What does a budget tablet get you these days? A pretty capable device actually. Sure, at $120 you have to set your expectations low and come to terms with no frills. That said, the Le Pan Haier (HG-9041) is a 9″ Android tablet that runs Jelly Bean and comes in a variety of colors.
The form of the Le Pan 9″ is dressed to impress. It’s sleek and has a colored aluminum brushed metal back. It weighs 1.18 pounds (535 grams) which is a reasonable heft. From the looks of it, it doesn’t look like a budget tablet… until you get a look at the screen.
The screen is the weak link of the Le Pan. The resolution is 800 x 480, which is lower than most phones now a days. It looks very mediocre, especially for fonts, but for video it’s suitable. We don’t use this word often, but the viewing angle is just plain old bad.
Fortunately, the internal specs are actually pretty decent. There’s a quad-core processor running at 1GHz, and 1 GB of memory. There’s only 8GB of internal storage, but there’s a micro-SD slot that supports up to 32GB. The battery is 4200 mAh and lasts about 5 hours. We found it will last about a week or so on standby. Nicely, it can charge with micro-USB, and it also comes with an AC adapter if you want to charge it faster.
The benchmark performed very well against some older phones and tablets. Overall performance is actually quite good, and while it’s hardly the fastest Android device we’ve used, it felt very capable in usage.
There’s built in WiFi (wireless-n), bluetooth, microSD card, and even a front webcam with microphone. The camera is .3MP, which is comically low, but the photos are decent for a front-facing camera.
As a budget tablet, the Le Pan 9″ Tablet is not half bad. It’s a decent first tablet, especially for kids. The tablet comes loaded with stock Android and no special apps. But if it wasn’t for the subpar screen, it’d be a much better purchase for the money. If you can find it online, the Le Pan Haier (HG-9041) will run you about $120.
The Good: Very affordable, decent performance, includes front-facing camera for the price, colorful backside, Micro-SD card
The Bad: Low res display with bad viewing angles