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Subject: Thinking about Buying an Android Tablet!
Date Posted: 4/10/2011 4:13 PM ET
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Someone tell me all they can about them & what they can/cant do!!  Mostly looking at them as an all around eReader.  Can they Download Amazon/B&N/Library eBooks?  Audios? 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 12:13 AM ET
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I am not familiar with the device, but I believe that you can download the nook apps to anything (practically).  The nook is also primed for Android apps and will soon (in the color unit) upgrade certain ones automatically, so I can't imagine that there would be a conflict.  When I loaded calibre on my desktop to facilitate file conversions for the unit, I had the option to select many different units, probably one would work for it.  Calibre is a free software download, so if you wanted to check it out, it doesn't cost anything.  It might also be useful to format for reading on the computer, I would think.

ETA  I can convert the kindle format using the calibre software, so I would think that would level the playing field for that format as well.



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Date Posted: 4/11/2011 1:15 AM ET
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I have tried using Calibre to change my kindle books to pdf so i could let my son read them on his literati...didnt work ugh  Something about DMR.   But Amazon has a Android download also.  Not long ago CVS rx had a Craig 7" tablet on sale $79...Course I missed it was Last week  grrrr  

 

A friend of mine wanted to borrow one of my kindle ebooks.  But she has Nook so I told her I didnt see how unless she wanted to read it on her computer.   She said sent it she would try it on her Android Tablet...   She downloaded the program & I sent her the book she reading it!!  OK Learned something new [to me lol]     Soo this is why I am asking!  Like the kindle but hate to be Required to own another kindke just to read books I have purchased! 



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Date Posted: 4/11/2011 10:45 AM ET
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To convert a Kindle book, you have to strip the DRM.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 11:09 AM ET
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I would wait until the others have come out with their version of the "iPad"  HP is coming out with one too which will run Windows which could be a good or bad thing.  RIM is coming out with their version if you have a blackberry - the BB snaps into it - so it is really a dummy terminal and it uses BBs wifi / 3g to connect to the interent. 

You want to see if Kindle has a applet for Android and if it does you should be able to read on it.  If not then you are out of luck.  I did a quick google (Kindle app for the Android) this was returned  - http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=red_lnd_shrt_url?ie=UTF8&docId=165849822

It for the Android phone.  I am sure they will eventually produce one for the tablet.   Like the iPad some will be for iphone and some are for the iPad so you have to be careful.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 11:16 AM ET
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Yep Sarah I know that BUT Not eveyone [inc me] Know HOW to strip DRM.    

Robin I am in no hurry HP sounds great LOVEEE HP!! 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 8:57 PM ET
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I bought a cheap Cruz (Android) tablet. It came with the Borders ebook app. I've also downloaded the Kindle app, the Nook app, and Overdrive from my library, so I can read books from just about any site. I have a couple hundred pdf ebooks (from my Sony 505 reader) that I'm told I can transfer to this device too, but I haven't done it yet.

I can browse the internet, watch youtube videos, and use most of the Android apps that don't require GPS or 3G (because the cheaper version of this tablet doesn't have GPS or 3g).

 I've only had it for about a week, but, all in all, I like it.    The one thing I DON'T like is that it weighs about twice as much as my Nook and Sony do & it's about twice as thick.  So, for reading for long periods, I don't think it will be as comfortable. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 9:03 PM ET
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That what I want a Table to do!  Thanks for the input!  I look into the Cruz.  Weight not a problem after having the Literati LOL  Its about twice as big as the Nook.  

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 12:02 PM ET
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I looked at the Android tablet on line, but it cost a lot more than an Ipad so I didn't investigate it further.

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 2:29 PM ET
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Peggy  CVS has 1 thats $100....   Of course they were on sale about a month ago & I missed it LOL

http://tipstir.the-talk.net/t2406-cvs-craig-android-os-21-7-tablet-deal-74-bucks-with-25-off-coupon 

 

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 3:21 PM ET
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I looked at the Android tablet on line, but it cost a lot more than an Ipad so I didn't investigate it further.

I bought my Cruz (Android) tablet for $151shipped at TigerDirect.com about 2 weeks ago with a 20% off coupon they had available.  I think they offer coupons pretty often. That's not that much more than the Kindle ($139).

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 3:36 PM ET
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LOL  When I googled CRUZ  they came up at being $300!!  So thanks for the price tip!

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 8:19 PM ET
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Best Buy has the Cruz tablet for I believe $199. I have the regular Cruz reader and I really like it.

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 8:54 PM ET
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The info is readily available thru a google search how to strip DRM from every type of ereader using Calibre.  I won't post it here on PBS but if anyone would like the link to the article, just PM me.

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 9:29 PM ET
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I PMed you with email addresswink

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 1:30 AM ET
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Guess I just stick to finding a Tablet!   DRM stuff is too confusing!

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 5:22 PM ET
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Amazon has Coby Tablet for $139!! 

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 9:27 PM ET
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Went over to CVS & they got 3 Today!  So the Mgr let me look at the Craig.  This is sooo  nice looking!  Weighs about like a Nook Classic!   I got a 25% off coupon by sighing on line for CVS eMails  LOL  So that make it about $75!  Guess I give it a try on May 4th!!

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 9:42 PM ET
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Here's a forum that you might be interested in about the Craig tablet. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=123208

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 9:49 PM ET
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Amber thanks I read that the other daylaugh    I trying to find everything I can about Tablets. 

Date Posted: 4/20/2011 2:19 PM ET
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TigerDirect has the Cruz today listed on Ebay for $149.99, if anyone is interested.  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350455557109+

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 11:17 AM ET
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So it appears that the Craig tablet has to be rooted in order to access the marketplace to download apps?
Date Posted: 4/23/2011 7:40 PM ET
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Craig Tablet also has its own Market...  You can download apps Free!  But yes you can root it.  Follow the link to MobileReads!  They will tell you how.  10 days & counting til I get mine!! 

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 3:30 AM ET
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To get access to the Google Android app marketplace on all but a small number of tablets, they have to be rooted.  Google has only given permission to a few of the tablet makers to use the official market....the ones making the way too expensive tablets!

Main thing to keep in mind with the android tablets is that the cheap ones are not going to be very user friendly right out of the box for someone that's not real geeky.  They need a lot of modding to work nicely.  That's the main reason the ones like the Xoom cost so much, because they work right out of the box...

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 7:26 AM ET
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Has anyone ordered the Libre Color?  I love the way it looks on this web page, and $100 cheaper than the Nook Color. Someone on mobileread ordered one, so I am eager to hear their report on it.