Can a $50 Android tablet be any good?

by Todd Haselton | February 8, 2016

Android, unlike other operating systems, can power everything from the most humble of devices to the most expensive, powerful tablets on the market. Knowing this – and knowing that the Amazon Fire is a pretty decent tablet, though locked outside of the Google Play Services ecosystem – we decided to look into what other offerings there are on the market for really, really cheap Android tablets.

Can a $50 tablet be any good?

We took a look at the Dragon Touch Y88X Plus, a 7-inch tablet we picked up off of Amazon. It doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles, in fact, I’m not sure you could say there’s a bell or a whistle on this thing. You’ll find a quad-core processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 1024 x 600-pixel display, 8GB of storage and some rear/front-facing cameras. We’re not here to review the tablet so much as talk about the price range, though.

So, Jon does just that in the video above. The takeaway? You should probably spend a bit more if you want to take full advantage of what Android can offer. If you just need something for light email, Web browsing and a video here and there, then, sure, a $50 Android tablet will do just fine.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...