And the devaluation of your Tablet has begun

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  1. gurgle

    gurgle Super Moderator Staff Member

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    This is not going to be a pleasant topic for those of you who purchased ANY Tablet before March 1. I have been monitoring prices and the prices of decent no-support tablets has begun in earnest.

    There are numerous examples. But I am going to focus on two. Nook and Phedra. Both are decent gen 1 and gen 2 devices. But they are going through the floor on price. The Phedra P7 is the best example. As recent as a month ago they were selling for 150-180USD. Today, you can find them as inexpensive as 110USD.

    What is my point. It is Caveat Emptor-Buyer Beware and all that. The introduction of Honeycomb and less expensive dual-core will make it impossible to sell a used Tablet to anyone but the innocent or gullible.

    Back in October, I called my 2.2 WitsTech A81-E and my X5A a disposable when I got them for about 200USD. I just hope they maintain value as I try to sell them for $140 each or less.

    Ah well, such is life.
     
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    Yeah I'll probably sell my rooted nook soon, once some better tablets come out.
     
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    Are any of those tablets decent? I've heard they are crap (ie. on battery life, screen etc.).

    I wouldn't buy a tablet for less than 500$ considering I'll probably be using it for 5-10 years.

    xoom, viewsonic, samsung galaxy is only thing I'd consider.
     
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    Actually the issue is not the capability of the tablet but the QA of the device manufacturers. The devices I mentioned are actually very good. They are more like an early Pentium 4 compared to a Core2Duo processor PC. The speed and improved performance has an effect.
    But I would gladly compare my Archos 101/16 which cost 350 to the Samsung on a cost and performance comparison. And the G-Tab as well out of the box. Unless you put some time and effort to redo the Build, the Viewsonic is a good example of what not to do in building a good tablet. ie put a lousy core build on it.
     
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    Well i purchased the Nook in December and have been VERY pleased with it. I have taken it from stock 2.1 to froyo and honeycomb. Community support have been outstanding. Quality has been good and solid. I am really glad that picked this one rather than an arcos (which i seriosly considered) or one of the chinese 2.x boxes hitting the streets.

    I am running on Froyo as my base platform with HC on a sd disk when i want to play with that.

    The nook comunity will remain strong through this year and you will have agreat device for a couple of years before there is a need to taste the gen4/5 android tablets avalable in 2013.

    Sent from my Nook Color (zoom2) using Tapatalk
     
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    Doesn't matter to me...don't plan to sell. My Nationite MIDnite still works OK for the time being.
     
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    5-10 years?! Really? What other computer have you kept that long? If anything, I expect to upgrade these low cost devices more frequently, not less. To each his own I guess..
     
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    I look on the bright side. My 5 and 2 year old will be able to keep my Galaxy Tab, which they use whenever they can anyway, and I'll get my own multi-core tablet to play with :)
     
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    That is likely the best perspective. I think the Galaxy Tab has a good life, I think the biggest danger will be an accidental drop. Otherwise, I think it is a real solid device

    BTW to DanU. Luv the RatFink. Have not seen it forever
     

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