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Walgreens offers an Android tablet for just $100

By Emil
Oct 27, 2010
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  1. I've had one of these for a week and it's still working. I'm not an Android expert, but for $100, it works surprisingly well. It's not as easy to use as an iPad, and may not be ready for grandma, but for a gadget tinkerer like myself, I've had fun getting introduced to Android and think I got my moneys worth. These kind of devices have been in the Pacific rim for years, and I'm grateful that a company has finally taken the gamble on one in the US. This is the second by a major US retailer, and much better than the K-Mart Augen. You get a risk free, 30-day return policy at Walgreen's which made the purchase a lot easier than one in Hong Kong. Go get one and try it before complaining about what a piece of crap it is without even seeing or touching it.
     
  2. zinzan8

    zinzan8 TS Rookie

    I don't know... At $100, it's almost affordable as "throw-away" money--$100 to play around with an Android tablet, and even if it sucks (which it probably does), you're just out $100. Look at it this way--six months ago, I would have probably paid $100 for a partially working HP Slate prototype. Six months later, the rush of tablets haven't come out as fast or as cheap as we had expected.

    Let me think about it...

    -Z
     
  3. zinzan8

    zinzan8 TS Rookie

    And that's a good point--if at the very least, it can be used as a digital frame, that's worth something.

    Which brings up another point--the success of tablets should seriously drive down the price of digital frames... or kill the digital frame market altogether.

    -Z
     
  4. xcelofjkl

    xcelofjkl TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Isnt the picture that of an iPad?
     
  5. pyari

    pyari TS Rookie Posts: 66

    I heard 80% of user used to mobile gadgets to play games....N 70% of devices on the market is use and through, that make sense and manufacturer try to sell the things on that way.....at least we are using new technology....we are familiar with new technology.....technology is changing night and day.
     
  6. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Why buy a Palm Z22 ($100) when you can have this. This is great news. I hope that this prouct becomes popular. If it does, then it should get competition, and if there is competition, then it is possible that in a year or two, we will see tablets priced below the $100 mark. That sounds like some wild fantasy. I am not so sure about the VIA processor though. I have a Sylvania 7-inch netbook with a VIA C7-M processor rated as 1.2Ghz, but the performance is poor. I think a 900Mhz intel Atom, would perform better. The other specs are quite impressive, given the price
     
  7. I like Vairtech tablet. I brought one and it works great. www.vairtech.net
     
  8. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    tablet market is heating up, lets see if apple bring iPads price down..
     
  9. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    No. Just no. At least for a performance hound like me.
     
  10. pyari

    pyari TS Rookie Posts: 66

    we may be monotonous from same gadgets or we r humans we need change....we like to experience new things.....so use and through.....accept the new tech.
     
  11. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Holy crap. for $100, even if the stock os sucks I'm sure someone is going to get linux working on it in some flavor. Count me in.
     
     
  12. I brought a 7 inch android tabet from www.vairtech.net and it works great.
     
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    I had ordered this online from Walgreen's on 10/22/10 and was charged tax and shipping. I had also ordered the Coby KYROS which was better. But Walgreen's had refused my request to cancel the order! I had to wait until I got it then take it to my nearest Walgreen Pharmacy Store for a full refund including tax. So yesterday 11/3/10 the package finally arrived. This had taken a second call to Walgreen's so they had to call UPS to see where the package was. Two goof ups on Walgreen's as the package was to arrive on Tuesday got pushed back to Wednesday. Funny thing the package was rattling like something was broken. But the way the package the device is sloppy. You get no stereo headphones, no usb cable just 2x USB connector with 10/100 LAN jack with a cheap radio ant like stylus. I have Gome Flytouch ePad I had ordered back in July 2010. This Maylong M-150 is the same thing right down to the CPU. Correction the CPU is not a VIA VM8505+ 400MHz VIA Engineer told me they don't even have such a CPU. Only one is the VIA WM8505 which runs at 300MHz. The only way this CPU can be over clocked to 400MHz is through Rooted ROM MODs and those are pretty unstable all type of issues. I have one on my ePad and I can't run my at 400MHz otherwise it would overheat and lockup. I have these choices 350MHz, 375MHz, 387MHz and 400MHz can also push it 528MHz. Never will take it. I can figured out to get full video to playback. Anyway to learn more just type this title into google "Gome Flytouch ePad Work in Progress"
     


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