July 2012

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Sometimes things don’t turn out the way I thought they would.  When the infamous $100 laptop project was going on (has it really been) 5 years ago, I thought that $100 laptops were the future.  Tablets were, so we thought back then, unusable devices that would never catch on due to clunky input and the fact they ran operating systems that were designed for laptops.

The iPad changed everything.  It turned out that when a operating system that was designed for a tablet combined with 1000’s of applications that were designed for use with a tablet made a pretty useful device.  Pretty useful as in it does about 75% of the things that can be done with a laptop and then adds its own capabilities such as a touch screen and accelerometer.

This was all well and good, but if you are like me, you were still clinging on to your laptop and saying, “It still doesn’t do X”.  Times have changed, a touch screen combined with applications that work well with a touch screen has left me thinking, “My laptop doesn’t do Y”.

Then the tipping point came.  The team I am on was assigned to the development of a mobile application.  It was time for me to get with the times and try out a tablet.

You may be familiar with the ~$200 tablets such as the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.  They each have their strengths and weaknesses.  If you are like me, you want the best deal possible.  By looking around on the Internet, I was astounded to find out that the $200 price mark was beatable.

My first purchase was a $92 Coby MID7042.  My second was a $95 Viewsonic G-Tablet off of ebay.  I have found it!  The sub $100 computer. Both of these devices are great in their own ways.  Disclaimer: Please search the Internet for reviews before you make any purchasing decisions.

It seems unbelievable, but the time has come.  Even with the dollar’s purchasing power going down over the last 5 years, you can get a great piece of computing power for under $100.  Just look in the tablet section.