If there’s any doubt that tablets are primarily lifestyle products rather than serious work tools they will be firmly put to bed by the news that high-street fashion retailer Next is releasing a tablet under its own brand name costing just £180. What’s more it’s not the only budget player to pop up over the last few days, as Disgo is offering a competing device for the same amount.
While the precise specs on the Next website are unsurprisingly vague, we do know that the Next 10in Tablet, offers, as its name suggests, a 10in screen at WXGA resolution, and not surprisingly is powered by Google Android OS.
There’s 2GB of storage and it contains a card reader slot, with an 8GB card provided. It’s powered by an ARM11 processor and supports Wi-Fi, has two USB ports, a headphone and microphone socket.
According to some sources it uses a resistive screen rather than a more advanced capacitance screen, which makes it less responsive. It also lacks multi-touch – which is hardly surprising considering the price.
The Disgo Tablet 6000 is a different proposition in that it offers a 800 x 480 resolution 7in screen, but not that different in that it’s also Android powered, and as more detail is available regarding specifications we know it’s version 2.1.
It’s powered by an iMAPx200 1GHz processor, and has 256MB of RAM, and a microSD card is included but only 2GB. Video support also seems impressive as it supports MPEG2, VC1, Divx, XVid, H.264, H.263, 3GP and it has a mini HDMI port.
Both tablets are clearly aimed at those that are taken by the tablet hype, but aren’t willing or able to stump up the cash for the high priced iPad or Galaxy Tab. We don’t have high hopes for their actual usability, but we’d loved to be proved wrong on that count.