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David M
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Hi I see amazon has new tablet coming out. I need advice.

Should I get an Ipad 2 for 399. Or a Kindle Fire HD 8.9" for 299.

Really need help on this one. Thanks...
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I finally decided I didn't need a tablet, but came very close to buying a Nexus 7, after evaluating the two you mentioned (and a couple others). It's an Android device, like the Kindle Fire, but has much higher specs and an even lower price.
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If it is for boardgaming the iPad has a lot more titles than Andriod based devices.
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I've had a 10" tablet for a while and, if buying another, would go for a more portable 7" size. Nook HD has better screen than Amazon Kindle HD or Nexus; and a removable Sd card, which is a rare feature these days.
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If money is not an issue and you if you don't take issues with Apple's closed environment, go for an iPad. You will find the largest selection of boardgames, better performance, slicker UI, all-in-all, the best quality tablet around.
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The mini iPad in a month may be worth a look. Not too many good board games are on Android at this point. You might want to look at the apps available before committing.
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I agree, my daughter has a kindlefire, but the app selection is a LOT thinner. Granted, android only gets the ones that sell enough to warrant the conversion, so theoretically you get the cream of the crop, but she still borrows my ipod to play stuff like "the creeps" and all those "make a food item" games.

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I've bought a Nexus 7 last week and am very satisfied with the tablet.

My main reasons were the low price (250€) and that it has the new Android OS.

It has a beautiful display, is very fast, and not too heavy. Also, there is an app that activates USB on the go (without root), which is something the Kindle cannot do (as far as I know).
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Ditto with my daughter and her iPod. And it's annoying as all those crappy make food apps she's buying are free on play.
 
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If you want to play Caylus, Le Havre, Summoner Wars, Puerto Rico, Small World and so on : buy an iPad

If you want to play Angry Birds : buy an Android device

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For gaming, it's ipad.
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I own a Nexus 7 and I am very happy with it but if you want to play boardgames on a tablet you do not have another choice as buying an iPad. There are dozens maybe even hundreds of boardgames that have an iOS version and about ten that have an android version.

The only chance I see for boardgaming on an android devise is a vassel app that does not exist yet.
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Well, I know about several Cosims on the Android - and none on the IPad...
 
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Almecho wrote:
Well, I know about several Cosims on the Android - and none on the IPad...


Really? Tell me about it! (You can do it in a GM if you think it is OT.)
 
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For gaming the larger the screen the better. I've tried an iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7"), Asus Transformer TF101 (10.1"), iPad 1 and iPad 3.

The iPod is far too small for playing anything - especially with my failing eyesight.

The Galaxy Tab is useful for many things, but not terribly good for games playing.

The Transformer is perfectly adequate but too heavy for comfort with the keyboard dock.

The iPad 1 is very good but will become less useful since it does not support iOs 6.

The iPad 3 is the best I have used: clear graphics, easily portable and (currently) up to date.

As far as the available games are concerned the iPad wins hands down. There are far more of the sort of games I want to buy on sale for iOs than for Android. That situation is unlikely to alter much unless and until sales of Android tablets (not smartphones) gets a much larger market share.
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If you are looking for a device to play boardgames on, for the next couple of years (maybe) your only chance is the iPad.

For anything else choose and Android device that best fits your needs.
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Almecho wrote:
Well, I know about several Cosims on the Android - and none on the IPad...


Nice try, but unfortunately you're talking to a wargamer here

Current wargames for the iPad :

Battle Academy
Combat Mission : Touch
Levée en Masse
Civil War : 1863

Almost there :

Battle of the Bulge - from Shenandoah Studios - I helped Kickstart this and it's looking like the ultimate tablet wargame.

Hearts of Iron (Paradox)

Panzer Corps (Matrix / Slitherine)


Announced wargames for the iPad in various stages of production :

World at War Series - iPad version of the Lock 'n Load series - getting developed by Playdek

Simple No Retreat (iPad version of No Retreat)

1812 : Invasion of Canada (Academy Games)

Conflict of Heroes (Academy Games)

Strike of the Eagle (Academy Games)

El Alamein - follow up game to Battle of the Bulge

Empire of the Sun (GMT)

Engage

Field of Fire (GMT)

Manoeuvre (GMT)

Nightfigher (GMT)

Paths of Glory (GMT)

Peloponesian War

R.A.F. (GMT)

Sekigahara (GMT)

Washington's War

The day you can produce the same list of wargames available and in development for the Android is the day I might take a look at the iPad alternatives

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eddy_sterckx wrote:
The day you can produce the same list of wargames available and in development for the Android is the day I might take a look at the iPad alternatives


Get ready to look then...

