I'm getting closer to the point of needing to test my game on Android and was looking for recommendations on which exact model to get.
I've currently been using my iPad Mini (1st gen) for all device testing and that's it. I'm out of the loop on the Android side.
I'm looking for something a bit on the cheaper side of things (ideally I'll get one used on eBay), as this will purely be a demo/test device and not the tablet I personally use for reading. What I'm looking for is a device that is fairly representative of what your average Android tablet user has today.
On a related aside, I'll probably be limiting the Alpha tests to Android since Apple has a 100-device limitation for testing. Perhaps they would make an exception for MMO games, but even still I suspect the process of configuring test accounts would be difficult.
So instead, my current strategy for Alpha tests will be to control user account creation via my website and simply provide an app download link. That will allow me to easily distribute the app for testing purposes without the registration overhead. I'm also going to take a look at this app to see if it would offer additional value:
But in general this kind of strategy is what appears to be typical for MMO developers for iOS games-- you actually do you Alpha + Beta testing in large numbers only on Android since it has far less restrictions, even if you initially do your production launch exclusively to iOS.