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Other Low Cost Tablet Discussions / Nexus 9
« on: September 30, 2015, 07:37:07 PM »
My go to daily driver as of late has been my Samsung Galaxy tab pro 8.4.   I love love love it.  Super light, amazing screen, great speakers.  I found a deal on the 10.1 model and bought it.  (Craigslist).  Anyway, that one is nice as well but the speakers were disappointing.  I wear hearing aids and I need speakers that would part most people's hair. 

Anyway in typical Samsung fashion firmware updates are spotty at best.   I found an htc nexus 9 32gb lte on craigslist for 200 bucks. I bought it.

This certainly a different kind of device than I am used to. 
The cool thing about nexus devices is they are pretty much guaranteed to be the first Android devices to receive the latest update.  Mine is currently running lollipop 5.1.1 and my understanding is the Marshmallow update should start rolling out next week.  Cool.

4:3 ratio.  Like most Le Pans and apple products.
Amazing front facing speakers.

So in my ongoing game of tablet survivor I think my go to devices will be my tab pro 8.4 and my nexus 9.  Sorry tab pro 10.1.

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Chromecast And Le Pan Tablets / New Chromecast and Chromecast audio
« on: September 30, 2015, 07:18:18 PM »
I just ordered both.  Will keep you posted.

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I have recently found a bunch of these for sale on Craigslist.  99.00 to 140.00 seems to be the going rate. Why they are so cheap I have no idea. (well I have sort of an idea.  You can buy one from Verizon for 140.00 with a 2 year contract.  maybe these are finally out of contract)   The specs and quality are amazing.   I picked one up at a local pawn shop for 99 bucks including a custom fit case. 

This is a solid high quality device. Currently running Kitkat 4.4.2.  It has a High resolution crystal clear screen and loud clear stereo speakers.  It even has an IR blaster so you can us it as a TV remote if you want to.  If you are on the hunt for a great 8" this would be a great one to keep your eyes out for.  The one I bought is a verizon model so I could connect it to the verizon network if I wanted to. 


Type       Tablet
Processor    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Dimensions    216.8 mm (H) x 126.5 mm (W) x 8.3 mm (D)
Weight   338 g
Display   8.3" Full HD IPS Display, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 273 ppi
Touch Screen   Yes
Battery Capacity   4,600 mAh Li-Polymer
Total Internal Memory    2 GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC Memory
MicroSD® Memory Slot   Support up to 64 GB*
MicroSD® cards sold separately

Chromecast And Le Pan Tablets / Chromecast, Le Pan and local content
« on: January 31, 2015, 11:22:54 AM »
The good news is Chromecast has enabled screen mirroring on devices running android 4.4.2 or higher.  That means whatever you can see on your tablet screen is projected onto the TV.  The bad news is the newest version of android available on a Le Pan tablet is Jellybean 4.2.2.  Hummm, what to do!

Well there are a ton of apps available for Chromecast now and even though you can't do direct screen mirroring you can enjoy all your local content on the big screen.

I've been experimenting with AllCast this morning.  (Brought you by the good folks at Clockworkmod).  A super easy user interface that will allow you to play or view whatever is on your device.  It will even cast your Dropbox, Google+, and Google Drive content.  Better still you can run it in the background while you do other things.  I am writing this on my Le Pan Mini while my Dropbox camera uploads are playing a slideshow on the TV.

The free version of AllCast has a 5 minute time limit. For 5 bucks you can buy the pro version for unlimited use.  Well worth it if you ask me.


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You can build an awesome internet stereo system perfect for the garage, patio or any room of your house for about 10.00.  (assuming you already have a tablet pc)

Most thrift stores have tons of used computer speakers.  Find a pair of powered stereo speakers that have their own power supply and include a sub woofer. 
Plug it in to your tablet (I use my Le Pan mini for this) and boom, there you go.  Great stereo sound ready rock the roof off your house, patio or garage.

I have the set pictured above in my garage.  Even though it is a small set it is more than enough for that space.  In my backyard I have a JBL surround sound system that really booms and inhances tequilla consumption when playing my Jimmy Buffet mix on Pandora.

Tips on buying speakers at the thrift store.
1.Take your smart phone with you
2. Find a pair of speakers with a power supply and sub woofer.  It is not uncommon for them to separate the sets so you might find the speakers in one location and the sub woofer or power supply a couple shelves over.
3. Once you have gathered together a matching set find the testing electrical outlets.  Most thrift stores have them.  Plug the speakers, power supply and sub woofer all together and plug the mini headphone jack into your phone.  Play a few songs to test them out.

Sound good?  take em home and set em up.

Fancy bluetooth speakers are great but if you are going to set up a stationary system you can't beat an old pair of computer speakers.

Le Pan General Discussions / CES 2015
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:10:04 PM »
I just realized while looking for last years comments about CES 2014 that our little forum has been going for over a year now.  Wow!  Happy anniversary everybody!

Anyway I think it was 2 years ago on the old LePanLife forum that Rabid got his friend macktion to hunt down and try to interview the elusive folks at the Le Pan booth.  They weren't very accommodating.  Their focus was on demonstrating products to their retail partners like qvc, amazon, walmart etc.  This year looks like it might be a different story.  The LePanTab.com website (click the "hot news" tab)has an open invitation to visit them at their booth.  So if anybody is in the Las Vegas area it would be cool to get a few pics of what is going on with Le Pan this year.  They are promising new products.

