Re: I see no point in other tablets
Originally Posted by omniusovermind
First of all, you're trying to compare a PB selling at firesale prices to other tablets selling at full price. Even then, I could argue that a Nexus 7 at $250 and even the 7" iPad at ~$300-350 are clearly superior the media consumption.
No other $200 tablet has features or specs or quality that are clearly superior, not even the Nexus 7 (which actually costs slightly more).
If a family were to ask my advice to choose a tablet for media consumption, the PB would honestly be my last choice. Not unless I was willing to provide technical support all the time. The reason it works for you is that you have learned all of the workarounds to make it work.
Let me give some examples of the tech support questions I would expect to get just to keep this family happy with their PB purchase.
Movies/TV - Can I use my Netflix account? (Nope but here is a bunch of websites where you can watch for free. There's a lot of popup advertisements and the stream buffers a lot though.) I downloaded this movie but it won't play or doesn't have sound. (Use the video converter and convert the videos first). Can I stream my videos from the local network? ( I would cringe at recommending or setting up Orb. With Android, use Plex or simply play it directly from the network drive. iOS has the top notch AirVideo which plays any format. )
These questions are not hypothetical. I got a PB on firesale, gave it as a present to a niece and I actually heard these questions. She's very gracious and grateful, but she knows what her friends' iPads can do, and having to explain the workarounds made me feel like a cheap .
With web browsing and email, I didn't get any questions or complaints. Although with music and video store are pathetic compared to iTunes and Play store.
Great game selection - Only if you didn't know what's on the other side of the fence
E reading - PB is the honestly the weakest platform for this. A lot of ebooks come in PDF form, and I don't need to rehash the PDF reader deficiencies. What about Kindle? Ever try to explain sideloading to a non-techie. This is such a waste of time when her peers, instead of dealing with BARs, are just reading. I also did not enjoy having to install Calibre to deal with file formats.