Meet the IdolPad, a $100 Android tablet that doesn’t look altogether awful

It’s tough to find a high quality tablet for less than $100 now that HP has cleared its inventory of discontinued TouchPad tablets. But there are a growing number of not-entirely-awful tablets that can be yours for less than a hundred bucks.

Idolian IdolPad

One of the latest additions to that category is the IdolPad form Idolian. It’s a 7 inch tablet called the IdolPad which has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

It’s not exactly a state-of-the-art machine. It has a low resolution 800 x 480 pixel display and it has a resistive touchscreen rather instead of a capacitive screen. That means you’ll either need to press the screen harder with your fingertip than you would with most Android phones or tablets, or use a fingernail or stylus rather than a fingertip.

But the tablet costs just $99.99, so you kind of get what you pay for. Idolian says it should get between 4 and 6 hours of battery life and can handle 1080p HD video output. There’s also an HDMI port, and the IdolPad has a microSDHC card slot for extra storage. The tablet also apparently comes with the Google Android Market.

If you have an extra $100 to spare, you’d get a device with a better display and faster processor with the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire. But the Kindle Fire doesn’t have a microSD card slot or camera, both of which the IdolPad does have (although Idolian actually admits on its website that the camera is pretty lousy).

The tablet measures 7.8″ x 4.9″ x 0.6″ and weighs about 0.8 pounds.

via The Digital Reader

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RVGGZ4GVYI4H76AJCH25QKHQQI Mike W

    $139 refurbished Nook Color from buy.com :)

  • John Morris

    Gotta respect their honesty in describing the product.  They give pros and cons and it looks like they are being straight up about the limitations and hoping that and the magic $99 price point will move units.  And it just might.  If they ported 4.0 it certainly would move inventory.

  • jackyle

    maybe i get a 7 ” tablet from itabletpcshop.com