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Tablet buying tips for crunchyroll?
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I have Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. I have no problem with it, whatsoever. Not to mention, it has screen capture capability. So, if you want to capture a moment while watching an anime you can take a screen capture of it. And, it's really great.

I don't what to purchase an iPad, especially when I'm planning to run Adobe softwares in it.
Steve Jobs had a huge beef with Adobe. It's so huge he even took to his grave to ban Adobe flash running on iPad.
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1.What resolution should i shoot for?- 720? 1080? less? what would be overkill for a tablet.
It depends on your internet speed, and your tablet's specs. If it supports 1080p, then go for it... unless, your internet isn't that fast.
I'd say at least 10MBps should be sufficient for 1080p streaming.

2.What size screen should I look for?- Biggest possible? or would that be too much and unnecessary?
It's all about your preference. But, in my opinion, neither too big nor too small.
You want a tablet to be compact, not a laptop without a keyboard. I'd say between 6.5 to 7.5 inches should be your limit.

3.CPU/GPU- will a simple dual core be enough or should I look into the latest quad cores for performance?
You don't need much for watching anime, really.

4.OS- Android? IOS? windows? Is one of them better for crunchyroll or does it not matter?
It comes down to preference. Android is the most affordable choice you have. Windows tablets are probably not meant for recreational purposes.

5.Durability- Any suggestions on tablets known to be dependable and not have issues a 2 months after purchase?
Buy the tablet from trustworthy companies. Not some generic brand you've never heard about. It also comes down to how you handle your device. Samsung tablets (Tab 3 and up) and Nexus 7 (2013 model) are amongst the most popular, and are quite sturdy.

6.Games/APPs
Don't get me wrong, but Google's Play Store sucks. This I gotta give to Apple. They have the best. highest quality apps you can find.

By the way, I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, it's easy to handle, affordable, strong (I've dropped it many times now and it still works), and quite compact.
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The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is looking pretty good, not quite 100% sure will get that one yet; October is going to be one great month for those in the tablet market (I hope); they have one for $99 coming out in October that I am getting solely for work (basically as an Mp3 player).
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Posted 9/26/14

onibrotonel wrote:

I have Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. I have no problem with it, whatsoever. Not to mention, it has screen capture capability. So, if you want to capture a moment while watching an anime you can take a screen capture of it. And, it's really great.

I don't what to purchase an iPad, especially when I'm planning to run Adobe softwares in it.
Steve Jobs had a huge beef with Adobe. It's so huge he even took to his grave to ban Adobe flash running on iPad.


Agreed on the Flash thing, that is so frustrating!

But you can do screen captures on iDevices as well - just press the home button and lock button at the same time. The screen will flash, you'll hear the shutter sound, and the image will be stored in your album. Extremely useful for app development and anime screenshots
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Get a android tablet.

Just don't go above 7 inches since the app will start whit upscale the content if you have a larger screen on your tablet.
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Used both Android Nexus 7 and Ipad Mini in the end stayed with the Ipad just because things are more stable and when you sell it has a higher resale value
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My answers are based on using CR on both ios and android systems, both phones and tablets, so I hope it helps you decide ( I can't talk about windows tablets, because I use a laptop when windows needed)

1.What resolution should i shoot for?- 720? 1080? less? what would be overkill for a tablet.
If you are going to use the tablet mainly for CR as you posted at the beginning, 720p is enough since it is the highest resolution available on portable devices, as far as I know, also there's not much diference to notice on small displays, BUT if you're going to use the tablet for other streaming services or things you should go 1080p

2.What size screen should I look for?- Biggest possible? or would that be too much and unnecessary?
what you feel comfortable with, because it also depends on the tablet weight, ipads 4th gen and below are kind of heavy, ipad air and mini/retina are really light, most androids are light or not heavy, also screen size I use 7-8 inch and I'm fine with it, because if I need more I go to my laptop or desktop pc, so 7-8 I think is the best but if you have a hard time watching, then go 10inch

3.CPU/GPU- will a simple dual core be enough or should I look into the latest quad cores for performance?
Doesn´t matter for CR but since you probably want to do more with the tablet, if possible go for a quadcore

4.OS- Android? IOS? windows? Is one of them better for crunchyroll or does it not matter?
My answer is going to be based on using an ipad mini, ipad mini with retina, ipad 4, nexus 7 (2013), android phones and iphone's, and is resume to this: android don't have HD, is not bad but is not even 720p, ios is optimized to (as far as I know) play 720p and you really notice a difference here, is more enjoyable to watch CR on apple devices, if you don't mind HD quality, and want something not that expensive go for android, CR manga looks good on both ios and android

