A couple days ago my competition had the good idea to take a look at 10" budget tablets. These tablets don't get nearly as much attention as their 7" brethren, and for the most part they are just as good. It really makes no sense for bloggers to not even notice their passing.
I've posted reviews of quite a few 7" budget tablets but no 10" tablets for one simple reason. With the smaller screen I can get away with not covering the media abilities in the depth they deserve. The smaller screen makes video less important than basic gaming, ebooks, and web browsing.
At least, that's what I think. Also, given that this is an ereader focused blog I instinctively stuck with 7" screens because they were close in size to an ereader.
But later this summer I plan to change that. I did some googling today and I've turned up five 10"(ish) Android tablets that I am planning to review. Most run Android 4.0 and they all cost less than $200.
They're not the only 10" budget tablets on the market, but I have decided to pass on the rest because they cost too much or they run an older version of Android. Some of the rejected tablets ran Android 2.2, 2.1, or earlier, and I don't think that those were worth buying because the OS is outdated.
That's just a personal preference, but I've seen enough Android tablets to know that the latest versions of the OS are so much pleasant to use that it's not funny. That's why my minimum requirement is Android 2.3. It's only a couple generations out of date and there's a clear difference between it and Android 2.2.
So here are the tablets I'm looking at:
Update: The reason there's a bunch of Coby tablets on this list is that one of their marketing people follows my blog. He sent me a bunch of links for Coby tablets in this price range.
- Idolian Touchtab 10 (Amazon)
- Ematic HD eGlide XL Pro II (Walmart)
- Sungale Beam 10" (Buy.com)
- Aluratek CinePad (Walmart)
- Impression 9.7" (Buy.com)
- Coby Kyros 9" MID9042-8 (Amazon)
- Coby Kyros 9.7" MID9742-8 (Amazon)
- Coby Kyros 10.1" MID1042-8 (Amazon)
And here's a couple cheap 8" tablets from Coby which I'm throwing in just to see what happens.
Am I going to buy all these? Probably not. But they are on my to do list. If you would like to see a review of a particular model, please ask in the comments.