When visiting the electronics section of your local department store, it is not uncommon to see a display case with loaded to the brim with affordable Android tablets. These tablets may have flashy logos or include a suite of expensive pre-installed applications for free in order to attempt to make customers see the value in purchasing the tablet. Unfortunately many of these tablets are never worth the money due to poor build quality and badly outdated internals.
Many of these terrible tablets are either manufacturered by brands we normally trust with electronics or purchase the rights/license to use the name from a holding company. These “licensed” tablets are especially dangerous as they are often nothing more than the least expensive lot of tablets made with sweat shop labor with a logo from a well known brand stenciled on top. As if that was not enough to cause you to stay away from these tablets, they are often loaded with bloatware, lack a functional Over the Air update system and are often stuck on versions of Android that can go as far back as Android 2.2… in 2016!
The list below will include many of the well known brands to avoid when purchasing a tablet.
- ANY “Store Brand” tablet
- Dragon / DragonTough
- Kodak (Licensed)
- Tablet Express
If you are in the market to purchase an Android Tablet, it is best to avoid the department store all together and pay your local big box electronics retailer a visit. If they carry tablets by any of the above manufacturers, just walk away and find another store. The above list does not encompass all manufacturers so it is best to do your research.