Friday, May 25, 2018
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$80 Genesis Prime tablet computer is worth considering

If you're not sure whether you need a tablet computer, $200 is a lot to spend just to find out. But Ematic has reduced the risk with the Genesis Prime, a 7-inch Android tablet computer that lists for $80.

You get quite a lot at that price — with an emphasis on "at that price."

Keeping costs down means stripping out all of the frills. The tablet does come loaded with a recent version of the Android operating system, Jellybean 4.1 (only Jellybean 4.2 is newer). That means access to all of the Google services, such as Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps and YouTube, as well as the most recent versions of third-party apps.

The tablet is also Wi-Fi only, so if there is no hot spot, there is no Web access. The device has limited memory, with only 4 gigabytes on board. But there is a slot that can take a 32 GB micro SD memory card (that will add at least $20 to the price).

The tablet has only one physical button, the on/off switch. The rest of the controls are on the screen. The screen itself is reasonably sharp, but very small type, like that on the apps page, breaks up a bit.

The only camera is a front-facing Video Graphics Array. The speaker is particularly anemic, although when a user wore headphones, the sound quality was good. Battery life isn't stellar, with the manufacturer estimating a 4 ½-hour play time.

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