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Title: Which android tablet?
Post by: gasongasoff on March 06, 2011, 10:05:57 pm
Hi, just got Home Buddy installed on my Droid X. It works great! Plus, when I dock it in the Motorola station, I can configure the home screen to have Home Buddy shortcuts. So I can just dock my phone, and hit the "all lights off" button. (Or I guess I could configure Tasker too). This is a great software program.

I'd like to purchase a cheap android tablet to act as a remote control for downstairs. Is anyone using an android tablet that works with Home Buddy?
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: denix on March 07, 2011, 10:15:22 pm
B&N Nook Color FTW! :)

Actually, for $200 it's the best value tablet there is!

It's WiFi only (no cell connectivity), no GPS and no Camera, but the rest is just great (especially the screen - 1024x600 at 7"). For in house tablet it's the best value, once rooted and installed with proper Android (i.e. 2.2, 2.3 or even 3.0).
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: denix on March 07, 2011, 10:31:30 pm
Well, I guess, I'm repeating myself... :)

http://forum.micasaverde.com/index.php?topic=5134.msg29442#msg29442
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: gasongasoff on March 08, 2011, 02:36:08 pm
Hey, pretty cool. The Nook looks like it might work!
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: JaseP on May 01, 2011, 11:53:11 am
You might want to take a look at the Nationite Midnite capacitive tablet (a re-branded Witztech A81g).

I had the resistive Midnite tablet without a g-sensor, but my stepson broker the digitizer. I've managed to get is working with a mouse,... and have the capacitive version with the g-sensor and full USB host on the way, as a replacement.
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: iflyM3 on May 01, 2011, 12:47:40 pm
I, myself, am a huge fan of Acer's new Iconia A500 Tab running Android 3.0 Honeycomb.  This new tablet is sick and blows the iPad2 away, it is most definitely worth looking into.  You can pick one up for about $430 to $450.  Whatch'a got Mr. Big Apple?  huh? Nothing, that's what!! BAM!

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 features a 10.1-inch 1280×800 TFT WXGA capacitive screen, an Nvidia Tegra 250 1GHz dual-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash storage (with the possibility of extending the storage capacity up to 32 GB via a Micro-SD card). It’s got a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front one for video chats, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, a USB 2.0 port and a battery that should last around 10 hours if you’re using the device for browsing the web.

(oh, did I mention a real full USB port?... hehehe)

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20055061-251.html

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Acer+-+Iconia+Tablet+/+10.1%22+Display+/+16GB+Storage+Memory+/+NVIDIA+Tegra+Processor+-+Aluminum+Metallic/2512059.p?id=1218332577304&skuId=2512059&st=acer%20A500&cp=1&lp=1


As far as cheap or less expensive tablets, you could go with either the 7" Coby Kyros MID7015 for about $130 to $140 which is the route that I took or if you're willing to shell out $250 to $270 you could scoop up the 7" Nook Color.  The best bang for the buck that I could find happened to be the Coby Kyros MID7015 which I snatched up brand new from Wal-Mart for $137.

Coby Kyros MID7015
http://www.amazon.com/Coby-MID7015-Android-Internet-Touchscreen/dp/B0047Q9GT4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304274015&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble NOOK Color
http://www.amazon.com/Barnes-Noble-Color-eBook-Tablet/dp/1400532655/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1304274121&sr=1-1

Coby is supposed to be releasing the 10.1" Kyros MID1024 soon, its going to feature a 1024 x 600 WSVGA capactive screen, Samsung S5PV210 1 GHz CPU, 4GB Flash Drive/Expandable up to 32GB, WiFi 802.11 b/g, 2.0 USB, Built-in front-facing camera and microphone, using Android OS 2.2.  I think its going to be reasonably priced from $260 to $270.  A nice budget tablet.

http://www.cobyusa.com/?p=prod&prod_num_id=10565&pcat_id=1013
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: robinnes on May 02, 2011, 10:51:37 am
B&N Nook Color FTW! :)

Actually, for $200 it's the best value tablet there is!

It's WiFi only (no cell connectivity), no GPS and no Camera, but the rest is just great (especially the screen - 1024x600 at 7"). For in house tablet it's the best value, once rooted and installed with proper Android (i.e. 2.2, 2.3 or even 3.0).

+1 for the Nook Color!

