A new and extremely affordable Android 4.0 tablet has been added to the growing market of gadgetry. The name is Hipstreet Titan and similarly to other cheap tablets, this one comes for $100 in Canada and the United States. It can be purchased from stores like Walmart and Best Buy.
Like other tablets of this sort, the Hipstreet Titan has a 7 inch screen with 800X480 pixel resolution. Other features include 4 GB of memory, 512MB of RAM, a micro SD card slot for expanding memory up to 32GB and it runs on a 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor. The micro card doesn’t come in the pack; it can be bought as an extra accessory for nominal charges. The box comes with a chargeable lithium polymer battery and an owner’s manual.
The physical features include a front facing camera, built-in speakers, headphone jack and micro USB port. Other desirable features like a USB port and HDMI port are currently missing from the tablet, but for users who require these features, the IdolPad Plus comes with the exact same specs and all these additional features for almost the same price or even a lower one at times. The multi touch capacitive screen provides easy navigation and showcases movies and games with remarkable clarity. The device is made of plastic as most budget devices of this type are, but it is quite solid for long time use. The battery life is not too bad and can last for 4-5 hours of continuous use.
A drawback of the Hipstreet Titan is that it doesn’t grant access to Google Play Store. On the other hand, it offers the SlideMe market of apps which offer only about 15% of the apps available in the Google app market. But there is a solution to this problem, as with few steps users can easily gain access to Google Play store. A script called newtech25 needs to be downloaded for the 4.0.3+ version to complete the procedure. A drawback is the absence of the multimedia player, which is a completely missed feature.
The 512 DDR2 memory has been added to enhance the multi tasking of the tablet. However, for people who run multiple applications in the background, this memory size may not be enough. For Internet accessibility, in-built wireless LAN has been featured on the Titan.
Of course we cannot compare the performance of budget devices with those of expensive and advanced tablets in the market, but it is quite impressive to see the large number of budget 4.0 Android tablets that were released recently. The basic specs can be spotted in all these tablets, with slight modifications depending on the model. And competition keeps the prices around $100 for each of these tablets.
With the entrance of high-end tablets like Google Nexus 7 and the upcoming Kindle Fire 2 which will be priced at $199, it will be exciting to see how the budget market will react to these developments. It is also notable that by the end of the year, namely during Christmas and holidays, these tablets’ prices can fall below $75.