The AndyPad tablet: Does cheap now mean popular?

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Is it designed by a man named Andy? I’m not to sure. Was it created by a cockney who actually told his team to name it ‘HandyPad’? I’m not so sure about that either. One thing I am sure about though is that it’s cheap and it looks it. 
Presumably AndyPad is hoping to follow in the footsteps of HP, offering tablets at around a quarter of the cost of rival slates. Granted HP only did so because it decided to kill off the TouchPad but the coverage and subsequent frenzy that ensued seems to have got people thinking on how much tablets are really worth. 
The 8GB, 7-inch, 800×480 resistive touchscreened AndyPad costs £129, with the even more enticingly named AndyPad Pro, which has a capacitive touchscreen with 1024×600 resolution, 16GB of storage and Bluetooth, costing £50 more. 
The 8GB model comes with only a front camera, whereas the Pro comes with a front and rear camera. Both also come with a Cortex A8 1.2 processor, 512MB RAM and are powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).  
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The HP discounted TouchPAD proves that there is definitely a market for a cheaper tablet but it has to be of a decent specification. This one looks no better that the cheap generic tablets available. Anything less than Android 3.0 now is simply not acceptable. You may not like Apple but they do make good spec'd kit and source components well. Normally you would expect to pay a 33% premium to get an Apple device over say its Windows equivalent. Android or other should be even cheaper. So any proposed iPAD competitors should be pitching a device of the same quality below £200. We should not even consider these halfway solutions. If you simply need a basic tablet to use as a wireless audio player, recipes in the kitchen or an alternative to the TV remote there are plenty of £50 noname Android tablets which will run these basic key apps. As always the question is what do you want it for? Hopefully both the market and products will improve as we head for Christmas
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Interesting comment Meadmodj. I agree that there is basically not much point buying something that isn't up to scratch and that does mean Honeycomb and up for a lot of users. At the start of this year I purchased a Flytouch 2 10" tablet running Android 2.1, fully ackowledging that it wouldn't be as good as the Samsung Tab or Advent Vega (the two leading Android tablets at the time). To be honest it wasn't bad at all for the price and the tech spec was impressive in a value for money way, but there were various issues that made me wish I'd spent a bit more and gone for the Tab or Vega (lack of Flash support, habit of crashing randomly etc). Having sold that after a few months i'm now holding out for a Quad core powered ICS tablet which I'm guessing will be the ASUS Transformer 2. I don't agree with your thoery on pricing though. A lot of the current batch of Tegra two powered Android tablets have a better tech spec than the iPad 2 and offer the same level of performance and build quality (or better). With the next gen shaping up to be more powerful and generally better than the iPad 3 it seems strange that you'd expect these to be priced so much cheaper than Apple's offering. Maybe in line with your theory, Apple should stick another £150 on the price of the iPad from now on to make sure it keeps up it's reputation of selling shiny devices at high prices.
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