Argos gets in on the tablet game, launches the MyTablet

Argos MyTabletReleasing a cheap Android tablet seems to be the thing to do if you’re an established UK retailer at the moment, as just last week, Tesco put its Hudl tablet on sale. Now Argos has joined in with its MyTablet, which is cheaper than Tesco and Amazon’s tablets, but not so technically impressive.

As with its competition, the MyTablet has a 7-inch display, but the resolution is a poor 1024 x 600 pixels. That’s the same as the old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the original Kindle Fire, but nowhere near the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD. It’s lower than the Hudl’s 1440 x 900 pixel resolution too.

It’s powered by a dual-core, 1.6GHz processor, although exactly which one isn’t known. The operating system is Android 4.2.2, which is good news, and the tablet comes with 19 pre-installed apps, such as the BBC iPlayer, Angry Birds, Twitter, Facebook and an unnamed eBook reader. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, and a basic VGA video call camera.

So how much do you have to pay for Argos’ tablet? A mere £100, which is £20 cheaper than the Tesco Hudl, but with considerably lower-end specs. It would seem, if you’re in the market for a tablet made by a catalogue shop or supermarket, the Hudl is the better deal. Argos says it’s aiming the MyTablet at younger buyers, so it could do well at Christmas, but Tesco may win the battle this year.

It’s out to buy now, and can be ordered online or in-store.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars