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cheap android tabletI have wanted a tablet for a long time. Ever since Apple released the first iPad, if I’m honest. That’s over two years of wanting, of waiting, of denying myself a new gadget. Mainly because I couldn’t justify the expense for a device I didn’t know how much actual use I’d get out of.

Finally, after doing a little more research than was healthy, I took the plunge and chose a tablet. One which I now own and use every day. It wasn’t an iPad, or even a name-brand Android tablet such as the Transformer Prime or Galaxy Tab The 3 Best Android Tablets Available Today That A Buyer Should Check Out The 3 Best Android Tablets Available Today That A Buyer Should Check Out While the iPad was able to jump on the tablet market before anyone else, Android tablets from competitors are starting to flow like water. There’s now a wide variety of options available and many of... Read More . Instead it was a generic Android tablet bought from a random third-party seller on Amazon.

My Tablet Of Choice

The tablet I settled on was the 7-inch A710, a cheap Android tablet you can buy from any number of different retailers. It boasts a 5-point multitouch capacitive screen, a 1.2GHz CPU, 8GB of built-in memory expandable to 32GB with a microSD card, and 512MB of RAM. It has USB and Mini HDMI ports, a 2MP front-facing camera, and battery time of around 4 hours.

My tablet came pre-rooted with Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) installed. It also came loaded with Google Play Google Announces Google Play: A New Cloud-Based Service For Google Apps, Music, Movies & Books [News] Google Announces Google Play: A New Cloud-Based Service For Google Apps, Music, Movies & Books [News] Read More , and several other essential apps and widgets.

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OK, so this isn’t an iPad. It’s less powerful, has an inferior screen, a lesser battery, a lesser camera, etc. But then no one, including myself, is claiming this to be an iPad. It serves a different purpose but is more than enough for my particular needs. What follows are the reasons I chose to buy a cheap Android tablet at this juncture.

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Bigger Isn’t Always Better

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I thought about which size of tablet would suit me better for a long time. After trying the 9.7-inch iPad, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, and everything in between, I decided that a 7-inch screen would be ideal. It’s small enough to hold comfortably in one hand but not too small that writing on the screen is impossible without a stylus.

In landscape mode the A710 is perfect for writing, playing games, and watching streaming video. In portrait mode it’s perfect for reading, whether it be articles saved via Pocket Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More or e-books downloaded to the Kindle app…

No Kindle, No Problem

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I have been interested in buying an Amazon Kindle for a while. As a book lover I felt it would give me an extra opportunity to read books on the go. I had already installed Kindle for PC on my laptop and downloaded various free e-books, but reading on a laptop isn’t ideal. Reading on a 7-inch tablet, however, is as ideal as it gets.

I now read e-books in bed and on the bus, to name just two occasions. And I spent less money buying the tablet which enables me to do so (as well as a lot more besides) than I would have buying a Kindle. The battery life isn’t comparable, and it’s much harder to read in direct sunlight, but it fulfills my needs extremely well.

Money Matters

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The main reason I chose to buy this particular tablet, and to buy it now, is price. I paid £75 ($120) for my A710. It came with a screen protector, a soft case, a USB lead, a USB adapter, and a set of headphones. They may be crappy headphones but that’s besides the point. The price also included shipping, and it was delivered just two days after the order was placed.

Compare all this to the iPad, as I did when I was looking at all the options. The new iPad 5 Reasons The New iPad Sucks [Opinion] 5 Reasons The New iPad Sucks [Opinion] As you're no doubt aware thanks to the blanket coverage all across the Web, Apple unveiled its latest hardware on March 7. That hardware being "the new iPad," or "iPad (third-generation)," or, as most people... Read More retails at £399 in the UK. Or $645. That is more than five times the price I paid. Even the iPad 2 is £329 ($532) in the U.K. I could buy four A710s to give to family members for the price I’d pay for one out-of-date iPad.

A Netbook Of Sorts

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As you may have guessed already I am a freelance writer working from home. But I’m not always at home. My primary device for working on is a 17-inch laptop that has served me well for coming up to three years. But it’s not exactly portable enough to carry everywhere I go. To the point that I have considered buying a netbook to fill that void.

With the addition of a keyboard case which cost me £9 ($15) I can turn my cheap Android tablet into a netbook of sorts. Whenever I need to. It’s small, compact, and easy to operate. All of which makes it perfect for using at those times when it would be impractical to be carting a large laptop around. For $135 I have a tablet and netbook 4 Reasons I'm Glad I Own A Netbook And Not A Tablet [Opinion] 4 Reasons I'm Glad I Own A Netbook And Not A Tablet [Opinion] A key argument is that tablets are killing the "netbook" market. I can see that: if you want a small device with great battery life for browsing the web it's hard to beat a tablet.... Read More rolled into one.

