The battle for the penny: upcoming cheap Android tablets

The battle for the penny: upcoming cheap Android tablets
"Inexpensive, not cheap," the ad goes. The Amazon Kindle Fire started it for tablets, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet followed and for a long, long time, these were the only two affordable Android tablets you could get. Yet, many hesitated. With a custom interface heavily deforming vanilla Android and hiding some of the functions, and the sore lack of cameras for video chat, they felt a bit limited. You’d still get some of the Android experience, but not all of it - the Google Play app store is not pre-loaded on the Fire, for once.

Half a year after November 2011, the first tablets that aim at that sweet sub-$250 market are finally starting to arrive. The very first tablet to make an official entry is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) - on April 22nd. 

But Google is baking a similarly powerful slate in collaboration with Asus, ready for release in the summer. We don’t know the details, but the sole fact that Google is behind it means that it should set a standard.

Asus alone then plans to bring the Memo 370T this summer and it’s got the latest quad-core Tegra 3, an 8-megapixel camera and high-resolution screen as arguments we wouldn’t go against. 

Finally, the Amazon Kindle Fire is rumored to get a sequel this summer, but the details are scarce. In a nutshell, 7-inch tablets really start to look like a battleground - huge competition, reasonable prices and plenty of choice. And that’s only going to benefits the user. So here’s what you should look forward to in pictures - let us know your choice below.



8. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

What about the Indian Aakash 2? With ICS on it that too! I'm sure it'll be great for kids and students who can't afford the Tab or Fire

5. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I will go out on a limb and say for the 7" or smaller tablets, the Nook Simple Reader is a great design -- that is the right size for my taste with a 6" squarish display. If BN could improve the processor and get a color display while keeping the weight the same and sell for around $119, it would be a game changer. For some of us who just want an e-reader that can let us surf the net and write e-mails (not necessarily look at videos or play games), the small and light weight device is ideal for now. Btw, when I go to a McDonald's or Starbucks or any place with free wifi, people are using their tablets to surf the net, read news, watch youtube videos -- it's the new form of entertainment. It's the new form of a digital newspaper.

6. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

If your talking about the e-reader, theres no point to give it any of that. The reason its so cheap is because all you need it for is for reading. And if you gave it a better processor, which you dont need a really good one for just turning pages and downloading books, then probably the battery life would go down, which why would you want that? And it wouldnt be a an e-reader if it had a color screen, thats where the nook color and tablet come in. Also if your talking about the new one, is it worth upgrading from the 1st gen BN nook?

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

gp284, you need to understand that technology chanes over time. A smartphone is really a computer, even though we call it a cell phone. In the same vien, what we consider as e-readers 5 years ago may not be what e-readers will be in 2 years. If you want to study technology and see what technolgies win over time, check out the theory called disruptive technologies. The e-reader stands the best chance of transforming the tablet market because as chips get cheaper, dsplays get cheaper, you get an "e-reader" that does most of what a tablet can do but at a lower cost. Also, please have the intelligence to discern that battery technologies also improve over time!! In conclusion, gp284 your comments and poor logic is the same reason why Apple overtook RIMM. If you recall, a RIMM executive made a derisive comment stating people don't want to type on glass in reference to the just introduced iPhone. The BN simple reader already allows people to surf the net and write emails so a better pricessor will make the net surfing experience better.

4. wendygarett unregistered

Im sorry, Im still prefer kindle fire. :)

3. jhov_laganson

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

im waiting for the ASUS MEMO 37oT, when we can have this in Uae?? and how much will it posibly be??

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Cheap aside,the kindle fire is all well built and powerful tab,sales have reflected that. Although it will seem like a cheap tablet at the price the Nexus tab will be quad core and no doubt have a solid well built design from asus. Android tab sales will take the market share this year

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i wish the nexus tablet sports gsm bands at least, phone functionality for a 7" Quad Core Tablet and I'll sell my xperia play and transformer prime.

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