The March of Cheap Tablets at KMart Continues

Inexpensive Android Tablet/Slates are everywhere (at least announcements of them are.) Best Buy is supposedly stocking a variety of models. KMart, Wal-Mart, and other retailers are as well. KMart started the rampage with the Augen GenTouch78 and continued it with Tablets from Viewsonic, Velocity Cruz, and depending on where you are located, others as well. (Your best bet seems to be online and not in the stores.)

It now looks like KMart is stocking the Sylvania 7″ MID Tablet Wireless Internet Device. Priced at $179.99 this Tablet/Slate with a confusing name (is it a MID, is it a Tablet?) sports Android 2.1 but there’s no indication of whether or not you can access the Android Marketplace on it. Note from the picture that the typical Android buttons are not to be seen, so perhaps they are on the back. There’s also no mention of what type of screen (resistive or capacitive) the device has. My guess, (and this is probably unfair) but with naming confusion like this, I’m guessing you get what you pay for here.

  • Ttouch Screen
  • Wireless Web Browsing
  • 6 Hour Battery
  • 7″ High Res Screen (800 x 480 pixels)
  • Ultra Light
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB Flash Memory
  • Micro SD Card(Up to 16GB)
  • Wifi Rieee 802.11 b/g
  • 2 Mini USB Slots
  • HDMI output
  • Android 2.1
  

Comments

  1. HG says

    The Tablets that were announced at CES 2010 are finally catching up. This coming year will be the Tablet year.

  2. Anonymous says

    It has an update to Android 2.2, but Flash is not available for it yet. You can’t use the Android Marketplace, but it comes with “SlideMe Application Manager” for finding and loading apps, and Amazon App Store works, too. It has a resistive screen (comes with slide out stylus, but your finger works, too), and there are two recessed buttons on the back (back button, and an exit button that also works as power, if you hold it in). There’s also a “reset” button. There’s a mic, but no camera or GPS. I picked one up for $99 @ Sears, and for that price, you can’t beat it.

    Reading reviews for it online, it seems most of the complaints come from people who don’t know how to use/configure it. (There is virtually NO documentation). Things like how to turn on/off auto screen rotation, how to update the OS, etc. You just have to play with it and figure out where things are.

    The battery life seems to be 2-6 hours, depending on whether you have wifi on, are watching YouTube videos or just reading ebooks, how bright the screen is, etc.

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