Tablet Suggestions for ones with HDMI ports

Looking for a tablet with hdmi output and budget is <$400

Purpose is primarily for streaming and audiobooks.

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    Apple ipads are the gold standard with tablets. Other tablets from other manufacturers are pretty bad. In saying that Samsung are the only non-iPad tablet I’d consider. The Tab A 10.1 is a decent budget option then get an adapter dongle for the hdmi port u require.

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      Apple ipads are the gold standard with tablets.

      Gold standard? I haven't used one for a while, but do movies and photos and everything else still need to be loaded via iTunes?

      I would argue that tablets are for portability and often used for the consumption of media so If you can't perform a basic task like download or load other movies onto it without relying on another device (like a laptop running iTunes) then it's a big fail.

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        Depends on your uses but yes agree to some extent to what U are saying for sure. That's why I suggested something from Samsung as a lot of Android tablets are pure rubbish.

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        yes gold standard. I download movies to mine all the time and haven't plugged it into anything except power for years. Stop living in the 90s.

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          Noone likes paying for movies from the apple store.

          I believe other videos they have to be encoded in very specific ways for it to play properly. There's still tonnes of formats that it can't play. These are videos that any android tablet can easily play.

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            @bobbified: I haven't paid for a single movie from apple store, so not sure what any of that means.

            There are a multitude of players that do not require itunes or paid streaming. VLC, infuse etc allow you to directly copy files into the app over wifi.

            Seriously, is this all news to you?

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              @lunchbox99:

              Seriously, is this all news to you?

              It is actually!

              I hated the idea of traveling with a tablet and not being able to add music and movies to it without my own laptop. (If I was going to bring my laptop, there's no point bringing a tablet because I could do everything in my laptop). I'm used to using a PC and being able to just download/play a file. The android functionality worked in the same way. With my Samsung and Xperia tablets, I was also able to take out the memory cards plonk it into someone else's computer and steal their whole movie library and watch it while I'm away.

              Thanks for letting me know though. I'll have a look at the ipad's functionality based on what you've said and figure out whether it suits my needs.

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                @bobbified: You can also connected an external drive or sd card via the usb c port (with an adapter). You would probably still find apple restrictions annoying. Android tablet probably still a better device for your requirements.

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    Anything with usb-c then get a usb-c to HDMI.

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      I don't think that's how it works.

      I have a Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and it doesn't support any of the USB-c to HDMI adaptors I've tried.

      This is what I found :(
      https://forums.androidcentral.com/ask-question/935292-samsun...

      I use the cast option, works well

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        Damn, that sucks.

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        Can confirm it can done, at least with my Tab S7+

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          yes, as the article suggests S series comes with this capability. But I don't think any of the S deceives fit OPs budget.

          My point was not everything with a USB-c port would support HDMI output

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    look at Acer spin…I like mine :) (and got it for $200 off earlier this year :) )

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      Cheers, I'll suss it out

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    What's your need for HDMI?

    If you don't absolutely need a hardwired output, then a Chromecast along with any tablet (or phone) is a much better option. Works with almost any streaming app and you aren't fussing with incompatibilities that most devices have e.g. nonstandard resolutions, HDCP copy protection like Netflix etc

    Chromecast works with Apple/Android/Windows too, so won't matter which tablet you actually decide upon.

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      Thanks, did a bit more research on chromecast and found out you can cast tabs as well.

      So do you have any recommend any specific tablets given the budget?

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        I have a S6 Lite and its great. I looked for ages, anything cheaper is crap, anything better is over double the price.

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        As an Android fan, the best tablet is… an iPad!

        For $400 I'd say a used or refurb iPad would be an excellent option. Apart from that I'm a bit rusty on what's available at the moment