With the launch of its MyTablet - a 7-inch device, going up for sale on Oct 16 at £99, Argos has announced its entry in the budget Android tablet market. To compare budget tablets, Agros will be competing against the likes of Tesco's Hudl, Google Nexus 7 2, Kindle Fire HD, Lenovo Idea Tab A3000, Simmtronics Xpad Mini quad core.
Apart from Apple iPad mini, the best budget tablets in the market, according to a report by Laptop Magazine include Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, Acer Iconia W3. But compared to these devised, Argos MyTablet will have a definite advantage on price.
But how does the product fare in terms of what goes inside for good budget tablets. To start with, the Argos is packed with a 1.6GHz dual-core processor. However, what hurts the device most is its 8GB storage, obviously limiting the capacity for apps, pictures, videos and music - all the good reasons which people would buy budget tablets. Although, the device has an expandable storage up to 32GB, the extra cost to buy a microSD card, makes it better for buyers to, compare budget tablets that are otherwise available in the market. A slightly expensive one would make a better deal than the Agros MyTablet.
Another feature which will have customers looking away from the Agros MyTablet is its worthless 1,024x600-pixel resolution. Compare that the 1920 x 1200 screen that Amazon Kindle Fire HDX or Google Nexus 7 have. Even the cheaper ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 has a 1280 x 800.
As Wired reports, when compared to Argos, Tesco too has released a 7-inch tablet called Hudl. At £120, the Hudl is expensive that MyTablet by £20 but offers much better features than what Argos has stocked into their 7-inch device. Hudle comes with a more powerful 1.5GHz quad-core processor with a sharper 1,440x900 pixels screen resolution and - double what MyTablet provides in terms of storage - i.e. 16GB of in-built storage. Both the devices run Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and come loaded with BBC iPlayer, Angry Birds, Facebook and Twitter.
With models available in silver and pink colour, the target market for Argos is clearly the younger audience. Launched at the time just before the Christmas shopping season begins, Argos is trying to get into the shopping list of customers, feels Wired.
"Customers have never had such a good quality tablet at such an affordable price. At just £99.99 the Argos MyTablet is highly competitive with a great specification, and fits neatly in the range of tablets we have on offer," John Walden, Managing Director of Argos is quoted as saying, about the tablet.
However, Wired has a scathing verdict for the device: "Realistically though, the budget Android tablet is extremely bloated and while the MyTablet may attract people with its very low price, it offers some of the worst specs we've seen on any device this year and is likely to be very frustrating to use. Parents looking for a budget tablet would be better off spending an extra £20 to snap up the Tesco Hudl or the Asus Memo Pad HD, or if they can stretch to it the superb Nexus 7 2, which is available for under £200."
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