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Does what it needs to
on May 26, 2011
I think people expect these tablets to be the end all be all and its simply not the case. Its not a laptop or desktop. It's a bigger version of your Android phone. That's it. The good and bad:
* Touchscreen works well for resistive. Wasn't sure what to expect, but a light finger touch does the trick. Acceleramator works almost too well when turning the device end to end.
* Battery life is great once you turn down the screen brightness. Was fully charged out of the box and I used it for 3 hours and was at 60% battery life and most of that was with brightness up fully as I as figuring out all the settings etc.
* Having an expandable SD card and 2 USB ports is great, especially for loading .apk apps from another computer.
* Settings are extremely easy to configure. Just go to setting and get your wireless and location/time/date set up and you're off and running right out of the box.
* Not all the apps are available in the app store. Apparently after some research Google only turns on select apps for certain devices, ie it may not be available for your type of mobile device, in your location, or on your mobile service provider. Developers have the ability to target applications to specific mobile devices based off screen size, mobile service provider, or location. I could not find Nook, Pandora, Facebook, Kobo ebooks, etc. Not a huge deal as all you need to do is Google the .apk file, go to the website, download it on your desktop, and then move it to the SD card, but it would be alot easier if was found in the market. But not a dealbreaker considering the money you save. Also, I generally find app versions of Facebook, Twitter etc to be watered down versions of the online experience, so I really prefer using the Browser installed vs applications for these things. If this is a big deal and you're thinking well, I should get something like the Xoom running Honeycomb, remember, Google just announced Android Ice Cream Sandwich due out at the end of the year, what that is, is basically them combining the mobile operating system and tablet system into one, so that all apps and functionality will be available for both, instead of having two. So basically Honeycomb I suspect is a passing fad and will be useless soon.
* Webpages can look a bit off as they are really rendered by the default browser for a phone and not a full 10 inch screen. Better off on some things to use Opera, Dolphin, or Skyfire browsers, just my observation. I downloaded Opera and it looks amazing.
Thats about it. Again, if you are like me and check email alot and are web intensive and get sick of the 1 hour laptop battery life, lugging it around the house, the heat it produces sitting on your lap, you'll love this tablet pc. Its ridiculous to spend over $500 on these things new as they just aren't capable of doing a ton of things that a laptop can do, but I would highly recommend this tablet to anyone, especially the 10" size. The 7" tablets just aren't large enough in your hands, unless you are a child. To anyone putting stock in the negative reviews....don't. Remember America is full of people whose idea of being tech savvy is pressing the power button and expecting that to be all you have to do. Also, like all products, there's gonna be defective ones, which is where some of the negative reviews are coming from. Make sure you order from an American supplier and not China. I cringe at the thought of a delicate tablet being shipped from China individually and making it here in one piece vs shipping them in bulk to an American distributor. I love this tablet and am was an extremely good purchase!