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Cheapest Android tablet available?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by HippieWitch, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. HippieWitch

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    So what's the cheapest Android tablet available? I use a Lenovo IdeaTab A2107A-F, which was $120 roughly, but I want to know the cheapest out there. I'm having the itch to develope a new rom and figure I'll start with the cheapest tablet so I don't have to worry about stepping on someone else's toes.
     

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  2. HippieWitch

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    By cheapest, I mean in the $20 range. I know they aren't high spec'd at that price but in need something new to toy with.
     
  3. pokryshkin

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    For example: howtochooseandroid.com (sorry, i'm a newbie and i can not use links)
    choose "geek" and sort by price
     
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  4. HippieWitch

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    Thanks for the link, but those prices are over the $50 mark. Good stuff though.
     
  5. The_Chief

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    Hi HippyWitch... have you checked eBay? You can always sort by lowest price first. Even then: $20 for an Android Tablet? That's a really low-ball price for anything electronic that works decently. In my experience I usually get what I pay for: I guess I'm just concerned that if you DO find a $20 tablet, it may cause you more frustration than enjoyment.

    My 0.02, of course, and I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your search :)
     
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  6. HippieWitch

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I totally forgot about ebay. Yes, a tablet that cheap may be more headache than usable, but I'm looking for the cheap ones to use in projects. Like if the tablet can be used as a USB host, then external memory can be used to make a digital jukebox, things like that. Battery life doesn't matter since it would be hardwired to a power source.

    For enjoyment though, I have my Lenovo IdeaTab A2107A-F tablet. Doesn't everything I need with a very responsive touchscreen and hd video. I'm doing a rom for it right now so hopefully I will be able to improve it even more.
     
  7. rui-no-onna

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    Doubt you'll find a tablet for $20 unless it's for parts only. Even Android sticks cost around $30-40 or so. You'd likely need to increase your budget to around $50 if you want a tablet that works (and probably pretty slowly at that).
     
  8. Bob Maxey

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    Cheapest is relative. I can buy Android tablets for around 16.00 each, in shipping container quantities of I think, 6,000 units.

    Cheapest is also a troublesome term in that you get what you pay for and cheap often means very expensive compared to spending just a little more.

    I suggest saving your money and wait until the prices drop. They will, as new models are introduced.
     
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  9. ardchoille

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    We must remember that, when it comes to android devices, we get what we paid for. A $50 tablet will likely have a resistive touch screen rather than a capacitive touch screen. I had a cheap android tablet with a resistive touch screen and it was horrible, tapping and pressing was iffy, was better with a stylus.. and the CPU was slow. Cheap tablets will have cheap hardware and the android experience will more than likely suffer.

    I feel the cheapest tablet that provides a good android experience is the Nexus 7 @ $200.00. You might find something cheaper, but always check the hardware before purchase.
     

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