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#1 Posted on 9.6.11 1059.55
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Good day folks! I am looking at grabbing a cheap-o tablet that can use e-books. Any suggestions?

PS: Needs to be found in Canada.

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#2 Posted on 9.6.11 1112.11
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If your primary use is reading e-books, don't even consider anything with an LCD screen. These devices are typically called tablets. Look at devices with e-ink screens, which are typically called e-readers. The two most popular by far are the Kindle (Amazon) and the Nook (Barnes & Noble). Read some reviews.
FYI: a new version of the Nook is coming out soon, so the original ones will be easy to find on sale or used.

If what you really want is a tablet that you can use for browsing, email, photos, and games in addition to reading e-books, then you have a lot more choices: screen size, 3G or WiFi-only, OS preference, if you need cameras on it or not.
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#3 Posted on 9.6.11 1153.16
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    Originally posted by samoflange
    If what you really want is a tablet that you can use for browsing, email, photos, and games in addition to reading e-books, then you have a lot more choices: screen size, 3G or WiFi-only, OS preference, if you need cameras on it or not.


This. Namely because I'd like to transfer the comics I own from TPB/floppies to the tablet.

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#4 Posted on 9.6.11 1301.53
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If you are even remotely tech-inclined, I would strongly suggest purchasing a Nook Color, and following a guide to putting Android 2.3 on it (in particular a custom version of CyanogenMod called PhireMod, but those are details for later). The Nook Color can be made into the best tablet for the money on the market today.

I have done all of this and can assure you that comics are great on the Nook Color. Comics were also my #1 reason for getting a tablet. In addition to comics being great so is Angry Birds, browsing, Google Reader, digital finger painting, viewing photos, watching video, and just about anything else. The Nook Color doesn't have 3G connectivity or cameras, which makes it much cheaper than most of its peers. But, really, 95% of people don't need that crap anyway, so why pay for it?

The build quality is phenomenal. It is a solid device and the screen is vibrant with a high resolution. The touch sensitivity is perfect. The only thing that is sort of annoying is swapping micro SD cards. But you rarely need to do that as you can just connect to your computer and the SD card is recognized as a USB drive.

Regarding the "hacking" process, with the way the bootloader works the Nook Color is virtually impossible to "brick". Do not be afraid to do this bit of hacking. I am not a techy guy and I figured it out well enough that I have even made a few bucks on Craigslist doing the same thing for others in my city. The Android hacking community is all over the Nook Color and there is a ton of information and guides out there. Any problem you may have is 99% likely to have been experienced by somebody else and answered in a forum post somewhere.

Disclaimer: Installing full-on Android to a Nook Color voids your warranty.
But: (a) this is a very well-built device and there are only a small minority of users who have claimed legitimate problems with one
(b) it is very easy to simply re-install the stock Nook Color OS and whatever Barnes and Noble employee looks at your device if you somehow need to return it won't know the difference

Addendum: this guy wrote the best guide out there
http://quinxy.com/guides/nook-color-modding-faq/
http://quinxy.com/2011/04/14/complete-guide-to-phiremod-cyanogenmod-7-install-and-configuration-on-nook-color/

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#5 Posted on 9.6.11 1639.49
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I have a coby kyros, which was under 150. it's android 2.1 and can bexpanded with a 32g micro SD chip. Kindle works good on it. I haven't viewed comics on it.

This is the one I have
http://www.amazon.ca/Coby-Electronics-MID7024-4G-Touchscreen-Computer/dp/B004RCUUT8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1307655506&sr=8-2

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