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Antarctica32
June 26th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Ok, so heres the deal: I want an Android device, but it can't be a phone. Like an ipod touch, except less appley and a little more linuxy. I have looked into the dell streak, those ones from Archos:
http://www.archos.com/products/gen9/index.html?country=us&lang=en (http://www.archos.com/products/gen9/index.html?
country=us&lang=en),
and many others. I have discovered what I think would be perfect for me, but is sadly not out yet in US: the Samsung Galaxy S wifi 5.0 (I know, Samsung sucks at naming). I was wondering if anybody knew of any other wifi only android devices out there. Thanks.

P.S: I know about unlocked phones and how you don't need to get a carrier, but those are a little to expensive and I have also heard that because they are made to always have a connection via 3g/4g, if you don't get a carrier it can not work as good especially with updates and market stuff.

Antarctica32
June 26th, 2011, 11:00 PM
bump

LowSky
June 26th, 2011, 11:45 PM
better place to ask may be the xda forums.. when I picked up my viewsonsic g-tablet that site helped me root the the things and install other versions of android.

check Woot.com for tablet deals.. they are due for one soon. I got mine for under $300. A few weeks ago they had the 7" wifi galaxy tab.

If you are looking in the under 4" screen market, its just phones really aside from archos and a few Chinese knockoffs you may find on ebay.

Like I said check out xda, and maybe ever cyangenmod's website. Both show off new device support constantly and help you find the right device.

Brent0
June 27th, 2011, 12:04 AM
I have a Galaxy S phone and I love it. Most of the stuff I do doesn't even require 3G. I have never heard of the wifi-only version but if it is the same thing as the phone minus the cell phone feature, it should be a great buy.

christopher.wortman
June 27th, 2011, 12:32 AM
I have a Galaxy S phone and I love it. Most of the stuff I do doesn't even require 3G. I have never heard of the wifi-only version but if it is the same thing as the phone minus the cell phone feature, it should be a great buy.

I ousted my contract with Verizon, they let me keep the phone, I use it in Airplane Mode. Works great man. Android is a Phone OS, keyword being Phone, there are devices.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/27/augens-99-genbook-smartbook-preview/

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6744587&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE

Just google it lmao, Go to K-Mart they have them in stock bro. They have been out since January.

Tibuda
June 27th, 2011, 03:09 AM
I have also heard that because they are made to always have a connection via 3g/4g

You have heard a lie.

kerry_s
June 27th, 2011, 04:45 AM
Google samsung galaxy player 5, it will be out soon

Copper Bezel
June 27th, 2011, 05:17 AM
Seconded, yes, the Galaxy Player 5 is the only device I've seen that matches your description (and I'm waiting on one myself.) It's the Galaxy S phone with an ugly white back and no 3G. It has full market access and all of the amenities, and it's very much an iPod Touch Bruce Banner'd. There's a smaller version that's a bit closer to iPod size, but it seems limiting.

The Archos tablets, which I've looked into in the past, seem quite terrible, honestly. You wouldn't be getting a full Android experience with something like that.

smacknrat
June 27th, 2011, 05:20 AM
Have you considered using Meego?! It truely is "Linuxy" and it doesn't lock you into DEX formats and you have QT support out of the box ;)

Macskeeball
June 27th, 2011, 06:45 AM
You could get a prepaid Android phone and use it as a WiFi-only device. The hardware doesn't tend to be as high end, but they give you the ability to optionally turn on prepaid 3G for the brief periods that you actually need it.

Virgin Mobile currently sells the LG Optimus V (http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phones/lg-optimus-v-phone.jsp), but if I were you I'd wait until July 19th-26th for the Motorola Triumph (http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/MOTOROLA-TRIUMPH-US-EN).

3rdalbum
June 27th, 2011, 11:38 AM
P.S: I know about unlocked phones and how you don't need to get a carrier, but those are a little to expensive and I have also heard that because they are made to always have a connection via 3g/4g, if you don't get a carrier it can not work as good especially with updates and market stuff.

Huawei makes some reasonably cheap unlocked phones that punch well above their price. You can use them without a SIM card. Android phones don't "always have to have a 3G connection" - I turn my 3G off whenever I'm not using it, and wifi works for everything except actually making phone calls and sending SMS.

Tibuda
June 27th, 2011, 11:40 AM
Huawei makes some reasonably cheap unlocked phones that punch well above their price. You can use them without a SIM card. Android phones don't "always have to have a 3G connection" - I turn my 3G off whenever I'm not using it, and wifi works for everything except actually making phone calls and sending SMS.

You can make phone calls using Skype

Antarctica32
June 28th, 2011, 06:36 PM
Soory i didn't reply yet, I've been doing stuff. After about 2 weeks of looking I still think the Galaxy s wifi 5 is the best. The archos ones seem not to have the full android experiance with the market and all, and I have heard that they don't run apps all that well. Also I would prefer to get something that is more commonly used for support reasons mostly. Also a BIG downside of the Archos are that their GUI is not the world famous touchwiz that Samsung's galaxy devices have. Also I have absolutely no clue what kind of quality the archos ones come with. With a galaxy series from samsung you know you are getting something of pretty high end reliable quality. Also the specks of the Archos devices are slightly less and the gal-5 has an INSANE battery with 80 hours of audio playback, twice as much as the newest itouch! Please send in more responses with ideas of any kind, thanks! I can't wait until the wifi 5 comes out!

Macskeeball
June 28th, 2011, 08:31 PM
Also a BIG downside of the Archos are that their GUI is not the world famous touchwiz that Samsung's galaxy devices have.
Actually, all the tech journalists I've listened to (such as podcasts from Android Central, Engadget, This is my Next, and the TWiT network) consider Touchwiz to be a pretty bad skin. I haven't used it myself though. The only Android skins I've heard positive things about are HTC Sense and stock Android. Samsung has also done a poor job of providing Android updates.

Lucradia
June 28th, 2011, 09:05 PM
You could get a prepaid Android phone and use it as a WiFi-only device. The hardware doesn't tend to be as high end, but they give you the ability to optionally turn on prepaid 3G for the brief periods that you actually need it.

Virgin Mobile currently sells the LG Optimus V (http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phones/lg-optimus-v-phone.jsp), but if I were you I'd wait until July 19th-26th for the Motorola Triumph (http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/MOTOROLA-TRIUMPH-US-EN).

Verizon offers all high-end phones for prepaid (This includes Droid X.) You will pay more, yes, but no contract.

Unfortunately, I'd like to buy a Droid X2, but there's no unlock feature like the Droid X.

I'll have to think about a tablet. Or maybe scrap that idea, and save up for a gaming laptop from eurocom or lenovo in case my game rig needs to go in for repairs or something.