9 inch Android 4.1 Tablet vitalASC Star-ST9001-4G
[Star-ST9001]

$179.99

Awesome!
To start off, I'd like to say that I don't exactly have low expectations when it comes to technology. I use a desktop workstation/gaming computer with an i5-2500k, HD 7950, 16 gb's of DDR3 memory, 120 SSD, etc... My laptop also uses a dual core i3, 4 gb's of memory, 60 gb SSD and I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 that's been rooted and overclocked. To summarize, I like fast hardware for whatever it is that I am doing. Now, onto the important stuff.... the actual tablet.

This is a great tablet. I have no need for having a "cutting edge" tablet, but I wanted something affordable that I could use to read PDF's/e-books for school and doodle around with. I shopped around a lot and this is the best one I found within my price range that didn't have awful reviews.

The good:

-Awesome price
-Has a surprisingly good build quality
-Hardly any bloatware
-Great for basic use
-Excellent customer service

The "bad":

-Single core processor
-800x400 resolution
-Haven't figured out a way to root this thing

The first two really aren't a con because it's not something that VitalASC tries to hide from you - it's there in plain text when reading the description and, honestly, it performs A LOT better than I was expecting. I would definitely keep background apps to a minimum though. I put Apex Launcher on it and it took a surprisingly big performance hit, so the only thing I really keep running in the background is my mail app, but the biggest fault is definitely the 800x400 resolution on a 9" screen. If you look close up enough, you can actually make out the pixels, but it's not too bad. I would highly suggest EasyEyez to make the screen more tolerable.

Simply put, if you need something with a better resolution and faster performance, then get something else. For another $100 I could have gotten a Nexus 7, but that's only three inches bigger than my smart phone and didn't feel like it would be worth it. I feel like I've hounded on this tablet a bit too much, but I really do like it though. I even ended up buying another for my mom as well, who loves it. Also, vitalASC gets a big A+ for their customer service. A few hours after I ordered my tablet on Amazon, Newegg had a special where you get a free case with the same tablet. I emailed VitalASC to see if they would honor it and they gave me no grief. It's a surprisingly nice case too!

As a side note to anyone reading this, I would greatly appreciate it if you let me know if you figure out a way to root this thing.
Date Added: 09/04/2013 by Robert B. Romero