Low-cost tablets are on the rise. This is evidenced in surveys and studies conducted by various companies focusing on affordable tablets that are dominating the market these days. The report is based from an opinion column on Time Tech.
Tim Bajarin, a Time Tech columnist, predicted that these low-cost tablets will represent about 65 percent of tablets by the end of this year. This means that households across the United States will, more or less, have at least one tablet before the year ends.
In the report, Bajarin said that Apple’s iPad Mini, which sells for less than $500, will have a role in the low-cost tablet market. However, he also said that it is more likely that the iPad Mini will be overthrown by cheaper seven-inch tablets running on Android. And although the is still beating Google’s Android and Microsoft Windows 8 when it comes to operating systems for tablets, it is becoming clearer that Android will topple iOS when speaking about low-end tablets.
Bajarin shared that recently, a company called D2 announced its seven-inch tablet running on Android Jelly Bean 4.1. The price? It sells for only $89. It has a micro SD slot, so you can expand the memory from the current 16GB, but it doesn’t have a camera. Aside from that, there’s also HP’s Slate7, which also uses the Android Jelly Bean 4.1. It has a 3MP rear-facing camera and a VGA camera on the front.
D2’s tablet went on sale on March 1 while the Slate7 will begin selling in April.
These are not the only low-cost tablets for sale today. There’s also Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s seven-inch Kindle Fire HD that sells for $199. In fact, if you go to a computer store these days, you will be surprised at the number of tablets being sold for $99 or less.
In the same column article, Bajarin said that manufacturing such low-cost tablets will bring no real profit to those making them. It is, however, such a convenient for consumers these days to buy a tablet for their personal or professional use. There are really just two conditions that consumers usually have when buying tablets: one, that they can browse the Internet; and two, that they will hold similar applications.
And since over 100,000 apps exist in both the iOS and Android, that only lives Microsoft’s Windows 8 to catch up. Unlike the previously mentioned operating systems, Windows 8 has yet to prove itself when it comes to running Smartphones and tablets. The choice for most consumers would still always fall between an Apple tablet and one that runs on Android.
Bajarin also said that there is another phenomenon that the public must look out for. Seeing that tablets are cheaper these days, companies can give them away for free in exchange of a 24-month lock-in period for a subscription that can cost $15 a month. This will engage consumers to sign up for whatever that company is offering and pay just $10 to $15 a month for low-cost tablets that they can use for their work or personal correspondence.
Source: Time Tech