Jan 11 AT 10:22 PM Edgar Cervantes 19 Comments

Hands-on: Coby Android 4.0 tablets to cost $100-$300, but probably not worth it

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Affordable tablets are the boom lately, and Coby is trying to take a shot at this specific market. These tablets are definitely not high-end, but even at their low price they seem a bit expensive compared to other affordable devices out there. Not to mention that the specs are not very impressive.

These tablets are available in a variety of versions. There are two 7-inch versions, as well as an 8-inch and 9.7-inch version. Coby has more tablets coming, but these are the only ones we were able to see at CES.

These Ice Cream Sandwich tablets come with a 1GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and 4-8 GB of internal storage, depending on the version of the tablet. They do run Android 4.0.1, but the experience is nothing compared to a Tegra 3 tablet (or even Tegra 2). ASUS is soon to release a Tegra 3 tablet for $250, and it will blow any of these out of the water. To be honest, the experience is nothing compared even to other single-core devices like the HTC Flyer.

The tablets are not very responsive and are very buggy. Granted, these are pre-production models, so the final product should be much better. (At least we hope so).

If you’re looking for an Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, these devices range from $100 to $300 and will be released this coming April. You might want to consider your options before making a move, though.

Would anyone be willing to shell out about $300 for a Coby 10-inch tablet? If not, which one — if any — would you rather get?

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • FlexPuke

    …well I mean, what would you expect? Coby was never really high-end in the first place

  • fatspirit

    Bad pads have to exist so good ones could look better (:

    • AsakuraZero

      i came here to say that, and dman its the harsh reality someone have to set the “ugly” mark so the other looks beautiful

    • Jack

      LoL Like fat chicks!

  • spazby



    FAIL….. maybe that should have been in the headline.. LOl

  • romy134

    Step yo game up!!

  • txbluesman

    Thanks for the story Edgar. That had to hurt to have to write about Colby tablets. What a waste of time, but somebody had to do it. We members do appreciate the time and effort you guys give for us to enjoy geek habit. Keep up the good work at the CES

  • lokidokie

    Why do they even bother? It obviously takes money to design and build these things.
    So who the hell funds these awful ideas?!?!

  • Jöran Schlömer

    I’d never get one of those :D I am looking forward to the 7inch Tegra 3 device. I am definitely going to get one!

  • rantmo

    There’s something charming about Coby. I have no idea why, but you just kinda want to pat them on the head and tell them to go out and keep on knocking good stuff off!

  • Trinhbo

    What stinks about these cheap devices is they cloud an already flooded market of Android tablets. We need higher quality tablets that push all of the manufacturers to continue to innovate and raise their levels to earn our dollars. And when there are more higher quality devices, then prices have to come down to further distinguish brands and devices apart.

  • http://www.jdotreach.com Joshua Reach

    Coby has never really been a brand about “quality”. Sure they’re cheap, but I’d rather save up and spend an extra $100-200 for something that’ll last longer than a month.

    • dacatalyst41

      Couldn’t have said it better!

  • vid500

    It’s really nothing for me, and the first thing I noticed was the bad screen. and I’d reather spend more on a good tablet, then less on a bad one. And thats with all the things I buy, as my grandmother uses to say “I’m not rich enough to buy chip”.:)

  • Futureboy

    I automatically skipped to the next article after the first word in the title: “Coby”

    Then I decided I needed a good laugh and came back to read about what piece of rubbish they are unleashing on the world.

  • Serge

    You all complete miss the point with Coby. I paiyed E 110 (about $ 130) for a Coby.
    It runs Android 2.3, and probably will be upgradeble to 4.x

    And it simply works fine. It is my trhird tablet: I also have an iPad (who doesn’t?) and an Archos.
    The COby is by far the cheapest, and has the worst screen of the three.
    But for the moeny it offers a lot: I can browse, email, Wordfeud, Poker, use it as remote, read news etc.
    All can be done (and better) with more expensive tablets, but as a nice second tablet (yes, in this family sometime my wife plays Wordfeud and I play poker :-) it offers a lot bang for the buck.

  • Get an Arnova 7 g3

    i got an arnova g3 for $100 and for $70 and i had trouvle mpving the screen!

  • Coby

    Kept my name but threw out the Coby tablet.