Okay, I kept writing, and deleting the title, I couldn't find one that described my post. Basically I am a 17 year old who doesn't own a smartphone, or tablet, Hasn't really used them or anything. BUT. I am a computer geek, so I am not completely tech illiterate. Anyway, My parents have stated that this December they would give each of my siblings and I 100$ to spend on whatever we want. I figure, Hey. I could use a tablet, finally bring myself into the future a tad outside my flip phone and craptop. Of course, I can only get the tablet off of Amazon. And 100$ isn't exactly a lot of spending room, I know. I want to make sure my post goes well for everyone I will follow some guidelines I saw in a sticky. I want to use the tablet for browsing, whether its YouTube, Watchtvseries.to, Or going online to look at a guide for my game. This would be my main usage. A secondary use which isn't game breaking for me honestly, is I have been eyeing the "Nazi Zombies Black Ops App" since my computer is to awful for the game, and my older brother is 18 hours away with our Playstation, my Tablet would be the only way to play it anymore. I do not care at all for the size of the tablet, I just don't want to be squinting at it. The built in storage size really goes with whatever you think it needs, I don't plan on storing anything. -Edit- I think its 4.2 or 4.3 that adds some new feature thats called trimming or something thats suppose to help with long term performance, Someone could clarify on that it would be nice. Now apart from wondering if anyone can find the best I can get, I have a handful of questions. I live in South Carolina, North Charleston, in case this is important. Now for my questions. 1. Similar to how buying a computer with Windows pre-installed with junk, is this the same with android tablets? If so can I reset everything so its a nice clean happy slate for me? 2. From what I am aware when you buy a tablet that say, comes with android 4.2, You are not able to update to 4.3+, is this true? Or only applies to some tablets? How do the updates actually work? 3. With Android being all Google like, does Google force itself down your throat by making you use a Gmail, and Google specific apps? Because I use outlook mail, and deeply hate gmail. 4. If I get a tablet, or someone on here (most likely this) found me a tablet to get, will I have to worry about being outdated, and not getting to use newer apps? Or how does that really work? 5. I know some tablets have external slots for SD cards, Will android be able to use the extra storage? How will it use it. 6. I keep trying to read from Ubuntu's site, but getting a lot of conflicting information, but Ubuntu for tablets looks amazing (I use Ubuntu on one of my laptops) but I can't figure out if its Ubuntu -with- tablets thats not out yet or being able to install Ubuntu for tablets itself is not out yet. Basically I am interested in having Linux on my tablet, and I can't tell if Ubuntu for tablets is actually out or not. 7. Whats the apps like on android? Are they chock full of ads, is everything on there full of free versions with hardly anything and then a Pro Version, whats the freeware situation like? 8. Be honest, Any small or major quirks you have with android tablets/android itself that I should know? Things buggy, does it slow down soon, do batteries die off quickly, do the apps flat out suck? Sorry for the wall of text, Sorry if I posted this in the wrong area, sorry my ignorance on tablets shows. I am a bit of an anxious person and if I am ever given money I make sure to spend it to its full use.