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Tablet buying tips for crunchyroll?
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I started up membership 2 months ago and really enjoy crunchyroll so far. Lately I have been watching anime more than gaming on my bulky gaming laptop. I want to buy a tablet mainly to use for crunchyroll anime streaming and need some tips on what would be the best buy for that purpose.

1.What resolution should i shoot for?- 720? 1080? less? what would be overkill for a tablet.

2.What size screen should I look for?- Biggest possible? or would that be too much and unnecessary?

3.CPU/GPU- will a simple dual core be enough or should I look into the latest quad cores for performance?

4.OS- Android? IOS? windows? Is one of them better for crunchyroll or does it not matter?

5.Durability- Any suggestions on tablets known to be dependable and not have issues a 2 months after purchase?

6.Games/APPs- Which os has the most or best. Which tablet could handle them on the side if I found some interesting apps i wanted to try. It is not as important to me but would be nice to occasionally use it for more than anime streaming.

Any suggestions or help is very appreciated. It would be my first tablet purchase so I am not sure where to start really.
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I use my iPad 4 for all my streaming needs and it works out just fine. Would like a bit more space available if I need to add some big games or videos that I've purchased, so wish the iPad had a SD card slot.
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I do not know much about the ipad models...seems like there are a ton. I was looking into the ipad air 2? i think its called cause it has the retina display and all that. Have no clue if thats the latest one.
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I got an iPad Air from my school and it works fine with the screen size and everything, I like it. If I were to buy on my own, I would get an android tablet. I don't like the closed system that Apple has. My brother has a Nexus and it is pretty great. I would get that or a Galaxy Tab S. Tablets really don't vary a whole lot... I would just pick one in your budget range. It's hard to go wrong.

The resolution makes little difference at the screen sizes of tablets. Screen size is your personal preference, go to the store and see. OS is also personal preference. I prefer Android because it is open system. Crunchyroll works about the same on all. Most popular tablets are equally durable, though I find iPad's pretty easy for the screen to shatter. iOS and Android offer a very similar range of apps and games.
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When i tried using my Nexus 10 for crunchyroll the resolution didn't seem very good, but that was over a year ago - maybe they added support for it.
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avalynnrose wrote:

I got an iPad Air from my school and it works fine with the screen size and everything, I like it. If I were to buy on my own, I would get an android tablet. I don't like the closed system that Apple has. My brother has a Nexus and it is pretty great. I would get that or a Galaxy Tab S. Tablets really don't vary a whole lot... I would just pick one in your budget range. It's hard to go wrong.

The resolution makes little difference at the screen sizes of tablets. Screen size is your personal preference, go to the store and see. OS is also personal preference. I prefer Android because it is open system. Crunchyroll works about the same on all. Most popular tablets are equally durable, though I find iPad's pretty easy for the screen to shatter. iOS and Android offer a very similar range of apps and games.


Thanks for the input. I see what you mean about resolution and screen size. Also I think i personally prefer android...so ipad is off the list now. Looked into the samsung tablets they look really good. Considering buying a SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Samsung Exynos. Now do I dare go the refurbished route....or get it new lol.
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Warning: Crunchyroll Apps on Android and Apple tend to be locked to 480p, On Android you could use Dolphin Browser to use it on Browser as a PC.
My suggestion: Buy a Windows X86-64 Tablet. you may be able to see crunchyroll on 1080p if the Tablet screen support it. It will be the same experience on Higer Resolution on the Tablet tan the edgy cubed rendered on Android and IOS.
Posted 9/25/14
I have the iPad Air and it works just fine, as for durability I say Apple. My friend bought the new surface pro 3 and in one drop the screen shattered. I drop my iPad a couple of times already and thankfully nothing has happen to it. For games I'm not to sure since I don't really play games on my iPad as it is. In the end is up to you just do you research and go with the one that appeals to you the most. Enjoy your first tablet purchase
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Posted 9/25/14

IngramIV wrote:

Warning: Crunchyroll Apps on Android and Apple tend to be locked to 480p, On Android you could use Dolphin Browser to use it on Browser as a PC.
My suggestion: Buy a Windows X86-64 Tablet. you may be able to see crunchyroll on 1080p if the Tablet screen support it. It will be the same experience on Higer Resolution on the Tablet tan the edgy cubed rendered on Android and IOS.


