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Inexpensive tablet to play the game on?

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  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited July 2016
    Goodwill?
    Craigslist?
    No thanks. I don't want somebody else's junk.
    Trade?
    Ok. I'll trade you my Nexus 7 and 3 old routers for an iPad Mini 2. Deal?
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited July 2016
    I don't really grasp why it's desirable to have dedicated devices for each Springfield. In my case I would probably lose track of them.
    That way I can play all 3 games simultaneously. It only takes a few extra seconds to repeat the actions in each game (zip around and tap all the buildings, characters, etc or do the event tasks), whereas with only 1 device I'd have to do one game, then switch over and do another game, then switch over and do the third game... I tried doing that when our internet was out and had to go somewhere with free wifi (not a lot of options on that around here BTW) and it was a PAIN. And I kept forgetting to do things which meant going back...

    And then there's the neighbor visits. Our internet is so slow I can tap 3 things in two of my towns while waiting for a third town to load. Outside of events it usually takes me an hour & 15 minutes to do all my towns. I can't spend 3 hours & 45 minutes doing Friend Actions every day. And INSIDE events... I've had to cut my visits down to 20 neighbors a day because it takes so long to track down invaders - and it still takes me almost an hour to do that.
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited July 2016
    has to be a tablet??? I'd look into prepaid phones and just connect to wifi if size is not a big factor.

    I see you didn't read my reply to someone else above...
    wadebear wrote:
    I used to play games on my old iPod Touch but I started getting headaches. Then my vision started going and it just became impossible. That's why I moved up to tablets.
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited July 2016
    Ok, so now you guys (speaking non-genderishly) have got me looking at Fire tablets. Hmmm...

    The biggest drawback I see is the delay in updates. I've seen so many complaints here in the forum (and other forums) about how the Amazon updates always come out hours after the iTunes and Play store updates are available.

    How about connectivity? My Nexus loads neighbor towns the fastest, followed by the iPad Mini - with my Galaxy Tab dragging its feet in third place.

    I may have to wait a while anyway. All they have in stock are black 8 GB models (I'd prefer a Blue 16 GB one). I guess they ran out of stock on everything else because of the Prime Day sale?

    Oh, and I just took a look at the Amazon App store... I can't find most of the games I have on my Nexus:
    Pac Man
    Plants vs Zombies 2
    Futurama

    Hmmmm...
  • 4junk3000
    5948 posts Member
    edited July 2016
    Oh.

    If you want to buy locally, to support stores, and have an option to return it, then do so. Go buy a device and feel good about it. But that's not typically where you'll find the best price, because they have more overhead maintaining that store.

    Come on, you know this.

    I thought you wanted something cheap. Cheap AND local = on clearance, and that means visiting stores daily and looking for that one old stock item that's been marked down, and getting it before anyone else.

    The middle ground if you have a hangup with ebay is to buy from Amazon Prime where THEY cover any return issue very quickly.

    Good luck shopping. If you don't mind waiting you'll find what you want.

    I have a spare Nexus 7 '12 with good battery and USB, but cracked glass/no touch function. Someone sat on it in bed. I was saving it for parts backup. Would this thing help you?
    All my designs look unfinished because i can't place as many plants, streetlights, and fences as i would like. PLEASE REMOVE THE LIMIT, EA!
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    4junk3000 wrote:
    I have a spare Nexus 7 '12 with good battery and USB, but cracked glass/no touch function. Someone sat on it in bed. I was saving it for parts backup. Would this thing help you?
    Well, I've thought long and hard about this...

    Thank you for the offer but I'm going to pass.

    1. The issue with the USB connector seems to be a major design flaw involving the case. I think any replacement would just tear up after a short time.

    2. A 4 year old battery is a 4 year old battery. Actually, not having been charged for an extended period of time could have put it in a worse condition than mine.

    Oh, and I've looked at Amazon Fire tablets. Of the several games I play on my Nexus the ONLY one I can find in their store is Tapped Out. And then there's the update delay issue.

    I'm thinking about the new Insignia Flex 8.0 from Best Buy. It's only 70 but has better specs than my Nexus (and 16 Gigs of storage). And if it doesn't work out I can just take it back to the store and get a refund.
  • jclancy959
    503 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    I tap on a Kindle Fire. It was $50.
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    jclancy959 wrote:
    I tap on a Kindle Fire. It was $50.
    Yes, and I was tempted... But like I said: The only game I play that I could find in their store was Tapped Out. There are several other games I play on my Nexus (Plants vs Zombies 2, Pac Man, etc) that I wouldn't be able to play. And since I want a cheap tablet that I'm not afraid to lose or break if I carry it with me to a doctor's appointment, extended shopping trip, etc... It's a pain to have to lug around multiple tablets.

    Oh, and the cheap Fire doesn't even have a rear camera if I want to take a picture - like if we were in a traffic accident or something.

    I wish I could justify the expense of one of the larger smart phones, but given that they don't work very well (if at all) out where we live I just can't. Those monthly charges would eat my budget alive.
  • johde68
    203 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    I'm currently tapping on an RCA 7" tablet. Walmart has them for $43 for the 8GB version and $49 for the 16 GB version. It comes with Lollipop. It runs a little slow at times, It crawled during the early days of the monorail. But right now, It's been doing well in Tapped Out. Disney's Magic Kingdom is where it's having troubles. But, I'm thinking it might just be the game.
  • Hajekfam
    30 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    wadebear wrote:
    Oh, and the cheap Fire doesn't even have a rear camera if I want to take a picture - like if we were in a traffic accident or something.

