If you’re in the market for a budget tablet then you can’t get much cheaper than $79.99. Of course it’s always a compromise with cheap electronics, and often budget products are left without major features. But Ematic’s new Genesis Prime aims to change the perception that cheap means total rubbish.
The Genesis Prime comes with an unspecified 1.1Ghz processor with an independent 400MHz GPU, 512Mb RAM, 4Gb of built in storage, a microSD slot for adding up to 32GB of extra storage, and a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a somewhat disappointing 800×480 display resolution. But you can’t have it all on a budget.
It also comes with plenty of additional features, a USB 2.0 port, 3.5 mm audio jack, built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a front facing 0.3 Megapixel camera, and an extra 5Gb of free cloud storage courtesy of Pogoplug. On top of that the tablet will ship with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is certified by Google, which means full Play Store and Google App integration as well.
It’s certainly not a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire, but you can’t expect miracles for sub $100. But for basic web-browsing, reading books, social-networking, and watching videos you have an acceptable and cheaper alternative to the premium 7-inch products. The inclusion of Jelly Bean also makes this a decent choice compared with other budget tablets.