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2.0 out of 5 stars It is not there yet, but it is heading in vaguely the right direction, 26 Sep 2012
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This review is from: New 2012 model Mini Laptop Notebook 7" inch Android 4.0 (Latest Ice Cream Sandwich OS) DOUBLED RAM Hard Drive 4GB New Processor VIA8850 Clock Speed 1.5GHz HDMI Output Wifi 3G (supported) Webcam for Skype Video Calling Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Facebook
It's a nice piece of kit in some ways, and a fine toy for a techie, but in my opinion it's not at the stage of being an "it just works" device yet.

In some ways, considering what you get with it (and what you don't with the Pi (display, power supply, keyboard (such as it is), trackpad (such as it is))), it's a cheaper alternative to the Raspberry Pi, you don't get the programming languages, but you don't have to use your main screen for it either.

A fully working Catroid programming language would be a killer app for Android, for me. I can't download the current version at the moment, which may be stupidity on my part, these things often are.

<edit on 4.10.2012>

Tonight I was messing about and got a message in the middle of the screen saying:

"Demo version has expired"

in bright red italic script in the middle of a grey rectangle that covers most of the middle of the screen.

The rectangle is darker than the rest of the screen, but you can see through it, so the machine isn't technically completely unusable, just very uncomfortable to use.

It seems this is known, but rare, on Android, and may be related to trying out a wi-fi dongle even though it already has wi-fi, so don't do that if you have a spare wi-fi dongle!

<edit 2 on 20.1.2013>

I have a second, that I ordered before the first, but didn't feel it was right to cancel.

The battery is rubbish. It lasts about two hours maximum with no wireless internet connection.

If you use a Huawei e1750 internet dongle with it the battery lasts about 15 minutes. With the netbook connected to the mains and charging while you use it, the Huawei e1750 still manages to run the battery down in about an hour, but for that time you do have an internet connection, so it may be worth it.

I haven't yet resurrected the borked one, but then I have another one to play with so I haven't been that desperate.

<edit on 6.8.2013 (aka in the Americas as 8.6.2013)>

This is a glimpse into the future, but it's mostly not fully working at this point. When the technology actually arrives, we will have something this small with a working (folding?) keyboard (or maybe speech input), and screen with at least 1080p pixels, that folds up small enough to carry, and with a reasonable battery life ( ... whatever that comes to mean in the future). It will be a phone too, but current phones aren't it, though they may be heading in the right direction. We need a wireless network connection that's always on, and probably a homebase that we're always connected to (the cloud may be in there somewhere, but IMHO you'd be an idiot to rely on the cloud for all your backups).
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Initial post: 5 Oct 2012 11:15:11 BDT
Al.X. says:
Please reset netbook to its factory setting and it will clear faults.
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 18:16:15 BDT
R. Court says:
I tried that.

It did nothing to the dark patch with "Demo version has expired" in it at the centre of the screen, though it did change the timezone back to China.

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 20:44:25 GMT
This has also happend to the one we brought. Any way of fixing it? only had it for 3 days.

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 20:48:11 GMT
This has also happend to the one we brought. Any way of fixing it? only had it for 3 days.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 14:12:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Aug 2013 17:57:14 BDT
R. Court says:
I've not found anything yet, maybe if I looked harder I would find something.

If you can I'd suggest returning yours. I knowingly did something stupid, so I don't feel it would be right for me to return mine.

I suspect jailbreaking/rooting would enable a fix, but I don't know exactly how.

<edit>

This ought to be fixable, it's basically the O/S thinking (er, not that what O/Ses do is actually thought, probably, but whatever) that it's being hacked because it's getting I/O from Wi-Fi on two different channels at once. However fixing it probably means doing what the O/S thought you were doing in the first place. Which may not be easy. It will not be exactly legitimate either (if it comes to a court of law, I am not a lawyer, and nothing I say should be taken as legal advice), however, locking the owner of the system out is never legitimate in my opinion, so fair is fair, and in this sort of case two wrongs can make a sort of right.
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