Inexpensive Android tablets [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ANDROID tablet makers are finding a niche where Apple refuses to tread, and that is making available tablets at a price range that will allow just about anyone to own one. Lower-priced Google-driven Android models, especially those with smaller screen (8-inch and below) are most sought after as these devices are much more portable and ideal for content consumption.
It is also a choice for parents wanting to equip their children with a tablet as a portable learning and play device.
These inexpensive Android tablets, available from original computer makers as well as white box Chinese manufacturers, work just as well as their high-end cousins. Among them, Acer's Iconia B1 (see review below) launched early this year is seeing a lot of demand and the company plans to roll out more affordable tablets later this year.
International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates the worldwide tablet market to reach 191 million this year and the Android-based tablets (which began expanding last year) to have a bigger share with 48.8 per cent, compared with 41.5 per cent last year.
Here are a few 7-inch models to consider:
Asus Memo Pad
Launched in January, the Memo Pad runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Primarily made of plastic, it measures 11.2mm thin and weighs in at 370g. The 7-inch display supports 10-finger multi-touch. The model is equipped with front high-definition camera, USB port, audio jack, micro-SD slot with support for up to 32GB extra storage and Asus WebStorage to view, edit and save Microsoft Office files online.
The model is available in three colours - gray, white, and pink. Price: RM499.
Ainol Novo 7 Legend
The China-made device operates on the Android OS v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with support for multiple applications. The tablet PC comes with the 512MB for the RAM and an extendable Nand flash drive with storage space of up to 8GB. It has a five-point touch screen, WiFi support and front camera. The Ainol Novo 7 Legend model is available in white.
Price : RM279 (discounted at Lazada.com).
Macsonic SonicPad7 A7
The tablet, weighing just 275g and measuring 18.2 x 12.1 x 1.0cm, features two cameras - a front 0.3 megapixel and a rear 2.0 megapixel. Running on the Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it has a five-point capacitive screen and a micro USB slot and a micro-SD slot.
The SonicPad7 A7 has internal memory of 512MB and supports 4GB Nand flash memory expandable to 32GB.
The device supports various audio and video formats such as MP3, MP4, WAV, AAC, FLV and WMA. SonicPad7 A7 is available in white, black, red and pink.
Price: RM249 (discounted at Lazada.com).
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