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Thursday Poll: Will You Buy a $199 Google Branded Tablet?

Today’s hottest topic has easily been the $199 Google tablet that will most likely be unveiled at Google I/O next month. We are expecting it to be built by Asus, powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, measure in at around 7″ on the display front, and be sold directly to customers through the Google Play store. It sounds like all sorts of win, however, we still want to know if the Android world is ready to take this step into the tablet realm.

While $199 sounds like an amazing price point, there are some things you need to understand. You have to assume that this won’t be anything close to the quality of an iPad or even Transformer Prime for that matter. NVIDIA has talked recently about their Project Kai which is a platform or package for companies to cheaply make semi-high end tablets using their quad-core processor. The catch here is that they will use cheaper RAM, probably less internal storage, and displays that are miles away from the new iPad’s retina to keep costs down, similarly to what Amazon did with the Kindle Fire.

Are you OK with that? I would assume that if you don’t already own an iPad or other high-end tablet that this is definitely an option. It will be stock Android, tied directly to Google for updates (not carriers), and at a price that will be tough to beat. Are you in or out?

We have kept the poll to a simple “Yes or no,” but we would love to hear your reasoning in the comments.

Will You Buy a $199 Google Branded Tablet?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Robson/1317522018 Chris Robson

    Maybe i would but my old 7″ galaxy tab serves its purpose.

  • wheineman

    The problem with Android Tablets is not hardware folks. The problem is a severe lack of sweet apps. The iPad has them, Android does not. When the Play store matches the Appstore for tablets apps, I will buy an Android tablet. Until then I will use my 1G iPad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/minh43 Minh Ly

    I only voted no because I just purchased the Asus TF300T 32gb.

  • Guest

    Maybe before I bought a GNex. But after seeing how the GNex has been supported with updates and accessories, sign me up for no, probably not.

    • DaveTea

      Blame Samsung for lack of accessories and Verizon for lack of updates. Neither are the fault of Google. A tablet or phone purchased direct from Google should be free of those annoyances.

      • Guest

        Google is lucky that they can hide behind carriers and manufacturers for every single complaint. Maybe if they had negotiated for verizon to be required to get updates out asap, or for samsung to sell necessary accessories?
        Apple seems to be able to do this easily and from what I read on this website google is far more powerful and friendly towards its users than apple right? Right? Quit apologizing for a freaking company man, theyre not your friend.

        • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

          Don’t say that! Google loves me! I just know it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Younger/1322667502 Ray Younger

    If it was 10″ yes

    • Dale Bloom

      That’s what she said.

      • Josh

        WIN

  • tomn1ce

    I voted yes…..but it will all depends on the specs…

  • webharsh

    No. After Kindle and Motorola zoom, have no more space left for another tablet.

  • Matthew Merrick

    i said yes, but really it should be maybe.

    i LOVE my a500 but its really big and heavy. i would love an 8 or 9 inch. 7 inch is too small for me. and I want that snapdragon s4 *drool* also, absolute minimum 720p IPS display.

    probably gonna end up putting my money towards a new phone (currently a droid charge) or laptop (currently toshiba l505) before i get a new tablet, but at this point i can’t imagine life without a tab, tho if it needs to be replaced then the Nexus Tablet will be my first choice (if the screen size is right) before i even start looking around.

    So put that as an “i want to but probably not” :P

  • Google Google Gone

    I think I have spent my last dollar on Google. The have a history of building one thing and moving to the next. You spend you sign and they forget. This is just one more forgotten product like the Chrome Book. and probably even the glasses. We buy Google because they surprise us and always have something new to share. But in the end if you don’t want to keep up with them you will be lost with your outdated $1000 dollar devices only months after you buy them. I wonder how many super burritos I helped attribute to on the Google campus with my OG Droid that lost its nitch only 6 months after I bought it with a two year contract. Sorry Google. I will still search with you but I will be spending my money on websites you help me find not yours.

    • Guest

      I’m with you. They like creating new products but want no part of supporting the ones they’ve sold you. I’m really surprised more people arent catching on to this. The customer loyalty is non existent past maybe a month of anything’s release.

  • RedPandaAlex

    No, because i have a Xoom, and i expect my next phone to be something like a padphone. Also 7 inches of tablet isn’t that much different than 4.6 inches of galaxy nexus

    • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

      This is my only reason why I may not get one, if it was 10.1 in even if it was $250-$300 range I would get one.
      I still likely get one if 7in

  • Michael_NM

    Probably not. Xoom, Tab, Nooks & a Kindle Fire in the house already. Unless something unexpected specs-wise is announced, I’ll probably hold off on another tablet until next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2021473 Corthney Daniel A.K.A C-LO

    needs to have less bezel and more screen!

