My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment, Part Three

This is an update to: My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment and My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment, Part Two.

The new leading contender is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

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Highest-resolution screen at that size, octa-core CPU (for the WiFi-only version) and 3GBs of RAM. It’s not 4:3 but I see nothing other than that as an objection. Plus, it will have MultiView.

At some distance behind as second, the HP Slate 8 Pro.

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I don’t see any commitment from HP. This is still available with only 1GB of RAM. Where’s the 2GB model? And where is this in retail stores? Is this to be an orphan soon? Or will next month’s Mobile World Congress bring a refresh?

Third place remains the Retina iPad Mini.

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Although it’s probably the most powerful of the three, the lack of microSD card slot irritates me.

Now dropped from all consideration are the LG G Pad 8.3, the Tomato T2, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

I don’t expect the Retina-class iFive Mini 3 to have an AnTuTu X score beyond, perhaps, the 21,000-range (the slight increase will be due to the faster storage). That’s just too low for me now. And while the Rockchip 3188 was great in 2013, this is now 2014 with competition.

My decisions are based on my need for reading massive Google Books PDFs and shouldn’t be taken as anything other than my personal thinking.

But I do have one bit of general advice: Don’t buy a tablet that might be an orphan!

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12 responses to “My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment, Part Three

  1. Thomas

    What made you drop the LG?

    • mikecane

      AnTuTu of just 21,000, screen not as bright, and I have no faith that LG will support it. Also, not seen in any retail stores. I think it’s an orphan later this year.

  2. Booger

    I am looking forward to buying a refurbished Galaxy Note 8.0 in couple years for under $200.

    • mikecane

      Here in the States, if you keep looking, you could get one used for about $200 on Craigslist. I’ve seen it. (Well, I’ve seen such listings. Who knows if they’re actually scams? So many scams out there…)

  3. M. Smith

    “Don’t buy a tablet that might be an orphan!”

    Sage advice, sage indeed.

  4. M. Smith

    Disagree. Prudent research on prospective models will let you know if:
    1. The tablet is both cost and hardware competitive to similar models on the market
    2. The reputation/past experience with the manufacturer suggests good firmware support
    3. There’s a good buzz in the community forums indicating strong interest and developer backing
    4. Accessories are available, or will be made available to further support the model

    If the answer to all these questions are “YES,” then you should feel moderately comfortable with the support and popularity of the tablet model you will/may choose.

    smithmal

  5. I would take the Slate 8 Pro out of the competition completely.
    The first one I got had severe screen bleed issues. Its replacement also has it, just not as bad.. but still there.
    Power and volume button are too flush and will irritate you when you need to use them.
    The speakers are weak. My HP Touchpad is louder.
    I held off using the tablet regularly for weeks until I got a screen protector and case. Now, after just ten days, there is a small crack on the lower right side. Similar to the ones that affected the Touchpad. HP support says that I have to pay to ship my tablet to them as well as shipping for the replacement.

    • mikecane

      Oh wow. And the 1GB of RAM hasn’t been doing you any good, either. The hi-res screen takes up a portion of RAM too, making everything even more constrained. Well, there’s still the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

      • Unless I’m running 5 or more browser tabs – especially with flash content – the 1gb of ram usually isn’t an issue.
        But for a company that needs to put their past failures in the tablet arena behind them and make an impressive comeback, they are falling short so far.
        Hopefully there are no issues with what will be my third Slate 8. If there is, I will gladly utilize my warranty…get yet another replacement…sell it and use the money towards a Lenovo 8.

      • mikecane

        Chinese tablets with just 1GB of RAM have issues too. That’s why everyone flocked to the Chuwi V88. It had 2GBs of RAM. It’s a bit scandalous that Dell can put 2GBs of RAM in their $199 Dell Venue 8 while HP can’t do that in their $329 tablet!

  6. To be honest, I was swayed by the higher resolution on the Slate 8, but I hear you on the comparison with the Dell Venue 8.

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