Budget and decent quality rarely go together, except in the 7in DXtreme D703 that's on sale for $199 at Harris Technology this weekend. It feels nice and sturdy in the hand, and the capacitive screen looks great too. It uses the slightly older Android Gingerbread 2.3 rather than Android Honeycomb 3.x, so you won't get the latest sexy Android interface, this version of the OS still does the job this OS still works smoothly and it's the main compromise made by the tablet.
The 7in (800x480 resolution) capacitive screen is pleasant to use, and the end result is that the D703 weighs a scant 200 grams. Storage is rather small, and even casual app or media use will fill the 4GB SSD very quickly. A Micro SD slot comes to the rescue though, so you can cheaply expand storage up to 32GB down the track if you need more room.
What’s also surprising is the feature set, including mini-USB 2.0 port, Mini HDMI and a headphone jack. There are also stereo speakers, a user-facing camera and a built-in microphone. It may be cheap, but the D703 is not nasty. If you don’t want to spend much on a tablet or just want to try one out this is an affordable way to do it.
But bear in mind that for around $186 more, you can get yourself one of the absolute stars of the tablet world, an Acer Iconia Tab A500, which is on sale at Harvey Norman, for $386.
See the DXtreme D703 in the Notebook Hunter database.
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