never looked back. He says the the size and OS are much better.
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Admin,

How do you think the Fire compares to the Acer - Iconia Tablet with 8GB Memory - Steel Blue available at best buy and walmart for $249.00. Not sure if I'm allowed to post the link or not.

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Sorry for the slow reply, I know time is probably of the essense. I really think there are only two choices in the tablet market today. Kindle Fire on the low-end, and iPad2 on the high-end. There are a huge number of tablet makers exiting the market for this very reason. I'm not familiar with Iconia or Steel Blue but they are a likely a couple of many available Chinese knockoffs that will offer a poor experience. The Fire's hardware is practically identical to RIM's (Blackberry) Playbook. It's solid hardware.
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