1. moment's Avatar
    Hi guys,

    I am looking for a tablet solely to read books (epub, mobi, PDF).

    I used to have a Coby Kyros MID-9742, which was dirt cheap ($100)


    It was horribly slow, and crashed after loading a webpage using the stock web browser (so I switched to Opera Mini) but I still managed to use it for reading PDF files (even though it might take 1-30 seconds, depending on how long I read the previous page, to load the next page). However, the table is finally broken two days ago after 8 months serving its purpose.

    So I am looking for a new tablet and I raise my budget this time to $100 - $200. Since I read PDF, I think I prefer the screen size of the iPad ~10 inches, 4:3 ratio. What would be the best option for me?

    I did a quick search on Amazon and there seemed to be many cheap tablets with decent specs, such as:

    Amazon.com : Le Pan II 9.7" 8 GB Tablet with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich : Tablet Computers : Computers & Accessories

    Amazon.com : Dragon Touch A97 9.7'' Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Dual Core Tablet PC, Allwinner A20 Dual Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB HDD, 1024x768 Resolution, Multi-Touch Screen, Front Camera + Rear Camera, Google Play Pre-Installed, HDMI 2160P


    I'm not sure if these tablets are sturdy or reliable? I am also considering to buy an used iPad 2. What would be your suggestion?
    06-10-2014 11:01 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! I wouldn't really trust those brands to be any more reliable than the Coby. Look for brands like Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo, or Samsung. Here's a decent deal for a refurbished Asus 10" tablet on Groupon for $140: Asus 10" MeMo Pad Smart 16GB Tablet Deal of the Day | Groupon
    dpham00 likes this.
    06-10-2014 11:37 AM
  3. dpham00's Avatar
    Buying some of the no name is not recommended.

    dpham00, Android Central Moderator
    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    06-10-2014 12:02 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    06-10-2014 02:42 PM
  5. neonworm's Avatar
    Have you looked at the Nexus 7 yet?
    06-10-2014 05:32 PM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The OP specified a preference for 10" screen.

    Posted via Android Central App--please excuse the brevity and any typos!
    06-10-2014 06:10 PM
  7. neonworm's Avatar
    The OP specified a preference for 10" screen.

    Posted via Android Central App--please excuse the brevity and any typos!
    Oh. *facepalm* I totally missed that part.
    06-10-2014 11:37 PM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    But I don't blame you--I wanted to suggest the N7 as well, because I think it's a good size for a portable reader! But old fogey eyes like mine can sometimes have difficulty with the screen size ...
    06-10-2014 11:41 PM
  9. JRDroid's Avatar
    If your willing to go a little smaller on the screen and reading is all your doing, a Kindle would be the best bet.

    Actually, you can get a refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for $199 and a refurbished Kindle Fire is a better bet than any of the tablets you posted.


    Brand new 7" Kindle Fire HTC are the same price.

    Posted via Android Central App
    06-11-2014 06:34 PM

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