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    Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    I have an old tablet. It has 2gb memory. Samsung tab A 10" (2016)

    Every 20mins or so, the internet pages slow to a stop and i have to go into the settings and clear the memory as it drops down to around 400mb available. Once i clear that and the memory available goes up to around 900mb the internet is fine for a short while.

    Is it because i dont haver enough memory? Is it because the tablet is dying?

    I dont have many apps on tablet. I checked their usage. Very low. Browser uses the most

    Is it time for a new tablet with more memory?

    Teclast M40 has 6gb memory etc....https://www.teclast.com/en/zt/M40/

    Anyone heard of it?

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    My 2GB Nvidia tablet seems a bit stuttery these days, and sometimes just stops for a few minutes. Much better since I uninstalled Teams from it, so I suspect a factory reset would get it web browsing OK again, but what use is a tablet with no apps on it?

    My phone with 3GB of ram seems to be holding up way better, but I have to wonder how much time that has left.

    Even with the OS not getting updated, the constant app updates seem to make things more memory hungry over time. I'm considering a tablet for my next birthday, so will be interested to see what people suggest.

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    I am thinking along the lines of 6gb for memory.

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    I'm sure 6GB will keep you going for a few years. I wouldn't want less than 4GB these days.

    Looking at reviews, the big negative on that M40 tablet is that it isn't Wildvine authenticated so it can't show Netflix at higher than SD if you bother to sideload it. That's a pain, but sadly quite typical in a market where there just isn't a lot of volume for tablets

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    I've noticed the Kindle Fire tablets we have have really been struggling with 2GB of memory on some modern websites.

    Think a recent OS update (Android, but Amazon has their own build of it), made it so when the system runs out of memory, it just stops the website from working... this is getting really annoying. By recent, I mean a few months back! Some of my Kindle Fire's have Google Play on it, so I can use other browsers etc. Even the "best" tablet they have, Fire HD 8 plus, only has 3GB of memory. I was considering getting a 10inch version of the Fire, but with only 2GB of RAM, I don't think it's worth the cash... as the same problem will persist on that even if it has an Octa Core processor and 1920x1200 display.

    Hmm... I think whatever they did to the OS, needs to be rolled back. As this is effectively making these tablets useless, and 2GB seems to be standard even to this day. I noticed what Youtube does is, when it runs out of memory it auto-refreshes the page and carries on with the video. Unfortunately not all the sites can do that.
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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I'm sure 6GB will keep you going for a few years. I wouldn't want less than 4GB these days.

    Looking at reviews, the big negative on that M40 tablet is that it isn't Wildvine authenticated so it can't show Netflix at higher than SD if you bother to sideload it. That's a pain, but sadly quite typical in a market where there just isn't a lot of volume for tablets
    Thing is, HD is not important to me on a tablet.

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Man, planned obsolescence has to be one of the most unethical business practices introduced by capitalism in the 20th century. F that noise.

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost4words View Post
    Thing is, HD is not important to me on a tablet.
    Which is cool. My wife's tablet is like that, she reads Facebook and plays games on it so that's fine.

    Mine sometimes gets plugged into a TV, so media is rather more important to me.

    One thought, it looks like Google are switching to ChromeOS on tablets now. So that might be a better way forward, but I'm not sure enough to spend money yet

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Which is cool. My wife's tablet is like that, she reads Facebook and plays games on it so that's fine.

    Mine sometimes gets plugged into a TV, so media is rather more important to me.

    One thought, it looks like Google are switching to ChromeOS on tablets now. So that might be a better way forward, but I'm not sure enough to spend money yet

    I like to watch movies on a tablet. SD is fine for me.

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    The M40 looks the better of the 'cheaper' tablets?

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Second factory Reset and load as few apps as possible.
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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Anyone tried any of the cheaper Win 10 tablets?

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost4words View Post
    Anyone tried any of the cheaper Win 10 tablets?
    My kids had them a few years ago. One was actually an Asus Transformer so should have been expensive but was on a great offer at the time. They didn't run tablet software because they weren't Android, and they didn't run Windows software well because they weren't quick. You needed to plug in a USB stick just to get Windows to update. I think in the end my son managed to get Android installed on the Asus, which made it a bit more usable, but not a success.

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost4words View Post
    Anyone tried any of the cheaper Win 10 tablets?
    Yes - A lot are 32gb which isn't even enough to update Windows 10 to the latest feature release (You can at least just plugin a USB stick now to help - That never use to be an option with the earliest releases of Win 10.). I quite enjoyed it though even though it was fairly incapable for most tasks just because it was Windows!

    I think a more modern one with 128Gb storage (maybe 64Gb at a push) and 4gb RAM would do most tablet functionality (web browsing/media consumption) however they quickly ramp up in cost once you get past 32Gb. CEX have a fair number available second hand from £50 (32gb though!).
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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I think a more modern one with 128Gb storage (maybe 64Gb at a push) and 4gb RAM would do most tablet functionality (web browsing/media consumption) however they quickly ramp up in cost once you get past 32Gb. CEX have a fair number available second hand from £50 (32gb though!).
    I believe Microsoft still do heavy discount (free?) Windows 10 to really low end hardware to avoid Netbooks coming back. No way you could make a Windows tablet for £100 when the Windows licence alone costs that much. The 32GB storage, 11.6" screen, 2GB of ram and a low end Atom CPU seem to be limits that if anyone crosses the cost suddenly jumps up. My daughter's ASUS Transformer was something like £130 for a nice little tablet with dockable keyboard included. If you bought the next model up with 4GB of ram and a bit more storage it was about £250.

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    Re: Not enough memory or, Tablet dying?

    Think i will look at getting a tablet with 6gb ram. Android.

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