Screenshot from Maylong's M-250 tablet. Things are starting to look up a little in this tab, compared to the M-150.

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Maylong Tablet Specs and Tech

Maylong has a few tablets on the market, but (and we'll get to this in depth later) it can be a bit tricky to tell if you're going by the company's Web site. The first iteration of the tablet was the M-150. It was followed by the M-250, M-260, M-270, M-285 and finally the M-970, all of which cost right around $100, with the exception of the M-970, which was priced around $200. It can be difficult to discern exactly which tablet models are still on the market, but going by the offerings of big stores like Sears and Walmart, everything except the M-150 is still available online or in stores.

We'll start with the M-250 and M-260 models, which are the more basic designs. Basic is the word: They both run Android 2.2/Froyo, a really outdated (2010) operating system that's used to run something like a flip phone. Oddly enough, the M-250 is listed on the company's Web site as having a 800 + 300 DSP processor, while the 260 has a 700 MHz + 550 MHz DSP processor. The 270, 285 and 970 moved to an Android 4.0 platform, which is very tablet-friendly. They also share in common a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor with 3D accelerator (1.2 970).

One extremely important difference between the 250 and 260 versus the other models: They have a resistive touch screen as opposed to capacitive. That means that while the newer models have touch screens that use your finger as an electrical current (which can accommodate a light touch), the 250 and 260 are pressure sensitive. You know at the grocery store when you struggle to hit the buttons just right when entering your PIN on the debit reader? Yup, that's what you'll be dealing with. (The 250 even comes with a stylus, which doesn't bode well for the usability of the touch screen.)

All the models have 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) screens, except for the 970 (9.7 inches/24.6 centimeters, hence the seemingly random model number). Storage in each model varies. The 250 and 260 have only 2 gigabytes (GB) of storage, while the 270 and 285 have 4 GB. The 970 has 8 GB on board storage. The 250, 260, 270, 285 and 970 all accommodate a microSD memory card as well.