5.Durability- Any suggestions on tablets known to be dependable and not have issues a 2 months after purchase?
I never had issues with any device I had, ipad's are well made and run smooth for a couple of years, but be aware if you buy a used ipad, if it's not from the new ones ios 8 it might suffer a little, my ipad 4 is a little slower with the update, in android, Nexus devices run smooth, other devices with heavy skins might vary, it also depends what version of android it runs, jelly bean or below might not be that good, and lastly it depends if its dual or quadcore, (again if possible go for quadcore in case of android)

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.
iOS have more apps and games, and some exclusive, but android too, I have a blazblue game on my android phone which is not available on ios I use my ipad mini with retina and every game runs smooth, and without problem, ipad mini (no retina) since it has an older chip sometimes it struggles with games, ipad 4 not that much but it does, on android with a quadcore you can run everything with no major problems, I currently use a moto x which is a dual core and with some games it stutters a little, I also have a Xperia ZL which has an older quadcore but runs good enough.

In the end I wrote a lot, but it can be resumed as to what you like, go to a store and try an ipad if you like it, go for one, they are good products and have lots of apps and games, some exclusive and good looking ones,CR plays in HD, battery is AWESOME too, and are a bit more futureproof than android devices, but also they are more expensive, if you go for an android device since there are so MANY options I say you go for a Nexus device, current nexus tablet have a good screen, enough processing power and good battery,and a good price, a samsung, sony or other company might be more expensive. Also you don't need crazy fast internet to enjoy CR on a tablet I currently have 15mb and no problems, even with 5mb everything looks good and I'm not from the US
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I would have gone with the surface pro just because I think its amazing but I already have my gaming laptop and am not exactly looking for a laptop replacement. If I didnt have my laptop I would get a surface pro 3 for sure.

As for iPads decided I would prefer android. Not all that interested in IOS.

So I went with Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 12.2 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black which is a step up from what i had planned actually.

went to samsungs main site and it was going for 550 dollars.
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I got a 9-inch Nook HD+ last year on sale for way way less than 500 bucks and Crunchyroll works great on it. I know it's SD through the app but I don't care. And it's a nice size for the CR manga app. I rip my DVDs and watch them on it too.
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Posted 9/28/14 , edited 9/28/14

tahu157 wrote:

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).


Although I like the way you think I want to add some things. Even the original Windows RT tablet runs the Crunchyroll player just fine at 1080p and has better battery life then a Pro (up to 8 hours of video streaming on a single charge). The surface RT 2 is the same. It's a great quality for money device considering it gets you free office. The lack of desktop programs sometimes can be a hindrance. But there is a fair amount of applications. However on neither Windows 8 nor RT is a dedicated application available for Crunchyroll. You need to use the browser on all Windows devices.
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OP has made his choice, but I figure a few other people might also be looking into this so here are some recommendations for smaller tablets
7'' to 9'':

Nexus 7- Vanilla Android (first to get updates), decent specs, good screen with 1920x1200 resolution, no bloatware (unlike most Android Tablets), amazing value

iPad Mini with Retina- Amazing tablet overall, really smooth and fast, great screen with high resolution. Only downside is because of the aspect ratio of the screen there are gonna be pretty big black bars when watching movies or TV (or anime).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 and 10.5)- Amazing 1600p Super AMOLED screen, decent battery life, really thin, expandable storage with SD, fingerprint scanner (I have heard some complaints about this sometimes not working). The downside to this is that it uses Touchwiz and has some stuttering problems, which should not be in a $400 tablet. It also contains a LOT of bloatware.

Nvidia Shield Tablet- Almost stock Android (fast updates), amazing for gaming, can play some PC games ported to Android (Portal, Half Life 2, and some others, can stream games from Nvidia GRID for free while its in beta (Borderlands 2 on a tablet is pretty sweet!), mid range 1920x1200 8 inch screen (competitors have better screens, but cost $100 more), Tegra K1 processor(most powerful tablet on the market), basically no bloatware. Cons- Screen not as good as some competitors, battery life isn't great, early batch had quality control issues.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9- 1600p LCD screen (not quite as good as Samsung's. but higher resolution than Apple's), tied in with Amazon's Prime service, great for kids. Cons- Not many apps, OS is Android, but it is nothing like the Android you'll find on other tablets, poor web browser, costs about the same as the iPad Mini with Retina and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, but offers much less.


Edit: Forgot to mention that the Android App doesn't support HD video, so you'll have to use Dolphin Browser to access the site.
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The crunchyroll app for android does not support HD and if your only purpose is to stream videos like on crunchyroll you can get a nice android tablet for under $80. I use a craig 7" CMP741E that I bought for $60 and it works great and you can actually buy this model for $45 now. One tip for buying android tablets don't go under 1GB ram and a 1ghz processor and you should be fine. If you wanted a tablet for the $500-$600 dollar range you are better off buying a proper computer.

Android is not a bad route to go for an inexpensive but reliable tablet and if you don't mind the lack of HD, which is hardly noticeable on an average android sized screen IMO, it makes a good portable video player.
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