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Update: The 32GB white version is on sale at Sam's Club for just $99 with free shipping, arguably an even better deal, right here. Thanks, Amy!

Far be it from me to tell you whether or not you should buy an $89 tablet, but it is my job to tell you there is such a thing - thanks to a hefty price cut from Amazon on the gray version of the ASUS MeMO Pad 7. It's just $88.86 right now, which is absolutely nuts if you stop and think about just how cheap that is. That's roughly as much as a month of smartphone service on Verizon or AT&T, or 20 gallons of gas, or 10 Chipotle burritos. Point is, you're not going to find a whole lot of tablets out there from respectable manufacturers - with Play Store certification - for under a hundred bucks, let alone 90.

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Granted, this price drop is almost certainly because the MeMO Pad HD 7 is out soon, and it'll cost just $150. But at roughly $89 (at least $10 cheaper than anywhere else we could find, and only $4 more than the official ASUS refurb), this would make a great platform for a little ROM / kernel flashing, or just something you can leave around the house for relatives or children to use.

It's not actually too terrible, either - a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, Mali 400 GPU, 1024x600 display, 16GB of internal storage (a lot for a cheapo tablet), microSD slot, front-facing camera, and Android 4.1. Most importantly, it's fully Google-approved - meaning the Play Store and the whole suite of Google apps. Not cutting edge by any means, but hey, for this kind of money, who's complaining?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Waveblade

    Watch as this is better than any Tegra 3 based tablet.

    • Anthony Restaino

      How is this better this is than the Nexus 7 (which has a faster processor, better screen, Android 4.3, and updates straight from Google)?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

        The price tag.

    • ProductFRED

      Sadly no, this uses a VIA budget-grade processor. The GPU is good (Galaxy S3/Note 2 spec) but that's about it. It's a good tablet for surfing the internet and stuff but don't expect to do anything CPU intensive.

      • Nomaan

        note 2 and s3 have 4 core mali 400gpus not single

        • abby725

          just as Adam implied I didnt know that a mom able to profit $9832 in a few weeks on the computer. did you look at this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Mastermind26

    Great! Just what I need, another impulse buy. But at least the least the kids would not bug me about my N10 constantly.!

  • jeffmd

    My parents are really looking to get a tablet but the lcd seems really bad on this. The resolution is passable but reviews say its not very vibrant in color and horrible viewing angles. Also non intensive apps lag a lot still. Pass.

  • Amish Crusader

    That screen res is just a kick in the cajones. Ouch. Thanks but no thanks.

    • Herman

      It's great for kids though :)

      Perfectly sized and perfectly priced.

      • jeffmd

        Actually it seems to be under powered enough that even kids games will be stuttery. Just get them a nintendo. -_-

  • Ravynmagi

    The awesome pink version is $20 more though.

  • Iggies

    This is perfect. I just picked up one and it is going to be my dedicated TV remote and HTPC controller

  • spydie

    It's $115 on Amazon... guess the $89 price only lasted a few minutes

    • jeffmd

      hours? but yea looks like amazon wised up.

  • Eric Goh

    The WM8950 is in fact a single core, not dual core.

  • http://goo.gl/xuiTR Out of the Park Apps

    Honestly, not worth it. Get the new Nexus 7. You'll REALLY like that.

  • Brandon Guillemaud

    Its a good price as a tablet to just have around like for your kids to use or a device to take notes on for anything a remote its not a power house tablet its just a tablet to have around and one that's affordable for someone who say can't or do sent want to spend over 200 on a tablet

  • mechapathy

    Oh my god!

  • Norman Kang

    I thought is single core VIA processor clock at 1.0 GHz right?

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