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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little gadget, 29 Oct. 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
If like me your household is full of laptops and computers but you can't get near them for offspring downloading the latest 'tunes' or playing the just released must play game, then this is for you.

OK I'm not going to pretend that you have the computing power of a mainframe sitting in a very light but robust laptop style box, but you do have a very useful item. Connecting to the wireless router was very easy indeed. The netbook searches for networks and all you need to know is which is yours and what is the password. Once entered you are good to go.

From start-up it takes about a minute to boot up and it's instantly connected. You can surf the web and access your emails. What I find particulary useful is the provision of 2 full size USB ports. This means that if you are not a whiz on the touchpad (and I'm not) you can easily connect a cheap wired optical mouse (not supplied) and it makes things a whole lot easier, especially as you are dealing with Android software which is not identical to Windows especially when moving up and down the screen. A scroll wheel mouse is useful.

When it comes to viewing video content don't expect much as most up to date formats aren't available but some do run. You can save video to an SD card (not provided) and as the unit comes with a full size SD card slot you can view on the netbook. It says compatible with BBC- iplayer etc but in my experience it accesses the website OK but I've never got anything to play except adverts on 4 on Demand but never successfully viewed a programme. This might be a short coming of my connection but I suspect the formats are too new and too large for this little netbook.

My requirements are simply to access my emails and browse Ebay, Amazon etc and this unit means that I can do that from the comfort of my arm chair and still have a full PC style keyboard allbeit with smaller keys and a battery life of 3 hours when fully charged.

If your requirements are similar then I wouldn't hesitate to buy this wee machine.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2012 09:23:51 GMT
S. Johnston says:
Can I ask a question about your iPlayer experience please? Have you never got iPlayer to work at all? Have you tried it with a different wifi connection to get it working? One of the reasons for getting one would be to be able to view iPlayer and also for different apps too. Can you get Angry Birds on it? Thinking of buying it for my 8 year old lad, and fed up of him using my iPad!
Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 23:07:06 GMT
Perodua Boy says:
Hi There. I haven't ever actually got i player to play video but I have only used home wifi. I have to say that I hadn't realised you need an Android app to view so will have to investigate further. Angry Birds didn't seem to be availlable in the app store but Clouds and Sheep was and it's very good and works well so my 14 year old
tells me.

Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 23:07:39 GMT
Perodua Boy says:
Hi There. I haven't ever actually got i player to play video but I have only used home wifi. I have to say that I hadn't realised you need an Android app to view so will have to investigate further. Angry Birds didn't seem to be availlable in the app store but Clouds and Sheep was and it's very good and works well so my 14 year old
tells me.

Hope that helps.

Posted on 19 Nov 2012 15:52:21 GMT
ojo says:
How do you find things like YouTube? That's mostly what my son wants it for

Posted on 19 Nov 2012 18:40:25 GMT
Late Reader says:
Have you been able to use Office apps, like Word, Excell or equivalents? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 14:07:43 GMT
Perodua Boy says:
Hi ojo. It will only play Youtube videos of less that 2 minutes in length and if they are in old formats. I'd say this wouldn't be right for your son. Probably need to consider biting the i-Pad bullet. Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 14:10:07 GMT
Perodua Boy says:
Hi Dean. No it doesn't run Windows software at all and I haven,'t investigated an Android equivalent.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 16:02:58 GMT
Late Reader says:
Thanks for your reply. I will pass on this one, then. Best wishes.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2012 08:29:57 GMT
you would be better with a slightly more expensive android tablet with a capacitive screen, a better processor and a little more memory.
This might just about work for email and very light browsing. It is a very basic with no n type wifi. I don't think Angry Birds would be much fun without a touch screen if there is a version of it. I would think the chances of getting much in the way of video streaming would be poor.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 14:53:50 GMT
ojo says:
Thank you, that's very helpful. We ended up getting a net book locally.
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