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A tablet you won't feel bad about when your kids destroy it
on October 6, 2011
I purchased this tablet originally to load movies onto for a trip in the car for my 6 and 4 year old kids. However, I ended up buying two of them in order to restore domestic tranquility.
o It is not the fastest tablet out there, but it can play back H.264 encoded movies fine.
o It needs a SD card due to the small amount of on-board memory, but those are relatively inexpensive.
o It has Android 2.3 and the Android Market so you can download apps to the tablet.
o It can play Angry Birds BUT... (more on that in a second)
At the price I paid before the recent price reduction, I thought it a good value for the kids. It survived the trip, except one of the power supplies had the DC plug stepped on and broke it. It was very difficult to find a replacement power supply so I had to solder a new one on (not for the faint of heart).
Now, here is my major beef with this tablet - IT DOES *NOT* SUPPORT MULTITOUCH! When you put two fingers on the screen, it does not identify two finger presses. Using applications on the Market, I was able to verify this when the point it selected was in between the two finger touches! This is problematic for applications or games that require the use of multitouch in order to work right (aka Angry Birds - you can not zoom in or out, only pan!)
I am now having problems with the Android Market on the tablet - applications that existed previously do not show up in searches. Something is wrong, but I cannot blame the tablet just yet. I may have to do a factory reset to help clean it up.
In summary, at the price I paid, I thought it a decent deal with some tradeoffs, one of which I did not know about. At the price it is now, I'd deal with the multitouch disappointment.
As always, your mileage may vary. Build quality on this is untested and the previous reviewer appeared to have a lemon. I know that these tablets get hot and being that I work in the electronics industry, I know things can go wrong. I have not had a chance (or need) to deal with the customer service department, but I would have to guess it could be a difficult journey.