I love my Blackberry Playbook but recently I have been thinking about getting a second tablet, an Android one, primarily for my son to play with when he gets bigger but also to learn Android. So I have been scouring the internet in the last week to see what I could find.
Now I don’t want to spend a lot of money as the tablet would not be used as an everyday device but I did not expect to find Android tablets for £50!! Now theses devices will never stand up spec wise to an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab and to be honest they are not meant too. Yes they are built to a price and are not as refined as some of the other top end makes but they are designed to get people online as cheap as possible and give them a user experience which is acceptable 9 times out of 10. If that sounds like you then you could do a hell of a lot worse than purchase one of these devices, but be warned, do some research beforehand as some are better built than others.
Now seeing the price of these tablets got me thinking about the bigger picture. Is this the way the market is shifting? More and more services are going online and all we basically need to access them is a device which is connected to the internet. PC’s are dying and outside the business world laptops are getting replaced by tablets (and maybe ultrabooks?). People are now able to do more with a lower spec machine so a £50 Android tablet looks and sounds like a tempting proposition.
There is another more fundamental advantage to low cost tablets. People who before couldn’t afford a laptop or desktop can afford a tablet. They are able to get online the same as everyone else and not feel as if they are getting left behind. They are able to learn new skills (how to find information for one) which can then be used to enhance their daily lives. For example someone who is unemployed can purchase a tablet for £50 search online job sites and then land themselves a new job.
The internet should be for everyone and with these tablets it is definitely getting closer.
What do you think is this the way things are heading?
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