For those who refrain from forking out more than £250 to get Apple’s diminutive iPad tablet, one possible alternative is the Sumvision Cyclone Tablet which costs a mere £104.99 at Ebuyer with free delivery.
The similarities between Sumvision’s and Apple’s tablet are quite obvious. Both of them have an 8in display (or 7.9in in Apple’s case) with a 1,024 x768 resolution (and a 4:3 aspect ratio). Both have 16GB of flash and a dual core SoC.
The one that powers the Sumvision tablet is a Rockchip RK3066 model which is likely to be clocked at 1.6GHz like most other RK3066 models.
There’s also a quad-core Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Bluetooth 4.0, a 4,200mAh battery (that can power the tablet for five hours), a microSD, a mini USB and a mini HDMI port plus a front facing VGA camera.
The Cyclone Voyager is both more powerful and much more affordable than the Apple iPad.
However the latter is likely to have the upper hand when it comes to the quality of finish and the general touch and feel. Other tablets at this price include the Acer Iconia B1 tablet at £100 and the Archos Gamepad.