There are a lot of people out there that are on a budget, but still want some cool gadgets like a new Android tablet. The Xoom and some of the other really expensive tablets out there don’t fit the budget for lots of people interested in a new tablet . Some folks are shopping for a simple and cheap tablet with decent performance. Often these are the folks that end up rocking the cool Barnes & Noble Nook eReader powered by Android.
There is another cheap option for an Android tablet for those that want something built intentionally to be a table. ViewSonic’s ViewBook VB730 is cheaper even than the $249 Nook Color these days with a price of only $229. The VB730 is shipping right now on Amazon for $229 making its price $20 under the Nook Color. You can’t expect iPad dominating performance at that low price.
What you get for your $229 is a tablet packing in a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480. It uses a Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz. ViewSonic crams 8GB of internal flash storage into the device along with 512MB of RAM. The operating system is Android 2.2 and the tablet has WiFi and Bluetooth. The front camera has VGA resolution and the tablet rocks HDMI out and a microSD card reader. The battery promises eight hours of use per charge.