    Both my husband and I got the $50 kindle fire a couple of months ago when Best Buy had them for $40. They do have front and rear facing cameras. They are also expandable as they accept a micro SD card (up to 128). (I had an original kindle fire which was heavier, did not have the cameras, and was not expandable so we decided to upgrade to the new cheaper ones).
    We got them because they fit in either my purse or my hubby's cargo pocket and we love to play TSTO while sitting in Springfield at Universal eating our Bumblebee Man taco, Krustyburger, or Lard Lad donuts and drinking our Flaming Moe. (Actually we got them because we go to Universal and Disney 3-4 times a year and hate to miss out on an TSTO event while we are in the parks. The smaller size and weight of the fire is great for carrying around the parks and the screen size is much easier on the eyes then our cell phones while we play while sitting and resting before tackling the next ride/show.)
  • gaudio1989
    42 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    Wadebear, look into RCA tablets. Either a Viking or a pro. I got a 32g rca tablet for under 100$ and it has a USB port, HDMI port, sd port, blue tooth. Check em out on Amazon. Don't buy it at Walmart. Their more expensive than amazon. Happy tapping
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    So I got the Insignia Flex 8 and...

    It's not quite as fast as my old Nexus 7 - maybe 1 or 2 percent slower.
    It's the loudest tablet I've ever heard, but the sound quality is really crappy.
    The touch screen isn't sensitive enough - I had to keep tapping the same spot to get it to register.
    It kept dropping the wifi while I was trying to install stuff.

    It's going back.

    I guess I'm just gonna have to get another Samsung Galaxy Tab A.
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    gaudio1989 wrote:
    Wadebear, look into RCA tablets. Either a Viking or a pro. I got a 32g rca tablet for under 100$ and it has a USB port, HDMI port, sd port, blue tooth. Check em out on Amazon. Don't buy it at Walmart. Their more expensive than amazon. Happy tapping
    I looked on Amazon and couldn't find anything in an 8 inch RCA tablet. 10 inches is too big - it would have to be so far away from my eyes I'd have to stretch my arm out to reach it.

    I found one 7 inch tablet, but the specs didn't look any better than the others I've been looking at.

    And then there's the fact that they're all RCA tablets... I've never had much luck with RCA stuff.
  • lightening79
    134 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    For the Plants vs Zombie thing, it does have the 1st game so that could help and it does have some versions of Pac man however they might not be the ones you like.

    Plus it dies have the underground app store which has paid apps for free (I know you can get on other tablets) and then it has the amazon coins you can get with some app purchases and then use the coins to get other apps.
  • jonofmeans
    242 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    jankrohn wrote:
    Amazon Fire for $50 should be good enough. In case you're not in the US, make sure the app has no geographic restrictions for your country (as it has for mine...)

    I tend to be an Apple guy, I'm playing on the latest iPhone now, but I bought a $50 dollar Kindle as a secondary device. I would endorse this purchase with only one caveat, the charger connect is EXTREMELY poorly designed (it falls out WAY too easily [when playing or simply charging]). I think Amazon would do well if the spent an additional $5-10 on a better charger connection (and sold their Kindle for $55-60 instead). The current connecter makes me more than hesitant to use their device, and I've told them as much [they don't seem interested]. I use it, but only when I feel like dealing with it. ...no where near as much as I expected.

    My 2 cents.
  • Kratos6283
    366 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    I was going to say, just don't get a 2nd gen Nexus 7. I've had tons of touchscreen problems and it's a very common issue.
  • lightening79
    134 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    JonOfMeans wrote:
    jankrohn wrote:
    Amazon Fire for $50 should be good enough. In case you're not in the US, make sure the app has no geographic restrictions for your country (as it has for mine...)

    I tend to be an Apple guy, I'm playing on the latest iPhone now, but I bought a $50 dollar Kindle as a secondary device. I would endorse this purchase with only one caveat, the charger connect is EXTREMELY poorly designed (it falls out WAY too easily [when playing or simply charging]). I think Amazon would do well if the spent an additional $5-10 on a better charger connection (and sold their Kindle for $55-60 instead). The current connecter makes me more than hesitant to use their device, and I've told them as much [they don't seem interested]. I use it, but only when I feel like dealing with it. ...no where near as much as I expected.

    My 2 cents.

    I haven't got the same Fire as you (I have the 8 inch 2015 version) but my charger connect is what you would expect
  • jonofmeans
    242 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    I haven't got the same Fire as you (I have the 8 inch 2015 version) but my charger connect is what you would expect

    '...what you expect' good or '...what you expect' bad?
  • lightening79
    134 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    JonOfMeans wrote:
    I haven't got the same Fire as you (I have the 8 inch 2015 version) but my charger connect is what you would expect

    '...what you expect' good or '...what you expect' bad?

    Good. No problems with it.
  • Echo0006
    665 posts Member
    edited August 2016
    I'm getting an iPad Air 2. My iPhone 4 just can't handle my growing town anymore!
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