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Ever since the iPad blew the doors off the tablet market last year, we’ve seen a flood of ‘me-too’ devices, some good Dell Vostro 1500 Battery , some a little more…ropy.
The companies playing catch-up at the high-end of the market, the likes of Motorola, HTC and RIM, are coming out with quality devices that might just give Apple pause for thought, with the Xoom, Flyer and PlayBook, respectively.
But at the other end of the scale there has been a slew of cheap, rushed products packing outdated versions of Android and resistive screens, all aimed at hitting ever-lower price tags.
How nice it is, then, to find a more affordable tablet computer that doesn’t feel cheap and nasty. I’ve just had a very quick look at the BeBook Live - a seven-inch capacitive-screen tablet which will cost just £229 when it launches on 21 June - and I rather liked Dell Vostro 1510 Battery .
It’s in no way comparable to the iPads of this world - a number of key conncessions have been made to achieve that price-point. But if your main reason for wanting a tablet is to browse the web while lounging around on the sofa, you might just want to bear Dell Vostro 1520 Battery in mind.
But first, how so cheap? Well, for one thing, it runs Android’s now-rather-old 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. That’s a mobile phone OS running on a tablet, at a time when all serious Android tablets have the tablet-specific Honeycomb (3.0).
Does it matter? Well, it does mean you’re missing out on a number of PA3442U-1BRS Android features that make your tablet feel more like a computer and less like an oversized mobile phone.
You’re also going to find you won’t be able to run a number of Android apps that have been designed for Honeycomb.
BeBook says this was a design decision made because people spend most of their tablet time browsing the web, and the web looks better in 4:3.
That might be true, but watching video is also a major use of tablet PA3431U-1BRS computers and there’s no doubt that looks better in widescreen.
But then we get back to the price and the fact that this is a seriously capable machine for £229. Inside is a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
You can expand the storage by up to 32GB via microSD, you can plug your telly into the HDMI output and you can play Angry Birds (or whatever else you want to do) on the tablet’s capacitive screen.
That’s a whole heap of features for something that is less than half the Laptop Battery price of its more celebrated competitors.
During my brief hands-on with it, I found the hardware to be slick and responsive. BeBook points to bench tests that show its graphical capability and speed in a favourable light compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the original iPad.
Despite that, this certainly isn’t a tablet for the gadget fan who must have the latest and greatest. But if you’re after a budget bargain, and don’t mind missing out on Honeycomb, it could be worth a look.
At the very least, it’s refreshing to see the value end of the tablet market getting something a little more compelling. We’ll be taking a closer look at the PA3431U-1BAS BeBook Live very soon.
Earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised rival tablets powered by Windows 7 would appear “sometime this year.” When HP 593553-001 battery decided to shelve its Slate tablet, observers concluded the computer-maker wasn’t up to the task of going head-to-head with Apple’s iPad.
However, HP seems focused on introducing the Slate 500 for the business market, rather than tackle the more amorphous CQ72 Battery consumer sector.
The Slate 500 is “like a full-function PC, it runs Windows, it will run your office applications, it just so happens to be in a slate form factor,” Carol Hess-Nickels, HP’s Envy 17 battery marketing director, told Reuters.
Perhaps HP decided to aim its first Slate at the business market after hearing the success Apple is having introducing the iPad into corporate boardrooms.
AT&T recently said it would help the Cupertino, Calif. company sell the tablet to its Dell Vostro 1700 Battery business customers. Several surveys have also shown a growing willingness by businesses to allow the Apple brand (beit the iPhone, iPad or Mac) behind the velvet ropes once reserved for the likes of RIM.
HP’s reported decision to use a full-feature version of Windows 7 may come as a surprise for fellow PC maker Lenovo. Earlier this week, Lenovo’s Technology Director Howard Locker told reporters Windows 7 isn’t suitable for PA3421U-1BRS tablets.
“The challenge with Windows 7 is that it’s based on the same paradigm as 1985—it’s really an interface that’s optimized for a mouse and PA3420U-1BRS keyboard. It has to be optimized for touch. How do you do that?”