    • DaveTea

      That is a Kindle Fire in the photo.

  • dan4patriots

    i will not, i already have an iPad

  • muffnman

    I already grabbed an HP Touchpad; so, highly unlikely.

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    Tablets still don’t have a real function. Phones have LTE but if you get a LTE tablet then you are going to be paying a lot for a toy.

    • BSweetness

      Perhaps tablets don’t have a real function for you, but for many people, tablets have several real functions.

    • Towelie420

      Tether

    • Guest

      I used to think that. I’m starting to lean in the other direction though, I’m starting to feel like a tablet is a really good coffee table info center.

  • JMonkeYJ

    i already own 2 tablets (nook color and touchpad), but if i can get one straight from google, then sign me up! enough of these hacked tablets (even if they are cheap and fun)! caveat is that it needs a good screen (IPS and hopefully at least 720p), quad core processor (seems likely) and if it doesn’t have lots of internal storage, then a uSD slot. i don’t think those are unreasonable for $200.

  • capecodcarl

    At $199 I would buy one of the for both my kids to play with. Right now my kids have to share my first-generation 16GB iPad 3G which cost $629 and since iPads (and Android) doesn’t have support for multiple profiles, I pretty much can’t use it anymore myself because I had to delete my e-mail accounts and anything important off of it to keep them from screwing it up. Why can’t someone make a tablet with multiple user support? I’m sure as hell not going to buy $500 iPads for everyone in the family, but maybe that is Apple’s goal.

    • Carlos

      Exactly my feelings, wife doesn’t care about fancy retina display and I am not going to hand the grandkids a $600 Ipad. Even an Asus Transformer would be too expensive. The Kindle has been a big hit but the Amazon app store sucks, so $199 and Play store? Hell yes.

      • Timothy McGovern

        You can put ICS on the kindle fire. I’ve got it running on mine. It works perfect. I’ve got the play store and everything.

        • r0lct

          Yes, if the Kindle had a FFC and the touch screen was more responsive with AOKP I would just buy another one. But I see myself getting one of these instead. Especially since at 7″ I’m more willing to sacrifice highest resolution versus a 10″.

        • Non_Sequitur

          Sweet! Can you get me the ROM link? My friend will love it.

    • John Landgrave

      The early demo’s of Chameleon showed a multi-user system. They have a Kickstarter going now, and it looks like they should reach their goal. They have said that the first version won’t include multi-user support, but it is still a great tool to invest in now so that we can have that functionality later. Also, you can set up a separate home screen for your kids so that they only have access to certain apps and tell them to stay on their screens.

      Chameleon’s Kickstarter: http://kck.st/KKNYBf

    • KreeTerry

      i saw a jailbreak tweak that allows multi users. i can try and dig it up if youre interested. i was gonna put it on my ipad for me and my wife to share but i just decided to get a kindle fire lol

  • pd240

    I had a 4G xoom and sold it. That’s the last tablet I will own attached to a carrier. I thought since it was a ” Google experience” device it would receive updates quick. We all know how that went.

    • JMonkeYJ

      us GNex owners feel your pain :-/

    • thatdroidguy

      That would be the Wifi Xoom you are refering as the “Google Experience”. I love my wifi Xoom and if Google can produce similar tablets with their newly reaquired Moto Mobility…..i will buy 2 for family use. My lady uses an Acer Tab100 and loves it. Boils down to preference.

  • Mchl496

    I said no because I have a transformer prime and my dongle just arrived ;)

    • evileclipse

      Life with dongles is no life at all. Jk

  • http://twitter.com/dr0id_hacker Corey Hitchens

    buying one regardless. i got 199 to throw away on a tab if it does all native ops. cant afford high end anyway

  • X2caleb2X

    I would buy it if the specs were a bit better than the kindle fire

  • JDS

    7″ is to small

    • cmonnats

      Nothing beats a good ole’ That’s What She Said.

    • Abu Laloque

      i prefer 8.9″. 7″ too small to enjoy tegra 3 while 10″ too big to carry around..

  • http://twitter.com/DustinK27 Dustin K

    Hell I’d pre-order that too

  • Rodeojones000

    I voted yes, but only because I’d definitely consider. Can’t really give a definitive yes until complete specs are confirmed.

  • Mike

    I have been waiting a long time for this and even have some money stowed away if such a thing did happen. Would love to see this come to fruition.

