Binatone Homesurf 705 launches

The £99 Android tablet has arrived. The Binatone Homesurf 705 is a budget entry in the heady world of Android tabs, with a seven-inch resistive touch-screen and the Android 2.1 OS. It's the slightly faster follow up to last year's Binatone Homesurf 7 (and its larger eight-inch and ten-inch brothers), which ran on Android 1.6.


The home screen can be customised with app shortcuts and a few widgets, such as the familiar Android clock gizmo. Wi-Fi support (but not 3G) lets you browse the net, while the video player supports HD video. There's a preloaded ebook app too.


Other specs include 2GB of storage, expandable by the microSD slot, and 256MB of RAM - which won't be up to the same level of multitasking you'd expect from the 1GB super-tabs, or even some smartphones.


Binatone had to cut corners somewhere though, and thanks to some lower-tech parts, you won't actually get the full Android experience - no Android Market or Gmail app for example, simply an all-in-one email app.


Still, it's a good choice for the tablet first-timer, and Binatone claims it's offering the best tablet £99 can buy. Check out the video demo to see if you agree.


The Homesurf 705 is available now from ASDA - where it won't be the only £99 tablet on offer.

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