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Neat tablet, nice price
on 15 November 2011
I had been looking for a tablet - mainly to access books in various formats, but also for a bit of web browsing and video watching. An iPad would have been minimum £400 and also a bit bigger than I really wanted. So I had a browse around and settled on this model.
So what do you get for your money? A generic Android tablet (there is no actual branding on the device) which has had some branding ("Cambridge Sciences") added to the software and box. The device itself seems well made, and sits in the hand nicely, so is great as a book reader. The device is black from the front, but has a white, gently curved back.It weighs more than a paperback and about the same as a hardback. Physical connectivity is fairly good (audio, separate sockets for host and client USB connection, a mini HDMI connection and a micro USB slot. It has an on/off button, a rocker switch that operates the Android 'menu' and 'back' functions, a home key, a basic, front facing camera, and a rather tinny little speaker
And of course a screen. A good one. Resolution at 800x480 is good if not fantastic. Brightness and colour are excellent, and the capacitive touch screen function is very responsive and nice to use - unless you try to use it with the power supply connected, which for some reason causes it to behave erratically. This is OK watching films and reading books, but don't try to type an email when it is plugged in. Watching films and reading books is a pleasure. One small gripe - there seems to be slight mismatch between the physical and electronic form factor of the screen - making circles slightly elliptical. If showing photos of figure-conscious friends make sure you keep it in portrait orientation!
The Android 2.3 operating system runs well on the 1GHz processor, all the apps I have used run well, and there are a useful number of pre-installed apps. The movie player isn't great though (it does not remember where you got up to), so I bought one off Android Market for a small sum. That is the only app I have bought though, all my other app needs I have satisfied for free. As expected, there is a huge range of apps out there on the UK market. One slight irritation is the android implementation thinks it is running on a phone, so you often get re-directed to phone optimized websites, whereas in landscape mode 800 pixels is wide enough for most standard websites.
The device has WiFi of course, but no other form of wireless connectivity, though it will accept a bluetooth 'dongle'. There is no GPS or compass, so any AR functions are excluded. It does have a gravity/acceleration sensor, so tilt type games will work. I've not really tried that out however. I have the 8GB version, but 4 & 16 are available. The MicroSD slot will take up to a further 32GB
The 'host' USB slot has limited functionality - perhaps down to what Android allows. It will accept a mouse or keyboard, or even a bluetooth dongle. But it does not seem to connect to external data storage such as a card reader or memory stick, which would be useful.
It comes with cables for both mains and car charging, and a little cable which converts a mini usb socket into a standard one, and a normal mini usb to standard usb cable for hooking up to a computer. The instructions are minimal but just about adequate, though a moire extensive guide in electronic form on the device itself would be useful.
All in all I am very pleased with my new 'toy' having had it about a month. And Quality Stores, who sold it to me, have excellent after sales service. I was trying to source an two pin power supply (as I am currently in Italy) and they were very helpful.