Conclusions

These are the reasons I personally chose to buy a generic Android tablet at this point in time. Some may apply to you, others may not. The point is that the tablet market is expanding at a rate of knots, and there are numerous tablets out there to choose from. The iPad may well be king, and the best tablet money can buy right now, but it’s far from the only option available.

Look out for a follow-up article exploring the reasons anyone considering buying an iPad should first look at the cheap Android tablet alternatives. Until then please let me know your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below. Opinion is free, discussion is good, debate is healthy.

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  1. Jeremy
    June 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Excellent article.

    I would like to add a comment for those considering a purchase. My son (and more recently my wife) and I have been using Android tablets for years.

    At times, I have needed to use a work provided iPad for remote work. I have found that the Android tablets have outperformed the iPad. These are not high-end Android devices but $100-ish models. Faster browsing, faster change between tasks and more user-friendly.

  2. Megan
    November 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    My husband bought me this same one as a surprise and I completely love this. I've never had any other gadgets other than simple cells or laptops so it works rather well. I play on this thing all the time.

  3. Ivy Carter
    October 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I always wanted to buy generic tablets, but after researching a lot in the internet, there are horror stories been told by some owners. Like, a lot of apps are not supported, market couldn’t run, and other sorts of trouble when the tablet start getting software or hardware malfunctions.
    I find some cheap android tablets on http://www.tablet-pcuk.com - are they worth it?

  4. Dr Ramraj
    October 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    the best choice . people are always attracted by features . they will be saying that this one lacks this , this one lacks that etc. but many of us dont know what do we need and what is enough . YOUR ARTICLE IS ARTICLE EXAMPLE TO ALL THOSE WANT TO BUY A GADGET . THANKS BUDDY

  5. Bill
    September 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Have read with interest the many views re Android Tablets, aps etc, but no mention of security re email or internet purchasing seems to appear, it is the security issue that makes me think very hard about the purchase of any tablet.

  6. 7d8b4923ab407fb41d04e3d9b4ef6cce
    September 28, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I have to agree and I am in the process of starting a business selling Android 4.x and Windows OS import tablets from my site Tablet Depot USA (www.tabletdepotusa.com). I will be testing and reviewing all different manufacturers/models of tablets and notebooks. I will be looking at price, performance, quality, and reliability of the products I receive. If the tablet works great or is poor , you will see the results in my blog posting. The product will appear in my e-Commerce store only if it receives a good review which you as the consumer can purchase it. My overall goal is to show that you can find a quality tablet PC for a reasonable price and not have to buy the name brand to achieve the same result. Please check out my blog or subscribe to my RSS feed, or even buy a tablet or notebook as I will continue to post blogs about different products that get sent to me.

    Thanks for looking.

    Bob S., Owner
    Tablet Depot USA

  7. zia
    September 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    At last I got some one who uses logic before throwing money on gadget,I share and fully support your view point

  8. Adey
    September 7, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I don't get it. For something I use every single day - and i need because i travel the price of a baby Macbook Air 11" has well paid for itself over the last couple of years. No money doesn''t matter that much when it is an essentialy part of your life. Real cost to me, less than a cup of coffee a day. What cheap ass wouldn't pay that? You can keep your £75 pile of pish and I'll enjoy my ultra light, high performance macbook air...

    • SmarterThanYou
      October 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      > What cheap ass wouldn’t pay that?

      Oh, I don't know. People who don't have $1000 to spare? People who don't think overpaying for something is a good idea?

      You conform perfectly to the stereotype of the overprivileged iTwat, who has more money than sense.

      Most of the world doesn't buy a $4 cup of coffee every day either...

  9. mohsin
    August 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    bro i have a question. if you read a book, you can use your fnger as a pointer. like putting your finger (or a pen or whatever pointed thing you like) under the line and scroll horizontally as you read the line.. it helps in speed reading .. but you cant do that on an android.. right .. cz android is touch sensitive and it moves the image with your finge touching its screen.. its really frustrating me.. help . can i do this pointer thing on android ?

  10. freddie
    August 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    should a pc tablet work from the mains, all though the battreis are dead ?

  11. freddie
    August 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    i bought a pc tablet, battrie are dead should it work from the mains,

  12. Janice Burgess
    August 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Great information

  13. Choon Khai
    August 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I always wanted to buy generic tablets, but after researching a lot in the internet, there are horror stories been told by some owners. Like, a lot of apps are not supported, market couldn't run, and other sorts of trouble when the tablet start getting software or hardware malfunctions.

    But if the tablet that you used seems to give no trouble, I would like to get one myself. What do you think about the tablet you currently using?

  14. John Mason
    July 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I did almost the same thing. I felt I couldn't justify the cost of an expensive tablet, but mine cost me £128, including a 32GB memory card and a wallet/keyboard. Ironically, while I bought mine some 6 months ago, when I was quite ill and needed an intellectual challenge to distract me from my illness, I have seen the exact same model on sale recently for £85. But that's life. It has been a steep learning curve getting used to Android (I have used nothing but Windows for the past 20 years) but well worthwhile. I can empathise with all the reasons quoted in the article.

