Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

Summary: You don't need to pay whatever Samsung expects you to pay for its Galaxy Tab to get an Android tablet. Not since Walgreens began offering a $100 model that runs Google's popular OS.

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You don't need to pay whatever Samsung expects you to pay for its Galaxy Tab to get an Android tablet. Not since Walgreens began offering a $100 model that runs Google's popular OS.

What do you get for your one Benjamin? The Maylong M-150 comes with a 7-inch 800x480 touch-screen that's resistive rather than capacitive, so no multi-touch. It sports a 400MHz VIA VM8505+ processor along with some amount of storage that Walgreens doesn't reveal on its online product page. There's built-in 802.11b/g, a microSD card slot, and a dongle for Ethernet or USB connections. According to product reviews on Walgreens' site, a camera is also part of the specs, though it's not mentioned in the product description.

The M-150 has Internet Explorer and YouTube as part of its app package, which also includes music, video, and image players/viewers. You can also download other apps, though the UI has an "app market" icon instead of the Android Market one. It most likely doesn't include the latest version of Android, and it's doubtful that you can upgrade the OS.

Also unknown is its battery life, and forget instant on: This video on Engadget shows the M-150 taking over a minute to boot up, and slow app loading in general. But the clip reveals the tablet being able to provide access to a remote Windows PC via an VNC app, so it's not completely crippled.

Apparently, the $100 price tag has stoked interest in the M-150, as Walgreen's product page shows the tablet already being sold out online and not available in stores. Once more come in stock, would you consider buying one? It may not be the ultimate tablet -- far from it -- but, if nothing else, it may do enough to keep your kids from borrowing your iPad all the time.

Topics: Android, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

    I need a doctor to prescribe me a tablet????? But I don't need a doctor prescription for the wallgreens one??
    Justinmfd253
    • It's wordplay.

      @Justinmfd253

      From Dictionary.com
      Tablet
      -noun
      5. a small, flat, or flattish cake or piece of some solid or solidified substance, as a drug, chemical, or soap.
      MariusSilverwolf
      • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

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    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @Justinmfd253 Get a sense of humor :)
      JT82
      • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

        @JT82 Maybe his dr. can prescribe that for him.
        snoop0x7b
  • Something doesn't seem right

    Has IE as part of its app package? Now correct me if I'm wrong but when did MS get around to releasing a version of IE for Android or Google Chrome?
    JT82
    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @JT82 I had the same thought...
      K0DEAN
  • Internet Explorer in an Android device?

    Since when is IE is available for the Android platform?
    wackoae
    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @wackoae Since the chinese renamed Chrome.
      Jimster480
  • ipadish?

    I looked at the bezel with that one round button with a square in it, and though "ipad look ripoff" although obviously the feature set is nowhere close.
    gtvr
    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @gtvr
      lol and you know they square home key you refer to is not an apple creations right just something they use and not the first to use it so that doesnt make it anything of an ipad ripoff although if you buy and ipad your getting ripped off lol.
      Fletchguy
      • Square home button ??

        @Fletchguy You must live in a cave. The home button on the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad are CIRCULAR.
        wackoae
  • No, I would not consider buying one, but

    I would pay two Benjamins for a significantly better one, both in terms of screen size (at least 1024*?) and power/storage. I only need it for multimedia and web browsing around the house, so WiFi only is fine with me, even a 3-4 hour battery would do.

    There's got to be some good products coming out to bridge the $100 to $500 gap.
    Economister
    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @Economister

      Take a look at the new Nook Color from Barnes & Noble. That has a screen resolution of 1024*600 and Wifi. Running Android it is able to browse the web, play MP3 music and MP4 video, and of course, do ebooks. At $250 I'm going to pick one up just to see how far you can hack, excuse me, extend its functionality.
      terry flores
    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @Economister I suggest you get a Sony Dash if you just want to WiFi around the house. It is perfect for viewing online recipes while cooking or videos, etc. And it is in your price range.
      WATKINS12@...
    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @Economister Check out the tablets on pandawill.com... The g10 is pretty nice and IIRC around 200$.
      snoop0x7b
    • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

      @Economister

      Have you ever checked out the Archos 5, 7 or Internet Tablet?

      They are good as and to me even better that the iPad and not locked or without storage additions, which makes it better than the iPad.

      I do not know why they are not aggresively advertising their products,

      colonel_terry
      terrydavid
      • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

        @terrydavid

        Because the ARCHOS MIDS are pieces of junk, as just about anyone who has ever used one knows. Try looking at online reviews.
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

    Well, there goes the brand.

    Resistive, won't have access to the Android app Market, UI looks painfully slow, IE....looks like $99 is still to much to pay for this device.
    dave95.