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    Velocity Micro T301 Cruz – 220$

    This is one of the brand name tablets that you can buy online for under 250$. It’s a classic 7 inch tablet running Android at a pretty decent 800 x 600 pixels resolution, making for a 4:3 form factor, ideal for eBook reading. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to use the Velocity Micro T301 Cruz for browsing, music or even games. Even if it’s cheap you do get 4 GB of internal storage and a 4GB SD card slot in package, which you can upgrade yourself with a larger flash card, if needed. Here’s the list of specs as supplied by Velocity Micro:
    • 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with resolution of 800 x 600 pixels
    • 256MB of RAM
    • 4GB internal storage and 4GB bundled SD card
    • Android 2.0 OS
    • 802.11n WiFi and full browser support
    • Built in speakers, Microphone, Headphone jack, Mini USB
    • Li-Ion battery – up to 10+ hours of life, 24+ standby
    • Supports PDF, TXT, HTML reader files
    • MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
    • MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
    • JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support
    • Dimensions: 7.5″x 4.75″x .6″

    Velocity Micro T301 Cruz
    Velocity Micro T301 Cruz

    SuperPad 10.2″ Android 2.1 tablet – 220$

    That’s right: you can get an Android 2.1 tablet, with a 10 inch screen for only 220$. And it’s not your typical show tablet, because it’s powered by a FlyTouch ARM 11 CPU at 1 GHz. RAM is 256 MB, just like the iPad, so expect to browse the same kind of websites on this one. You don’t get 3G for this kind of money, but you do get WiFi, 2GB of internal memory and two SD card slots that support microSD cards up to 32 GB (2 x 16 GB), so you can store plenty of multimedia files on the Superpad 10.2″. Other ports include 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x MicroSD Slots, Mini HDMI, DC Jack, 3.5mm Headphone/Line-Out, RJ45 Ethernet, so you can even use the wired Internet connection you have laying at home. What’s interesting is the included GPS chip, so you can use Google Maps for navigations purposes. For 220$ it’s a steal.
    SuperPad 10.2"
    SuperPad 10.2"

    Zenithink ePad 10 inch tablet – 204$

    We start with a pretty powerful tablet, one that obviously copies the iPad in terms of design. Why do I say it’s powerful? Because of the ZenithInk 1GHz Processor ZT180. Ok, it might not be the Hummingbird used by Samsung in the Galaxy TAB but it’s still something in terms of raw power and I’m sure it’s up to the task of powering the Android 2.1 OS. As some more expensive tablets, the Zenithink ePad 10 inch tablet (1024 x 600 pixels resolution) features an accelerometer sensor for screen rotation, but also brings 3 USB ports and a classic Ethernet jack adapter (not sure why you would use one instead WiFi). Users report that the latest software updates of Zenithink ePad 10 bring support for the Google Android Marketplace (which is great). Add to that the 16:9 inch aspect screen with can playback Full HD videos (according to the manufacturer) and you have a pretty solid cheap android tablet. From the looks of it this is the same tablet as the aPad, which makes us believe there are 2GB of nandflash on board and 256 MB RAM and an estimated battery life of 3 hours with WiFi on.
    Zenithink ePad 10 inch tablet
    Zenithink ePad 10 inch tablet

    Eken M001 – 199$

    This is another 7 inch Android tablet, but a little bit more snappy than the one above thanks to the 600 MHz ARM CPU, plus it features an accelerometer for automatic screen rotation. It also feature 2 GB of internal storage, that can be expanded with up to 32 GB via SDHC cards. A navigation dial replaces the iPad’s main button here, so you get even a little more functionality. The Android OS version is still 1.6, but maybe upgrades are on the way (don’t count on it tough). Browsing is done via WiFi, so no 3G for this one either.
    Eken M001
    Eken M001
    Here’s short video review of the Eken M001 Android slate:

    7 Touch Tablet Internet Media Player – 175.99$

    This is actually a nice looking tablet (at least from the pictures) and features a pretty clean design, even if the iPad is the source of inspiration, as they’ve managed not to ruin it with a too large screen bezel. Specs are strange, to say the least, as the  800 x 600 pixels screen is rated at 16:9 form factor and the tablet is capable of playing 720p videos (they say it’s 1080 x 720 pixels video, which is clearly wrong). The exact CPU is unknown but we know it’s manufactured by Rockchip, RAM is 128 MB and you  have to rely on TF cards (up to 32 GB) in increase internal storage. WiFi is there and that’s pretty much all I know about the 7 Touch Tablet Internet Media Player. Oh, and it weights less that 13 ounces which is great.
    7 Touch Tablet Internet Media Player
    7 Touch Tablet Internet Media Player

    Augen GenTouch 78 – 139.99$

    This is one tablet that started the wars for a cheap Android tablet. We’ve talked about it a few times here at All Touch Tablet, so I won’t get too much into details, but just make a short recap of its main features: Android 2.1 Eclair OS, 800 MHz CPU, 256 MB RAM, 2GB internal memory and 7 inch display with 800 x 600 pixels resolution. Here’s how it looks like:
    Augen GenTouch 78
    Augen GenTouch 78

    Closing thoughts

    I’m sure some of you will question my sanity for presenting cheap Android tablets that are clearly iPad clones, but there’s a reason I did it: because people love cheap stuff. The only thing is to understand what you’re getting and not hope for a cheap iPad. It’s not that, but is enough to get you a taste of a slate tablet and that’s what matters.

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