All eyes in the tech world are on ... Kmart?
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I've not seen the device in person, but I can tell you the answer is "no."
According to the specs on the company's website, the Augen version is smaller and far less capable than the iPad. It's not in the same league and so is aimed at a different audience. Still, the price tag is the draw here; it's one of the lowest among the array of Android tablets available.
When might we see a true iPad competitor? The components alone in that device cost around $260, according to iSuppli. Also, Computerworld says Apple has "locked up access to manufacturing materials" because of huge demand for the iPad.
Bottom line: It will probably be quite some time before we see a device that can compete on price, quality, and quantity. In the meantime, we cheapskates just might have to hit up Kmart for the next Blue Light Special.
Fool analyst Rex Moore is waiting for the Martha Stewart line of tablets. He owns no companies mentioned in this article. Google is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommendation. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. The Fool owns shares of Google. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.