Can Cheap Android Tablets Bridge the Digital Divide?

Can Cheap Android Tablets Bridge the Digital Divide?

It’s now possible to buy a 7-inch Android tablet for under $50 — for example, the Nook Tablet 7 or Amazon’s cheapest Fire tablet. “Since the Fire can now easily install regular Android apps, it has become useful out of all proportion to its price,” writes long-time Slashdot reader Robotech_Master, noting that for many applications tablets can replace a desktop or laptop computer. TeleRead.org is even arguing this could be what bridges the digital divide:
[N]ot just for reading ebooks and assisting in education, but for more basic tasks. People with low or no incomes could search and apply for better jobs. Students could do homework and term papers on their tablet if their siblings or parents are using the desktop.
Besides the obvious applications like email and web browsing, $50 Android tablets also offer cheap phone calls via Google Hangouts. (You can even get your own phone number through Google Voice.) Calling the tablets “a full-fledged internet terminal… easily within reach of even the lowest-income families,” the article concludes “I can hardly wait to see where these tablets go from here.”

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