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At Staples:
Nexus 7 for $179 (16GB) or $229 (32GB) at Staples -- Use coupon code: 61623 in-store, OR coupon code: 24591 online/phone for $20 off to get the stated price.

Also at Staples:
http://www.staples.com/Kindle-Fire-HD-89-16GB-Wifi/product_10894... -- the new Staples flyer starting 26th has $40 GC offer listed for May 26 to June 1 period to make it a better deal.

I know it is cheaper elsewhere but for those needing to buy it from Staples as I do, esp. using a bunch of $40 expiring ink rewards, this may just be a good opportunity.

Anyone know how smooth is its rooting to Android, assuming this will have newer OS version? Also how smooth on future OS upgrades?

Edit: got 10% off in-store coupon code 31618:

Just got this 10% coupon that states

"*Valid through 5/27/13 in Staples® U.S. stores only. Discount applies to highest-priced item. Not valid on desktop or laptop computers, netbooks, Apple® products, Amazon Kindle®, NOOK®, Epson® ink and toner, custom printing orders placed online, gift cards, mobile phones and mobile phone services, Staples Easy Tech professional-grade and on-site services, depot repair and parts, phone cards or postage stamps. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in the order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples Procurement or Convenience Cards. Offer expires 5/27/13. "

Seems non restrictive to above products so could make it sweeter with $25 off for Nexus 32GB instead of $20 off, of $27 off for Kindle HD 8.9" instead of $20

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16GB WiFi
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Kindle Fire HD 8.9" $230(AR):
Pros: 1. Best 1920x1200 display, 2. fast processor/good battery life, 3. Large 8.9 screen at high pixel density 4. thinner than nexus
Cons: 1. memory not expandable (only samsing's is), 2. Must modify to custom Android 4.0 version & tweaks needed for some items/features 3. Single front camera 4. heavier than nexus (as bigger screen)

Nexus 7 16GB $179, 32GB $229: (after $20 coupons online or in-store see top OP -- or use 10% off in-store code in OP if applicable):
Pros: 1. HD 1280x800 display but Kindle's is better, 2. fast processor/good battery life, 3. True Android 4.2 --so up-gradable easily(?)
Cons: 1. memory not expandable (only samsung's is), 2. single front camera, no auto focus, only 1.2MP

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 8GB $199:
Pros: 1. Memory expandable to 64GB w/card so also swappable! 2. Dual cameras 3. rear camera 3MP 4. rear camera has auto focus
Cons: 1. Display 1024x600 so not as good as others 2. slower processor

Comparison: NEXUS 7 vs. Galaxy Tab II:
http://tablets.techcrunch.com/compare/134-156/Nexus-7-vs-Samsung...

Comaprison: NEXUS 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD 8.9
http://www.gizmag.com/nexus-7-kindle-fire-hd-specs-comparison/25...

The Nook HD 9" would have been an awesome contender: $269 at Staples (but no $40 rebate showing up so a minus) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-hd-plus-barnes-noble/111006... had it not been for a complete lack of a camera (how dumb of them)

I do not know if these steps are the best for rooting Kindle Fire HD 8.9
http://www.itworld.com/print/341733
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invisible said:   http://www.staples.com/Kindle-Fire-HD-89-16GB-Wifi/product_10894... -- the new Staples flyer starting 26th has $40 GC offer listed for May 26 to June 1 period to make it a better deal.

I know it is cheaper elsewhere but for those needing to buy it from Staples as I do, esp. using a bunch of $40 expiring ink rewards, this may just be a good opportunity.

Anyone know how smooth is its rooting to Android, assuming this will have newer OS version? Also how smooth on future OS upgrades?


Rooting is fairly easy, but it runs a custom version of android, hence is a bit limiting. You could overcome most of them by some hacks, but it is not same as using plain android on nexus.

BTW, where else do you get this cheaper than 269 - 40GC? And how do you accumulate $40 ink rewards? use so much ink? just curious...

Yes not too many places that show cheaper than that I could find right away especially for 8.9" HD tablet with that great of a hardware spec. That being my primary reason over similarly price ranged ~$200 alternatives:
1. Nexus 7 16GB, $199 : but display 1280 x 800 compared to 1920 x 1200 & bigger screen (maybe not everyone wants) and not
2. Galaxy Tab 2 8GB, $199 : display 1020x600 and slower processor, but upgradable RAM
so mainly for 1080p, larger screen and fast processor/wifi -- but yes a kludgy custom Android that may need too many tweaks for many specific features/apps every now and hen maybe bit of a killer. I am not a crazy fan of Amazon as aren't most FWers here, though do like them in general, but here they are probably eating some cost/profit on hardware compared to others also.

So still trying to weigh against 2 competitors.

Staples Ink recycle program is well known here, where you get $2/recycled ink monthly that can build up to $40 /month for 6 months for premier(forgot new terms) but you can check some master threads that give full newbie steps on each item and steps. Now a days getting to be a struggle to monetize the accumulated rewards running in hundreds so need to start buying stuff ...

Edit: added coupon prices for better comparison of the 3 tablets @Staples:

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" $230(AR):
Pros: 1. Best 1920x1200 display, 2. fast processor/good battery life, 3. Large 8.9 screen at high pixel density 4. thinner than nexus
Cons: 1. memory not expandable (only samsing's is), 2. Must modify to custom Android 4.0 version & tweaks needed for some items/features 3. Single front camera 4. heavier than nexus (as bigger screen)

Nexus 7 16GB $179, 32GB $229: (after $20 coupons online or in-store see top OP)
Pros: 1. HD 1280x800 display but Kindle's is better, 2. fast processor/good battery life, 3. True Android 4.2 --so up-gradable easily(?)
Cons: 1. memory not expandable (only samsung's is), 2. single front camera, no auto focus, only 1.2MP

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 8GB $199:
Pros: 1. Memory expandable to 64GB w/card so also swappable! 2. Dual cameras 3. rear camera 3MP 4. rear camera has auto focus
Cons: 1. Display 1024x600 so not as good as others 2. slower processor

Comparison: NEXUS 7 vs. Galaxy Tab II:
http://tablets.techcrunch.com/compare/134-156/Nexus-7-vs-Samsung...

Comaprison: NEXUS 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD 8.9
http://www.gizmag.com/nexus-7-kindle-fire-hd-specs-comparison/25...

The Nook HD 9" would have been an awesome contender: $269 at Staples (but no $40 rebate showing up so a minus) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-hd-plus-barnes-noble/111006... had it not been for a complete lack of a camera (how dumb of them)

I do not know if these steps are the best for rooting Kindle Fire HD 8.9
http://www.itworld.com/print/341733

A Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for $229 (after $40 rebate) is a great deal on these.

These were $299 just back in Feb/March before Amazon dropped the price for everyone to $269 back then.

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What is a Google nexus 16 gb going for these days , is this a good deal ?

ivana said:   What is a Google nexus 16 gb going for these days , is this a good deal ?

You can simply google it! For e deal is only as I HAVE to buy at Staples

Just added 10% off in-store coupon code to make it sweeter where applicable : code 31618

Got a $2.99 case here for the Nexus 7 here: http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1275475/ hope it fits ...

ivana said:   What is a Google nexus 16 gb going for these days , is this a good deal ?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Google+nexus+16+gb+prices



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