Speaking of CES, what do you think the hot items are this year.  The internet of things?,  Not sure I need my tea kettle exposed to hackers.

My vote for the creepiest thing at CES 2015 goes to Toshiba.  Enjoy!

I came across this video review on the tc1020 today.  Thoughts?

Other Low Cost Tablet Discussions / Amazon Kindle fire HDX 8.9 (3rd gen.)
« on: January 03, 2015, 11:02:12 AM »
Just found this on craigslist this morning for $100.00.  Good deal?


I was looking for some review videos and found this device can be ported to pure android. 

How to Root & Convert Kindle Fire HD 8.9 into Pur…:

Sounds like this might be a fun project.  Wha cha think?

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I've heard alot about this company in the news lately.  Xiaomi may soon be giving Samsung a run for their money when it comes to manufacturing Smart phones and tablets.  I thought I would see they have to offer in the tablet market.  This 7.9" tablet looks like a monster.  If they could get this below 200.00 I'd be tempted.

What do you guys think?


I picked up 4 of these at Best Buy this morning.  One for each grand kid ages 2,5,7 and 8. 

Not bad for 39 bucks.  I went home from work today to give them to them.(They have been staying with us for the last few days)  I am pretty sure they were happy because they didn't seem to notice when I left and went back to work.

Pretty quick and snappy.  Responsive touch screen, pretty poor viewing angles but good resolution 1024x600 and a  good loud speaker.  It has a rear camera, gps and Bluetooth.  Even a built in FM radio.  Biggest downside on the specs is the 512 k ram. I don't think the 2 year old will notice. 

Who wants to lay odds on when the last one will break?


Processor Brand:MediaTek
Processor:MediaTek MTK8127 Cortex-A7
Processor Speed:1.3GHz
Battery Type:1-cell Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer) 2100 mAh
Display Type:TFT-LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally):7"
System Memory (RAM):512MB
Internal Storage Type:NAND flash
Storage Capacity:8GB
SD Card Slot:Yes
Graphics:ARM Mali 450 MP4
Adobe Flash Compatible:Yes
Front Facing Webcam:Yes
Front Facing Webcam Pixels:0.3MP
Digital Camera:Yes
Digital Camera Pixels:2.0MP
Wi-Fi Built In:Yes
USB 2.0 Ports:1
HDMI Output:No
Operating System:Android 4.4 KitKat
ENERGY STAR Certified:No
Drive Capacity:8GB
Data Plan Required:No
Headphone Jack:Yes
GPS Enabled:Yes
GPS Enabled with:Maps
Operating System Platform:Android
Dual Voltage:Yes

The latest update to the chromecast app has a "mirror screen" option for select devices.    Luckily it is available for my Galaxy S5 phone, so I have had a chance to try it out.

It works!  It will project my phone screen to the TV no matter what I am viewing.  Xfinity  tv go app works, so I can Chromecast all my cable shows to the tv.

 I can look at pictures through the gallery and share them on the TV at the same time. 

Anything I can view on my phone can project to my tv.  It is fast and the images are clear.  Video seems to play without a hitch.

This is a great new feature that I am sure will come in handy from time to time. 

I tried copying the apk  and porting it to other devices but it doesn't seem to work.  So I don't think I can share this one.

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The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
« on: November 27, 2014, 01:02:40 PM »
I just want to say how much I have enjoyed obsessing over tablet computers with you all.  Have a great day. 

I saw a news report today explaining how many calories are in a typical Thanksgiving dinner. Don't believe it!  "There are no calories in a Thanksgiving feast."  SOURCE: Le Pan forum health and fitness department. 

  You can now eat guilt free. Because you read that on the internet.

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Es file explorer now has a Chromecast plug-in.  Browse through your saved photos, music and videos then cast them to your tv.  It work!

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I buy just about everything second hand.  Clothes, furniture, cars, bicycles, even our dog is second hand.  Buying used not only saves you money, it also contributes to saving the planet.  Every used item you save from the landfill also saves the energy and resources it would take to make another one just like it.  This is painfully obvious in my business of furniture restoration.  The woods used in some of the antique pieces that come through my shop just don't exist any more.

Tablets are an item you can really save on if you buy a used or refurbish model.   Take a look at "best tablets  of 2014"  lists and you are sure to find great devices that are now available on the used or refurb market  that are half the original asking  price now.

  I am typing this on my "new to me"  Samsung Galaxy tab Pro 8.4.  I bought it on Craigslist for 200.00.   These were selling for 400.00 less than 6 Months ago.    If you can't find a good used or refurbished device,  close outs of last years models are the next best thing.  You can get a brand new tab pro 8.4  at best buy right now for 249.00.  On Black Friday they will be 199.00.

I came across this website that claims to specialize in used tablets.  This looks like a great idea to me.


So buy used and save the world. (And some money)

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I got one of these yesterday on Craigslist for 200.00.  It is a great tablet and this is a really good price for a new (not refurb) tablet with these specs. But, this is a Le Pan forum and I don't want to lose our members to other devices.   

Should I post this in the forum or not?


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