As I mentioned in another post, recently I’ve been looking at tablets and considering buying one. I want one just for general use. I think I’d be a lot more comfortable sitting there reading blogs on a 7 to 8 inch touchscreen device than I would on my hefty-in-comparison laptop. I also mentioned in my previous post about the prices and how I wasn’t too happy and this has put me off getting one anytime soon.
I started looking deeper into it and thought – why pay so much? If I wanted a phone, there is nothing to say I have to buy an expensive one. Cheaper options are available. So I started looking at the cheaper tablets and what they don’t have that the more expensive ones do. As you can imagine, some of them are complete s**t and are just glorified e-readers for a huge price. I didn’t want this. I want a cheap alternative that does everything the expensive tablets do, but I have no need for it to be so powerful. Why have a dual-core processor if I’m not going to make any use of it? My phone and laptop both only have single-core processors. Why would I need a tablet with a better processor than my laptop? My tablet would only be for ease-of-use when I’m browsing the net, reading blogs and watching films.
So, after looking around a bit on eBay, Amazon and other similar sites I found a few cheaper alternatives. The one that really caught my eye was the ‘ZooStorm 7″ SL8 Mini Tablet’. Running an Android OS, the specs are:
• Processor: Amlogic AML8726-M3 (Cortex A9, 1.0 Ghz)
• Operating System: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
• Storage: 8GB Nand Flash
• Wireless: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
• Memory: 1GB DDR 1066MHz RAM (Onboard)
• Display: 7” Multi Touch LED Panel (1024 x 600 pixels, 16:9, 3.5mm)
• Graphics : VGA Controller, Integrated Mali-400 GPU, 1080p support
• Memory Slot: Up to 32GB Micro SD
• User Interface: Battery LED Blue and Amber Indicator
• Dimensions: 190x120x11.6mm
• Camera: 0.3 Mega-pixel front
• Weight: 390grams
• Warranty: 1 Year Return To Base parts and labour
• 2 x 1Watt Stereo Speakers
• 1 x Jack (3.5mm), MIC-in/Line-out function
• 1 Cell >3300mAh Polymer Battery
• 1 x Mini-HDMI port
• 1 x micro USB 2.0 port
• 1x DC-IN port
… Okay, maybe it’s not as great as the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab. But for a cheap alternative, it seems to me that it is possibly all I need. For just £80.00 compared to the pricey £330.00 iPad 2, this is a huge difference. I’m almost certain I’ll be purchasing one in the near future so be sure to check back and find out what it’s like!