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Cheap LCD tablets approaching reality
Posted By Chris Meadows On November 9, 2012 @ 9:15 pm In Android,Chris Meadows,ereaders,iPad,Linux,Tablet | 1 Comment
It can be risky looking for a cheap tablet—as a woman found out  when she paid $200 at a gas station for what she thought was an $830 iPad but turned out to be a rewrapped mirror. (Hint: if someone offers to sell you a 75%-off iPad at a gas station, there’s probably something suspicious going on.)
But not all cheap tablets are necessarily bogus. Today a coworker told me that she paid $70 each on eBay for two brand new 7” 4-gig capacitive-touchscreen Android 4.0 tablets called ZeePads and was very happy with them. Curious, I went looking for them and found one for $90 via Amazon Prime , which I ordered to try out for myself. I figure I should start getting some Android experience since I’m soon going to be tasked with supporting a 10” Android tablet in my day job, and I can also let my one-armed Mom  give it a try to see if a 7” Android tablet would work well for her. A friend said that it’s a “cheap build” and some people have had hardware problems with it, but it had about the same computing power as his Droid so it was a decent Android learning tablet.
And meanwhile, another $99 Android tablet with somewhat better specs is trying to get off the ground. Ars Technica reports that a company called Peacock Imports is trying to fund  a $99, 8-gig 7” tablet or $185 10” tablet called the PengPod  that will dual-boot Android and Linux via crowdsourcing site IndieGogo . It needs to raise $49,000 by December 2nd to make the project viable, and so far has only managed to rack up $1,349 in pledges. (I’m not sure how long it’s been since the campaign launched.)
It looks like sooner or later we’re going to see decent-quality sub-$100 Android tablets. The $90 ZeePad sounds like it’s almost there, and the FengPod (if it funds) might be even closer. I’ve already been impressed lately by just how many people I see on the bus or in the lunchroom at work using smartphones or e-readers. What’s the world going to be like when there’s a reliable, major-name two-digit-priced tablet out there?
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 a woman found out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF6wNOi5QEc
 one for $90 via Amazon Prime: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008VWJY8I/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00&tag=tele00c-20
 one-armed Mom: http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/seeking-one-handed-e-reading-solutions/
 trying to fund: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/11/android-and-linux-on-a-dual-booting-tablet-for-100/
 PengPod: http://pengpod.com/products/pengpod1000
 via crowdsourcing site IndieGogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/pengpod
 : http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/gadget/3331538/amazon-kindle-tops-list-on-unused-christmas-gifts/
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