Argos is tired of cluttering up your coffee table with its goliath books containing everything ever made. It now wants to clutter up your lounge with its new tablet, the MyTablet. It's made by Bush, which is the brand Argos slaps onto all of its cheap electrical products, including TVs and DVD players.
The MyTablet is a 7-inch slate with a dual-core processor and a £100 price tag. With such a low price, Argos is going head-to-head with supermarket giant Tesco, whose £119 7-inch Hudl tablet recently earned a. Let battle commence.
The Bush MyTablet is available now from Argos.
Should I buy the Bush MyTablet?
Almost certainly not. While at £100, the MyTablet is cheap, it's far from cheerful. It gains some points for its minimal, metallic design, but it rapidly loses them again for its godawful display, sluggish processor, software issues and odd design choices -- like making the SD card slot too deep to click a card into without poking it with a pen.
A better budget option is the. At £130, it's a little more expensive, but its high-definition screen and nippy quad-core processor more than make up for it. I highly recommend waiting however long it takes to save up the extra 30 quid, or asking your neighbours if you can wash their cars for a fiver a pop -- the upgrade is worth it.
The other option to consider is Tesco's Hudl tablet. It's £119, has a family-friendly (read: durable) rubberised body, a decent enough display and has helpful apps that take you through the basics of Android. If you're buying a tablet for the little 'uns to use, it might be the one to go for.
Design and build quality
The MyTablet seems to have taken a couple of design cues from Apple's iPhone 5. It has silver metallic back, with angular edges and a white strip on the back that's very iPhone-esque. It's nowhere near as luxurious as the iPhone though -- as you'd expect, given the cost.
The plain white front is uninspiring and the edges have a slight sharpness to them that makes it feel unfinished. You'll find the usual buttons around the edges -- a volume rocker and power button -- but their placement is unusual, which might take some getting used to. The Bush branding and camera placement suggests it should be held in portrait mode, putting the volume rocker on the bottom, with the power button on the left. In landscape mode, they're awkward to find.
You'll also find an HDMI port tucked into the edge, which is great for hooking the tablet up to a big TV. A 2-megapixel camera lurks on the back while a 0.3-megapixel camera is on the front for video calling. There's also a microSD card slot, which allows you to expand the 8GB of built-in storage. Crucially, you're able to install apps to the card, not just your music and video, meaning you don't need to worry too much about downloading huge files.
Annoyingly, the card has to be pushed very far inside which I couldn't do with just a finger -- I had to poke it in with a pen. It might not seem like a huge issue, but it suggests that a closer eye on quality control is needed.
It's 191mm long, 110mm wide and 9mm thick which is smaller than Tesco's Hudl. It's quite a stark design, clearly aimed more towards those of you looking for a smart-looking device, rather than the plastic, family-friendly stylings of the Hudl. It's inoffensive enough, but there's no question it looks cheap. Pop it in a case if you're heading anywhere with a dress-code.