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E Fun introduces $79 quad-core Android tablet

For only $10 more than the price of a non-touchscreen Kindle, you can get a full-featured Nextbook tablet. Surely there must be a catch?


Think you can't afford a tablet? Think again. E Fun just announced the Nextbook NX700QC16G, a 7-inch Android tablet priced at just $79.

I know what you're thinking: At this price, it must be junk. For a decent entry-level tablet, you need to spend at least $139 on the likes of a Kindle Fire HD.

Think again -- again. On paper, at least, the Nextbook delivers a surprising amount of bang for the buck. In addition to a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, the tablet includes 16GB of storage (most sub-$100 models have just 8GB; some just half that much) and a microSD slot for expansion.

Other surprising amenities: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Android 4.4 (KitKat), all rarities in lower-end tablets. And E Fun stocks the Nextbook with not just Google Play, but also apps including Flixster, Nook, Vudu, and Net Nanny.

On the other hand, the unit has a screen resolution of just 1,024x600 pixels, which is on the low side for reading Web pages and small text, but not a deal-breaker by any means. Ultimately, it depends on how you plan to use the Nextbook.

For example: game center for kids? Spotify server? Second screen while you're watching TV? A tablet like this should be fine for tasks like these, and indeed, it should manage nicely for most other tasks as well.

That said, it's hard to say for sure without some hands-on time, and this Nextbook is so new, it hasn't seen any user reviews at Walmart -- the only store currently carrying it. Even so, barring any major flaws (like an unusually dim screen), it's likely to be a big seller as the holidays approach. Because $79 for a quad-core tablet with 16GB and GPS -- well, that's hard to pass up.

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