  15. Mani Ahmed
    July 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

    awsome summary !

  16. Chiquita
    July 16, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I was going to get a visual land presige 7 tablet but reading this makes me want to check out your tablet, and i cant find it anywhere on line can you email me a link where i can buy it and look up info about it please, n thank you if u can:)

    • Dave Parrack
      July 16, 2012 at 2:03 am

      I can't send a link because I can't be seen promoting one retailer/seller. There should be enough info in the article to find it online though. I'm sorry I can't offer more help.

  17. Greg Nibiru
    July 5, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I totally agree with you, We call it here affordable than cheap, cause it function as what branded tablets can provide and more because you can easily root the device. We even have our own Facebook community (EKEN T01 support group) as support group for this type of 7" Tablet which have the same looks, specification as one you have, and and it is now popular here in the Philippines. Cheers.

  18. Pranav
    June 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I would be very thankful if you would be so kind as to post a link of the 'third-party' seller from whom you bought this wonderful tablet. It would take me hours to even get close to finding something similar. Thanks in advance!

    • Dave Parrack
      June 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      I'm really sorry Pranav but linking directly to the seller would imply I'm advertising or promoting them. There should be enough information in the article to get a similar device though. Just search for 'A710 tablet' and you'll be on your way.

  19. mizdoc
    June 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I was leery of the cheaper tablets. I wanted a small one to carry around with me to dr's appts, etc. I picked up a Visual Land Connect Tablet from TigerDirect and love it. I wasn't sure about this unknown brand at first, but now I wouldn't be without it..It has a capacitive screen and does everything that my 10" Asus eeepad Transformer does, except go on Google Play market. No matter, because 1Mobile.com is just as good. It even goes to the gym with me and I can watch a movie while using the treadmill. I would never buy an Ipad....no need to.

  20. Samsudeen Hussain
    June 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Here is one more reason to by cheap android tablet. I recently bought a samsung infuse. My two year daughter loves to play with it but i am scared to give it to her. I am just thinking of getting a cheap android tablet just for her to play. In india there are some decent android tabs for about Rs.6000(Roughly $150) . Even the basic version of ipad 2 and galaxy tab are above Rs 20,000. So i will be getting one of cheap tabs shortly.

  21. DonnaB
    May 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hi, what is the name of the generic android tablet, did I miss it? Thanks.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      It's an A710 Android tablet. You should be able to match the specs with one on Amazon or elsewhere.

  22. Beau
    May 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Best bang for your buck? It may require a little digging, but its there, revamped Kindle Fire... what I did: got used/damaged Kindle Fire from auction site/classifieds. Get much less sought after Kindle 3, same as fire without touch and color.. Combine into working: touchscreen, color, and with the lifetime amazon 3g wifi, what else? oh yea, wipe the os, because the fires take any android os like frosting on a cake.. so, for (so far) an average price of 85$, I have a nice little android tablet with free 3g wifi for life. I cant tell youy how people like this... I know I do...

  23. Frank Plaatjies
    May 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Agreed! I'm just keeping an eye out for a decent wifi/bluetooth keyboard and I'm set aswell.

  24. Sylwia
    May 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you Dave for adding this article to the blogosphere. I personally almost got crazy when I had to work for 2 months on a Mac and iPad 1. If you want something to work just a bit different than Apple designed it, you can only bang your head with either equipment. In addition iPad 1 loved to randomly crush, especially the browser. And Macbook (2009 version I had) design is just plain stupid with the front edges to be wrists killers (ouch, still hurts to think about it). So, no I would never buy it for my own money, even if it was not overpriced (Let's face it Apple is the only hardware manufacturer that makes 30% profit. It does not come from the volume sold as some people love to think!). But when my sister was getting a computer and a phone I strongly urged her to get a Mac and an iPhone. This is the best thing for her. She does not tweak her phone, she dos not customize it at all, she uses browsers and Skype on a computer and seemed to be loved by viruses when she had Windows. I am not going to make my life miserable and tear head out of my head, just because I think Android/Linux is a better choice. It is for me, but it is not for her. Does not make any of the choices less valid. I dislike Apple for its attitude: "our way is the one and only true truth and real goodness inside" and this is why I do not like the company. You know, I was born and raised in a Communistic era, on the other side of the wall. I am allergic to people and companies limiting my choices "for my own good". So I do not buy it. But it is a free world. Choose what works for you!
    When someone asks me what to buy (and I am the geek-to-go in my environment) I ask:
    -What do you want to do with it, browsing, gaming, document editing, etc?
    -How much do you want to spend on it?
    -How long do you intend/would like to use this gadget?
    -How important is battery life, will you really need 9h in one run without charging?
    -How important is the look?
    -Do you get bored with the design?
    -Have you had 15 Nokia phone covers or just plain 6610 for 5 years?
    -......
    After they answer that, I either tell them to go with iPhone/Android High-End or Android Low-End or iPad/Android High-End/Low-End, it is pretty easy to find out what will suit people, even if they do not know. I have not yet got a complaint!

