Skytex announces pair of budget Android 4.0 tablets

Does the Skypad Gemini stand a chance against the Nexus 7?

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The Android tablet wars gained two new combatants today when Skytex Technology announced a pair of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices for release later in July. Priced lower than most products in their class, the tablets might have been much more appealing if only they arrived a few months earlier.

On the lower end of the spectrum, the Skypad Gemini is a 7-inch tablet with a $ 179 price tag and your standard fare of Android features. Inside are a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Like nearly every other tablet on the market, the Gemini offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3,000mAh battery, and microSD expansion. Yet, the Skypad Gemini provides a considerably lower 800×480-pixel WVGA resolution. Imagine expanding an Evo 4G screen to 7 inches and you have a general sense of the display quality.

Considering the beefier hardware, Android 4.1, Google Play support, and Asus branding, the Nexus 7 is well worth the $ 20 difference. On the other hand, the … [Read more]

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