Budget doesn't mean bad, especially if you can find the D703 at a discount (and it's on discount at the moment).
There's a range of products in every category ranging from the entry level and budget models up to the superstar and super price tag options, and the tablet device market is no exception. Though this isn't the cheapest tablet around for its $379 RRP (although currently on special, see below) the D703 from Dxtreme is on the less expensive side of things.
That's not a bad thing though, by any stretch. Usually when prices go down, so does build quality, but we were pleasantly surprised at the rigidity and careful manufacture of the D703. It's a nicely designed piece of kit. It's a 7in model with an 800 x 480 resolution screen with capacitive touch functionality.
Packed in to its diminuative form the D703 includes a microSD card slot for storage expansion (up to 32GB), 802.11b/g, a 2MP user facing camera, a mini USB port, mini HDMI port, and a headphone jack. The internal storage is only 4GB, so that's something you need to keep in mind when picking one of these units up; you'll probably want to add a microSD card to your shopping list.
The D703 runs Android Gingerbread (version 2.3) – and not the latest Honeycomb build. That isn't necessarily a deal breaker, as the apps available will match the hardware, and there is still an excellent level of functionality in Gingerbread. The unit's ARM Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz is certainly up to the job of running the D703.
This tablet could be an excellent travel companion. Its rigid construction, relatively good battery life and 200g weight means you'd be comfortable throwing it in your bag, backpack or briefcase. It's nothing fancy, but it meets its design goals and comes in at the right price. Available from DXtreme, retailing for $199 currently on special
.APC rating: 7/10