How Good is an $89.99 7″ Android 4.0 Tablet Computer?

How Good is an $89.99 7-inch Android 4.0 Tablet Computer?Let me explain how I came about to even thinking about buying or even using an $89.99 tablet computer — something about which I never before gave any thought. Like many of you who are reading this, I buy mainly brand name products such as from Apple, Google, or Amazon to satisfy my tablet needs. In our home we already use an Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire, and a Google Nexus 7 should be arriving soon. So what attracted me to a cheapie, no-name tablet computer?

I found myself surfing around eBay when I accidentally stumbled upon a no-name, no-brand 7″ tablet computer for only $69.89. But what was strange about this device was that it came with the following:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 7″ touchscreen
  • 512 MB memory with 4 GB flash storage.
  • 1.5 GHz processor and 800 x 480 screen resolution
  • Micro SD and USB
  • HDMI

I know, I know; the specifications are fairly weak and I seriously doubt that this would be a blazing experience. I also didn’t want to order from the eBay website since the device needed to be shipped directly from Hong Kong. Because of this, I thought that returning the device might be problematic and I looked elsewhere to order one of the devices. I found a similar device (priced at $89.99) on Amazon, which was also being offered with an optional keyboard and case. The total cost was $98.84. I also added a SanDisk 16 GB MicroSD for added storage at only $7.67, bringing the total cost for the unit to a low of only $105.32.

What Did I Get for the Price?

What I got for the price was a surprisingly snappy 7″ Android-powered tablet. The first thing I noticed was how much lighter and more comfortable the unit was compared to my Amazon Kindle Fire. I estimated that the no-name tablet weighed in at about four to six ounces lighter, which, when holding in your hand for extended periods, is quite noticeable.

I was immediately able to set up a Wi-Fi connection and activated my Google account. Email started to flow to my Gmail application and I was able to sync to my account without issue. I then downloaded those Android apps that I use including Dolphin HD browser, Easy Installer, ES File Explorer, App2SD, Box, Lookout, Facebook, and several games, which all installed without a problem.

How Good is an $89.99 7

I next connected the keyboard/case to the unit and the keyboard worked perfect. When the keyboard is connected, the device automatically shuts down the built-in keyboard. Typing on the pint-sized keyboard was actually easy and everything on the keyboard worked perfectly. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised because I did have reservations about how well a $10 keyboard would function. Also, the no-name 7″ tablet fit perfectly into the case and did not slide; it fit tightly, holding the tablet securely in place. The case, which also houses the keyboard, is imitation leather, but has a nice, quality fit and appears to be well-made. There is a stand on the back of the case to hold up the tablet while typing and a magnetic case latch.

Some of the Other Features I Like

  • The on and off button is located on the top right side of the unit and is easily accessible.
  • Next to the on and off switch is a rocker arm for setting the speaker volume up and down. (Hello, Amazon. This is one of the biggest complaints about the Kindle Fire.)
  • The keyboard/case combo included a micro USB to standard USB connection cord.
  • The device also came with a micro USB connector to standard USB connection cord to connect the tablet computer to a PC.
  • The microSD slot worked perfectly and immediately recognized the added storage when I inserted the SanDisk microSD card once inserted into the device.
  • The tablet also came with a micro HDMI connector.

What I Don’t Like About the Tablet

  • Picture quality and resolution, at 800 x 480, is rather poor when compared to an Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7, or any of the Apple iPad models.
  • The rear of the tablet is made of cheap, shiny plastic and is a fingerprint magnet.
  • The unit did not come with a micro HDMI connector.

Conclusion

I believe that this would be a great tablet computer for anyone looking for an inexpensive device, knowing the tablet’s limitations. The tablet responds very well to commands and I found Ice Cream Sandwich very easy to use. For surfing the Internet, checking email, and playing games, this tablet will meet your needs.

While we are all making goo-goo eyes for the new Google Nexus 7, what is surprising is that the none of the bigger names — Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, Apple iPad — include a microSD slot for added storage.

Amazon 7″ Android tablet at $88.09

Amazon keyboard at $9.54

SanDisk 16 GB MicroSD at $7.69

Comments, as always, are welcome.

CC licensed Flickr photo above shared by Mesq

Source: eBay

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Jack_mini_evo

    Amazing how cheap technology is getting these days! On a side note where can one get said Ice Cream Treat in the picture at the top of the article?

  • Phil Butcher

    I actually just ordered that case with a micro USB to female USB2 connector this morning for my Nexus. I am glad to hear that the keyboard actually works!

    • Ron Schenone

      Hi Phil, The keyboard comes with the adapter. Odd thing is I don’t recall when reading the description that this was included, though I may have missed it. I ordered one for my Nexus 7 as well. :-)

  • Diego Torres

    De hecho yo compré una por 89.99 con un un procesador dual core Cortex-A5 y funciona genial, lo único malo es que no tiene Bluetooth ni GPS, pero excelente peso y velocidad.

    • Ron Schenone

      Gracias por compartir esto con nosotros.

  • http://twitter.com/kinkstarter peter

    i have 500 dollars for a 7 inch tablet with user accessable battery,same hardware as nexus 7,removable sd card slot and an amoled screen also running jelly bean os!front facing camera is prefered

  • http://twitter.com/kinkstarter peter

    yes i know about the tab 7.7 but is the battery accessable by user?HELL NO! i want to change out my battery and not be stuck to a wall outlet! you i sheep!

  • matthew

    I decided over this or save my money and get a nexus but I ordered the keyboard and im now waiting for my nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/karldallas Karl Dallas

    I bought a similarly-priced Android tablet from Chinavasion and have been pleased with it, also the keyboard I bought from Amazon. However, as someone who uses the Kindle app on my Windows PC and Motorola Blue phone, I was not happy with the ICS implementation, which lacks the ability to view a book, then close it down to switch between books, then open a new one. Menu options do not include these essential abilities. I have asked Amazon what’s going on but they haven’t replied. Is anyone having similar problems with Kindle app on ICS devices?

  • Cameron Ryan

    Seems Pretty Cool. I’ll probably be picking one up next week to see what it’s like especially since I never had the chance to use ICS and now Jelly Bean’s here.

  • Joshua Raichur

    Nice. How do you think this No-Name tablet would compare to the Nexus 7?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000044654790 Wesley Deland

    Hmm…. i bought the same tablet a few weeks back and I found it to be extremely sluggish and you practically couldn’t have more than one app open at a time. Also, the back of the unit would get very hot while doing simple tasks. My unit also had a raised screen on one side of it. I still think its okay for a first-time tablet owner, but being as tech-savvy as i am, I found it just annoying to use. I ended up giving it to my mom and she enjoys it. I guess i am just used to more instant gratification. Oh and also the battery life isn’t very good.