The Maylong M-150 Tablet PC is an Android-based device sold by Walgreens for a mere $99 a pop. The obvious purpose for this tablet's existence is to appeal to bargain basement shoppers—grandmas, poor college kids, those on a tight budget—by claiming to offer a full tablet experience for cheap. I mean, it runs Android, right? That's a legit operating system nowadays. Unfortunately, the Maylong M-150 is the very epitome of "race to the bottom," and anyone looking to buy one would get more bang for the buck by setting it on fire for warmth.
What you get
On paper, the Maylong tablet looks... okay. It has a 7" screen, but is limited to a resolution of 800x480. It has a resistive touchscreen instead of a more accurate capacitive one like the iPad or Galaxy Tab, a 400MHz (or 533, depending on whom you ask) processor, 256MB of RAM and 2GB of built-in storage. It comes with 802.11b/g for WiFi and no 3G support, though it claims to be able to use USB-based 3G cards via the extra dongle that comes in the box. It weighs less than a pound and comes with Android 1.6. Hey, what do you expect for $100?
Maylong's website doesn't specify any details about the non-user-replaceable battery, but does say that it has a standby time of 2-3 hours. That's not usage time, folks: that's how long the thing will last in your bag after you unplug it, and according to our use, it's a pretty good estimate. If you charge it before leaving for the airport, there's a pretty good likelihood that the M-150 will be dead by the time you get on the plane.
Usage time is even worse. We "used" the device as best we could for as long as possible, and the battery usually only gave us an hour or less before dying out. (Yes, there were times when we got less than an hour from a full charge.) This was usually with WiFi on, though as we noted in the Usage section, just because the device says WiFi is on doesn't necessarily mean it's true.
Either way, we can't imagine getting too much more than an hour during anyone's regular usage patterns. (Then again, it's so infuriating to use, you probably would never find yourself using it for more than an hour at a time anyway).