Walmart.com’s best selling tablet today is the Pandigital R7T40WWHF1. They include a 4gB microSD card in a bundle.
I have spent more than that on a fancy pocket calculator for maths students while this does so much more. It’s worth the price just for the display yet it’s a general-purpose computer. It’s probably not the best at anything but the price but it looks like an incredibly useful tool. It reminds me of Star Trek. OK, it does not travel at “Warp Speed” but it is extremely portable being 7 inches and not 10 inches, a better size for most pockets and purses and hands.
It’s lack of speed probably stems from the antiquated ARM11 CPU but that also permits the low price. To give a hint, Nvidia Tegra used ARM11 and we are now at Tegra 3 and a newest chip in the series is planned for early next year using ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore. If you just need some connectivity and some computing power it’s a bargain. You get the result of $billions invested in R&D in a convenient package for the price of taking a large family to the movies, or one tank of gasoline, or dinner for two at a good restaurant… and this gadget will outlast all of those transactions.
I have always admired great technology. It allows us to do more for less and makes the world a better place. With all the pessimism in the world, good things like IT that works well and is affordable is about as good as it gets except for my imminent harvest of radishes.