Once rooted (http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/nook/) it becomes an excellent overall 7" tablet. Got my Nook about a week and a half ago- rooted it the first day... I'm currently running Android 2.3 on my Nook with full Flash 10 support, full market access, Google maps, Dolphin HD browser, Youtube, Homebuddy, The Weather Chanel,  etc... Only issue is- once you root it- it becomes so useful that you may not be able to hold on to it! My wife has dibs on it all the time for e-books and magazines, one of my daughters grabs it at night to read before bed when I'm not using it, so it only gets a rest overnight when we're sleeping. Just had to order another one for my daughter, and I'm going to give mine to my wife for mothers Day cause she likes it soooo much, so I'll be looking for another tablet again  :'(
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: michaelk on May 09, 2011, 12:51:27 pm
I'd vote for the acer or asus tablets.

10 inches if you care for the larger. For me, I'm not sure what size is "right" there's something to be said for the 7inch also- sometimes i enjoy the 10 inch but think the 7 inch size of my wifes B&W nook hits the spot sometimes after holding the 10 inch for a while.

But to me, more important is the tegra dual 1ghz cores.  I'd take the (I believe) 800mhz single core nook for 200 over the 600 dollar wifi xoom with the Tegra dual core. But to me the tipping point  is 400 for the tegra2 in the asus and acer. You get honeycomb preinstalled as a bonus and dont need to spend the time to root and download an alternate rom.

I have the verizon xoom myself- wanted something that was go anywhere- there's nothing like driving the kids to Disney from NJ while they watch amazon streaming movies in the back seat.

 But looking to buy a second one so the wife and kids stop nagging me for MY xoom all the time- lol.  The asus or acer are my plan at the moment, but who knows what samsung, toshiba, lenovo, sony, etc do before now and when i pull the trigger.
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: drag0n on July 26, 2011, 02:53:05 am
I am considering a wm8650 based A-Pad as a Home Buddy based controller.
http://www.pickegg.com/wholesale/apad-tablet-pc-7-inch-via-m8650-arm11-800mhz-256mb-2gb-google-android-2-2-mid-touchpad.html
The specs are pretty low, but I plan to use it just as a remote control.
At $77 it seems like a good deal, IF it will properly run Home Buddy.
What do you guys think?
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: MNB on August 11, 2011, 03:34:02 pm
Viewsonic gTablet works great! it's 10" tablet with camera and Wifi, loaded HomeBuddy with no problem and under $250
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: Ap15e on August 11, 2011, 05:46:55 pm
http://www.4g-systems.com/www//downloads/onetab/flyer/4604.000036.00_Flyer_XST2_De_online.pdf
(in German, sorry).

Available in Germany for 69 EUR. Comes with Android 2.1 preinstalled, but can be rooted and upgraded to Android 2.2 - and does run Home Buddy ...



Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: grybrd on August 22, 2011, 02:33:48 pm
@ Drag0n ... received my wm8650 and ended up rooting it because supplied software was not up to my standards.  Home Buddy worked up till today and I now get the "parsing" error.  Will look in to it later today.
Title: Does it make a reasonable remote control unit?
Post by: drag0n on August 24, 2011, 06:27:09 am
@grybrd    Did you manage to get your via m8650 working with Home Buddy?
How does it fare as a remote control unit?
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: grybrd on August 24, 2011, 08:36:30 am
@drag0n ... yup it works great ,, even 'she to whom I am married' likes it:-)   I rooted it with UBEROID V7 which has a real market app .. start here - http://techknow.freeforums.org/how-to-identify-my-tablet-noobies-read-this-first-t673.html.

PS: Home Buddy works fine on it:-)
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: davidg on September 02, 2011, 02:13:16 pm
I'm thinking about putting this on the wall in my theater and using it instead of a scene controller.  Any thoughts pro's con's?

Thanks
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: grybrd on September 04, 2011, 08:39:53 am
I am using it at my cabin so family and guests can run scenes or individual devices ... I don't have it wall mounted though.  For the price it works great ... have the basic apps such as weather,  pandora, squeezebox and a simple browser for everyones use.
Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: markiper on October 07, 2011, 09:14:34 am
I was looking at a tablet that will also give me the possibility of controlling AV devices, and I found this one:  www.touchsquid.com.  The tablet is not yet out (I do not work or have any associations with this company), but I subscribed to their mailing list to get notified when available, and I received this link on my email:

http://www.touchsquid.com/earlysquid/

The price is quite attractive for a tablet + AV remote control; the way I look at it you can load up home buddy on it and you have a Zwave controller + AV remote + tablet,  all in one device.

Title: Re: Which android tablet?
Post by: JimMac on October 07, 2011, 03:15:29 pm
I am using a Viewsonic 10" Gtablet and put in a hacked Android ROM.  I then bought a PADTAB wall mount for $19.  Couldn't be happier and the tablet is very easy to remove from the wall.  Paid $250 for the tablet including shipping.