This 9.7-inch tablet is the powerhouse model in iDea USA’s lineup, yet it costs hundreds less than many competing models.

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Tablet Triple Threat

Tablets aren't a one-size-fits-all product. That's why iDea USA offers three different models. In keeping with the company's pricing philosophy, all three tablets cost well under $300. Each of these tablets ships with Android 4.0 preinstalled.

For anyone who doesn't need a full-sized tablet, the CT720 is a cost-effective option. This $170 tablet has a capacitive, multi-touch-capable, 7-inch (800 by 400) display and a 1.2GHz processor. It packs 8GB of built-in flash memory, which you can expand via the microSD slot.

Notably, it ships with only 512MB of RAM, which is less than many consumer-grade tablets. Likewise, the rechargeable lithium battery is a little short on robustness; it's rated for only about 5 hours of use. Also worth noting -- this one has a USB host adapter, so you can connect a full-size keyboard or mouse for easier input.

For the same price, you can grab the T1003, which boasts a 10-inch resistive display with a resolution of 1024 by 600. It comes with 4GB of flash memory, which can be expanded to 16GB through the microSD slot and 512MB RAM. For processing power, you'll have a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU.

As with its 7-inch cousin, this one doesn't have much oomph, battery-wise. Factory specs list battery life at between only two and three hours. Neither of these models has Bluetooth, but you can attach a dongle for 3G support if you'd like. Both also have a single, low-resolution, front-facing camera.

The superstar of iDea USA's tablets is the CT920, which has a 9.7-inch (1024 by 768) display. It sports a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex Dual Core CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage capacity that's expandable to 32GB. The CT920 measures 9.5 by 7.4 by 0.4 inches (242 by 190 by 9.9 millimeters) and weighs 1.3 pounds (0.6kilograms).

It has not one but two cameras. The front-facing camera is 0.3 megapixels, while the back camera weighs in at 2 megapixels. Better yet, its rechargeable lithium power pack is rated for close to 6 hours.

With the improved specs comes a higher suggested retail price of $260. Still, this is far cheaper than most tablet computers. Of course, all three tablets have built-in WiFi. And because they run Android, you'll be able to download and install many apps from the Android Market.