$38 Tablet Coming to the U.S. Is it Worth Your Money?

1387215755 670x229Think a tablet will cost you at least $100? $50? Think again. India’s Datawind is bringing its dirt-cheap UbiSlate U7Ci Android tablet to American shores for just $37.99. Less than two Andrew Jacksons will get you a 7-inch slate running the outdated Android 4.0.3  Ice Cream Sandwich OS on a low-res, 800 x 480 capacitive display. Though its outdated features harken back to 2011, some users will be excited just to see a tablet being sold at this price.

In addition to its ancient OS and mediocre display, the UbiSlate 7Ci has a host of other subpar specs. You get a slow 1-GHz Cortex A8 processor with just 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. A microSD card slot lets you expand that storage by up to 32GB, and the tablet is Wi-Fi-capable and has a 0.3-MP front-facing camera. 

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We haven’t had a chance to test the U7Ci, but with specs this poor, you’re likely to get what you pay for. If you’re in the market for an affordable slate for your kids, consider the $179 Fuhu Nabi 2, which packs kid-friendly content and a speedier Tegra 3 processor into a durable chassis. The Kindle Fire HD, which is available for as low as $139, is also a better buy with its time-monitoring FreeTime mode to make it a great slate for family sharing. 

Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  1. KK Says:

    Amazing…without even checking out the product you wrote an article about it. Please do your research first and then write something meaningful.

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