Nice. These are the small details im looking for to help base my purchase on. Definitely something I would want to be aware of before i drop 300-500 dollars on a tablet. Not sure how apps work on windows tablets or if windows tablets even have apps. I always assumed it was like a windows pc in the form of a tablet.
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Like IngramIV said, I'd personally go with a Surface Pro or some other Windows 8 tablet that runs full-on Windows 8 (instead of Windows RT). It'll carry the power of a fairly high-end laptop with the portability of a tablet. Then you can watch in 1080p and run some heftier applications on the go if you need to.

Price is a bit of barrier unless you go refurbished though, in which case you can get refurbished Surface Pro 1's on Ebay for around $350.

Also, to answer your question about whether Windows tablets have apps, they do. There is a dedicated app store that has a lot of the apps you'd find on iOS or Android app stores. Both Windows 8 Pro tablets and Windows RT tablets have access to the app store, but RT is limited solely to apps while 8 Pro tablets work like a laptop minus the physical keyboard (unless you buy one).
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Posted 9/25/14

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IngramIV wrote:

Warning: Crunchyroll Apps on Android and Apple tend to be locked to 480p, On Android you could use Dolphin Browser to use it on Browser as a PC.
My suggestion: Buy a Windows X86-64 Tablet. you may be able to see crunchyroll on 1080p if the Tablet screen support it. It will be the same experience on Higer Resolution on the Tablet tan the edgy cubed rendered on Android and IOS.


Nice. These are the small details im looking for to help base my purchase on. Definitely something I would want to be aware of before i drop 300-500 dollars on a tablet. Not sure how apps work on windows tablets or if windows tablets even have apps. I always assumed it was like a windows pc in the form of a tablet.


Ok i will explain this: The App of Crunchyroll on Android(Tablet and Cellphone) , IOS (Ipad and IPhone) and Windows Phone (Phone only) are locked at 480p, even if the device is capable of 1080p. A Windows Tablet (Must be X86-64) will run desktop programs such Java 7(Wich is for subtitles on PC) and Adobe Flash Player (For the main Video on 720p or 1080p) only on PC Tablet you could get it, Do not buy Windows RT tablets (They are the same as cellphone so no Java or Flash).
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I would get an iPad device since there are less types of those and easier for Crunchyroll to support those few devices instead of the hundreds of android devices.
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iPad Air works great. I have 55Mbps download speed with my hard wire LAN computer, but habitually have to use 480p to keep Crunchyroll from stuttering. The screen on the iPad is small enough that 480p is also more than sufficient. Get the latest version of iPad, though, since the processing speed is noticeably faster.
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Posted 9/25/14 , edited 9/25/14
Well after these few hours of getting tips from you guys. and shopping around i think ive narrowed it down for about 500 dollars.
just for anyone who might be interested.

Android - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Quad Core 3GB RAM 16GB Storage 10.1" 2560 x 1600 Touchscreen Tablet PC Android 4.3
$500 new

IOS - iPad Air 2 $450-$500 new

Windows - Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet 128 GB Hard Drive, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro about $560

I will think it over at work tomorrow I really appreciate all the help you guys gave me. If not for the help id have probably just went with an ipad for the sake of simplicity but now i realize i have quite a lot of options. I like options
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Posted 9/25/14
Of those choices, I'd definitely go with the Windows Surface Pro. For just a few dollars more you actually get a full computer that is capable of productivity in addition to just media consumption (AutoCAD, Solid Works, Photoshop, Excel, etc...). You're also not limited to only playing mobile games as you can play full PC games too. You get an active digitizer which allows for exponentially better writing/drawing as-well. You also get a full sided USB 3.0 port, making life so much easier.

To be honest, unless the other tablets were half the price or less than the Surface then I can't see any reason to get them. Otherwise you are essentially paying nearly the same price for vastly inferior tech.
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