    I am not going to love my phone any less because people around me walk with iPhones or any more because they walk with Androids!

    I do not know who said that, but "be happy people dislike what you do. If we all liked the same things, there would be no tickets to the concerts"

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      You make some cracking points, Sylwia, and thanks for commenting.

      I agree with you, Apple products are right for some but not for others. All I rally against is people automatically choosing an iPad over an Android tablet or an iPhone over a Windows Phone handset. Do some research rather than believe the hype.

      Those questions you ask people are spot-on.There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to technology, but unfortunately some Apple fans will try and suggest there is.

  25. BarryB
    May 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I have to agree - the way some of these tablets are falling in price, why pay a lot for something when it will be worth $50 less in a month? I rooted one of the Nook Color tablets last year, making it a full Android tablet (instructions are all over the Internet), and it was extremely useful. They can be had (refurbs, at least) for $100 or so.

    I just bought a Toshiba Thrive 10.1" tablet 3 weeks ago locally for $200, and it is incredibly nice, but I'm going to see if I can flip it and sell for $300 to buy another cheapo tablet somewhere!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      The prices are falling fast. I really do think Apple is going to feel the pinch when people realize they don't have to spend $400 on a tablet.

    • BarryB
      May 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      No doubt, Dave. Plus the cheaper tablets are kind of fun to work on! I feel like I can take more chances with rooting them and trying out new ROMs. On a more expensive tablet I don't want to lose money on it trying out something new.

  26. Vipul
    May 14, 2012 at 4:07 am

    A similar Tablet with simil;ar specs has been launched in India as well (And no not that resistive screen BS).
    Micromax Funbook, same specs, same price, even i plan on getting that, but i also have to buy a laptop soon for my MBA, so i am really confused of what use the tab will be if i buy a lappy & tab together.. :|

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 5:39 am

      Portability, free apps, and as an e-book reader. At least that's what I've got out of it.

    • Vipul Jain
      May 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

      In a laptop,
      Portability - check
      Free Apps - lol check
      e-book reader - check

      only benefit is the touchscreen experience.
      but buying both at a time seems a waste, maybe a lappy first, a tab after an year or so.. :D

    • Marcia Ford
      May 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      The difference in portability is significant. I'm a writer and I don't own a tablet, but I can see how much more convenient it would be to run out to, say, a doctor's appointment and take a tablet with me so I could continue writing during a potentially long wait. I wouldn't do that with a laptop. It really depends on what you use it for. I love my laptop and use it exclusively these days (we use our CPU for online streaming on the TV monitor), but I think a tablet would be a nice alternative in specific situations. It's nice to know there are decent tablets at an affordable price.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      I agree, Marcia. A laptop is more portable than a desktop, but a tablet is more portable again. Unless you're talking about a netbook, Vipul?

      I'd still say buy a laptop first. A tablet is a nice little extra but it isn't essential.

  27. Phil
    May 14, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Which keyboard did you get Dave? Sounds like a steal...

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 5:37 am

      I don't want to provide a direct link for obvious reasons but if you search for 'Afunta' on Amazon.co.uk you'll find what you're looking for. If you're not in the UK then there are similar keyboard cases under different names on Amazon.com :)

  28. KeithW
    May 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    These people:
    http://www.odys.de/web/tablet-pc_de.html
    do a range of tablets at a reasonable price (I bought the Loox - no other connection). Its useful because they seem to cover a range of options, from '16:9' aspect ratio, 7 or 8 inch, and different memory configurations. I can only say I am pleased with the one I bought.
    SIte is in German, but is not difficult to follow - they have an English page, but doesn't seem complete yet.

    • Jessica
      May 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Download an install Google Chrome and it will translate the page for you.

    • KeithW
      May 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Thanks for the sugestion, but no way will I install anything from the nosy so-and-sos at Google. I didn't mention it, but I can speak German, so for me its not a problem - but I know not everyone can, which is why I noted that the site is easy to understand, even in German.

    • KeithW
      May 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Just re-read what I wrote in my last reply - I guess I need to expand on that. I don't have any problems with Android, but I am concerned about the ongoing problems with Google and its browsers with regard to personal data collection. I know this may provoke loads of 'how to turn it off' replies, or accusations of paranoia (I'm not) but that it not the point - Google has been shown on several occasions to collect data illegally, so how do we get an assurance that is not still happening? It is a big pity they behave like that, because of the great input they have made to computing.

