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Inexpensive Android Tablet

Calling all husbands to help with a Christmas present for my wife. I am looking to purchase an inexpensive Android tablet for my wife for Christmas. I have been looking online and I found the Toshiba Thrive, which looks like very nice but there are so many Android tablets out there it is difficult to decide. My wife really only surfs the internet and I want to get her something that she can play on the internet, wherever she wants, without everyone asking her if they can use the computer.
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Do you want a tablet with just WiFi capabilities or do you need one with a cell service provider?
The Toshiba Thrive is what I plan to get for my mother for the same purposes. It's a petite tablet that does all of the basic necessities (surf web, email, etc)

The Toshiba Thrive is a good choice.  ASUS makes a couple of good options that have either a removable keyboard (Asus transformer)or a slider type (ASUS Slider) if you think your wife might like having a real keyboard instead of a touchscreen keyboard.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab line is a good choice if you want 3G service and are willing to sign a cell contract to get a good price.

The Kindle Fire is still an unknown as far as how web browsing will be but you can wait a couple of weeks until it is released to see what it's user reviews are like.


"Do you want a tablet with just WiFi capabilities or do you need one with a cell service provider?"

She only needs a tablet with wifi not cell service.

hello...........which company would you be using for your Wifi service?

Verizon offers several Android models priced from $199 on up.

Here is a Samsung and they are a great brand. With a 2 year agreement you get the $499 tablet for $199.


Key Features

    1.3MP front-facing Camera
    3.0MP rear-facing Camera
    HTML Web Browser
    WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth Stereo Support
    16 GB microSD card pre-installed

That link is not working with my Internet Explorer.

If you copy paste the link to Firefox it opens fine.

I'll get another link to the same phone.

Here is a link to see the phone, and you can shop for service too, with T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, etc.



A $499 tablet for $199 is a good deal.
Regardless of what you pay for the tablet, you'll need service.
So, you might as well save $300 while you are doing it.

Here is a link to see user reviews on the Samsung.
It is at the top under the word Samsung.

Here is a good one for you.
The BEST 12 Android tablets in the world.

According to Cnet.com, the Samsung and the Toshiba get the same 3.5/5 rating. The difference? $200. The Toshiba has the lower price point than the Samsung for comparable functionality and equal reviews.


First, thank you everyone for the assistance and I think I am going to go with the Toshiba Thrive. The only question I had is probably the same almost everyone is having, Ice Cream Sand which. Since the Thrive will come with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, does anyone know if it will be available for the ICS upgrade?
It is said that it is "likely" to get the upgrade, thought there has been no announcement by Toshiba as of yet. This site gives you some more comparisons of each tablet and their individual chances of getting upgraded.....


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