Some of those (Levee en masse and a Slytherine game) are also on Android, and as a developer, I've noticed that there is a definite trend for cross-platform tools, which with the arrival of other systems (windows, firefox os, etc) will only blur the differences.

You missed Small general, which is a genuine WW2 wargame and is on both Android and iOS.

Wargames purely on Android, and actually released, are - in chronological order:

Populus Romanus - hex and counter Romans vs. enemies scenario based
A brief history of Rome - area based like solitaire caesar boardgame
Conflicts: American revolutuionary war - hex and counter starategic AWI
Napoleonics: Quatre Bras - Napoleon's triumph style wargame
Napoleonics: Waterloo - Napoleon's triumph style wargame
Conflicts: American Civil War - hex and counter Southern states
Yugoslavia 1941 - Hex and counter based on postcard game
Rommel in Africa: Brigade level scenarios of North Africa WW2
Conflicts: Demyansk pocket - Hex and counter
Conflicts: Barbarossa - Hex and counter whole eastern front
Conflicts: Eastern front - much more detailed hex and counter whole eastern front
Barbarossa solitaire - Area movement version of the p&p wargame
German Eagle vs. Russian Bear - Scenario driven whole of eastern front based on p&p game
Conflicts: Panzer missions - tactical hex and counter WW2
Turns of war - Tactical hex and counter ww2
Conflicts: D-Day - Hex and counter d-day
Conflicts: Battle of bulge - Hex and counter Ardennes
Korean War: Hex and counter divisional level whole war
Abyss wars - fantasy hex and counter

I only know of one in the works, because I'm making it, which is a brigade level Gettysburg game. Many of the others you've listed will probably be on multiple platforms, for the reasons mentioned earlier.
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taniawi wrote:
Hi I see amazon has new tablet coming out. I need advice.

Should I get an Ipad 2 for 399. Or a Kindle Fire HD 8.9" for 299.

Really need help on this one. Thanks...
I have the new iPad, and really like it. But really I would recommend the iPad Mini which comes out next month. Less expensive and much lighter!
 
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I bought a Nexus 7 a couple of months ago - unmitigated disaster.
Unit went faulty after about 12 hours use. 8 weeks later I am still trying to get Google Play to accept a return of goods. I wouldn't touch this unit nor Google Play with a barge pole. They are the most unsatisfactory example of customer after care I have ever come across.
 
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CaptainCosmic wrote:
taniawi wrote:
Really need help on this one.

Do you want to play dozens upon dozens of great boardgames and cardgames right now, today, this minute? Then get an iPad.

Want to play Lost Cities in 2015? Get something else.


??

I'm pretty sure the Lost Cities app will still run on the iPad in 2 years time...
 
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CaptainCosmic wrote:
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I'm pretty sure the Lost Cities app will still run on the iPad in 2 years time...

Um ... yeah. I'm sure it will, too. That wasn't the point at all.


That's why I had the ?? - I get that you were saying that the iPad is where it's at right now for board games - but lost the trail with the last line...

BTW - I'm a "runner 5" too!
 
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kerpob2 wrote:

You missed Small general, which is a genuine WW2 wargame and is on both Android and iOS.


I didn't miss it, as Small General is made by a personal friend of mine, Viktor Reijkersz, and afaik only available for the Android platform.

But this and almost the entire list of games you mentioned are not really wargames in my book, more beer & pretzel type of games with a war theme. And there are dozens of those for the iPad as well if that's your preference.

Let me restate that there's nothing wrong with that of course, just that if you want to play *real* heavy-duty wargames, get an iPad.

 
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taniawi wrote:
Hi I see amazon has new tablet coming out. I need advice.

Should I get an Ipad 2 for 399. Or a Kindle Fire HD 8.9" for 299.

Really need help on this one. Thanks...



Base your decision on what apps you want to use. That made it easy for me to make the decision.
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I agree, my daughter has a kindlefire, but the app selection is a LOT thinner. Granted, android only gets the ones that sell enough to warrant the conversion, so theoretically you get the cream of the crop, but she still borrows my ipod to play stuff like "the creeps" and all those "make a food item" games.


I recommend to friends not to get the Fire because they "lock" you into their store, as you describe... There are unofficial ways to get Google play on it, but most people I know don't like that route.

I like the looks and specs of the Nexus 7, although have not bought one, since I am not in the market for a new tablet yet.

I currently have and like my Asus Transformer tablet. They have ones newer than mine now, but I find mine model capable of running everything I have tried on it without problem. I especially like the keyboard dock, for when I have to do a lot of typing.
 
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