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Archos Arnova 8 G3
While Archos is better known for making media players, it also makes the Arnova range of tablets which are aimed at the more budget end of the market.
The Arnova 8 G3 is the company’s 8-inch offering. However, in order to get it in at a recommended street price of $150, corners have had to be cut in terms of the hardware.
- Processor: 1.0 GHz dual-core Cortex-A8
- Operating system: Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”
- Screen: 8-inch, 800×600
- Battery life: Not specified, but tests suggest about 3 hours
- Cheap price
- Low resolution screen
- Poor battery life
- Poor speakers
Image source: Archos.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite
Think of tablet makers and you'll probably come up with Apple, Amazon, and Samsung. Huawei is not a name that springs to mind, but it is a big player in China when it comes to budget-priced consumer electronics, and it s a company making massive in-roads in Western markets.
While the iPad mini or the Kindle Fire HD is light years ahead of this unit, this is a solid, well-made, reliable tablet. It might not have the best screen, or the most powerful processor, but as a cheap tablet to throw into a bag, keep on the coffee table, or give to someone working out in the field, it is well worth considering
- Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A8;
- Operating system: Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich";
- Screen: 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution
- Battery life: Not specified, but tests suggest about 2 to 3 hours.
- Cheap price;
- Solid build quality;
- Expandable storage.
- Low resolution screen;
- Poor battery life.
Image source: Huawei.