  29. Golliat
    May 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    What do you think about Flytouch 5S?

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      It's a little big for my taste, and the resistive touchscreen is limiting. But it really depends what you need it for. The best thing is to try it out for yourself if you can find a demonstration model in a retail outlet.

  30. anamika
    May 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    It looks like Allwinner A10 based tablet. Got one for myself recently for about $120. Resolution is low 800x480 i suppose can't expect better at the price point. ICS is beautiful. Well worth the price.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      You're spot on, it is A10-based. The resolution is fine. No, it isn't a Retina Display but I don't need that.

  31. Raja Chowdhury
    May 11, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Micromax Funbook is an ICS Tablet @ $120. The specs are pretty decent. Their official website is http://www.micromaxfunbook.com/ . Recently launched in India around a month back. Micromax is one of the 10 biggest cellphone manufacturer in the world in terms of market share.

  32. Jessica
    May 11, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I bought a Nook Color and rooted it with CM7.

    • G
      May 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      How did you do it?

  33. Randy Blake
    May 11, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for the great article, your thinking parallels mine. After reading it I'm going to have to do some research on what's out there now. Your tablet sounds very close to what I will be looking for.
    Enjoy

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

      I think there are a lot of people out there who'd like a tablet but aren't willing to pay the price Apple is asking for for the iPad.

      I'm mulling over writing an article about what to consider when buying a tablet. There is so much choice out there beyond the iPad it's hard to know where to begin!

    • Mandy
      May 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      I'll be venturing back to read your article. I'm currently looking at making my 1st purchase on a tablet. They are still very expensive in Australia, around $300 for 8GB Android. Might have to look at purchasing from OS. Thanks for sharing

  34. Chris Hoffman
    May 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I'm really interested in Google's forthcoming Nexus tablet, which will hopefully straddle a good line between quality and price.

    Still, I can't imagine giving up my Kindle. I stare at a glowing screen all day on my computer, so it's nice to sit down with an e-ink screen occasionally. It's also nice that it doesn't do everything well (sure, it has a browser, but you wouldn't want to browse on it). No distractions!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 3:30 am

      I considered waiting for the Nexus tablet but the price of this was too good to turn down. It's not poor quality though, as some of you guys seem to think.

      I can still see the appeal of the Kindle, sure, but this does the job for me. Especially as I'm only reading free books for the moment ;)

    • Chris Hoffman
      May 11, 2012 at 3:58 am

      I'm actually surprised and impressed that the quality is so high -- I've heard horrible stories about cheap Android tablets.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 4:39 am

      The early ones sucked and no mistake. Resistive touchscreens and Android meant for phones just for starters. But with good hardware, a capacitive touchscreen, and ICS, this is pretty damn good.

    • Chris Hoffman
      May 13, 2012 at 2:14 am

      It's too bad that so many people will ignore them because of what they've heard, though -- even I didn't know they were good now.

      I think the tablet manufacturers sabotaged themselves in a rush to get anything out there.

    • Najam
      July 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      I just sold my HTC Desire HD after 1 year use in around $200 and was looking to buy HTC One X untill I searched in the market and found cheap android tablets in around $120 to $150. only then i realised that i mot basically an HTC fan but android fan. So now in a day or two im going to buy ainol aurora II 7 inch tablet pc running 4.0.3. It has 1.5 dual core processor with 1 GB DDR3 RAM and 16 GB built-in memory.
      http://www.ainol-novo.com/ainol-novo-7-aurora-ii-dual-core-1-5ghz-7-inch-ips-touch-screen-1g-ram-android-tablet.html
      They even ship to your doorsteps. Now its called value for money :)

    • John Mason
      July 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      I have the NATPC M009S Capacitive 7" Tablet running Android 2.3, onto which I have downloaded free of charge the Amazon Kindle App for Android (among a whole lot of other Apps!). I find it excellent for reading both paid for and free books. My wife has an Amazon Kindle eReader, which is much more difficult to use - very fiddly keyboard for example - and whilst the eText screen is very good, I find the Amazon Kindle screen as implemented on my Tablet, perfectly satisfactory.

  35. Achraf Almouloudi
    May 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Could you let me get a link to buy it with Paypal or Alertpay service and include international shipping .

  36. Charles Rachor
    May 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    You said you weren't trying to compare this to an iPad, and rightfully so. Then in the price section you went ahead and compared it to an iPad, which is a top of the line tablet, and the one you bought isn't. Which begs the question, if 7" is good, why not get a Samsung Galaxy Tab? It has better battery life and better overall.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      What I said was this isn't an iPad in terms of tech specs. But comparing the prices makes sense because not everybody can afford to pay for a premium tablet.

      A Galaxy Tab 7.0 is £260 in the UK. There is your answer.

