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A Tale of Two Tablets

Updated on April 13, 2013

Battle of Alternate Dimensions


I have been planning to start my own business selling Android tablets on the internet for awhile now. Much of my time has been spent sifting through the specifications of numerous prospects and then narrowing them down to just a few that I bought samples of to see if I could give my thumb of approval to any of them for resale. At this point it has come down to just two that I plan to either supply in equal numbers, stock maybe twice as many of one than the other or just go with one and thus be able to sell it for a bit less since I would be buying in higher volume for that particular one.

The first highly promising device we will call Tablet A. That one was modeled after the original iPad by Apple, having the same dimensions 190mm X 242mm X 10.4mm (both measuring 9.7" diagonally), same screen resolution of 1024X768, and weighing in at about 1.5 pounds (1 pound 8.7 ounces). But some of the specs of this Android version are much nicer: 1.6Mhz dual processor (1.0Mhz for the original i-pad), 1gig of ram (4 times more), hdmi output, and allowing the addition of up to 32gigs of external memory on an SD card, and this all at a fraction of the original iPad cost. I've tested this one out and I haven't found any bothersome glitches yet.

The second impressive device we will call Tablet B. It appears to be modeled after Google's Nexus 10 tablet, having the same screen dimensions and constructed similarly. It boasts a wider screen, an aluminum case, better resolution, and weighs 2.2 ounces less (just as Nexus is lighter than the i-pad). It played all the movie formats thrown at it, even two with strange configurations set up by myself that didn't work on the other tablet. Both tablets are probably equally good at listening to music and playing games (although the wider screen and better positioned and sounding speakers for Tablet B gives it the advantage). Tablet B also has an advantage when it comes to video of recent vintage while Tablet A would be better suited for watching old movies and TV shows. Tablet A's shape and feel go well with those who would want to use it often for reading.

While Tablet A didn't present any major deficiencies, for Tablet B, I was unable to install the app TuneIn Radio because it was not compatible with that tablet's architecture. I have also heard of the screen blacking out and having to reset the devise with a pin in the microphone's opening. However that could be caused by uninstalling programs that came with the tablet (which I don't recommend) or by an inexperienced user attempting to update the OS (which the manufacturer forbids if you want to be covered by the warranty). Another warning by the makers of the first tablet is not to connect the device to a PC via the USB cable while also playing either music or video on the tablet (best bet would be to connect the two after a fresh reboot of the tablet).

Unfortunately, while Tablet B has a version made for English speaking countries, Tablet A does not. In other words it is sent with a Chinese manual, some Chinese programs (in addition to some installed English ones), and Chinese symbols appearing at boot up, but if you can get past those drawbacks it is a very impressive tablet for the price. One plus for both tablets is that I will be testing them out and installing a few apps (Kindle, Adobe Reader, the Firefox browser, Rocket Player for music, and Weather Underground) plus recommend a few others (Avast anti-virus, Skype, and Amazon's Appstore) that are best setup by the customer. The Chinese apps will also be moved away from the initial desktop page. In addition, a PDF file with instructions on using the 4.0 Android Operating System for new users and another PDF of a similar model (made by the same company) will be mailed to all customers. Both of those PDF files will be written in English. One last thing going for Tablet A is that I plan on selling it for $10 less than Tablet B.

So, after being shown the advantages and disadvantages of both of these tablets, I would appreciate any feedback from the readers of this hub as to what they would do if in my shoes. If you have the time and are interested in participating in my poll related to the decision that I will need to make then please do choose the answer that you feel best fits the question posed. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Mystery Tablet B (dimensions and construction similar to Google's Nexus 10).
Mystery Tablet B (dimensions and construction similar to Google's Nexus 10).
Mystery Android Tablet A (dimensions match Apple's original i-pad).
Mystery Android Tablet A (dimensions match Apple's original i-pad).

Common Features

Fast dual processor (1.5GHz)
Android 4.1.1
1 gig DDR3 RAM
16 gig ROM (memory)
SD Slot for external memory (up to 32 gig)
Includes Bluetooth
Both support External USB 3G Dongle
Dual Cameras (0.3 megapixels in front, 2.0 megapixels in back)
Dual Stereo Speakers
Both excellent for gaming (although Tablet B has an edge there).
HDMI output.
Capacitive touch screen
Full Skype capabilities.
Both weigh in at about 1.5 pounds
8000mAh Lithium rechargeable battery
12 volt, 2 amp DC charger included
Both include USB cables
Both include USB adapters for mini port

Where They Differ

Table A
Table B
9.7” diag. screen (4:3 ratio; 1.25cm wider)
10.1” diagonal screen (8:5 ratio; about 2.1cm longer)
1024x768 resolution
1280X800 resolution
10 point capacitive touch screen
5 point capacitive touch screen
Plastic case
Aluminum case
No earphones included
Includes metal ear buds with very good sound
Standard speakers on bottom side
High Quality Speakers in back
Asking price $235.00
Asking price $245.00

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