Cheap, 3G, or readable: pick two
September 22, 2012 1:23 PM Subscribe
What kind of tablet/reader is best for me? I want something with built-in 3G, but I'd rather not pay an arm and a leg for a contract.
posted by nakedmolerats to technology (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The product I am looking for may not actually exist, but I'm hoping MeFites can offer recommendations based on their experience.
Features I want:
-web browsing. I know the Kindles come with "experimental browsers" but are those really slow or annoying? I want to be able to check email, Facebook, Metafilter, etc.
-built in 3G, but free or cheap. I don't know if this is possible. I've read that some Kindles have built-in 3G, but only to access the Kindle library. I really can't afford to pay for a monthly data plan on top of my cell phone bill. But I would like to be able to get online in buses, cars, etc and not have to squint at my 3" phone screen.
- I'd prefer to use Android, and I think the iPad is pretty pricey, but if that seems closest to what I want I would consider it.
Basically, I want something I can web browse on with a bigger screen than a smartphone, maybe watch Netflix on, and use as an e-reader, but not primarily. I like the idea of a Kindle but ideally I want something that is a reader and has web functionality.
Does this product exist? A tablet-sized smartphone, without the phone functions?
(I should add that I have a smartphone and am vaguely aware of tethering, but I use Virgin and I don't think they allow that, plus I'm not very techy and don't know where to start)