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Does $38 get you much of a tablet?

Business Technology | February 13, 2014

Remember when tablets that were priced under $100 were big news? Now tablet makers are offering their products at prices even lower. The big question, though, is whether these budget-priced tablets are worth the money. Time Magazine recently looked at this question, evaluating the new Ubislate 7Ci tablet from Datawind. What’s interesting about this tablet? It only costs $38.

Race to the bottom?

There’s been a long-running race to the bottom among tablet makers. Naturally, when we say “bottom,” we’re talking about price. Tablet makers around the world have been racing to flood the stores with the lowest priced tablets possible in an attempt to capture the business of the budget-conscious buyer. The Datawind tablet beats all in terms of price.


It seems odd to ask if the Ubislate 7Ci is worth it. It only costs $38. But Time’s review claims that the tablet performs about as good as you would think a $38 tablet would perform. It doesn’t provide much storage. Its viewing angles are suspect. Its battery dies too quickly. And its performance definitely falls into the slow category.

But that price

Of course, that $38 price tag is still impressive. Time admitted that much in its review. And if you are budget-savvy consumer or business owner, Datawind’s move is good news for you. This tablet might not be the one for you. Nevertheless the existence of the Ubislate 7Ci does prove one thing: Budget tablets are only going to get more affordable. You don’t need to pay a small fortune to buy a tablet any longer.


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