  37. Toby
    May 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I am also a bargain shopper and I've wanted a tablet but never gave into the ipad hype. My mom has an ipad 2 because she's a school teacher and they give em to teachers for free until they quit or retire. I use it sometimes but I prefer android because I like linux. CVS and Rite-Aid had one of these semi-knockoff android tablets going for right at $70. You can't get yourr hands on one lol. Every time you go in a store they are either sold out or they don't carry it. I drove around all day checking drug stores and even went into the next city (not that far away), and they didn't have it.....

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      If I got given an iPad then I'd use it, for sure. At $70 it's no wonder they sold out. But I wouldn't be surprised if it had a resistive rather than a capacitive touchscreen at that price.

    • KeithW
      May 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Found out today our local supermarket is selling an Android 2.3.1 pad at 230 Lei - about 50 Euros! (I live in Romania - very good forward-looking communications and computer interest here). It has 7 inch screen, 1.2GHz processor, 4 Gbyte memory expandable to 32 Gbyte (SD card). It looks fine to me - good readable display, mechanically OK, 6 hours battery in use, and of course, in most languages (most Romanians use English language computers). Now I wonder where this will end? - will they end up giving these things away like they did with USB sticks.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      That sounds like an absolute bargain to me :) I've seen the price drop in the UK from £120 to £75 in the last six months. So I suspect these will be cheap enough to give away at some point in time. It'll be interesting to see what effect that has on iPad sales.

  38. MatthewOMealey
    May 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I have had an iPad 2 for just over a year. Though I use it regularly, it definitely is over-hyped. I likely will end up buying an different sized Android tablet as time goes on, and giving the iPad to my wife (who doesn't really care one way or the other). I'm interested to see what the next Kindle Fire has in store, or something along those lines.
    I too am a Linux user (Ubuntu), and would like a more universally compatible secondary device.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts after using both. I've never owned an iPad but have used a friend's and played with each generation in store.

      I'd only go for the Kindle Fire if you're not interested in having stock Android and more freedom to do what you want with your tablet. But I'm also interested to see what Amazon comes up with for the next-gen.

    • MatthewOMealey
      May 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Yeah I know the limitations of the Fire's Android rom, but I am a Prime member and buy most of my music from Amazon, and the good reviews on its durability are enticing (though I've never broken any gadget). I'll likely end up with something like a Galaxy Tab (and rooting it ;) ), but am still interested on the next Fire iteration. I've suggested the fire to many friends, and the ones that bought one love it.

      As I continue to use my iPad, my feelings are that iOS has weird limitations and is becoming increasingly dated in its presentation.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Being a Prime member changes everything. That's why Amazon hasn't even bothered launching the Kindle Fire in the U.K. where Prime isn't available.

      I agree on iOS. It's looking tired.

    • KeithW
      May 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Heaven would be a pad I can put Ubuntu on - I'll keep hoping!

    • cicas
      May 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      have you seen this? http://youtu.be/AyeFcldavTk
      not exactly ubuntu in phone (or tablet - i think device doesn't matter) but still pretty exciting and "world-changing" :) i'm really looking forward to this:)

  39. Doug
    May 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Likewise, my tablet is in addition to my laptop in the same way as my laptop is in addition to my PC. When it comes to declaring why a cheaper Android tablet than an IPad - it suited me at the time. Things are changing now though. I find myself making every increasing demands on the abilities of the tablet only to be frustrated when it is discovered not to be up to the task. Would I go for an IPad? I`m not sure at the moment as I would like the continuity of being able to use Windows software. Will a change actually happen? Watch this space....

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      You're someone who has found they use a tablet extensively, so an iPad may not be a bad purchase. If you can afford one. If you're a Windows fan then maybe wait and see if the Windows 8 tablets are any good. I'm reserving judgment ;)

  40. Harry
    May 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    What app are you using to read books? I have a 7-inch tablet (Huawei mediapad), but I find it uncomfortable to read books in portrait mode, perhaps it's because of the apps I tried (my books are in pdf format and most of the apps, show very small shrift in portrait mode)... And what about the battery? Is 4 hours enough to you? Mine has 6 hours and it's barely enough to me :)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Kindle for Android, mainly. A bit of fiddling with the size of the text, colors, and brightness, and it's perfect. I'm going to look into others though, perhaps for a future article.

      4 hours is fine for my needs although more would obviously be better. I sometimes have it plugged in and charging while I'm reading in bed!

    • Harry
      May 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks, I'll try it soon... Happy tableting :D and congrats on your purchase, take care.

