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Great little gadget
, April 13, 2011
I got mine a week ago and almost returned it less than in two days. It did not power up, was absolutely dead. The solution was very simple. Just press RESET with a paper clip for a couple of seconds and everything was fixed. It was my fault in the first place. I drained the battery completely and the unit just was unable to wake up.
Pros: It is small,but big enough to surf the web comfortably, read e-mails,view video. It is light and thin, but feels very solid and well built. It does not look or feel cheap like many gray market tablets from China.Guess where this one was made? It has sensitive resistive screen, but if you have been using your Android phone, equipped with capacitive screen, you will need a little bit of time to get used to different way of touching the screen.It works great with just finger touch (actually, but nail),but for the precise touch without magnifying the screen - stylus is very helpful. The screen is very clear and bright.It has very sensitive buttons which are lit when touched. The battery life is great.The sound is not very loud, but loud enough to listen to the news, etc. You can listen to music, but the sound quality is much better using earphones (included).It has USB (full size) and HDMI ports and expandable memory via microSD, it also has 4GB memory. It comes with basic applications installed, but you can add more from Appslib (also preinstalled) or download directly from the web.Customer service from Adorama, where I got mine, was absolutely fantastic. Coby website has a lot of helpful tips with video, FAQs,etc. Have not tried their customer service due to no need, but read reviews that they are great.
Cons:Very sensitive buttons. Yes, I mentioned it earlier as a positive, but it is a negative as well. The buttons react even to the slightest accidental touch, so you are kicked out of where you were easily. The good thing is the return button will bring you back also easily, but it can be frustrating at times. It comes with a black sleeve, which looks nice, but it is not protective enough. It will definitely protect the unit from scratches,but it does not give enough of protection to the screen if you carry your unit in a purse.It fits the unit like a glove, but due to nice tight fit is activates very sensitive power button. It was the reason why I drained my battery. I turned the unit off and then put the sleeve on and it activated power button and turned the unit on without me knowing it. I am planning to get one of those leather cases, maybe with USB keyboard,from eBay.There is no easy way to root it yet.Forums also do not have a solution yet.
Overall, it is a great gadget. I did a lot of research and looked at many units in different price range. I was looking first for the unlocked unit with 3g-4g capability, but I have already got my Android Dell Venue with this capability.I decided it would be not wise to pay for data for both units, or keep swapping a SIM card between them, when I can just tether my Venue to connect Coby to the Web.There are tons of free hot spots in my area, so did need tethering so far.There are unlocked 3G units (Huawei, Viewsonic), but you pay almost twice you would pay for Coby.You can get Samsung Galaxy or Dell Streak for $199, but then you are stuck with the data plan for two years. I did not even consider iPad. I can not justify to pay 3x (4x -5x more for added storage) for the unit. The Appslib is similar to Android Market, but has mush less choices. I found out that do not need that many choices any way. You are installing only so many applications. I downloaded Adobe Flash 10.1 and Skype Light Beta directly from the web, which was very easy. Googles Flash.apk and Skype.apk on my Coby.I found out that not all the applications which are running on my Dell Venue run the same way or work at all on Coby.But was ready for that knowing that Android 2.2 is not a tablet OS and some limitation should be expected. It did not make my experience less enjoyable.
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