I have been asked to choose a cheap tablet to buy for Skype video calling. The person who will use it isn't going to do anything fancy else, just videocalling her daughter at evening.

I have seen products like Mediacom's SmartPad 706i featuring:

  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GHz single-core CPU

I wonder if these are good for smooth calling, considering that no other applications are supposed to run meanwhile.

I'm not asking, as per policy, for a recommendation on which product to buy. What hardware characteristics are most important for video calling using Skype?

  • See this Skype Forum where a person has asked about "Skype on Android Tablets" community.skype.com/t5/Android/Skype-on-Android-tablets/td-p/… – Simon Dec 7 '12 at 15:15
  • I have no problem voice calling on my phone with those specs but haven't tried video calling. – Matthew Read Dec 7 '12 at 15:41
  • I'd generally say that any tablet that nowaday comes with a front camera suffices to run Skype decently. – ce4 Dec 7 '12 at 15:43
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    OH: Stick to ARM CPU's, mips and x86 may be unsupported still. Plus maybe chinese pre-4.0/ICS el-cheapo tablets often have crappy video drivers, so get a recent one. Probably get the cheapest Nexus line tablet (currently the Nexus 7 16GB), it's really good in comparision to the few bucks you can save with a chinese no-name tablet. – ce4 Dec 7 '12 at 15:47
  • @ce4 anything priced over 150€ is "too expensive" for this person. +1 for ARM. Nexus 7 priced > 250@amazon – usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ Dec 7 '12 at 16:32

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