Lenovo Tab 3 8 Inch 16GB Android Marshmallow Tablet with 2GB RAM - £79.99 @ Argos
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Lenovo Tab 3 8 Inch 16GB Android Marshmallow Tablet with 2GB RAM - £79.99 @ Argos

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Found 20th Aug 2016
Seems like a lot of tablet for under £80.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, 16GB internal storage plus microSD card expandability and 2GB of RAM makes this unit far better specced than similarly priced tablets which only have Lollipop/8GB storage/1GB RAM. Plus it features dual front-facing speakers enhanced with Dolby audio - again, something not found on tablets offered by other manufacturers at this price range.

Available in black or white, both with blue detailing around the sides.

Not too many reviews online as of yet but the American version of this tablet (which has only 1GB of RAM) seems to have generally favourable reviews on Walmart.com.

Might give it a go to replace my seriously aging Nook HD which is still running Android 4.0!

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With that screen resolution, the significantly older Hudl2 is better (although not on sale as new). Not Marshmallow, but disappointed that so many of the cheap tablets (except for Chinese imports) don't have full HD screen to compare with the Hudl2.

Lesser resolution than your Nook HD too (which is 1440x900).

Edited by: "Ashe" 20th Aug 2016

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Ashe

With that screen resolution, the significantly older Hudl2 is better … With that screen resolution, the significantly older Hudl2 is better (although not on sale as new).Lesser resolution than your Nook HD too (which is 1440x900).


But this will be noticeably faster than both - my Nook HD surely has a nice screen but its chipset and RAM is way too obsolete for me. Getting really tired of my Spotify and SoundCloud music suddenly stopping while browsing a slightly demanding website in Chrome.

Edited by: "preecey" 20th Aug 2016

Yeah, the Nook HD comparison was just to the screen. But I'm not all that convinced as to how much faster than the Hudl2 it would be, but can't find performance comparisons

I'm just disappointed at the lack of full HD in so many tablets nowadays.
Edited by: "Ashe" 20th Aug 2016

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Ashe

Yeah, the Nook HD comparison was just to the screen. But I'm not all that … Yeah, the Nook HD comparison was just to the screen. But I'm not all that convinced as to how much faster than the Hudl2 it would be, but can't find performance comparisonsI'm just disappointed at the lack of full HD in so many tablets nowadays.


I do agree with you though. I suppose manufacturers assume that as you generally hold a tablet further away from your eyes than you would a smartphone, then they can get away with screens of lower pixel densities.

Low pixel density screens do have their advantages though - fewer pixels to power means less of a burden on the CPU and battery.

Edited by: "preecey" 20th Aug 2016

I looked at this next to an Asus ZenPad Z580C and the difference in screen quality blew me away. Having seen the difference I couldn't bring myself to get the Lenovo. No matter how cheap.

However, this price is good though (if the screen resolution doesn't bother you) so I'm voting hot.

ScoobyStoo

I looked at this next to an Asus ZenPad Z580C and the difference in … I looked at this next to an Asus ZenPad Z580C and the difference in screen quality blew me away. Having seen the difference I couldn't bring myself to get the Lenovo. No matter how cheap. However, this price is good though (if the screen resolution doesn't bother you) so I'm voting hot.



and almost double the price, what are you comparing??

Zenpad for a tenner more, which is better?

no hdmi port

tardytortoise

no hdmi port


Very useful but not many seem to have that output, shame as for me it is a dealbreaker.

tardytortoise

no hdmi port



​can you not cast it......

Usually technology gets cheaper, but a year after buying a Hudl2 from Tesco there is nothing like it around for similar money. The only one I found was the Chuwi Hi8 Pro on Ebay which sells for around £80 and has an 8" 1920x1200 screen, but that's not one you can pick up in the shops.

It may be running a current Android version today, but I doubt it will on Monday. And according to support.lenovo.com/gb/…098 , there are no upgrade plans for this tablet. Together with the poor resolution and the poor track record of Lenovo when it comes to issues, I would give this a miss.

