HP 7 Plus

How bad do you need an Android tablet? HP’s latest Android tablet isn’t packed with the latest components, but it’s cheap. The buyer gets, um, a screen, some bits and bytes, and a bezel as wide as the Mighty Mississisp’. But the HP 7 Plus is only $99. Since HP’s first consumer Android tablet, the computer maker has been content racing to the bottom with cheap tablets destined for developing regions and niche markets. Apparently HP is happy with this strategy as it has made little effort to change. Unlike Amazon, Google or Apple, HP doesn’t have a content service to recover losses from selling high-end tablets at low prices; it must turn a profit from hardware alone. The tablet rocks specs not that much better than HP’s ill-fated Palm TouchPad.

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