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A tablet for penny pinchers

The $50 RCA Voyager III is sold exclusively via Wal-Mart.

And you know what they say: "You get what you pay for."

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Screw you

It has three visible screws on its bottom edge that make it look more like a prototype than finished product.

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Big grill

It also has a large grill for the speaker on the back with holes big enough for crumbs and other small debris to fall in.

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Google Play Store

One thing the RCA tablet has that the Amazon Fire doesn't -- it's biggest competition -- is access to the Google Play Store.

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Super Mario Run-friendly

The Amazon Fire has a curated app store that doesn't get the latest games as fast as the Google Play Store. So, unlike the RCA tablet pictured here, it can't download Super Mario Run.

Unfortunately, the RCA tablet is very slow when it comes to loading games.

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Ugh-ly

But unless you can get over these unsightly screws and its slow performance, you're better off with the Fire.

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Underwhelming performance

The tablet's performance is significantly slow.

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Tacky plastic

The RCA Voyager III is all plastic and it feels cheap and flimsy.

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What were they thinking?

This terrible design is an affront to my aesthetic sensibility.

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Decent screen

The screen is fine when held directly in front of your face, but move it around and its narrow viewing angles will hinder your experience.

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Chunky

Yes, it's girthy, but that's to be expected of a budget tablet.

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Almost-pure Android

Aside from the Google Play Store, the fact that it runs a mostly pure version of Android is its biggest advantage over the Fire.

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Slower than molasses

Everything from app downloads to games, to web browsing and reading, took the patience of a saint to wait through.

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Rear camera

The screws on the tablet are almost as big as rear camera's lens.

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See!?

They're not even trying to hide them.

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Portable size

At 7 inches, it is very portable and easy to travel with.

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So. Ugly.

But those screws.

Take it from me, you're better off with the Amazon Fire.

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