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Stephan
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I had an HP Touchpad with Android on it since getting it in the fire sale. It died last week. My wife just wants something bigger than a phone we can leave in the kitchen, just for Netflix while cooking.

I was thinking about the cheapest Kindle Fire, but was curious if anyone here had any suggestions. There are some cheap small tvs out there I could hook an Roku up to, but all those wires sounds messy. Our kitchen is kind of small.

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Lots and lots of cheap mirrors?
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quote:
Originally posted by Darth_Mauve:
Lots and lots of cheap mirrors?

I thought about that. But my wife knows me too well. I would have way too much fun with a laser pointer.
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The Kindle Fire is probably going to be the cheapest option out there. If you are looking for a bigger screen (10 inch vs. 7 inch) you could probably find a decent deal on a Samsung Galaxy Tab (the Galaxy 2 came out recently so you can find Galaxy 1 for a decent price) or the ASUS Transformer Prime. Depending on your luck you could probably find one of those in the $250 to $300 range.
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http://www.amazon.com/Idolian-Capacitive-Touchscreen-Supports-G-Sensor/dp/B00A7ZYUHM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1361567296&sr=8-5&keywords=9+inch+tablet

$100, 9" tablet, running Android 4.

I have two of them for my kids. They aren't liquid fast, but they do work, and I tend to watch netflix on one when I'm doing dishes.

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Aros
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There's a Motorola Xoom on Tech Woot today for $199.
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quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
There's a Motorola Xoom on Tech Woot today for $199.

I forgot about that one. It's a solid tablet.
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Jeff C.
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Is it possible to stream netflix to your Nook? That would be pretty cool.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff C.:
Is it possible to stream netflix to your Nook? That would be pretty cool.

Yes.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
http://www.amazon.com/Idolian-Capacitive-Touchscreen-Supports-G-Sensor/dp/B00A7ZYUHM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1361567296&sr=8-5&keywords=9+inch+tablet

$100, 9" tablet, running Android 4.

I have two of them for my kids. They aren't liquid fast, but they do work, and I tend to watch netflix on one when I'm doing dishes.

How fast is "liquid fast"?
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Imagine the speed of water being poured from a glass into a sink, or, instant.

At times there is a bit of lag, like when downloading multiple things, and opening multiple apps, or switching between apps, but, if once you get going, everything works great. Beautiful screen, Netflix looks great.

Only two major drawbacks are overcomeable, 1 no protective cases available (I hand made them for my kids out of my winter wet suit's sleeves) and 2 they do not come with a user dictionary, so it thinks every single word is misspelled (I downloaded a free keyboard upgrade app which included an extensive dictionary.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
Imagine the speed of water being poured from a glass into a sink, or, instant.

9.8 m/s/s?
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Assuming you are pouring water on earth.
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HDMI broadcast for the kitchen tv
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
HDMI broadcast for the kitchen tv

Would if I could. My HOA doesn't like rooftop antennas, and anything else only gets me PBS.

I may get her an IPad, we got directv recently and it looks like there is an app to watch live tv on Apple devices.

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hdmi would basically connect the tv to a computer, there's no rooftop antennas involved
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I have direcTV and got the app...and it is downright horrible. I guess if you got all the premium movie channels it might be okay, but the hugely vast majority of stuff on direcTV is unavailable on their app.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
I have direcTV and got the app...and it is downright horrible. I guess if you got all the premium movie channels it might be okay, but the hugely vast majority of stuff on direcTV is unavailable on their app.

Even in the house? It looked to me like on the same Internet connection you got almost everything, just not when you leave the house.
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
hdmi would basically connect the tv to a computer, there's no rooftop antennas involved

Ah, I see. I could also just get a used laptop for the kitchen. Which I am considering to.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
I have direcTV and got the app...and it is downright horrible. I guess if you got all the premium movie channels it might be okay, but the hugely vast majority of stuff on direcTV is unavailable on their app.

Even in the house? It looked to me like on the same Internet connection you got almost everything, just not when you leave the house.
I never saw a difference...it all sucked. Like 12 shows, literally. Maybe they have improved it since, I don't know.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jon Boy:
quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
Imagine the speed of water being poured from a glass into a sink, or, instant.

9.8 m/s/s?
Acceleration != velocity. [No No]
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Good catch. [Big Grin]
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I got my kids a refurbished Nook color for about $100.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 on Woot today for $249....
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Yeah, I have been clicking on woot all day to look at it. Tempting. Paying $139 for my touchpad spoiled me a little for the prices of 10 inch tablets. Her birthday is in April, so I still have a little time.
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Now we have something I want to get.

Kindle Fire refurb for $69 with promo code CNETKINDLE if anyone else is interested.

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Take a look at the Ouya. It is android based and is extremely small. It comes out next month.
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quote:
Originally posted by Geraine:
Take a look at the Ouya. It is android based and is extremely small. It comes out next month.

Except for the fact that this plugs into a tv, still requiring a monitor.
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deals.woot.com has a slightly different option.

It's a wireless TV transmitter.

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Yeah, I am not sure yet about Ouya. I am going to wait until it comes out first and see what the reviews and games are like.

I had a Sony Google tv for 3 days. It was incredibly buggy, the Amazon "app" advertised was just a link to the web site and not very user friendly. On day 3 it got stuck on a boot loop and it went back to Best Buy.

If I am going to buy a gadget for the tv I would get one of the machines like the Rasberry Pi. But my Sony blu-ray does everything I need for now. Netflix, Amazon, and downloaded mkv files.

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quote:
Originally posted by stilesbn:
deals.woot.com has a slightly different option.

It's a wireless TV transmitter.

I have been looking at that. It sounds interesting. Can you control the tv from it though? The tv remote would not work from the kitchen.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
quote:
Originally posted by stilesbn:
deals.woot.com has a slightly different option.

It's a wireless TV transmitter.

I have been looking at that. It sounds interesting. Can you control the tv from it though? The tv remote would not work from the kitchen.
Doesn't look like it. If you have cable with a DVR you can download apps to your phone that will let you control your DVR if it's hooked up to your internet network. It's easy to do if the DVR is connected to the internet and you have a smart phone connected to the same network, but other than that you're probably out of luck.
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