Day-old sushi, watered down gas, half-price heart surgery. Some bargains aren’t a good deal at any price. When you’re shopping for gadgets or tech services, it often pays to spend a little more or delay a purchase rather than wasting money on something that will make your life more difficult–no matter how cheap the “bargain.” How do you know whether that $80 tablet in the weekly circular is a steal or you’re being stolen from? Check out our list of 7 cheap tech products that aren’t worth the money.
With a few noteable exceptions, you still need to spend around $150 to get a decent tablet. In our recent roundup of sub-$100 slates, just two earned as high as 3 stars on our 5-star scale: the $99 HiSense Sero 7 and the kid-friendly Fuhu nabi Jr. Overall, though, most dirt-cheap tablets suffer from very low-res screens, short battery life and sluggish performance.
Rather than staring at a dull lifeless disable while you're chained to an AC outlet and likely unable to access Google Play, spend the extra $50 to $100 and get at least a tablet with an HD screen, at least 7 hours of battery life and quad-core performance. If the extra money is too much to spend, delay your purchase.