A reader has just tipped me to a new entrant in what i am taking to calling the lottery tablet category (Thanks, Fbone!) Staples is running a sale on an off-brand tablet, the Nobis 7, a tablet from a company I've never heard of before.
This 7" wonder sports an unnamed 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU with 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a pair of cameras, all for $49.
It runs Android 4.4, which is good, and it also has Google Play, bg/n/ Wifi, a microSD card slot, and a low-resolution 7" screen (1024 x 600). The front-facing camera has VGA resolution, while the rear-facing camera has a resolution of 2MP. Weighing in at 20 ounces, the Nobis 7 has an estimated battery life of 5 to 6 hours.
All in all, those aren't bad specs, but I think this is a tablet that is worth avoiding. As I pointed out in my buying guide last month, I have a minimum requirement of 1GB RAM. I also set a minimum price of $60 to screen out tablets made with truly junky components.
I'm not in the market to buy a tablet this cheap, but I still like to look. Do you think you'll buy one?