X10 AirPad claims to be "the best tablet for under $200"


It sometimes seems like new Android tablets are released every day, and it is easy to lose track them all, especially since they are so similar. However, when you see a device that is advertised as "The best tablet for under $200", you might want to take a second look as I did. When I saw new manufacturer X10 make this claim about their AirPad tablet, I was skeptical. However, it turns out this device is worth a mention. 

The $199 AirPad manages to pack a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2MP camera, and full HDMI into a 7-inch frame. Of course, cuts had to be made somewhere, so the tablet's display has a low 800 x 480 resolution, and the 4000 mAh battery will only last about 5 hours. Fortunately, X10 did not skimp on the OS, as the included version is 2.3 Gingerbread. While it is no Honeycomb, Gingerbread is the latest open source version of Android.

If you are thinking that this tablet is quite similar in both specs and price to the AndyPad we mentioned a few months ago, you would be right. Other than the fact that the X10 has a capacitive display, the devices have nearly identical hardware. The difference actually comes in price, as the AndyPad costs $211, which is just a little more than the $200 cutoff.

With the AndyPad out of the way, it actually looks like the AirPad's claim may prove true. The Nook Color, which can be obtained for $169 refurbished, deserves a mention if you are willing to do some tweaks, but the $250 retail price puts it over the price limit. The LY-F526 has a dual-core processor, but it is only "probably" going to be under $200, and isn't released yet, so it looks like the AirPad can keep its title-at least for a few weeks.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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