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Which Android tablets people recommend for price and functionality?

Josh Fink 2 years ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Android • updated by Juval 8 months ago 22 1 duplicate

I'm not necessarily looking for the cheapest tablet but one that works well and is configurable. Preferably one I can root but if it's not needed then all the better.


I think I have a relatively straightforward use case.

  • I want to mount a couple around the house and have 1 or 2 in bedrooms.
  • I would like the screen to go as dim as possible until it senses motion or it's picked up.
  • Obviously needs to run AT and I would prefer it to boot directly into it if possible.

My goal is to make it as easy as possible for someone to pick up and use or go to the wall and use. If for some reason it needs to be rebooted or updated and it's turned back on that it goes directly into AT so that I then don't need to provide tech support.


Thanks

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Hi Tim,


There are so many devices that ActionTiles works fine on, that we don't have a specific recommendation. It depends on your budget and if you want or need any special features or are running other Apps on the same tablet...


  • "old" tablets can be a problem as their Android OS and/or browser version may not be compatible (pre-Android v4.4 is a problem).
  • "slow" tablets will work, but the performance may bother you. The slowest I have experienced is an iPad Generation 2 and it's not great. My Amazon Fire 7" tablet is quite reasonable though. Keep in mind that you can build and configure your Panels on a PC or Mac or fast tablet if the table you use to view the Panel is relatively slow. Configuration is where you'd like some extra speed so you can do this building and tailoring easily!
  • "bigger" and/or higher-resolution screens are only necessary if you'd like to display a lot of Tiles in bigger sizes. But their may be rooms where you even use an old 5" phone with just a few Tiles ... I have an Amazon Fire Phone with 6 visible 1-inch Tiles on it's main page, and scroll down to another 6 less used ones.
  • "front (user) facing camera" is useful as there are some Apps that will wake a tablet when it detects motion in front of the camera, thus letting the screen fade or be shut off when not in use.
  • and... Personally I prefer a tablet that is known to be "rootable" or have "custom ROMs" available, so that I could install the most custom options I desire, if necessary.

You'll probably find a lot of advice for this question within the SmartThings Community or Facebook SmartThings Users Group!

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Anyone? Would love some feedback...

I'm leaning towards rooting a Kindle Fire. Not sure on a 7" or 8"
  • HD or no HD (does it matter?).
  • It will solely be used for AT.
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Hi Josh,


Eventually more customers will pitch in, though, for now, you'll find more responses on the SmartThings Community Forum.


Kindle Fire is a popular choice, with minimal drawbacks consider its price:


  1. Without a front-facing camera, utilities that "wake tablet on motion" aren't available. Correction: Fire has a front & back camera! Yay!
  2. It's pretty low resolution (low def) which is just fine unless you have "lots" of Tiles or you want to see the best detail in video feeds. If you have lots of Tiles, then choosing a smaller Tile size uses smaller fonts and those become hard to read on lower resolution screens. With Fully browser, you can set a zoom-out level, which is still legible on high-definition tablet, but isn't quite as nice on a low def.
  3. The 8" means ... more room for more Tiles and/or your Tiles can be bigger and easier to read (both closeup and from a distance).

Thanks Terry...

Looking on the Amazon website, it shows that the regular 7" Fire does have a front facing camera. Same as it shows for the 8 HD. Is that incorrect?

Doh! .. You're right!


(I just don't like looking at myself in a tablet camera, so I've never turned it on 😳).

can anyone suggest a higher resolution android tablet for those that do have a litany of tiles? It seems like Actiontiles shows far fewer tiles than SmartTiles given the same amount of space.  Thanks!

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  • Be sure to try out different Tile size options under Panel Settings.
  • If you a using Fully or Firefox, you can further adjust the scaling of Tiles and fonts.
  • But... Yup, big tablets are nice to have and I think there will be some recommendations from the other Customers (and see the SmartThings Community too...).

Anyone here with an amazon fire 7" or 8"? im thinking is the best price/size/functionality  thanks a lot!!

 

Be aware that none of the recent FireOS builds are rootable with the 8" model

@paul b , sorry.. are you saying that the 8" model can't be rootable to install another os? I only want to use a panel for action tiles..


Yes, that's correct. Anything at or above version 5.3.2.1. of Fire OS cannot be rooted. The Fully browser works very well with full screen and motion detection but whether you need to root for that I'm not sure.

I don't think you need root for Fully premium features.

Fully is a browser???


Thanks ! Is available in the amazon App Store? 💪🏼

You can download the APK directly from developer's website. Amazon App Store is very sparse.


http://www.ozerov.de/fully-kiosk-browser/

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Hi Tim,


There are so many devices that ActionTiles works fine on, that we don't have a specific recommendation. It depends on your budget and if you want or need any special features or are running other Apps on the same tablet...


  • "old" tablets can be a problem as their Android OS and/or browser version may not be compatible (pre-Android v4.4 is a problem).
  • "slow" tablets will work, but the performance may bother you. The slowest I have experienced is an iPad Generation 2 and it's not great. My Amazon Fire 7" tablet is quite reasonable though. Keep in mind that you can build and configure your Panels on a PC or Mac or fast tablet if the table you use to view the Panel is relatively slow. Configuration is where you'd like some extra speed so you can do this building and tailoring easily!
  • "bigger" and/or higher-resolution screens are only necessary if you'd like to display a lot of Tiles in bigger sizes. But their may be rooms where you even use an old 5" phone with just a few Tiles ... I have an Amazon Fire Phone with 6 visible 1-inch Tiles on it's main page, and scroll down to another 6 less used ones.
  • "front (user) facing camera" is useful as there are some Apps that will wake a tablet when it detects motion in front of the camera, thus letting the screen fade or be shut off when not in use.
  • and... Personally I prefer a tablet that is known to be "rootable" or have "custom ROMs" available, so that I could install the most custom options I desire, if necessary.

You'll probably find a lot of advice for this question within the SmartThings Community or Facebook SmartThings Users Group!

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Thank you for your help

Tim

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Buy a galaxy tab 8.4 pro smT-320.. I use it as my main tablet and it works perfectly for actiontiles. Got a real good used.second one on ebay for $85. It is rooted with remix operating system and exposed stay awake module to keep screen from hibernating.

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I'm using a Amazon Fire 7 tablet (got it for £40 with no ads during a sale), no root, no third party apps, default browser.


All it does is display an actiontiles panel in fullscreen and the screen never goes to sleep while charging (Settings > device options. tap `serial number` at the bottom lots of times to enable developer options, then enable 'stay awake')


Very happy with it (it's been on constantly for months with no issues).

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For the last 5 months I'm using 2 Blackberry Playbook tablets which I had bought almost 5-6 years ago and were sitting idle for many years.

I'm using these tablets installed on my wall on first and second floors,  only for Acitontiles , and while they may be slow (2-3 seconds delay, when I press on a tile), they do give me a good view of the current lights/ locks status.

Last Black Friday I have bought also Kindle 7" tablet which I'm mostly using for tests, but now with the fact that the new OS version, letting it serve also as an Alexa station (while connected to the power supply, w/o need to press any button), I consider installing it as well serving as an extension to my Google Home / Alexa voice command units  managing my home automation.

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/4/17197730/amazon-fire-7-hd-8-tablets-hands-free-alexa-new-feature