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Old 01-19-2017, 01:02 PM   #16
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I'm going to close this as my own asnwer was: No.
I bought a cheap tablet from Amazon, it died. I was refunded and bought another make, it couldn't record sound without noise. I gave up bothering.
There's a little more to it than that including my hatred of Android and my possible purchase of an expensive Android phone but I'll close this here as "Android tablets are not for me.".
 
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There's a little more to it than that including my hatred of Android and my possible purchase of an expensive Android phone but I'll close this here as "Android tablets are not for me.".
I actually REALLY like Android (as a theory, not so much in execution), but I agree 100%. I just don't like android tablets.
 
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I actually REALLY like Android (as a theory, not so much in execution), but I agree 100%. I just don't like android tablets.
It seems corporate greed and the need to appeal to the lowest common denominator meant Android was doomed from the start as a "decent" OS.
FWIW I'm planning on a Blackberry Priv because I know I have to try to learn to use touch-screen (argh) and non-Android so I'm trying to get myself into it slowly. Still hate how I must tell Google everything I do to use a product I bought though.
 
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Well, you won't learn the non-Android from a Priv, it's Android under the heavily worked UI.
 
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Well, you won't learn the non-Android from a Priv, it's Android under the heavily worked UI.
Yeah, I typed that badly, I meant I have to learn some Android.
 
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Oh, ok, that does make more sense that way.
 
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Android appliances, whether phones or tablets or something else, are appliances versus what you can get with a typical Linux distribution - the flexibility to do what you want.

The mention of "rooting" - that is, wiping out a system and replacing it with something else does give you a low level means of doing what you want, and if you are bright enough to find a "Command Line Interface" (CLI) on your Android system or even a File Manager view, it's possible to extract and tweak it nearly as much as a true Linux-based system (Android has a Linux kernel, but does not have other GNU/Linux components in most implementations, so in that sense, it "feels" closer to a graphical Windows-based system - where unless you can get to the command level, you're at the mercy of whatever graphical interface you are using.

That said, like most things, if you truly want to experiment, you can compose and decompose Android systems to your heart's content, it just takes a lot more initial research to do so. It's the typical trade-off: Android systems have easy to use interfaces that obscure many of the technical details beneath them. If you can un-obscure the interface and modify it, you can do whatever you want, but that's the hard part with an Android system. Using them is pretty straightforward; changing them can be a challenge, but like any software, it's possible if you dig deep enough.
 
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Cheap tablets tends to be slow after one year usage. Bought two from aliexpress and both of them lags
 
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I recently receicved a question from a friend asking about cheap tablets (despite my bemoaning them. Turns out the cheap tablet he bought tended to drop WiFi for no reason and was, at times, a pain. (He dropped it, so needs a new one).
I stand by my verdict that cheap Android tablets are landfill.
 
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"You get what you pay for, up to a point."

On the other hand, "beyond another point, you cease to get what you pay for."

For instance, my iPhone-5, which I bought last year never-used through Amazon, and which qualifies for AppleCare support, is every bit as good as it was when it was "the thing to have." (I'm the first owner.) But it cost about $250. And, I'm sorry, you cannot persuade me that someone who spent three times as much ... or more(!) ... actually gets "three times more phone," nor anything remotely close to it.
 
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Driving to Lubbock Texas today to pick up another motorcycle. Found online, and sell was handled by text. Not email. I don't like giving email addresses to craiglist scammers. Because there are a lot of them. I have had experience with a few. Even out here in the boon docks of the West Texas desert.

Texting was handled with one of these . Because like others here. I have heavily muscled hands and thick fingers.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....5L._SY300_.jpg

It takes the stress out of typing on one of these screens. I tested a while ago with the eraser end of a #2 pencil.
My Samsung S7 would not accept that input. Only the pen in the link I posted. More detail at

https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Sma.../dp/B0055PTUE2

I have no ties to the above seller and am not spamming. Just info for the cost of this item.
For me. This pen has been life saver.
 
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"You get what you pay for, up to a point."

On the other hand, "beyond another point, you cease to get what you pay for."

For instance, my iPhone-5, which I bought last year never-used through Amazon, and which qualifies for AppleCare support, is every bit as good as it was when it was "the thing to have." (I'm the first owner.) But it cost about $250. And, I'm sorry, you cannot persuade me that someone who spent three times as much ... or more(!) ... actually gets "three times more phone," nor anything remotely close to it.
I won* a first generation iPad 16GB, when the new generation were already out, and it's still working to this day. Really not what I would have chosen, and it irritated me in all sorts of ways, but I can still use it now to browse the web and the like, despite most of the apps being out of date.

*It was a competition at a teamwork-building day out from a place I worked. Ironically I had already made the error of judgement to leave at that point, but that's another story.
 
  


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