  • paul_cus

    Coming from a TouchPad. So yeah, I’m in.

    • cmonnats

      HP TouchPad owner here too. What do you think of yours? I paid 100 dollars for mine around xmas. It does everything I wanted it to. —–>Surf the internet fast. hah

      imo HP pulled the plug on this way to early. Solid os.

      • paul_cus

        I really like the TouchPad too. Probably the best hundred dollars I ever spent, actually. I think it’s great for browsing and I really like the way webOS works. Yeah, HP totally dropped the ball. All it needed was more apps.

  • hkklife

    I won’t buy if it has any of the following:
    -1024×600 resolution screen
    -TN LCD (like the Acer A100)
    -8GB or less of internal storage
    -A proprietary sync/charge connector

    Now, if it’s 1280×800 and a decent quality panel, 16GB or more of storage, at least 1 camera and a microUSB port, I’ll at least seriously consider getting one.

  • kerbero9

    No – but I would spend a $100 more and buy a quality built (and I stress the word “quality”) 7″ Apple branded tab for $299.

    If the rumors are true this may in fact be an option in the near future.

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      Yes! Hopefully by christmas.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    I want it, but the reality of the situation is that an ipad 2 is still a better buy, due to having more apps and a better browser experience (webpages don’t resize correctly in the stock tablet browser).

    But hoping that this changes things and Android tablets start to close the gap.

    A 7 inch ipad is coming this fall, too.

    • cmonnats

      A matter of opinion here sir

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        Check out this video to see the transformer prime vs ipad head to head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjhufve38r0

        An opinion that most people share. You can tell by market share. Android phones own 55+% of the market now, Iphone 30+%. The market has spoken.

        But if you look at Ipad vs. Android tablet numbers, the numbers are a landslide in favor of the ipad.

        There are just aren’t many apps for android tablets. That’s a fact. The phone apps are a worse experience on teh tablet, in many cases.

        And if you browse the web on, say a samsung galaxy tab, you have to zoom and adjust the page before you can start reading it.

        In mobile safari, the page automatically adjusts to an optimal place.

        These are things that Android needs to fix. I’m rooting for them, but the user experience is just BAD on android tablets, thus far.

      • Guest

        Its a matter of opinion on here. But not in the rest of the world. Or reality for that matter

  • http://dasalehaus.wordpress.com/ Enzy

    I’ve already put the money aside.

  • Maniko

    Since it probably doesn’t have a keyboard-dock… No.

  • SD_Scott

    I was all in for the Google tab but after reading about all the cutbacks in specs just to keep it cheap I eventually caved in and purchased a TF300… However, if Google would make a top end tablet that is 10.1″ w/ respectable hardware, I would consider upgrading. Especially if the dev community is like the GNex…

  • http://profiles.google.com/bleulin Bruce Lin

    must be 1280×800 and with cdma2000…

  • http://twitter.com/HereComesDaBoom Victor L.

    Earlier this year I would have said since the 200 price point was acceptable. Now I feel if I put the cash in I want a higher quality tablet. But then again we have nothing to compare to.

  • James_C_L

    Why does a 7″ tablet at $200 have to be low end when the market competition is heating up?

    I need at least 8gb internal memory, minimum 1gb ram, an excellent screen is very important to me, sd slots, micro usb charger… None of this proprietary charger nonsense.

  • Matt Wheeler

    I already own a Sony Tablet S, two HP Touchpads a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a Blackberry Playbook. So of course I would buy one.

  • DaveR

    I’d buy it today.

  • jeff3yan

    Don’t really see the point in lugging around 2 devices. Waiting on the Galaxy Note 2 (hopefully with a 6″ screen). If I actually wanted a tablet experience I’ll get a full size 10″ one.

  • Jigga_Z

    I voted yes, assuming that the dock would also have an optional keyboard option since it might be coming from Asus. I don’t see how a tablet fits into my life other than as a laptop replacement for notetaking since that’s all my laptop does now. If there’s no keyboard dock, I’ll pass on it and wait for the Transformer series to become a bit less expensive.

  • Knlegend1

    no brainer yes

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Need more options in this poll. I need to see specs first.. I don’t just buy a device because it’s cheap and from google.

    • socalrailroader

      I agree. A maybe option is needed as well.

      • Michael

        If I can buy and add my own storage is def a selling point

        • David

          Indeed, If storage is non expandable and rely’s on the cloud, that would be reason enough for me to not buy it even if it was gold plated.

