7 Inch Android Tablet with WiFi and Camera - iPad Replacement
I have to be frank - I really wanted an iPad. The ability to view movies, surf the web, play games and read books all on one portable device that is easy to use and extremely lightweight appealed to me. However I could not justify spending £500+ for this - regardless of how useful I thought it might be so I started looking around for options and came across this pretty useful (looking) unit for about £60.
As you can well imagine I was quite intrigued not only by the price but whether or not this could meet my requirements and needs. Right of the top it was missing some features but they were definitely not deal breakers in my eyes.
- A 7" screen vs. a 10" screen ... to be honest I somewhat preferred the smaller size of this unit as it made it feel more like a pocket book than otherwise.
- Android operating system - while I like the looks of Apple I have never liked the fact that it is a "closed" system. Android while still fairly new seems to have some fairly robust features and the fact that it is an open system means that hopefully eventually there will be many more applications available to use on and through this operating system.
- With the ability to watch YouTube video's via WiFi + also download video's onto the SD card that can be added to it, video's on the go are definitely an option and a joy to watch on the 800x480 resolution 7 inch touchscreen.
- The widget screen for the applications that you download is clear and fairly simple to use after you figure out that moving application is a simple matter of holding down on them and then dragging and dropping.
- While the unit was supposed to come preinstalled with Skype and MSN mine didn't but getting these wasn't too difficult & the other apps in the marketplace are quite interesting. The games right now are fairly limited but hopefully this will be expanded upon in the future.
- The unit includes an RJ45 ethernet adapter and also the ability to add a connection via USB. This is not something I've tested yet, but overall this is an added bonus. In addition the built in speakers give good sound quality and while I've not yet tested the microphone either, the camera and video quality are both decent.
- Primary Function: Android Internet Tablet
- Screen: 7 Inch Touchscreen LCD
- Screen Type: Resistive
- Screen Resolution: 800*480
- CPU Processor: WM8505+ (400MHz)
- Internal Memory/ROM: 2GB
- External Memory: Micro SD Card up to 8GB (Not included)
- USB Flash Drive Support: Yes, up to 8GB
- Memory/RAM: 256MB DDR
- Battery Type: Polymer Lithium-ion battery (7.4 V)
- Battery Capacity: 1500 mAh (4-5 hours of constant use)
- Speaker: Built-in 2W
- Mic: Built-in high sensitivity mic
- Wireless Interface: WiFi 802.11b/g
Photo Resolution: 480 x 640
Video Resolution: 240 x 320
Video FPS: 8
Operating System: Android 1.6
Pictures: JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Audio: WWMA, MP3, WAV, AAC
Video: 3GP, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 (Many more can be supported by third-party software!)
Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Chinese (Traditional + Simplified), Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Norwegian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Turkish, Swedish
- Dimensions(L*W*D):190mm * 120mm * 10.5mm
- Manufacturer Ref: AND07TABLET2
Overall this unit does everything its supposed to and while the limitations in the App Market exist, they are definitely not a "deal breaker" as the installed applications meet all of my primary needs. The biggest negative to this device is not the features and the way that it looks or functions - rather it is the battery life. For a portable device to stop working after about 1hr of use is deplorable and something that needs to change in future iterations.
Would I buy this again?
Well I think that's a question of funds really ... if I had the money I probably would go with the iPad, but considering how much I spent (by the way in addition to the £60 cost, I had to pay an additional £15 shipping and £15 duty... still at £90 its much cheaper than other eReaders and has many more features) it really isn't too bad. I like the way it looks and feels in my hands, I like the way it works and the things that I can do with it ... I just wish that I could do it for longer!