Asda has today launched the Arnova, an 8-inch tablet costing £99. It joins a small band of tablets costing under £100.
The Arnova bucks the recent trend of tablets launching at around the £400 price point. The BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad are two such examples, while the Apple iPad with 3G can cost up to £659 for the 64GB version.
The Arnova makes do with just a 4GB internal memory, though there’s a micro SD card slot for additional storage. The 8-inch touchscreen is very likely to be the less responsive resistive type, as opposed to the newer and better capacitive type. Overall the tablet weighs 0.5kg, according to Asda. Battery life is claimed to be 5.5 hours when watching video.
The tablet runs on the old Android 2.1 operating system and has access to AppsLib, a library of around 40,000 downloadable apps. This is smaller and less user-friendly than Android Market, the full Android collection of apps.
In our lab tests, we have found that cheap tablets have mostly, but not always, performed poorly. Check out our test results and full reviews of around 30 tablets for more.
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