|Screen Size||7 inches|
|RAM||0.512 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||4 GB|
|Wireless Type||802.11bgn, Bluetooth|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||6 hours|
SKYTEX Skypad Alpha 7" Touch Screen Cortex-A8 Tablet Android OS 2.3
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- Freescale i.MX515 Cortex-A8 (800mhz +200mhz DSP)
- Adobe Flash support, OpenGL ES 2.0 & 3D GPU, watch YouTube Video
- 512MB of RAM, 4GB Storage, Expandable microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Front-facing 1.3 MP camera, Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n
- 3000mAh Li-ion polymer Battery
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|RAM Size||0.51 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB|
|Screen Size||7 in||10 in||7 in||7 in|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||—||16||8||8 GB|
|Hard-Drive Size||4 GB||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Item Dimensions||0.6 x 4.7 x 7.7 in||0.7 x 11.8 x 7.85 in||4.2 x 7.4 x 0.35 in||0.38 x 4.58 x 7.61 in|
|Item Weight||0.85 lb||1.9 lbs||0.7 lb||0.68 lb|
|Native Resolution||—||1024x600||1024 x 600||1024 X 600|
|Operating System||Android 2.3||Unknown||Android 5.1||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Wireless Technology||Bluetooth, WiFi||WiFi, Bluetooth||WiFi||WiFi|
The SKYPAD Alpha is a feature packed entry-level Android 2.3 powered tablet. Its compact and lightweight design encompasses a vibrant 7” color LCD touchscreen, with a 1.3MP webcam, 4GB of internal storage, and up to 32GB of expandable storage via micro SD. Boasting a feature set unparalleled in its class, Alpha comes standard with blazing fast WiFi N, Bluetooth™ 2.0, a powerful Freescale™ ARM Cortex™ -A8 processor, and 512MB of RAM. SKYPAD Alpha will keep you connected and engaged whether you’re at home, in flight, or at the neighborhood coffee shop. Surf the web, download apps, check your email, stream videos and music, or make VOIP or video calls anywhere there’s an available WiFi connection.
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This tablet isn't an ipad or xoom killer, but you do get a lot of bang for the buck. For the price, it's really hard to beat. It's a great starter tablet for someone who isn't completely ready to take the plunge and spend hundreds of dollars for something really nice that'll be outdated in a month.
- Fast processor (plays most games without lag)
- Wifi N
- 1.3MP webcam
- US based company (good tech support, and standard warranty)
- Resistive screen
- Only 4GB storage (pretty standard in this price range, but expandable to 32GB)
- volume control is through software(but the earphones come with volume control which is pretty nice)
I apologize for no original pics but my current camera blows hard unless actually using the light on the surface of the sun.
First the basics.
[...]The Skytex Skypad Alph[/url]a comes in your standard MID type box. You can tell the revision of your pad, A or B, by the image on the top of the box. If you have the green cloudy field you have an A, if your have the amber sunset field it is a B.
The Skypad comes with a soft cloth case, felt screen swipe, earphones with their own volume control., USB cable, stand for horizontal or vertical use, charger, and in my opinion the greatest pad accessory in the world, a stylus with a screw on cap that plugs into the headphone jack of your pad. Why don't all pads?
The style of the Skypad is sleek and simple. I mentioned previously it feels kind of strange but pleasant in your hand when compared to other pads. Like an e-reader on steroids. It's slender with a nice solid feel, on the ends it has a brushed metallic trim, the back has a black coating that has a nice no slip feel to it. You have the Menu, Home, and Back button on the right front side of the face and the Skytex logo on the bottom. The bottom right side has you Mini USB and power adapter ports, the top right side has the headphone jack and power button. On the back you have your speaker and the reset pinhole.
The specs are as follows: Screen
Type: 7" (diagonal) color LCD Display
Resolution: 800x480 SVGA
Touch type: Resistive
CPU Freescale i.MX515 ARM Cortex-A8 (800Mhz core + 200Mhz DSP)
Memory 512MB RAM
Storage 4GB Internal External microSD Card support (up to 32GB)
Supported Formats Audio MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, M4A, FLAC
Video (720p playback) H.264, MKV, WMV, MOV, 3GP, MPE, AVI
Image JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Languages English, Spanish, Chinese Traditional & Simplified, German, French, Russian, Polish, Korean, Japanese
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Ins and Outs
mini-USB 2.0 port
micro SD card slot
3.5mm Earphone Jack
1.3MP front-facing camera
Power Volltage: 100~240VAC, 50/60Hz
Battery: 3000mAh Rechargeable Li-Polymer
I was pretty impressed with the 22 second boot from button to slide lock. Once inside it is a refreshing minimalist install. You have all the basics Aldiko e-reader, Astro Filemanager, Getjar market,movie and photo players, Dev tools which I think are a version of Spare Parts, e-mail, calendar, etc... Not a ton of bloatware or craptastic uselessness. You will need to install Gapps/market and Flash yourself. I installed the latest with no issues. Youtube and web streaming works great.
