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    Are Throw Away Tablets Coming?

    With numerous 7" tablets now under $200, I found the Maylong M250 on special at Retrevo for $100, I think that Tablets could soon bcomee disposable items.

    No doubt the cheaper devices are not up to iPad standards but they do provide email, web browsing, contacts, calendar etc. Most are Android based so all vital information can be safely stored in a Google account.

    With the more expensive tablets (iPad and big name Android), a moment's carelessness (dropping the device) can cost you $600 and more. With the cheaper devices you could just shrug it off and buy another one.

    The smaller size also appeals to me.

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    Electronics in general are becoming more and throw away all the time. The cheap knock-off tablets could be regarded as throw away, meaning you'd never have them fixed if something went wrong since a new one would be cheaper than fixing the busted one!

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    In reality, even high end tablets are throw away, in as much as, faced with an expensive repair bill, I suspect the many people just buy a newer model. The cheaper tablets just change the equation more firmly to throwing a damaged device away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAC
    In reality, even high end tablets are throw away, in as much as, faced with an expensive repair bill, I suspect the many people just buy a newer model. The cheaper tablets just change the equation more firmly to throwing a damaged device away.
    Depends on one's budget / bank account and financial priorities - the iPad 2 can also be a throw away device.

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    Well the i can use my I pad for many of the stuff I earlier used my laptop for...now im gonna get the iWork and the news that Microsoft is bringing office for I pad it can replace my laptop work to 85%...I doubt a cheap tablet even kindle can do this for me. So I'll always prefer an good quality stuff in this case an I pad...may be a higher end android tab offer same functionality ...I don't know...
    But the thing is a 100$ thing will give u only so much ...
    from my white I pad 3G/wifi 16 gb

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    I have zero confidence in Microsofts ability to put any decent Office apps on the iPad. Zero...

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    My final thoughts.

    Currently damaging your expensive tablet (most commonly by dropping it), is highly stressful event. Cheaper tablets will reduce the agony. I am pretty sure that for email, web browsing, contacts and calendar, the cheaper devices are quite adequate.

    I can imagine that Apple might come up with a cheaper 7" model at the $300 mark, with restricted functionality, to stay in the game.

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    I pay SquareTrade about $33 a year to insure my iPad against any problems including breakage. I insure my cars too. I guess I could ride a bicycle and if it breaks, buy a new one...but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by richsadams
    I pay SquareTrade about $33 a year to insure my iPad against any problems including breakage. I insure my cars too. I guess I could ride a bicycle and if it breaks, buy a new one...but...
    Wow!!! That's cheap. I should check it out!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlbaker View Post
    Wow!!! That's cheap. I should check it out!!!

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    They had a promo at the time; looks like it's about $44/yr. now, but still pretty reasonable IMHO and they have an excellent reputation. If you get on their mailing list they offer discounts periodically. One for 35% just expired or I'd post the promo code. More to follow for the holidays no doubt.


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