Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Dec 2011 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Cheap Android tablets are all over the place, and generally not any good. They often have resistive touch screens instead of capacitive ones, are slow, or have no access to the Android Market. For Ice Cream Sandwich, MIPS Technologies is trotting out its existing Honeycomb tablet - which, you guessed it, uses a MIPS processor - licensed to Ainovo. For some reason, that makes this $99 tablet with capacitive screen kind of interesting.
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iPad Fanboyz Need to Consider ICS
by curio on Thu 8th Dec 2011 02:42 UTC
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Apple devotees (rightly) point to the fact that Android tablets didn't gain much traction this last year. However, they fail to consider the fact that Android didn't even have a dedicated Tablet OS until this last month. Every tablet thus far has been loaded with a shoehorned, bastardized version of a smartphone specific OS. The only Gingerbread version created for a tablet that's worth speaking about so far is Cyanogenmod7. And that's only been loaded on hacked hardware by geeks.
Hence forth, Ice Cream Sandwich will be available on even the cheapest China tabs. As is evident with this $99.00 tablet with a capacitive screen (even at 840x480)and otherwise pretty respectable hardware specs when compared to pretty good tablets of just a year ago.

What I particularly like about these low end devices is that they seem to all have better connectivity. Full sized USB host ports and SD card slots are the norm it seems.
You can buy a case with a USB keyboard for a 7" tablet for around $20.00. That will make this Tablet, fully outfitted with a keyboard and case less than $150.

Also, you need to consider that blue-tooth keyboards can't be used on an airplane and must be charged separately as well.

Kids who are naturally brand-slaves, who like brand-slave adults judge their self worth by their possessions, will ask for iPads but they'll more and more be getting Android Tablets. I think ICS is going to make a big difference in Android Tablet uptake.

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