IdolPad Plus by Idolian Mobile Inc.
$89.99 at idolian.com
We canít all afford an $500 Apple iPad, or even a $200 Kindle Fire. So how about a mini-tablet computer priced at less than a hundred bucks?
The IdolPad Plus is pretty much what youíd expect, given the price, Much smaller than an iPad, and significantly lighter, it still has a bulky, clunky feel. The screen uses capacitive touch technology, the same kind as the iPad, so itís pretty responsive. But the resolution is dull and grainy.
Still, itís got a 1.2-gigahertz processor, half a gigabyte of memory and room for up to 32 more gigs through a micro SD memory card slot. And itís running the recent Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google Inc.ís Android software.
For an extra $24.99 you can order a case with a built-in keyboard. Good idea, but the keyboard is dreadful, far too small and cramped for comfortable typing. And it plugs in with a thin, spindly wire that looks like itís bound to break under heavy use.
The IdolPad Plus might make sense as a relatively cheap gadget for kids. But as a serious tablel, it doesnít measure up.
The author is solely responsible for the content.