7 inch Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" 1.2 GHz Telechips A8 Tablet PC MID
7" Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" Telechips
This is a review of the 7" Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" Telechips A8 Tablet PC MID. With the limited number of "Gingerbread" devices on market it is nice to see that they added this to a tablet. In short, there is not much difference between Android 2.2 "Froyo" and this current version of Android, the refinement of the firmware makse it worth purchasing. Ultimately, the hardware coupled with the this new firmware make for a very nice device that I feel is worth every dime.
7" Android 2.3 "Gingerbread Tablet PC
CPU: Telechips 8803 (A8) processor 1.2 GHz
Display: 7" LED screen 1024 x 600
System Memory: 512 DDR + NAND flash 4GB
Audio: 2 x 1 watt built-in speakers
I/O Ports: 1 x USB 2.0; Port 1 x HDMI; 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack; 1 x DC-in jack; 1 TF card reader
Network: Wireless LAN 802.11 WiFi; 3G (CMDA/TDSCDMA/EVDO)
Sensor: Built-in G-Sensor
Camera: 2.0 megapixels
Power: Lithium Ion Battery 4000MAh (2000 Mah x 2)
Battery and work time: Up to 4 hours of web surfing using 3G network
In/Output: AC 100-240V 50-60Hz Output: 5V 1.5A
Application software: Google search, Dolphin Browser, Camcorder, Camera, Email, Gmail, Video Player, Audio Player, Alarm Clock, APK, Calculator, Calander, ES File Explorer, ES Task Manager, Global Time, Google Maps, Google Talk, iReader, Android Market, NC Manager, PDF Reader, Photo Browser, Weather Forecast, QQ.
Audio Player: MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, OGG, WAV
Frequency Response: 20HZ to 2000Hz
Video Player: AVI, MKV (XVID/PX/H.264), MOV, TS, M2TS, RM/RMVB, FLV, 3GP, MPEG, DAT, MP4 (Support to 720P; 1080 x 720)
Package Contents: 1 x mini USB cable; 1 x OTG Cable; 1 English Manual; 1 x Charger: AC adapter AC100-240V 50-60 Hz 9V 1.5A; 1 x 3.5mm Headphone
Dimensions (WxDxH): 20.9x15.9x0.8
I had the pleasure of testing this Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" tablet for about two weeks and really did not want to move on to testing other units. The weight and feel of this unit is nice and the quality is definitely there aesthetically and in its workmanship. The Telechips A8 (1.2 GHz) processor was fast, fluid and responsive and noticeably quicker than InfoTM X220 or the Zenethink ZT-180. This coupled with the capacitive touch screen made for a very nice user experience. The work time on this unit with the WiFi on was a bit more than 3 hours. Upon unboxing I immediately opened Android Market and downloaded Angry Birds Rio, which it ran flawlessly and the 1024 x 600 display showed vibrant, crisp colors. The video and audio players both worked well, however the sound quality from the 2 x 1 watt speakers was not great, but provided adequate sound quality and had decent volume as well. I was also able to connect and use the HDMI out to my LG plasma TV without hitch. While using this fucntion the display was good with a sharp HD quality picture. The bottom line for this unit is that the hardware works well and with the few minor adjustments, it ultimately refines the user experience bringing it closer to what you'll find with some of the other higher-end tablets.
Lets talk about "Gingerbread for a minute! When going from Android 2.2 "Froyo" to 2.3 "Gingerbread" there is not a big difference in terms of functionality or add-ons, however you can tell that the folks who designed this really took their time to think about refinement. It is definitely smoother and more fluid than Android 2.2 "Froyo" and the feel while moving through the interface and applications is much like that of Apple's iPhone or iPad interface. I found that by coupling these things with a better hardware you get a responsiveness that rivals many of the top-named brands for a fraction of the price. I definitely give this one the 2 thumbs and I am sure that you will be satisfied with your purchase. You can find this and other Android tablet PC's and Smartphones at www.gadgetlesstech.com
So what do you think?
7' Telechips A8 Android 2.3 "Gingerbread Tablet poll
Would you consider buying this tablet for $250
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