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TOUCHPAD II (4GB with Wi-Fi)
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The CnM TouchPad II is an affordable 7 inch family-friendly Android tablet, designed to keep you thoroughly entertained. The Touchpad II has a 7 inch TFT display that you can control with either your fingertips or a stylus, and is compact and lightweight so is both portable and comfortable to use for extended sessions.With it's Android (2.1, Eclair) operating system, the Touchpad II has access to all the very best handy Google services and comes with 20 apps pre-loaded to get you started, including an eBook reader. The TouchPad II has Wi-Fi, so accessing you email and browsing the internet, as well as downloading more apps is simple, and it has a built-in music player and browser. Whatever you want to do, keep up to date with your favourite apps and social media, play games, watch videos, listen to music check out YouTube, you can do it all with CnM's Touchpad II. There's 4GB of memory onboard, and you can expand the memory with an microSD card, taking even more media with you. An introductory tablet at an entry-level price that packs plenty of tech.Features you'll love: Great value way to get the most in-demand piece of tech for a fraction of the price Fantastically affordable family-friendly Android tablet, designed to be your media hub and keep you thoroughly entertained Compact and lightweight, it is easy enough for everyone to use and great on the move Clear and bright 7 inch touchscreen plus mini-HDMI port to connect your Touchpad II to a monitor or TV 20 great pre-loaded apps, including built-in e-book reader, and access to thousands more Android applications 4GB internal memory to store all your favourite photos, songs and video clips, plus a microSD card slot to expand your storage capacity by up to 16GBManufacturer's descriptionThe CnM Touchpad II is a fully featured Mobile Internet Device (MID) with Android 2.1 Operating System, With access to thousands of applications. The ARM11 processor is capable of handling vide
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I've been using my touchpad for 2 weeks now and i think it's great. It does not have the same level of speed and responsiveness as the ipad but it is a quarter of the price. I brought the tablet to get a feel for what the android market can offer and it has thousands of apps, a large chuck of those free to download. If you want a cheap tablet with all the benefits of the android OS then this is for you
so initially without the firmware upgrade the tablet does not have many apps on it. A word of advice, perform the firmware update using the update from the CNM website. This is what's recommended by other people who have upgraded their tablet. Without the update you do not have access to the android market. With the update, you get full access as to the android market and all of the apps CNM claims are preinstalled, loaded onto the tablet
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so as mentioned earlier, you cannot access the android market without performing the firmware update. There are sites which allow you to download apps directly onto the tablet but it's much easier using the market. I've downloaded a number of apps, games etc and the only ones which do not work as those specifically designed for mobiles. Angry Birds takes a while to load but runs great when it's loaded
It takes around 100 seconds to load the device from start. I tend to keep my continually charged so that i have instant access to the device. Most apps load within about 5-10 seconds, exception Angry birds which takes around a minute. The screen is very responsive, obviously not as good as the ipad but still great.
Intensive use: about 4 hours. Non intensive use around 8 hours. This can be extended significantly by downloading the juice defender app. It takes around 8 hours to charge
The CnM is a budget, entry level tablet. Times have moved on in the past eight months - technology seems to move faster and faster. Android 4 - Ice Cream Sandwich will be released in November & the CnM is going to lag behind with android 2.1 For a budget tablet I would currently recommend the latest Arnova (by Archos) 7 G2 tablet. It has a 1ghz processor, capacative screen, runs android 2.3 gingerbread & is well supported by the manufacturer and forums. If you are looking for android honeycomb then the G9 Archos tablets are worth a look. If you read the comments, you will see that the CnM did its job of introducing me to the tablet format. I have now upgraded to an Asus Transformer (from Amazon) The CnM is still proving an excellent entry tablet, now being used by my wife.
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No doubt you are wondering how reviews can be this different! To be honest, so am I. However, after 8 days of using the CNM I wonder if the 1 star reviews were from people who had never used Android before? I have written such a long review because the negative comments nearly prevented me from buying this device! Hopefully this detailed look will help you make an informed decision.
One of the issues that some seem to have is with attempting to "update" the CNM using the supplied cd. This "update" only needs to be done if you are updating the firmware - UPDATE March 24th 2011 an updated firmware is available from the cnmlifestyle website which apparantly allows access to the official android market. I cannot confirm this as I have no need to update the CNM with this facility.
Anyway, here are my views on the CNM
WIFI - connected seamlessly & first time
TOUCHSCREEN - very reponsive & accurate. It is fast & smooth, by far superior to the Storage Options SCROLL model I went into Maplins to buy. While the CNM comes with a stylus built into the case, I haven't used it yet. Interestingly, my wife has a useful perspective on how easy the screen is to use. She has always found touch screen phones hard to use - but she just picked up this tablet, used it & promptly described it as "brilliant & so easy to use" We have had an HTC Touch Diamond with a resistive screen, and now a Samsung Galaxy S with a capacative screen. If the HTC was 6/10 on a useability score, the Samsung would be 9.5/10. I would place the CNM as 8.25/10 - for a resistive screen at this price point, that is phenomenal!