The display is bright and crisp. The resistive touch is not an issue on this pad. Very sentsitive, you can just use the tip of your finger or fingernail. That said the fine touch using the stylus and the screen responsiveness make using a stylus nice and easy. I tend not to like using stylus but I find my self more and more using it on the Skypad. It's nice to have a choice I guess where some resistive touch screen leave you no option. I honestly can't see the extra cost of a capacitive screen on another brand being worth it.
The spec sheet says 720P on Video but I tossed a couple of 1080P BR rips and they played perfect. Nothing I have played on it has had any issue other than some voice sync, which occurs on some player but not other so It is not the machine's issue.
In an age where our attention spans are lessening and we think in terms of seconds, the power of the pad is great. Most apps and games install as fast as you can click them. I have tried most of the standards Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja with no issue. The G-sensor works great with the couple of games I have tried it on Wave Runner was a blast.
I activated and installed my wifi in just a few seconds. Much like a lot of pads the signal strength is a little low. No disconnects, but the occasional low signal where there should be no issue. I installed Wifi fixer and that helped a little. This is to be expected in a first release firmware really.
Added my BT headphone no problem. When trying streaming some video bogged down. Not sure if that is a BT or Skypad issue. I am going to re-flash the stock image then try that first and see. Could be related to something I have changed or installed.
USB to Computer
Works great. Make sure you have a USB 2.0 compliant controller and it is plenty fast. Try the hard mounted USB on the back of your PC. Installs the internal and external memory as two separate drives.
This is the first pad I have had that the sound is more than adequate from the internal speakers in a normal home or office environment. Even out on our porch it wasn't too bad, The sound volume is software controlled so nice idea but is a little issue when using the speaker. The headphones come with a volume wheel. Perhaps someone could come up with a always on top type widget so you can get to the volume while in a movie or game.
I still have to run a live to dead battery test but I did get through two episode of True Blood and Gone in 60 Seconds last night with battery to spare. I have gone almost 5 hours with wifi on now. Pretty nice compared to some other pads even with the same battery.
Great. US Company located in Cali. My first call I got straight through. No waiting no translating Engrish or Engladesh. Sorry if anyone is offended but that is a reality of Ce tech support. I wasn;t talked down to we took just a couple minutes to figure out the issue. It is noce to know the company is following the mod community with trying to influence it or control it. >>>>>coughapadcough<<<<<<< sorry something caught in my throat.
To some unfamiliar with flashing the process may seem a little complicated but really it is very simple. Connect, Find, Flash.I had an issue with a setting defaulting that shouldn't once we figured that out I just reinstalled the software and it was fine.
So my overall impression?
Ease of Use
Stable firmware release
App and Game compatibility
Responsive clean resistive touch
Did I mention a cool self storing stylus? ( I don't know why that impresses me so much. I once paid $3000 over book on a convertible just because I fell in love with the power top was controlled by a joystick type toggle instead of a simple switch)
It is hard to really have any cons that aren't more on personal preference than actual functionality. The power button feels a little soft, but is is also a nice flush design. HDMI out would be nice, but not necessary. Wifi could be stronger but really what pad has it on first release. Until any Ce is out in the wild and hitting all the variables there are, it can;t work perfect with every other component out there. They all need a little tweak time.
I would rate is as 5/5 . Any issues I have really are just preference over function. For the price It is was a great deal. This blows the doors off my Flytouch 3 10 inch.
EDIT UPDATE: An unofficial "official" support forum has popped up on Slatedroid dot com
I am not an android guru, but I am a linux enthusiast and I am currently attending college under a programming major. Anyways enough about me, I thought I would throw up my thoughts on the issue.
I thought that the wireless card provided and software worked great. I never did install wifi fixer seeing as how I've never heard of it and the only thing I have seemed to have issues with is the fact that I don't think I have a powerful enough router to use my device throughout my whole house. Like Rabid1 said this is to be expected with the smaller devices, but maybe I can bump up the performance with that app.
I played 1080p no problem. I would like to see Skytex perhaps put that on the box. I looked at there ad saying "plays 720p" and almost moved on because I figured it was slower than I'd like. Luckily I looked at the specs and liked them because I think that I got a great deal for the money.
Rooting and Gapps (their tech service)
Favorite thing about this company, I must agree with the no engladesh translating. I got ahold of an actual skytex employee who helped me walk through the process. We ended up being able to help each other out. Anyways I went from never using android to getting mine rooting and teaching myself to put gapps on this device fairly fast. I think that having a tech team that has your back and will be compliant with the modders makes any company a good leap past the rest.
I don't really take advantage of bluetooth, so I have no help there. The gyroscope's response seemed to work great (I know cheapies can go nutz and/or not turn right). It comes with the stylus that plugs into a head phone jack (Why did this technology take so long to be released :p?).
Great product! Super fast. I am always hesitant buying from the little guys but it's the little guys like this that make me take the risk. Very satisfied. 5/5
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