Resources

Welcome!

If you found this page then you are probably looking for reviews and other useful info on budget tablets.  Below you will find links to the reviews and informative posts that I have written over the years.

Reviews

Here are the latest reviews, posted by chronological order. You can find all of the tablet reviews here.
[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-1]

eBooks and Audiobooks

 How To Guides

Kindle Guides

Getting Started With an Android Tablet

Over the past few years I have written a few getting started guides (it almost became an annual tradition). Many of the suggestions and tips don't apply to the newer Android tablets, but there are older devices that are still on the market.  I'm sure that at least some readers will have a tablet that is even older than these posts.

First up is a post written for fall 2014. This is a buying guide and not a getting started guide, so it doesn't quite fit here.

Next is a post I wrote for Christmas 2010. If you are using a tablet that is running a version of Android older than 2.3 Gingerbread, read this post.

Next up is the post I wrote for the following Christmas. It is more focused on how you might set up a tablet before giving it away than on setting up your own tablet.

In the following years I turned to writing posts which suggested apps to install rather than how to set up a tablet. New tablets no longer needed quite so much explanation, so instead I suggested apps to install on the Kindle Fire HD (2012). And in December 2013 I wrote a similar post focused on generic budget tablets.

I have also written a post on how to add Android Market to cheap Android tablets. It was originally written for certain tablets from certain device makers but it has been used successfully on many tablets running Android 2.2 Froyo to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Simple Ways to Hack Amazon's Tablets

Speaking of Amazon's Android tablets, I also wrote a couple posts which explained how to add Google apps. Please note that if you have the newer Kindle Fire HD, the one which was released in 2013, you are going to want the second set of instructions and not the first.

Fun and Useful Tips for Your Android Tablet

Library eBooks

Do you need help getting started with ebooks borrowed from the library? Then check out this guide. It includes a heavy dash of the Kindle Fire HDX, so it might not be for everyone.

8 Comments

  1. NB1 July, 2014

    After reading your blog, I thought you might be interested… ‘NEW’ Palm Foleo on eBay today.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder1 July, 2014

      They’re still showing up. Wow. I’ve got two, so I’m not tempted, but I hope someone is happy.

      Reply
  2. gary24 November, 2014

    my review on the ematic 7″ quad core tablet EGQ307 is this it seems to me to have a really clear picture, and runs fairly well for the price. but, the fact that it don’t have front and back cameras seemed well kinda cheesy, and then the issue im having already with the port being to loose for charger to do its job? I think it could be better built but you get what you pay for and im blessed to have one at all.

    Reply
  3. zucccchini14 February, 2017

    I have a technical question….No one uses my Kindle Fire device but ME! Yet I have two children that can access my purchased library if they chose. Nothing there I read that they should not. But when I gave them access to my library I now have to type in a password each and everytime I access my book. When I am listening to an audio book the screen goes dark and when I try to shut it off or go back I must retype the dumb password to get into it. HOw can I get rid of the password on my Kindle Fire without throwing them out of my library? REally appreciate anyone’s help on this.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder14 February, 2017

      It sounds like your account is in parent mode, so it is protected by a password.

      I think the only way you can get rid of the password is by letting them have complete access to the tablet.

      Reply
  4. Mike Evans25 April, 2017

    Has anyone else noticed that Amazon has done away with the ability to sort a wishlist by price? In my case, I keep all the Kindle books I might be interested in on the wishlist, and purchase only when they descend from the stratosphere … for most titles this means 9.99 or below.

    Reply
  5. greg rudowsky17 November, 2018

    i have a nook s2 tab. and s6 phone and a lot of kindle books. any way to use prime? i can not load my kindle books to anything but a pc as they fill up the storage(and i never see a way to load to the sd card*the nook has one)
    (prime like mags and prime books)(180k)

    i convert to epub and use several of the many readers out their

    Reply
    1. Likebook20 November, 2018

      The Likebook Mars North America Amazon store. https://amzn.to/2oQfTvD
      Welcome to order.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.