Are $100 tablets a waste of money?

A $100 tablet may sound like a great deal. But, low-cost machines often have outdated software and underpowered hardware. Does price trump functionality?

A wave of tablets is beginning to sweep across the tech world. The most-talked about devices will be high-end units, such as the Apple iPad and Motorola XOOM. But among the crowd will also be low-price, bare-bones machines, such as the LY-706 that I cracked open this week.

At $100 the LY-706 (also know as the MID 706) is roughly 20 percent the price of an iPad or Samsung Galaxy tab (sans contract). But even with such a low price, do you get enough bang for your buck? Neither TechRepublic's Mark Kaelin nor I think you do.

The LY-706 is underpowered, uses old technology, and the build quality is sub-par. Read Mark's full review for his complete opinion of the LY-706. Perhaps we expect too much for a device that costs about the same as a nice dinner for two. What do you think?

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...