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Cheap Android tablets, are they worth it?

There is no day that we do not see a new announcement of tablets, an upcoming release, an update … the iPad He went ahead but later the rest of the manufacturers not only responded but some of the products presented are true competitors in this market that is repeating the takeoff that two years ago led the netbooks. We are living almost a repetition step by step with two main differences, along the way the keyboard has fallen (although it can be added), and second, the operating systems this time they have been replaced by the heirs of the used in telephony.

The market of the tablets It is a cake so appetizing that nobody wants to stay without taking their share and although most news are starring Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, Asus Transformer or out of Android on iPad 2 or the Blackberry playbook, we also have the secondary actors to those who already dedicate an article.

They are those tablets that do not include dual core processors, the same as not only will not be updated to Android 3.2 but they will never even see Android 3.0, but at the same time they don't cost € 600 and put within the reach of anyone can say that it also has a tablet (although later the comparisons are odious), the same that even end up being sold as eReaders economic (although autonomy is not even a joke that of a eReader, do not know what electronic ink is and reading books on your LCD screen is something that your eyes can pay over time).

It is true that we can find tablets for less than € 100 equipped with Android but worth such a device?. It is true that you can have a tablet at a much more affordable price than even the original Galaxy Tab discounted (now available in large areas for € 300 free) but whenever you encounter these "bargains" you must take into account several considerations.

  • Never try to make it work as smoothly as you have seen in the videos of the XOOM or Galaxy Tab.
  • Limited or no support for high definition videos.
  • Android 2.1 in most cases, that is, neither the appearance, nor the Honeycomb notification system but a "stretched" version in the resolution of the mobile interface (the same in applications).
  • In some cases lack of connection with the Android Market.
  • Screen (and therefore visualization) of lower quality in most cases.
  • Never (and this is for all tablets) should be used as eReaders (those of electronic ink).
  • Few, to say none in some cases, upgrade possibilities.

If you are aware of these limitations and you do not need superior functionality you can get a tablet at a fairly economical price compared to the best known products. However, if you are looking for a tablet like the ones that make you dream in promotional videos … it will always be better to save before you can not enjoy the experience that Android and Honeycomb They can offer you on a tablet.