New Tablet Help

Hi All,

I've come cap in hand needing a bit of help finding a new tablet.

I've got about £200 to spend and am looking for an Android 10 inch+ Tablet. I've done some researched and narrowed it down to four.

Amazon Fire HD10 (2017 Model) £170 (no ads)

NeoCore E1 2017 - £110

Asus Zenpad Z300M - £155

Samsung Galaxy Tab A - £194

From looking at the specs they're all basically the same. 2GB Ram, not great but acceptable, similar processors (except the Galaxy).

One of the games I want to play is Xcom Enemy Within as i think its perfect for tablets & playing on the go/in bed but it's impossible to find out what apps run on what device with Android.

Any suggestions would be welcome. Also if anyone has an alternative to the above I'm all ears :).

Thanks

Fire tablets don't have access to the Play Store without you side loading it on there. I'm not actually sure if that works anymore as I sold off all my Fire tablets.

If the Galaxy doesn't have a MicroSD slot then avoid because 16 gb of storage is not nearly enough.

Hell, for the price, I'd roll the dice on the Neocore. That way you can figure out what you like or don't like about a 10" tablet at a reasonable price. That said, the reviews aren't reliable.

Bang for buck, the Fire tablets will give you the most for your money with the caveat that the Play store isn't on there.

Lenovo tends to also have good price/performance.

Hi garion,

Thanks for the reply. According to the Amazon Q&A the Galaxy has a micro SD card slot and the others also state they do.

I was leaning towards the Fire tablet as I quite like the Fire Box's and I imagine the tablet will mostly be the same. I was aware of the Play Store and the ability to add it manually but I wonder if it will work quite as well as other tabs that have it as stock?

The Neocore price does look tempting but usually get what you pay for and I cant (as you pointed out) find good reviews from reputable sources.

All,

Does anyone have one of the new Fire HD 10's? If so, is it good value for money? Can Xcom be played on it?

Fire tablets are designed really well for the thing Amazon cares about, consuming Amazon content. The lack of a store that keeps up with Play and purchases that remain locked to Amazon makes it of limited utility, in my opinion, past that point.

I have a Fire tablet and love it. It’s around 4 year old and still works perfectly for reading books and watching Prime videos. The App Store is lacking, though, IMO.

garion333 wrote:

Fire tablets don't have access to the Play Store without you side loading it on there. I'm not actually sure if that works anymore as I sold off all my Fire tablets.

It totally still works, on both the current 8" and 10' models.

Thanks guys for the responses.

Just another thought - would I be able to get a better spec'd tablet if i sacrifice a few inches and in your opinion would the trade off be worth it (assuming I can)?

It is very simple to add the play store to the fire. In fact I'm typing on chrome on my fire now. I'd recommend the fire.

dissposablehero wrote:

Does anyone have one of the new Fire HD 10's? If so, is it good value for money? Can Xcom be played on it?

I do, but I've had problems with that title downloading its "additional file."

Hi All,

Thanks for the suggestions. First i bought the Neocore - just because it was so cheap. I tried it for a few hours but returned it as there was a scratch right in the middle of the screen which was a shame. Overall the tablet was very slow and clunky. When I returned it (via Amazon) i got the credit and ordered the Fire HD10.

Seems like a good tablet so far. Installed the play store and all is well - i do have the same issue as Kurrelgyre with XCom and its need to download more files and looking around the web its a common issue.

Overall though i'm happy with the Fire and it doesn't suffer from the performance issues of the Neocore.

Another vote here confirming the Fire is rock solid. We are still using one of the old 7" ones for streaming video, and the 10" HD for regular tablet stuff for my wife. Both showing no signs of decay (as opposed to age, but that's a function of cpu performance, really).

Robear wrote:

the Fire is rock solid.

Not as solid as advertised. I got a free 6" one a year or so ago, and two days later, it fell screen down on a cement floor, shattering the screen real good. So now I've got one that works but is hard to see anything on.

Rock floor = more solid than Kindle Fire.