Think the $179 B&N NOOK Tablet and $159 Amazon Kindle Fire are cheap? UK bookseller Gardner Books is preparing to launch a £59 Android tablet. That’s about $96 US.
The Gardner GoTab Hive Reader has a 6 inch, 480 x 800 pixel display, a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 operating system, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. It also has a front-facing VGA camera for snapping photos or making video calls.
Gardner will include its own eBook app for buying and reading digital books. But it also comes with the Google Play Store, so users can download other apps.
The device supports WiFi, and while it has a low resolution display, it’s also a small display, so text and images should look reasonably decent on the 155 pixels-per-inch screen. There’s also a capacitive toucshcreen display with support for multitouch.
But there’s no mistaking the GoTab for a higher priced device. It has a slower processor, smaller screen, less storage, and shorter battery life than tablets from B&N or Amazon. It tops out at about 4 hours of run time… so this might be a tablet best suited for light readers only.