E-BOOK READER - the Kindle app is already on the CNM - a tap on the apk file & it installed itself. I logged in to amazon & synched my books & downloaded another flawlessly. Aldiko reader is also available and is very good to use.
YOU TUBE - The Android app is already installed & connected & initially played full screen video with decent sound for a small speaker, however, on day 4 of ownership the You Tube app stopped playing videos - it would list them & then refuse to play them! This behaviour was maintained after a full factory reset & was duplicated on two replacement units tried by Maplin management staff. So it would appear that the provided & pre-installed Youtube app is no longer compatible? Perhaps due to a recent change by YouTube? Certainly the bundled app is an oldish one, & YouTube viewing on non flash enabled tablets would appear to have been historically challenging! Further to a couple of fruitless days of research & experimentation, the only solution tried that actually works is to install either FREEdi Youtube Downloader or TubeMate (both available from the Android Market or by the bundled APKshare app or via SlideMe). These apps allow YouTube to be browsed & searched & your videos downloaded to the CnM for viewing via the provided video player. UPDATE: March 30th 2011. On a whim I attempted to use the Youtube player only to find that it offered an updated version. It downloaded & installed & now works perfectly!
VIDEO PLAYER - I am so impressed with this function. Just connect the tablet with a mini hdmi to hdmi cable to your flatscreen tv, play a video, select HDMI from the options and it appears on the screen at 720p - absolutely fantastic!
FLASH? - As the CNM uses android 2.1 (eclair) it cannot play flash. It's as simple as that! So if flash playing is essential to your needs then any android 2.1 tablet is not for you. This means no BBC iplayer.
WOPAD? From some searching it looks to me as if the CNM is identical to the Wopad TB7001 - at least in one of its versions. Just my guess but interesting if true. They certainly look identical - both physically and also from the specification point of view. The CNM is "an RK2818 rockchip tablet with glowing blue trackball" - according to the android tablets website - one of a number of different brands but the same tablet.
BATTERY: There are different published specs for the size of the battery varying from 3200ma/h in the manual, to 3800ma/h on the box & 4000ma/h on the CNM website! Your guess is as good as mine as to the actual size, however, what really matters is how long the battery lasts! From a full first charge - lasting 6-12 hours (overnight), we got 4-5 hours of intensive use and over 24 hours of standby time. That is pretty good. The battery indicator on these tablets may not be very accurate. This will make charging something to be learned about by experience with the use of the tablet - perhaps put it on charge overnight each night? This should not damage the battery as the charger &/or the tablet switch off when finally charged and the battery is li-on.
ANDROID APPS: The apps bundled with the tablet are very good indeed. One of them is APK Installer (for those new to android an *.apk file is how an android application is presented) which allows for the straightforward installation and management of apps on the tablet. Also included is an app for download/installation of free apps, however, it is unfortunately not able to access the official Google Android Market. (See the update at the start of the review - the CNM can apparantly be updated to access the official market) If you have an android phone, of course, you can get apps from the market that way and then share them with your tablet! (Any licensing conditions permitting, of course.)
In conclusion, after having spent perhaps 6 months considering tablets in the sub £150 price point - and having realised that the majority of android tablets in this price area just are not worth buying - I had settled on the Storage Options Scroll. As luck would have it, Maplins had both the Scroll & the only recently available CNM accessible in store for the same price & I was able to try both of them out in actual use before I purchased. The Scroll, in my opinion, has a resistive screen that is slow and awkward in use requiring very heavy pressing to get the touch registered - it really needs a stylus to be of any use. The CNM, on the other hand, functions in such a way as to be almost as accurate & responsive as a capacative screen would be. It is faster than the Scroll (even though its processor is supposed to be slower) and the acid test - it just works. It functions as you would expect it to. If you buy it, you should not be disappointed.
I Will update as I learn more about this device.
When you open device first thing is to update firmware. However be aware the instruction manual is in broken english, as is the online PDF file. No-where does it state that the enclosed mini Cd may not contain workable files, this can be overcome by going to CnM website and downloading update to PC desktop and then installing to tablet from there.WARNING you will loose all pre-installed apps doing the firmware upgrade this way. (This is the ONLY WAY) I could get the firmware update to work. Note to ones self - must take image of installed apps before firmware!!! CnM charge 50p per min for support and as this is a "clone type tablet not much support exists on the Net.
So far I have found flash to be NOT supported so viewing any flash tech websites proves to be unsucessful (basic stuff like KS 1 Bitesize, Lego games will not play).
But as a basic internet trawler it is fair. If CnM had used the components to the best of their ability this would have been a very very attractive budget tablet.The resistive touch screen is very good. I hate touch screens and don't normally use them but this one was fine for manual dexterity.
As a 2 day owner I feel quite let down after perusing the specs for this before purchase. Hard work intially but i always look on the positive side when I have parted with £130 hard earned cash! It would be good for the eyes of the techie challenge lovers, I'm sure they would come up with the work arounds!
Market Android is not supported too! This is a BIG draw back as you find increasingly you have to trawl the web for working apps.
All in all ok for the basic starter but after a day or two you will be sending it to ebay.
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