Didn’t get the HP TouchPad at a bargain-basement price? Don’t worry, there are still a ton of cheap tablets on the market today.
And by the way…HP is going to release more (i.e 200k+ units!) TouchPads in October. It’s cheaper for them to sell the tablets at a loss than get sued or damage their relationships with suppliers that had their contracts cut short by the fire sale.
But if you need a tablet right now or don’t want to wait in line for a TouchPad, there are several tablets out there that may just satisfy your multi-touch needs.
Before I get into the best “affordable” tablets on the market, let’s discuss the el-cheapo $50-$100 tablets circulating on various websites. I have three words for you: DO NOT BUY. They may seem to have decent specs for the price, but the touch screen responsiveness and speed are abysmal. So if aggravation is the sort of entertainment that you are looking for in a tablet, then by all means gets one (or two!).
The Viewsonic’s on the list are decent tablets for their price points. The ViewPad 7e is more of a high-end e-Reader. The G-Tablet is a full-fledged tablet that has similarly matched internals to the iPad 2 and other high-end Android tablets. The eLocity A7 is a decent tablet, but doesn’t have access to the Android Market.
Archos has been making tablets far longer than Apple has. The new G9 tablets offer an incredible and unheard of array of specs: 1.5GHz dual-core processors and up to 250GB (+4GB Flash) hybrid hard drives!
I currently own a 16GB iPad 2 and the HP TouchPad 32GB (fire sale pickup!), and I’m lusting over the G9’s 1.5 dual-core processor and 250GB hybrid hard drive. That thing is a beast!