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Should You Buy an Off Brand Android Tablet

Should you consider buying an off brand tablet? Let’s examine what you should be on the lookout for when shopping for one of these white box devices.

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Should You Buy an Off Brand Android Tablet

Following the news story earlier this week about white box devices out performing some of the big tablet names such as Apple and Android, I thought it would be important to take a few minutes to look at these devices to make sure they are actually worth buying.

After all, you don’t want to get a lemon of a tablet now do you? I didn’t think so. So, let’s take a look at a few things you should look for in a new tablet especially in one made by a so called off brand Android tablet maker.

What Is a White Box Device

First, I wanted to stop for a moment to define exactly what a white box device is. Basically, it is a device made by several of the smaller manufacturers out there. Think of it as a generic brand if we were to equate to some food or drug labels. These makers don’t sell quite the volume of the big names and they often sell their devices for much less than some of the big time makers such as Apple and Samsung.

Are They Worth It?

So, are they worth it? The answer isn’t as simple as the question, I’m afraid. Can you find a great tablet for cheap that doesn’t come from a major manufacturer? Certainly. Will you have to make a few sacrifices along the way? Maybe, maybe not. The key is to watch for a few key factors when making your purchase.

What To Watch For

So what do you need to look for? Let’s take a look at a few key factors you need to keep your eye on when buying a white box tablet.

Hardware Specs

Sometimes white box makers use older hardware to get the cost down on their devices. While some of these will be perfectly okay for you to use, others may not be depending on what you do with it. Remember, if you want to do anything fancy you need a great processor on your tablet. If all you want to do is check email and a little web surfing, then you can go with something a little older.

Screen Size and Type

There are many different types of screens out there. One of the biggest ways manufacturers keep costs down is by putting older screens on their devices that have lower resolution and reduced brightness. Take a closer look at the screen on the tablet you are thinking about purchasing and make sure you like the way it looks. If you are alright with the lower resolutions then by all means add that one to your short list. If you insist on a high resolution screen that is very bright, you may have to look elsewhere.

Android Version

There are many different versions of Android currently on the market and in the wild. Sometimes, white box dealers opt for older versions that are a bit more mature but easier to install in order to cut costs. These older versions of the operating system may lack some of the new features found on Android that you will want or need. So be very careful here.

At the same time, you need to check and see if it supports updates. Some will only let you update your tablet so far before you have reached the end of its update compatibility. If that leaves you on a really old operating system, you will not only lack features but over time it could even become a bit of a security risk as support for these old versions of Android fades into technology oblivion.

Google Play Support

Believe it or not, Google does make manufacturers meet some requirements when releasing tablets using Android. If they meet these rules, then the tablet will offer Google Play support. That means you can download apps from the Google Play Store and you know it met at least the minimum requirements for approval from Google. If you see tablets out there that don’t support it, if they aren’t Amazon or Nook tablets, then chances are they are of very low quality and failed to meet Google’s tests. Avoid these like the plague and only pick one up that offers Google Play Support.


Take a closer look at the fine print when buying one of these tablets. Find out what kind of warranty you will get, if you get one at all, and read reviews to see how it stands up against other tablets especially when something goes wrong. In the end you want to make sure you get one that works and if something does go wrong, you want to be able to get it fixed without having to invest even more money into a tablet. Otherwise, you may as well pay more for one of the major tablet makers’ products.

Realities Today

Despite the fact that you do need to watch for some of these issues on white box tablets, buying an off brand tablet doesn’t mean you are picking up something that is, well, for lack of a better term, a piece of crap. On the contrary, there are some great white box devices out there that will give you the features you want at a price that is much lower than some of the leading manufacturers. You just must be careful and thorough while you do your shopping.

Final Thoughts

White box devices are on the rise and have never been as popular as they are today. More and more consumers are buying them and they are now beginning to give the major manufacturers a run for their money in the market. Still, that doesn’t mean all things are created equal. While it is possible to find a great off brand tablet in your price range that will do everything you need it to do, you still must be careful.

While shopping, make sure you examine every detail about the tablet especially if it is from a maker than you have never heard of before. If you determine that both the hardware and software on the device will be more than enough for you, then take a closer look at the reviews and warranty offered before you make your purchase.

There are great off brand tablets out there, but just shop around and be careful. If you do, I’m guessing you will find just what you need at a price you can easily afford.