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Old 04-09-2011, 08:09 PM  
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The Android Tablet Watch Thread

Since the iPad thread is 90% Mac vs. PC (Android) BS, I figured I'd start a separate thread now that some viable Android tablets are starting to be available. (Yeah, yeah...vaporware, etc., etc.)

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Old 07-25-2013, 04:17 PM   #301
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I had an HP Touchpad that has been dead for the last 6 months. I can't revive it. Tried all the tricks other than the really geeky stuff I read online where you crack it open and mess with the power source.
This sounds like a challenge!

ok this may sound stupid but have you made sure it isn't as simple as the USB cable itself? The Touchpad requires all the pins on the cable to charge. So if you have a bad cable and then swap in a different cable.. you need to be absolutely certain the new cable has all the pins. Oftentimes the cables that come with phones only have two pins since that is all they need to charge.

By dead, I assume you mean you are getting NOTHING, no lights no response at all.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:30 PM   #302
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I had the original kindle fire that I had to load a custom ROM on it due to it's terrible interface. It died about 6 months back and I've been holding out for the new 7. My phone is a Galaxy Nexus and I really like it.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #303
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This sounds like a challenge!

ok this may sound stupid but have you made sure it isn't as simple as the USB cable itself? The Touchpad requires all the pins on the cable to charge. So if you have a bad cable and then swap in a different cable.. you need to be absolutely certain the new cable has all the pins. Oftentimes the cables that come with phones only have two pins since that is all they need to charge.

By dead, I assume you mean you are getting NOTHING, no lights no response at all.
Tried different cables, also have the Touchstone....no go. I get nothing. No lights, no glow under the home button, nothing. Left it charging for several hours, held down all the various button combos...tried everything.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:47 PM   #304
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I had an HP Touchpad that has been dead for the last 6 months. I can't revive it. Tried all the tricks other than the really geeky stuff I read online where you crack it open and mess with the power source. I also have a Galaxy Note 2, which is a big screen but doesn't give me the size I'd like with some media (Netflix, HBO Go, etc.). I'd love to get a new 10" tablet, but just having trouble justifying the cost. The Nexus 7 is reasonably affordable, but probably not big enough given I already have the Note 2.
The Nook HD+ is pretty much the equivalent of the HP Touchpad as far as features. Plus it has a better display. If I had to replace my Touchpad today, the HD+ is what I would buy as I have compared them side by side.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:40 PM   #305
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Tried different cables, also have the Touchstone....no go. I get nothing. No lights, no glow under the home button, nothing. Left it charging for several hours, held down all the various button combos...tried everything.
ok, you may have to let it charge for 8+ hours PLUGGED in to get anything back. Obviously you aren't get anywhere until you get at least some activity.

Try this... plug it in overnight (or anything around 8 hours) then hold power and press home(center) button 10 times OR it could be vice versa... hold the home button and press the power button rapidly about 10 times Let us know if there is any response. This may totally reset it though, not sure, so expect to lose data...

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:49 PM   #306
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The new Nexus 7 comes out next week. They raised the price $30 gave it a HD screen and not much else. Still no microSD slot.

Also, while not android, Dell just put out a new Windows RT tablet but decided to only put a dual core processor in it.
The Nexus products will NEVER have this. And it is more than just HD. More RAM, faster CPU/GPU, rear camera, etc...
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The Nexus products will NEVER have this. And it is more than just HD. More RAM, faster CPU/GPU, rear camera, etc...
I won't even look at tablets that don't have expandable storage anymore. Only reason I got the Touchpad was because of the firesale.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #308
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I won't even look at tablets that don't have expandable storage anymore. Only reason I got the Touchpad was because of the firesale.
You are likely to see removable storage go away completely in the near future. In tablets and phones.

Besides.. OTG allows you to hook a USB drive up to it when needed.
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You are likely to see removable storage go away completely in the near future. In tablets and phones.

Besides.. OTG allows you to hook a USB drive up to it when needed.
yeah, its not a big deal at all. Thats why i bought me the nexus 10 16 gb. OTG cable and a nice thumb drive that i can easily hook up to my computer and do FASTER transfers.

Not to mention i can use that thumbdrive and connect it to my tv and play what i have on there.
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ok, you may have to let it charge for 8+ hours PLUGGED in to get anything back. Obviously you aren't get anywhere until you get at least some activity.

Try this... plug it in overnight (or anything around 8 hours) then hold power and press home(center) button 10 times OR it could be vice versa... hold the home button and press the power button rapidly about 10 times Let us know if there is any response. This may totally reset it though, not sure, so expect to lose data...
Left it plugged in overnight, using the HP charging cord that came with the device. Unplugged and tried every button combination imaginable. Never blinked once. Dead as can be.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:12 PM   #311
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Left it plugged in overnight, using the HP charging cord that came with the device. Unplugged and tried every button combination imaginable. Never blinked once. Dead as can be.
Well hell! That sux. Not much you can do without taking it apart at this point and I doubt it's worth that much effort.

I have heard from a few people that the 10X button press while holding down the other button sometimes has to be done a few times to get it to take. And that you need to push the button fairly rapidly. Worth a shot but sounds like you may have exhausted every option.
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Well hell! That sux. Not much you can do without taking it apart at this point and I doubt it's worth that much effort.

I have heard from a few people that the 10X button press while holding down the other button sometimes has to be done a few times to get it to take. And that you need to push the button fairly rapidly. Worth a shot but sounds like you may have exhausted every option.
I bought 2 back when they were going cheap, then sold one to cover much of the cost for both. So at the end of the day, I'm not much out of pocket from a $ standpoint. But it's hard for me to justify buying another tablet, and I've been itchy for one the last few weeks. Oh well.
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The strangest thing is that when I plug it in to my pc, hold the power and home at the same time for 20 seconds.....my pc makes a noise after 20 or so seconds as if recognizing some activity is happening on the tablet. However, the tablet doesn't show up as an attached device in Explorer. Just strange. I think I've had enough though. I've been defeated by technology.
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You are likely to see removable storage go away completely in the near future. In tablets and phones.

Besides.. OTG allows you to hook a USB drive up to it when needed.
See, I think that is just stupid. A few bucks to have an SD card slot built in should not be too much to ask. I would rather have the built in option than to have to carry around some extra ****ing device to get the extra storage.

If and when that becomes the ONLY option I won't have a choice but until that time, I won't look at a tablet that doesn't have the expandable storage option unless it is a firesale like the touchpad. Oh, and for the record, yes I have used up all 32gb of my touchpad before. Annoyed the crap out of me.

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It's not just the cost, its a matter of figuring out where to put it in the device.

Do those tablets not have bluetooth?
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