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Remember when tablets that were priced under $100 were a big deal? Now tablet makers are selling their products at prices much lower. The big question, though, is if these budget-priced tablets are worth the money. Time Magazine recently looked at this question, evaluating the new Ubislate 7Ci tablet from Datawind. What’s interesting about this tablet? It only costs $38.

The bottom

There’s been a long-running race to the bottom among tablet makers. Obviously, when we say “bottom,” we’re talking about price. Tablet makers around the world have been racing to flood the shelves with the least expensive tablets possible in an effort to capture the business of the budget-conscious buyer. The Datawind tablet beats all in terms of price.

Is it worth it?

But what about performance? Time shares that the Datawind tablet doesn’t really shine here. Time writes that the tablet features the same kind of technical specs that smartphones featured some years ago. The tablet is bogged down by bad viewing angles, short battery life and a sluggish performance. The tablet has only 4 GB of storage, meaning that you won’t have a lot of room for storing apps.

Even cheaper?

Of course, that $38 price tag is impressive. Time admitted this much in its review. And if you are budget-savvy consumer or business owner, Datawind’s move is great news. This tablet may not be the right one for you. Nevertheless the existence of the Ubislate 7Ci does prove one thing: Budget tablets are only going to get more affordable. You don’t have to pay a small fortune to purchase a tablet any more.