Android tablets: What will $100 (or so) buy you?

May 14, 2012
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    Here’s a principle that Android users and fans can apply to both software and hardware: Android is all about diversity and the freedom of choice. But while the top-end race gets all the attention, there is a sector that has become increasingly interesting to watch, as the aforementioned race gets more intense: the ultra low-cost Android tablet market.

    So, we’ve set to answer a seemingly crazy question. How far will $100-$125 get you when it comes to purchasing an Android tablet?

    Not much if you’re planning to impress your buddy, owner of a new iPad. But if you’re willing to acknowledge that you do get what you pay for, you’ll find that basic web browsing and multimedia rendering are just a couple of tasks that all the following tablets are able to perform with ease. So let’s not waste any more time and take a quick look at the Android tablets you can buy for around $100-$125. Just don’t expect any mind-blowing specs!

    Coby Kyros 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet

    Koby Kyros 7 inch

    • Price: $125
    • Android Version: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Display Size: 7.0 inches
    • Display Resolution: 800 by 480
    • Processor: 1 GHz 8803 CORTEX A8
    • Ram: 1GB
    • Internal Memory: 4 GB
    • SD Expansion Slot: Yes
    • Others: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
    • Buy here

    Unbranded Tablet on Amazon

    android 4.0 tablet

    • Price: $132
    • Android Version: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Display Size: 7 inches
    • Display Resolution: 800 by 480
    • Processor: A10 -1.2GHZ(cortex A8)
    • Ram: 512MB DDR3
    • Internal Memory: 4GB
    • SD Expansion Slot: Yes
    • Others: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
    • Buy here

    AVS 7″ Multi-Touch Capacitive A10 Tablet

    AVS 7" Android Tablet

    • Price: $123
    • Android Version: 2.3 Gingerbred
    • Display Size: 7 inches
    • Display Resolution: 800 by 480
    • Processor: 1GHz Allwinner Tech BOXCHIP A10 Cortex-A8 CPU
    • Ram: 512 MB
    • Internal Memory: 4 GB
    • SD Expansion Slot: Yes
    • Others: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, support for external 3G dongle
    • Buy here

    Ainol NOVO7 Paladin

    Ainol Novo 7 Paladin

    • Price: $110
    • Android Version: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Display Size: 7 inches
    • Display Resolution: 800 by 480
    • Processor: 1Ghz CPU, single-core
    • Ram: 512 MB
    • Internal Memory: 8GB
    • SD Expansion Slot: Yes
    • Others: WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), support for external 3G dongle
    • Buy here

    Archos Arnova 7 G2 4GB

    Archos Arnova 7 G2

    • Price: $110
    • Android Version: 2.3 Gingerbread
    • Display Size: 7 inches
    • Display Resolution: 800 by 480
    • Processor: 1GHz single core
    • Ram: 512MB
    • Internal Memory: 4GB
    • SD Expansion Slot: No
    • Others: 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
    • Buy here

    Conclusion

    While there are other tablets out there in the $100-$125 price range, they are all almost the same when it comes to the specs. If you’re seriously planning to get a ultra low cost Android tablet, than your choices ultimately boil down to choosing the OS (Gingerbread vs ICS), the amount of internal storage, and 3G dongle support. As expected, all tablets in this price range have a 7-inch screen running at 800 by 480 and feature a 1GHz single-core processor alongside 512MB of RAM. Just make sure you read a few customer reviews before ordering one!

    What are your opinions on ultra low-cost Android tablets? Do they hurt the ecosystem as a whole, or are they welcomed additions to the Android tablet universe? Let us know in the comment section below!

    Comments

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xorg-Kc/100000867435778 Xorg Kc

      The Coby tablet is only one listed with 1GB RAM and SD slot and ICS, not bad for under $150.

    • Cmars1858

      i bought one at sggate nothing but problems and if you have to send it back 3 months to get it the other thing to consider is radio and modem it would not connect no matter what I say just get samsung products

      • ฺBoonlumsion Piyapon

        Try Archos It’s kind of good brand.

        but know that under $150 you will not get good cpu like top-end device.

    • http://twitter.com/hipreetam93 Preetam Nath

      Ployer Momo 9, the BEST

    • AppleFUD

      Pick up a Kindle Fire refurb for $139 when they have them — you get the same warranty as a new one.

      I have most everything in the cloud so SD & memory aren’t an issue for me. And it’s a decent tablet all in all for such a low price, and a few ICS ROMs are nearly ready for it which will make it even better.

      • putupjob

        Agreed. I got the $139 refurb. Tell me the difference between the one I got and a new one.

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