May 23, 2014, 1:25 PM — If you want a quad-core Android tablet, not only will you not have to break the bank -- you'll barely have to reach into your pocket. HP has started selling its HP 7 Plus quad-core tablet for a mere $100. You won't get a top-end machine, of course. So is it worth the money?
The 7-inch tablet's specs won't knock your socks off, but still, they're respectable. It's powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, and it's got 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. That 8 GB is slightly misleading, though, because it also includes 25 GB of lifetime storage from Box. And there's a microSD slot that can handle cards with up to 32 GB of capacity.
The screen has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, and there's a 2 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front one. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There's a MicroUSB 2.0 port, and a 2,800 mAh Lithium polymer battery, which HP says lasts 5.5 hours.
So is it worth it? If you're only looking to spend $100, it'll do the job; the specs are certainly respectable for that price. But for not much more, you can do better. For example, the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, which goes for $129, also has a quad-core CPU, but it's got a 1280 x 800 display and 16GB of memory, considerably better than the HP 7 Plus. It's also got a longer battery life at 9 hours and 40 minutes.
If you can't spring for the extra $30, then the HP tablet is worth it. But if you are willing to go a little bit more, the ASUS is a better bet.