    • That Guy
      May 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Try Aldiko or Bluefire. They're both good.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 12, 2012 at 4:51 am

      Thanks for the recommendations. I'm now using Aldiko as well. It's great :)

    • KeithW
      May 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      I like the user interface of Alkido, but I have had some 'odd' effects using it - I had some documents (ebook format and PDF, that I wanted to read (transferred from my desk computer) - i copied them to the SD, then imported them to Alkido. THey seemed to be OK, and they appeared on the 'bookshelf' - only oddity was that they appeared with the uploaders name, not the authors name. I tired editing these, apparently OK (Easier to find - I know the authors, but not the uploaders!). However, the next time I tried to use Alkido, the number of books on the shelf had doubled - half had the uploaders name, and the other half had the authors names I had entered. I found them all on the SD card, and (I thought) deleted the ones with the uploaders names. Next time I botted - everything had disappeared!. I freely admit to being a newbiw with this OS and machine, so I am finding my way, but up to now, I find the file handling related to Alkido to be very odd. Having said that, the actual reading display is good, things like the display brightness change by swiping the left margin are clever, so I'll persevere a bit longer.

  41. Matt Smith
    May 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    That's one heck of an ugly tablet.

    So far as I can see the only benefit is that it is cheap and it works. Okay. I mean, if that's all you can afford, then fine. But don't mistake a low price for value.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 12, 2012 at 4:51 am

      In what way is it ugly? It looks like a 7-inch version of the iPad.

      Do you enjoy paying more money for something that does essentially the same job then? I'm sorry you disagree but this tablet IS value for money. I would have been happy paying more for it but because it wasn't made by Apple I didn't have to.

    • Matt Smith
      May 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

      How is it ugly? You can land a jet plane on those bezels.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Apart from the bottom one, which holds three touch buttons for Back, Home, and Menu, they're about the same size as those on the iPad.

    • zcompguy
      May 15, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Right on Dave.
      I have a 7" Identity, with essentially all the bells and whistles of an Ipad. It's fast, the screen is great, tons of free apps from the "app store". The navigation and map system is awesome. The camera may not be the best but who cares. I have a great one I use exclusively for that purpose.
      Paid $199 just before Christmas and never looked back.
      Friends who ho bought Ipads are impressed but won't say so...(Don't blame em'. I wouldn't admit I spent a fortune for a name brand item when i could have the same thing without all the bulk!
      If they like throwing money down the toilet, more power to em".

    • Jeffrey Ozanne
      July 21, 2012 at 5:37 am

      I personally hate the Apple products due to over-rating, over-pricing, and crappy quality. I own a Coby Kyros MID8125 and in my opinion it is an awesome tablet. It came with a stylus, carrying sleeve, screen cleaning cloth, headphones (of pretty decent quality), and all for a low price. I tweaked it a bit and got Android Market and other things like Google account integration working and installed. The tablet runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and it runs seamlessly. I would recommend it (And other Android products) over any Crapple product any day.

      My opinion is:
      IOS=No flexibility, No customization, Market-Closed-, innovation-none-, OS Source code-none-

      Android=Flexibility, Customizable, Market-open for other companies-, Innovation-a lot shown in Nexus Products, Galaxy, and 3rd party developers.-, OS Source code-free, open sourced, modifiable, all released distribution source code released, a whole official page explaining requirements and the build process-

      What is your opinion?

    • michelle c.
      May 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      What a bizarre comment. If you're going to be an iSnob at least come up with some valid points. I mean, "ugly? Really? Besides beauty being in the eye of the beholder, how many people will be casting a critical eye on the aesthetics of the author's tablet...and what will it matter? Will his wife leave him, or will his boss fire him because his bezel doesn't have crisp, sharp edges? You also point out that "the ONLY benefit is that it's cheap and it works" (emphasis mine)....I'm sorry, but what else is there, besides economy and functionality...unless you're looking for the status granted by a brand name and high price tag?

    • Tyler Whitworth
      May 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      "iSnob" I think I'm going to start using that. You don't mind do you?

  42. KeithW
    May 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I also had a laptop but wanted a tablet for portability. iPad was too big, and I didn't like the fact that many tablets have a physical '16:9' aspect ratio, so when used in portrait mode, they are fairly narrow, but I found an Adsys Loox 7 inch Android 2.3 pad for 99 Euros with a 4:3 aspect ratio - and its near perfect for my use. As ever, there are minor niggles in the OS, but I can live with that. Display lets me read in (fairly) strong sunlight, and I have fitted a 16Gb SD extension, and loaded it with apps I need (plenty of free stuff for Android).

    Bit off thread - I am a long time Linux user (Ubuntu about to change to Mint): this site provides some of the most useful info I have found in several years.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I definitely think Apple is missing a trick not releasing a smaller-sized iPad. My tablet is also loaded with free stuff from the Android Market. I'm glad your purchase is working out for you :)

      That's our aim, Keith. Though I'm not an Ubuntu user myself I appreciate you saying that the writers who do cover it are doing a fine job. I'll pass it on :)

    • Toby
      May 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Also an ubuntu user myself. Gonna switch my netbook to Linux Mint once I get tired of 10.10 (The support ended anyway). I agree with dave, Apple's Ipads are huge. I don't wanna feel like I'm carrying something if that makes sense. Why haggle with an ipad when you could just da almost the same stuff on an itouch with maximum portability. Also, one reason I would prefer a cheap android tablet is because I don't like the gimmicks apple pushes. First we can come out with this thing with no camera-people will buy it, next release we can add a camera-people will buy it, next release we can make it slimmer and possibly a different color-people will buy it....Out of all the cheaper android tablets I've seen the only thing I would miss out on is memory, but that's expandable in most models via sd unlike the ipad.

