There are tons of Android Tablets that target the low-end Tablet market. You can get 7-inch Android tablets for less than $150. From a performance and functionality standpoint these tablets cannot touch the Xoom or the iPad, but cost a fraction. Walmart now has a rather broad range of tablets on sale including the Coby Kyros, Arhcos, Kaser Net'sGo, NextBook, PanDigital, Creative Labs ZiiO and ViewSonic Viewbook. The lowest priced tablet (if you can call the 2.8-inch Archos a tablet) starts at $98.
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The Archos Tablets already run Android 2.2 Froyo, while most others are coming pre-installed with Android 2.1. You should research before you buy a budget tablet to see if you can upgrade it to the latest Android OS releases.
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About Android Tablets:
The Android OS launched in late 2007 and its first handset hit in late 2008. While the open-source platform was quick to expand across the smartphone market, its start in tablets has been considerably rockier. The first Android tablet from a major manufacturer was the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It drew criticism for its 7" display, lack of a dedicated tablet OS and excessive cost. Sales have been disappointing thus far.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb is Google's attempt at a tablet-specific version of their OS. The SDK was released on February 22, 2011 and the first 3.0 tablet, Motorola's Xoom launched two days later. Despite enormous buzz at MWC and CES, the Xoom has suffered for its proximity to the iPad 2 launch. And for lacking crucial features, like SD compatibility and Flash, upon release.
Android tablet-makers have also been stymied by a lack of parts availability due to Apple's "dibs" on the supply of rare components like large touchscreens. One company who doesn't appear intimidated by the iPad 2 or the parts-crunch is Samsung. Their 8.9" and 10.1" Galaxy Tabs are thinner and lighter than Apple's offering. Those Tabs launch in early June. Acer's Iconia tablets and the Asus Transformer are also expected to join the fight soon.
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At the iPad 2 launch event, Steve Jobs made much of the fact that Honeycomb only had 100 tablet-specific apps, compared to the tens of thousands available on the App Store. Recent evidence shows that the real number of Android tablet apps may be even lower. If you exclude "resized" apps, there are only 17 apps built specifically for Android slates. Until the little green robot starts to catch up in this new app war, Apple will continue to utterly dominate the market.