Scroll Extreme Metallic Tablet Hits Sub-£200 Market – Comes with Android ICS (But No Android Market!)

For those of us who can see past the allure of that exclusive Apple owner’s club, a great number of Android gadgets have provided tablet fans with respectable and more affordable alternatives to the iPad 2. Another has arrived today as an exclusive to UK online retailer eBuyer – Introducing the Scroll Extreme, which costs only £189 to pre-order now.

The Scroll Extreme features a hard-wearing aluminium casing measuring 242.9mm x 189mm up and across at just 9.9mm thick, it looks ready for rough and tumble. The latest Android software 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is supported by the tablet’s 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 1GB of onboard RAM and 8GB internal memory, expandable with MicroSD. The capacitive touchscreen display is a reasonable 9.7-incher and crams in a generous 1024 x 768 resolution. The Scroll Extreme also features 2-megapixel rear-camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facer with HDMI output to play your video recordings onto a larger screen or TV.

The Scroll Extreme is not quit the highest of high-end gadgets but it nicely taunts Apple’s offering if you’re looking in the usually sparse sub-£200 tablet market. There is however one quite substantial criticism to be made regarding the Scroll Extreme’s ability to obtain new software and applications – There’s no access to the Android Market on this Android ICS device. Due to “licence restrictions” new owners of this tablet will only be able to grab those apps from third-party distributors, but there is a respectable line-up of pre-installed multimedia and social apps re-installed including BBC iPlayer and Facebook.

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