Unfortunately, the Android tablet market is a bit stagnant, with the best player (Sony) kind of quitting, and a lot of cheaper options disappearing (like the Tesco Hudl). If you can afford it, I would recommend the Sony Z3 Tablet. Yes, it is more than twice as expensive, but it plays in a league of its own.

Great value. We use Kenobi. Can't go wrong at that price

Are there 'bumper' style kids' cases available for this tablet? Can't seem to find any online and not sure if a generic 8" case would fit.

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MrPuddington

It may be running a current Android version today, but I doubt it will on … It may be running a current Android version today, but I doubt it will on Monday. And according to https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/solutions/ht501098 , there are no upgrade plans for this tablet. Together with the poor resolution and the poor track record of Lenovo when it comes to issues, I would give this a miss.Unfortunately, the Android tablet market is a bit stagnant, with the best player (Sony) kind of quitting, and a lot of cheaper options disappearing (like the Tesco Hudl). If you can afford it, I would recommend the Sony Z3 Tablet. Yes, it is more than twice as expensive, but it plays in a league of its own.


Well, even if Lenovo don't upgrade this to Nougat, it will still run an OS that's one generation newer than the other equivalently priced models. They will probably never see Marshmallow, let alone Nougat!
Edited by: "preecey" 20th Aug 2016

Seems Argos are trying to get rid because this has been on offer for weeks. Dont know if anyone else is selling it. Its not bad for the price but I suspect it has a limited timescale because Lenovo are not exactly plugging it.

Part of the problem with the Hudl 2 was that it used an Intel processor - Intel have effectively dropped out of the non-Windows market, so ongoing support for updates is an issue for most of the Interl based 'Droids, both on an app and OS level.

Personally, I'm still using a Nexus 7 2013, which is better than most tablets under £150 imho.

Very geeky, take 2 tablets and call me in the morning, hopefully things will be more clear.

I use an Nvidia shield @£150 although more expensive, it has it all! HD resolution, Joypad support, Android 6, Nvidia and PC streamed gaming, and up to 128gb micro sd.

https://shield.nvidia.co.uk/store/tablet/k1

As I said not apples for apples, but I love mine.

Edited by: "bogrole" 20th Aug 2016

bogrole

Very geeky, take 2 tablets and call me in the morning, hopefully things … Very geeky, take 2 tablets and call me in the morning, hopefully things will be more clear.I use an Nvidia shield @£150 although more expensive, it has it all! HD resolution, Joypad support, Android 6, Nvidia and PC streamed gaming, and up to 128gb micro sd. https://shield.nvidia.co.uk/store/tablet/k1As I said not apples for apples, but I love mine.



I think for £150 the Nvidia shield is the best android tablet available. Others may be cheaper but updates will likely be few and far between.

Does anyone know if this is the same tablet as the Lenovo Tab 3 TB3-850F, TB3-850M?
Thank you.

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zyany

Does anyone know if this is the same tablet as the Lenovo Tab 3 TB3-850F, … Does anyone know if this is the same tablet as the Lenovo Tab 3 TB3-850F, TB3-850M?Thank you.


When I was researching the tablet online before posting the deal, I remember seeing the 850F product code.
Edited by: "preecey" 20th Aug 2016

scroterot

I think for £150 the Nvidia shield is the best android tablet available. … I think for £150 the Nvidia shield is the best android tablet available. Others may be cheaper but updates will likely be few and far between.



Thanks for the reminder - I need to take my regular 3 tablets after my evening meal...

I did say for less than £150 I thought the Nexus 7 2013 was one of the best. X)

The issue with the Shield is the same as Intel though. Iirc, Nvidia has withdrawn from the tablet market as well, so long term support and newer models are less likely.


Edited by: "alg" 20th Aug 2016

bogrole

Very geeky, take 2 tablets and call me in the morning, hopefully things … Very geeky, take 2 tablets and call me in the morning, hopefully things will be more clear.I use an Nvidia shield @£150 although more expensive, it has it all! HD resolution, Joypad support, Android 6, Nvidia and PC streamed gaming, and up to 128gb micro sd. https://shield.nvidia.co.uk/store/tablet/k1As I said not apples for apples, but I love mine.



