When I see the words “8-inch Android tablet” paired with the numbers “$129.99,” I sit up and take notice.
After all, Apple’s new 8-inch (well, 7.9-inch) iPad Mini just debuted with a starting price of $399. A tablet that costs a whopping $270 less must be a hunk of junk, right?
That was my thinking as I approached the Ematic EGP008, a new tablet that, on paper, seems a little too good to be true.
Available in your choice of black, blue, gray, or red, the EGP008 looks like most other tablets in its class. It’s nicely tapered at the rear, and its gently rounded edges make for a comfortable grip. It also feels reasonably light, weighing just a hair over one pound.
The backside also has labels for the various items along the bottom edge, which include the power button, headphone jack, microUSB and microHDMI ports, and microSD slot.