26
Jul
943489

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.

02
Feb
wm_upload

A new tablet is coming to the Sprint network next month, though it's definitely on the budget-minded side of things. The ZTE Optik will be available to Sprint customers starting February 5th through Sprint's online store, with a brick and mortar appearance to follow on March 11th. Here's a quick breakdown on the need-to-know specs for the Optik:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (we'd expect TI OMAP 4430, but that's a guess - yours is as good as ours)
  • 7" display (resolution unknown - we're predicting 1280x800)
  • 1 GB RAM / 16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 5MP rear / 2MP front camera
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • $99 w/ 2 year agreement, $349 off-contract

Check it out, below:

wm_upload wm_upload2

Thanks, Captain Anonymous!

30
Jan
6335695-270-419

Whenever I hear about the latest and greatest tablet under $100, I get a little bit sad inside. It's sort of like that feeling you get when you see a 3-legged dog - your heart is mildly warmed by its perseverance, but the rest of you would much rather look away and think about something a little less... depressing.

Datawind's $50 (2499INR) Aakash tablet is a 2-legged dog. It's powered by a 366MHz ARM11 CPU - a processor architecture released a decade ago.

07
Oct
Cherrypal logo

Once upon a time, Android tablets were few and far between, but with tablets like the Notion Ink Adam (if it proves to be anything more than vaporware), Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and even Archos' entries into the tablet space, that might be changing sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Cherrypal (a company most of us have never even heard of), has just introduced the Cherrypad America, a 7-inch Android tablet that may not be another high-end iPad competitor, but may instead be a pretty decent low-end tablet, featuring specs such as:

  • a 7" 800x480 resistive touchscreen display
  • an 800MHz Samsung ARM11 CPU + GPU + DSP system-on-a-chip
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 2GB of internal storage (ROM)
  • a 3.5mm headset jack
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g (no support for 802.11n, sadly)
  • a 3200mAh battery with a stated run time of six to eight hours
  • an external adapter for USB 2.0
  • an optional external (!) 3G modem
  • a weight of 1.3 pounds
  • aluminum casing

cherrypad_america

While the resistive touchscreen worries me since our own Brian O'Toole was bitterly disappointed with Nationite's MIDnite tablet,  I don't see any real dealbreakers here, especially as the tablet costs a mere $188 and is available today from Zecozi.