​and been out of stock for months

gacameron01

​and been out of stock for months



​The K1 has been discontinued. Was a great tablet for the price but Nvidia are also pulling out of the tablet market.

donslibi

and almost double the price, what are you comparing??



​The screen quality, like I said. I found the quality of the Lenovo unacceptable at any price. Just my personal opinion. May be a great option for someone else.

No hdmi out

i have hudl and kindle fire hd 8.9. as people say: few others match these specs wise. but that is because these were subsidised to encourage you to buy services eg prime, blinkbox. which is why i got them as best bang for buck (particularly as got kindle fire second hand!)

anyone got one? debating between this and nexus 7, extra screen real estate would be useful and is £20 cheaper. wondering if 1280 x 800 is good enough for netflix/youtube etc.

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adamspencer95

anyone got one? debating between this and nexus 7, extra screen real … anyone got one? debating between this and nexus 7, extra screen real estate would be useful and is £20 cheaper. wondering if 1280 x 800 is good enough for netflix/youtube etc.


I will be picking mine up as soon as possible. Shall update the thread when I can.

Whatever you do, do NOT get the Nexus 7 2012 version.

preecey

I will be picking mine up as soon as possible. Shall update the thread … I will be picking mine up as soon as possible. Shall update the thread when I can.Whatever you do, do NOT get the Nexus 7 2012 version.



​that'll be great thanks. and no its the 2013 model which is currently £99/£119 on argos for the 16/32gb models. like the screen res but the size and bezels are putting me off

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MarkShopper

Usually technology gets cheaper, but a year after buying a Hudl2 from … Usually technology gets cheaper, but a year after buying a Hudl2 from Tesco there is nothing like it around for similar money. The only one I found was the Chuwi Hi8 Pro on Ebay which sells for around £80 and has an 8" 1920x1200 screen, but that's not one you can pick up in the shops.


Some disadvantages to that Chuwi:

Strange brand name
Warranty probably non existent or pitiful
The battery life's probably dire
Edited by: "preecey" 20th Aug 2016

currently on a Samsung galaxy note 8.0, I picked it up a year or two on black Friday for the same price! loved it but it's battery is getting a tad dodgey and android 4.4.2 feels old so I was nearly getting this as a replacement! minus the fact it's a downgrade! screens the same, and the cpu is worse 1.6 vs 1.0/1.3... this will run like crap in my opinion, same really as it's great at a glance!

preecey

When I was researching the tablet online before posting the deal, I … When I was researching the tablet online before posting the deal, I remember seeing the 850F product code.


Thank you, Preecey.

I may be more interested now in this tablet, now that I know that I can use this case

bobjgear.com/len…tml


Edited by: "zyany" 20th Aug 2016

I have this tablet and it's excellent. The sound is louder than my iPhone 6.

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kat_1990

I have this tablet and it's excellent. The sound is louder than my iPhone … I have this tablet and it's excellent. The sound is louder than my iPhone 6.


That's fantastic to hear

kat_1990

I have this tablet and it's excellent. The sound is louder than my iPhone … I have this tablet and it's excellent. The sound is louder than my iPhone 6.



do you mind me asking what the screen quality is like? is it obvious that it's a low resolution display during typical use?

thanks

bought this for the little one, it is aimed at kids with a kids mode to keep them safe online.
its quite slow regarding the spec, 2gb ram. bit dissapointed really
all in all i think its an ok tablet in its price point, but will be useless in a year.

argos seem to be its only seller.

Bought this a week ago. Got the white with blur details which makes it look like a toy. Black would have been better. Performs well. Make sure you have a class 10 sd card if you intend to use external storage. I had a class 4 which wouldn't load apps and crash them.
Also for some reason YouTube started to lag and play muted. No idea why so had to reboot which fixed it.

Tablets for people who think they are a marshmallo or an android? oO
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