1. AC Question's Avatar
    Hi,

    Long time CrackBerry contributor and on and off Android user. I'm looking for a Android tablet to complement my PlayBook (we still use the latter, but it's starting to show its age).

    I don't want anything fancy or budget-heavy. I imagine many will suggest the Nexus 7 but I'd rather something even cheaper if possible.

    What I'm looking for is a 7" Android tablet that has solid community/development support (ie. multiple custom roms available, preferably with newer versions of Android OS). Initially I was considering a Lenovo A1000F (hence "budget"), but it is lacking custom roms.

    Any other suggestions? Preferably under or close to $100, as I just want something to pick up and play with, install roms, use basic video streaming apps like Netflix, etc.

    Any help is appreciated!
    04-24-2015 01:02 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, maybe? $99 on woot.com (factory reconditioned). Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7" Tablet - Woot. Or $89 on Groupon Goods: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite | Groupon

    Here's an index of available ROMs that should work: [INDEX] Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 - ROMs, Kernels, Re… | Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 | XDA Forums
    04-25-2015 09:54 PM
  3. mh1983's Avatar
    I posted the original question. Just wanted to say thanks for your reply and recommendation! I've been eyeballing that tablet for awhile, too; looks like it'd be a good fit, apart from the lack of front facing camera (I know I didn't mention that in the original question). Would like that for the occasional family Skype session.

    Tab 3 (non-lite) would cover that, but how does the Tab 2 stack up?
    B. Diddy likes this.
    04-27-2015 08:42 AM
  4. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    how does the Tab 2 stack up?
    Lower storage. 16GB was the most as I recall. Since that Tablet is going on 2+ years old, it will be hard to find one that is still new in the box.
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    04-27-2015 09:07 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Those Tab 3 Lites I linked are 8 GB, so they don't have much storage either--probably around 3 GB of usable storage after accounting for the OS and preinstalled apps. That would be limiting if you wanted to install lots of apps, or very large apps.
    04-27-2015 10:30 AM
  6. mh1983's Avatar
    Thanks, all, appreciate your replies.

    Will keep an eye on deals for the Tab 3. Re: lower space, I don't mind. Actually, 8-16 gig is perfect for what I plan to use it for (mainly streaming; not local storage; Skype; maybe the odd game or two). Certain ROMs, I presume, let you repartition what's available for app storage, too.

    Have been hearing good things about the LePan Mini, which comes with JB 4.2.2. Unfortunately it doesn't look like there's much in the way of ROM development there. Samsung seems to fit that bill better.
    04-27-2015 10:38 AM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Have been hearing good things about the LePan Mini, which comes with JB 4.2.2.
    My main concern about LePan and other off-brand devices is that the chances of defective hardware and firmware are higher, and the support will be much worse.
    mh1983 likes this.
    04-27-2015 12:16 PM

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