    • Ray
      May 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      I'm glad I read this article. I was thinking of getting a Kindle Fire, now I may not.

      To all ubuntu users who are thinking of switching to Mint--DON'T!!!
      It will drive you totally up a tree. Get Lubuntu 12.04. LXDE with some refinements. Very,very nice.

    • axessIT
      June 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Smaller size iPad - isn't that an iPod? or an iPhone?

      Anyway, have just bought a cheap Nextbook -runs Ice Cream Sandwich. Just want something for carrying around a dairy of what I do, but with a web browser, it's great having one on hand (I'm normally within WiFi most places), but also for logging car mileage for tax purposes, found this really good app for free. Eyesight ain;t what it used to be - the phone is too small, so the 9" screen is good. I used to own a Psion many years ago -remember them ? Ran my business off it back then - it even had dial up email and internet (Back in 1994!) Like you, I use a laptop as my main workhorse, and do lug it around a fair bit, but the tablet is much easier and less obtrusive, and much lighter.

    • KeithW
      May 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Just seen in the press that Apple may be planning to introduce a 7 inch iPad at around £150 - reduced storage, but similar retina screen to standard iPad. Apparently they will introduce it 'below cost price' in an attempt to kill off the Android market.

      I for one hope this is a dismal failure (not because I have an Android pad), but because IMO any attempt by an overblown company (like Apple) to kill off competition is bad for all users.

  43. Davey O'Bhegas
    May 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Great article echoing what I've thought about tablets for a long time.

    How long have you been using the device before writing this review?
    Are you satisfied with the purchase, or were there any snag points?
    What tasks do you still find yourself going straight to your laptop for, rather than the tablet?

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      This isn't really a review, although perhaps I should write a full one up in the future. I'd used it for around two weeks prior to writing this article.

      I am very satisfied with the purchase. It's one of the best value for money purchases I have ever made. There are a couple of negatives: The Wi-Fi signal suffers if I'm not in the same room as the router, but it only affects downloads; the lack of instructions mean there is a learning curve, especially for Android noobs. And some apps are missing from Google Play.

      If I'm in the house I still do all my writing on my laptop. But I do use the tablet for taking notes, tracking article ideas, and for research with Pocket meaning I can read up on stuff in bed.

      I hope that helps :)

    • Davey O'Bhegas
      May 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Hey thanks for the additional info Dave. It certainly looks like amazing value for money, and worth it for that extra bit of utility that tablets excell at.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      For the money it's exceptional. I was eyeing these up before Christmas when they were going for around £130, and now they're £75. Buying an iPad for £399 is a gamble, but if one of these doesn't work out then it's a lot less money to have lost. If nothing else it's great for playing Angry Birds on ;)

    • vipul
      August 18, 2012 at 3:50 am

      If you're rooted you can change the build.prop to one of the nexus devices so you can get full access to google play apps :-)

  44. ALANNA
    May 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I agree with you!! My laptop graphics card is almost on its leg and will need a replacement soon.I had my Sony Veio 3years(and wouldn’t recommend one) . We went to Frys (in California) thinking we might want a generic Android tablet. I like the android tablets but each one is so different from the next that we truly could not decide and left Frys. You have one that has android 2.1, with 64 bits, and another with 4.+ Android or 2.3 Android but with no processing speed?? The prices too are outrageous, I think. I couldn’t find one that had everything I needed for a decent price. Ultimately the IPAD is King as you said, do to everything is just right when considering speed, battery, access, size, etc. After leaving the store and feeling overwhelmed because I really wanted a new Android tablet, I was confused as to what to do. I just could not find what I was looking for even though there were 4 dozen to choose from. I am glad you posted this because I am now going to try Amazon and get the speed, size and memory I am looking for & for a used kind of price.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I personally couldn't live without my laptop, and this tablet is in addition to it rather than a replacement for it. But I guess it depends what you use your laptop for and how long every day you use it for.

      You'll be able to find something on Amazon.com, I'm sure. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee you'll have the same experience as I did. Especially if you're looking for something more akin to an iPad.

      Good luck :)

    • Achraf52
      May 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Hi, look the one that come with Android 4 would have 1 Ghz or 1.2 Ghz because this Android version could not work on older processors, but sure 1 core is all packed in .

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