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Asda introduce a £99.00 Tablet

Not everyone can afford to drop £400 on a tablet - but can a cut-price offering be any good? ASDA reckons it can be, and it's selling the cheapest Android tablet we've ever seen. The Arnova 8 costs just £99, has a touch screen and runs Android - but when you look at the specs more carefully it becomes obvious which corners have been cut.

The biggest cut is in the screen technology. Where other tablets use capacitive touch screens, the Arnova 8 has a resistive one - which means you won't be able to use multi-touch gestures. The processor is a single core, 666MHz effort that's considerably slower than other entry level tablets' processors, and as you might expect the build quality isn't quite up to Apple standards. The version of Android is an old one, Android 2.1, which was designed for mobile phones, and its age means the web browser doesn't support Adobe's Flash technology. There's no access to the Android market either.

The rest of the specs aren't too shabby, though. The Arnova 8 has an eight-inch screen, 4GB of storage, Wi-Fi and a battery life of 25 hours - although that's for music playback, which is one of the least demanding things you can ask a tablet to do. Expect considerably less time if you're watching video or browsing the web.

The press release says it's the "electronic equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife", which it clearly isn't, but at £99 we're sure lots of people will be happy to overlook the Arnova 8's shortcomings. It's no iPad, but if all you want to do is get some music and do the odd bit of browsing it's not bad at all.





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