Is That $50 Android Tablet a Value or Lemon?

NuVision TM800A510LWhile I was looking for the next budget tablet to review I found a tablet that appears to be a good value but also shows many warning signs of being a lemon.

The TM800A510L from NuVision  is an 8" Android tablet that runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Z3735G CPU with 1GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage.

It's selling for $50 (refurbished) or $70 (new), which is not a bad price given the front-facing speakers, screen resolution (1280 x 800), two cameras (2MP, both) and the 4Ah battery. I mean, the speakers and IPS screen alone are enough to make me want this tablet tablet, even at the full retail price.

All in all, this looks like a great deal, but I still have questions.

While everything I've seen so far looks good, I have concerns about the details I haven't found. To be more exact, I have found this tablet on sale at several retailers as a refurb, but only Walmart carries it new. Furthermore, I have found no reviews for this tablet, not new, used, refurbished, or in an immaculate state.

The fact that the refurbs outnumber the new units, when combined with the lack of reviews, makes me wonder just what is wrong with this tablet.

Why did so many people return it so quickly?

That's not a question we usually have to ask with tablets, because the answer is often explained in the reviews. Was the software configured wrong? Did the hardware fail? Or did someone drop a case of the tablets off of the dock, and then sweep up the pieces and sell them as refurbs?

And were the problems fixed, or do the refurbs still have the same flaws (only now with a 90-day warranty)?

Until I know the answer to those questions, I can't recommend this tablet, and I'm even leery of getting it for myself.

And that's a shame, because the $50 price tag on the refurb is very tempting.

So what do you think was the problem?

About Nate Hoffelder (11477 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

6 Comments on Is That $50 Android Tablet a Value or Lemon?

  1. well.. its an android.. so already its a lemon. #ikidikid

  2. It could be discontinued , Intel is trying to phase out contra revenue and push the 14nm parts instead.

  3. At some point, when you have a surfeit of products, there just aren’t enough decent reviews to go around (sort of like books by indie authors, egad!).

    It’s hard to make any judgments based on the number of refurbished models. Just because it’s a Walmart product, it’s bound to have a certain number of returns (some for valid reasons, some for ridiculous reasons). At some point you have to go on brand safety and the seller’s recertification process– I mean, I don’t know this brand, and I don’t have a lot of confidence in Walmart to be able to recertify its quality.

    Some other reviews (mostly bad):

    Funny, I usually check the comment section on youtube reviews as well.

  4. It’s a lemon for sure.

  5. i purchased this very tablet from HSN. it worked for almost the entire length of the warranty, 1 year. at 11 months, it would not boot up at all. called customer service, which was actually better than i expected. we went through
    the process of cleaning the tablet out, losing all my data. when it still wouldn’t boot, they sent me a replacement for free. but the second one was refurbished and it did the same thing after about 3 months. now i have no warranty left and a 75.00 tablet that costs 75.00 just to look at it. i’m gonna just buy another tablet. i’ll be a little more careful next time. i guess i got what i paid for.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.