So, you’re in the market for a, uh, well, something like a tablet. You know; something like a $329 iPad but less expensive. Seriously. They have a name. Well, it’s a no-name name. Android 2-in-1s.
Yeah, that’s a made-up name from a technology website trying to fill space on a very, very slow news day. A new 7th generation iPad weighs in at $329 so what can get for that little?
Little. Here’s Ross Rubin’s math.
They don’t offer face-scanning authentication, integrated pens or USB-C, but basic Android 2-in-1s from retro brands such as Packard Bell and Walmart’s house brand Onn can competently address many people’s needs.
This is from a sort of technology website which claims iPad Pro cannot be a PC, and iPad Pro is more PC than an entry-level iPad, so how lame must four Android whatever devices be to equal the cheapest iPad on earth?
A 2-in-1 device is a tablet that can pose as a notebook, or, with a stretch, a notebook with a detachable keyboard that can pose as a tablet. Yes, you can have it both ways. Squeeze in the middle is an iPad.
All but the smallest iPad now have Smart Keyboard Covers that turn them into functional 2-in-1 devices. At $329 — plus another $159 for the accessory — there are far less expensive options in the market.
Now the math begins. Someone is trying to shoehorn the lowest low end of the low-end market into competition for the low-end iPad by calling it a two-in-one (2-in-1 takes up less space) and giving it PC notebook capabilities.
Why a $159 Apple-branded Smart Keyboard Cover? Better math. A $20 Bluetooth keyboard will work about the same way for $139 less and that changes the equation.
Of the Walmart crop, the two that have garnered the highest reviews have been the Onn tablet from the retailer itself and the AirBook from Packard Bell, both selling for between $90 and $110 depending on the promotion
Are these tablets? Or PC notebooks? Neither one. They’re 2-in-1’s. A #1 and a #2. A cheap-ass Android-based tablet with a keyboard; and that makes it #2. Guess what apps you get on the Walmart model? The Walmart app. Sam’s Club, too. Walmart Grocery, Walmart e-books, etc.
Rubin goes on to discuss the merits and demerits of cheap tablet-cum-notebooks but still has the audacity to compare them to a real tablet-cum-notebook, the entry-level iPad, a vastly superior and more useful device.
Why do so-called technology writers resort to such comparative drivel?
Slow news days. Pay by the word.