Some tablet firms just don't get the same attention as Apple. Just look at the Andy Pad - we're willing to bet you've never heard of it, and yet they - there are two models - are among the cheapest Android tablets on sale in the UK.
So what do you get for £129 and £179 respectively? The cheaper Andy Pad has a resistive touch screen - which means it's best suited to stylus control and doesn't do multi-touch - running at 860x480, while its slightly more expensive sibling has a "sensatouch" touchscreen delivering 1024x600. Both devices are powered by a 1.2GHz single-core Cortex A8 with 512MB of RAM, seven-inch screens and SD card slots supporting up to 32GB of additional storage; on-board storage is 8GB for the cheaper model and 16GB for the Pro. Both devices support Flash, include HDMI output, promise 6 hours of real-world battery life, include a camera of unspecified quality and have integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the operating system appears to be Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Are they any good? We've no idea: shipments don't start until the 12th of September so nobody's reviewed one yet, and the firm has no track record in technology: the Andy Pad comes from Mattressman.co.uk, a low-price online mattress retailer. We're sure entrepreneur Andrew Kerry knows his onions, but when even big-name PC firms end up making rubbish tablets it's fair to say he's set himself an enormous challenge. We wish Kerry well, but we'd also recommend waiting until the reviews are in before handing over any of your hard-earned cash.
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