    • Dildos

      I’m replying to this…simply because I feel bad about my “no” vote for some reason.
      It’s not that I wouldn’t buy a CHEAP GOOGLE tablet…
      It’s that I wouldn’t buy a tablet…period. No matter the price.

      I have a laptop.
      I have a phone.
      If I wanted to tote a miniature laptop-like device with harder to type functionality…I’d get one. Just not interested in tablets, personally.

      • Butters619

        I have a 15″ laptop, a 10″ tablet, a 4.7″ phone. All of which are on my person all of the time during the work week. I could see buying a cheap 7″ Google tablet to play around with maybe, but I just don’t see how I could get much utility out of it.

      • MKader17

        I definitely understand. I bought the Transformer Prime because my laptop is just not portable and I wanted something to show recipes in the kitchen or be able to surf with on the couch. I really like Android and its capabilities and I wanted something to tinker with so I got the Prime. I guess I really could have just got a 13″+ portable laptop, but now that I think about it, I would have paid nearly double for it.

        A 7″ tablet would only be useful as a home remote for me at the moment, but that’s something I definitely don’t “need”.

  • steve30x

    If the specs are right, and memory and price under 200 then umm yeah! We all know its more than likely its going to be dual core but if it has something else up its sleeve then this is gonna be a great move for Google and might give Kindle Fire a run for its money.

  • doo

    No, I won’t buy ‘a’ Google tablet. But >1 is not an option.

  • David Hayden

    I voted “Yes”, but after thinking about it, I’d really need to see the specs first. I wouldn’t mind spending the extra $50-$100 to get a superior product if there is one.

  • AroundTheFur

    I think the biggest thing for me is, I’ll be able to get a deal for $150 when they’re used, overstock, or refurbed… which is my ideal price point for novelty tech at this point. Maybe when MS releases Office a tab might be worth something to me

  • http://twitter.com/jefmes Jeff Messer

    I had to say no, but only because I already have a Xoom 4G with an ICS ROM that I love. So far I don’t NEED another tablet. My wife has the Transformer Prime, so we’re really set for tablets now. Last XMas we got a Kindle Fire for my parents…so yeah, kinda done for now! BUT for someone who wanted something inexpensive and they’re ok with the smaller size, heck yes.

  • http://twitter.com/Freestyle270 Nathan O’Donoghue

    I voted yes, with one major caveat, if the screen is absolutely terrible I will not spend the money on this.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    Seems to me the more exciting part of such an offering is what it means on the phone front. Can phones be brought down in price to the point where Google can sell them without contract at a price similar to contract prices now?

    I dream of the day! So many good things would could from phones that are not ‘subsidized’.

  • Brandon Sikes

    I voted no. Simply because I would like to see how this “5 Nexus in November” thing pans out. If it doesn’t then yes I would jump on a $200 “nexus” tablet. If the 5 Nexus thing does pan out though, then it would become a tough call.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      That 5 Nexus thing is killin’ us. :P

      Would be nice to see them release this low-end tablet at $199 this summer and then a higher-end tablet with a retina-type display for the holidays.

      • http://twitter.com/AllEyesOnQs Q’s©

        I like the way you think Keelex! I would love to see a higher end device for the holidays

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.scarborough.391 Tim Scarborough

    Because hell yes wasn’t a choice.

    • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

      After buying the Galaxy Nexus there is no other choice except to buy Nexus devices.

      • JorgeRodriguez

        If you are looking for a device with crappy reception, then you are right on!

        • will bartlett

          my reception is fine brah. its no worse than any other phone ive owned.

          • http://twitter.com/figmentmnj Tim B.

            @#_)%*!#@$ double post

          • http://twitter.com/figmentmnj Tim B.

            I totally agree, I have a GSM Galaxy Nexus and call quality is no worse or better then any other phone I’ve had. The ONLY grip I have with my GNex is the lack of an SD card slot. When I got it though I had never intended for it to be my daily use phone though.

          • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

            To all of you who yeah my reception has always been great no dropped calls or subpar connections I never saw why people complained. Also I thing having one combined storage is great because then I don’t have wasted internal space and 32 gig is good enough for me.

    • Non_Sequitur

      Normally, I’d agree with you, but it’s only seven inches, probably won’t be high-end, and the Transformer Pad Infinity’s UI is so close to stock, it isn’t even noticeable.
      I’d rather have the Infinity, especially because of the screen, processor, and keyboard dock.

      • hoef

        Only 7 inches? A little well endowed are we?

    • Raven

      Take my money, now!