The LY-706 or MID 706 tablet was a cinch to crack open. It has standard Phillips screws and an easy-open case.
So how does the $100 tablet compare to the likes of the Apple iPad or an Android device, such as the Samsung Galaxy tab? Honestly, it doesn't.
It has an underpowered processor (even for Android 1.6), the flimsy plastic touchscreen feels cheap, and overall build quality is just poor.
But then again, comparing the LY-706 to the iPad is like comparing apples and oranges. They really are two completely different animals.
Perhaps a better question is whether the LY-706 is worth $100. Unfortunately, I don't think it is. I think it's worth about $50. At that price, it actually makes a decent ebook reader or MP3 player.
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