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Adroid tablet JSM X5A / G11
on 16 November 2010
I have only had this tablet for a day so here are my first impressions
Build quality is surpisingly good it feels solid which was a good start.
Basic accessories a stylus ( took me ages to figure out that the end unscrewed to reveal
a plastic 'point' which made it actually useful as a stylus) charger, usb cable and the whole
thing comes in a case so it looks like a thin hardback book.
So pretty neat.
Charged it up and powered it on and the screen is nice resonable colour rendition.
If you are familiar with Android you will be up and running in a few seconds, to connect to wifi I needed the MAC address of the tablet.
Couldn't find it so rang supplier who told me I had to install a console app on my PC to connet the tablet and then run a command line prompt.
In fact the MAC address is buried in an advanced menu in wifi settings on the device itself no need to load anything on PC.
Once I had the MAC address I was connected to wifi in a few seconds-WiFi reception is as good as on my HTC desire around the house.
You can access the Market which is where 100,000 apps are stored most free.There is pretty much anything you would want there although be aware Android 2.1 was designed for mobile phones and although most things upscale fine there can be a few icon or font issues.
Android 3 is out next year and will be fully tablet capable - it just the upscaling to a bigger screen that may cause a few screen glitches on 2.1.
This device is powerful enough for surfing the web, email, ebook reading ( free copy of Sherlock Holmes and a reader app )any any normal phone like apps run well does everything you could reasonably expect.
It does run Angry Birds ( which i thought would be a good test ) - although the Menus don't upscales very well ( white blank squares instead of text on some bits of menu) the game plays fine - occasional screen jitter but nothing to worry about. If you played it on the phone you can second guess the menu problem.
This is an 800mhz processor - my HTC is 1GHz although the wildfire is 600 mhz. This uses a processor I have not heard of so it is not a direct comparison or particularly relevant comparison as acreen size is 7 inch on this and 4 inch on the phone so that has to be a processor hit on this device.
Suffice to say it runs fine. Haven't tried multitasking as I don't really see the need.
There is a downside to this device - if you are used to a HTC desire touch screen this screen is going to frustrate a little.
It is fine 90% of the time but miserable at scrolling vertically for web pages. It does work but you have to be very precise with the sytlus as ' scolling' can sometimes mean opening a link you didn't want. It also seems a bit ' sticky ' at times but again ' get used to it '
The same with screen scroll left and right - sometimes a bit hit and miss. Maybe I am not used to it yet - but I didn't have to get used to the Desire it just worked.
Having said that the screen is big enough to web browse quite well. So overall postive.
Bit unfair to compare a £400 4 inch screen phone with £150 7 inch tablet but hard not to mention the screen scrolling.
Overall screen navigation verdict ' acceptable '.
Performance - compared to my first PC this is a power house,4gb internal memory and it takes SD cards not whatever card is mentioned in the spec.
So far I would give this 4 stars out of 5 - if the screen scroll had been better ( even if you had to use a scroll wheel it would be preferable or arrow keys instead of trying to 'slide' with the pointer.
Not sure about battery life - will check and post again when I know.
Also a bit disappointing that there is not a web site I can find for the manufacturer as probably there I could have found where to get the MAC address as well as
other ' tips ' and tricks, or at least possible way of upgrading to Android 2.2 now it is out - will have to try to figure it out my HTC does it automatically.
If you want an inexpensive tablet running google android - this is a good choice.
I also think it might be ' kid ' proof as it seems pretty tough.
Am I glad I brought it - yes its good value - I will probably ebay it in a few months when Android 3 comes out - but only because of the screen scroll ! If it wasn't for that it would be a ' keeper '.
Update - sound reproduction surprisingly good - and you also get some earphones supplied as well as an HDMI cable.
Battery life seems acceptable for such a large screen device.
On screen keyboard is fine for typing email.
On more complex levels of Angry birds - it does stutter a little - still playable though but the icons are not showing properly in the menus.
paper toss plays 100% fine so I think it is an upscaling issue on Angry Birds
Still fighting with the screen scroll from time to time, it's still annoying but not a deal breaker
Screen seems to have got more responsive with use and perhaps I am a little more used to it so all positive
MAC ADDRESS is you need it
Settings>Wireless & Networks>Wi-Fi Settings
Now press your "Menu" button and select "Advanced" and your device's MAC address should be the first item displayed.
2 of my friends ( after seeing mine ) have now got one of these - all delighted with it !
If it is any help - the reset button is the little hole on the right next to the sd Card ( if it ever locks up - which it has but only once in 4 months )