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Old 07-15-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
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10" Android 2.1 Tablets Now Shipping

Well, at least at ebay if you do a search "10 android 2.1 tablet". These babies look a lot like the 7" MID devices that were selling for $140ish six weeks ago (they're as low as $49 now).

Not bad looking device and under $300 including US / Canada shipping. Yes, the devices are under-powered but it's the right operating system (2.1 Android, not 1.5) and fully touch enabled, etc, with a screen size that's big enough to make sense upgrading from a phone or netbook.

There appear to be two or three different models and a variety of vendors, some with pretty good track records.

I came pretty close to buying the 7" model (ended up springing for a Kobo instead -- different need but same budget) in May but both the OS revision and screen size held me back. I'd expect by the end of August the market will start looking very sweet -- perhaps with some real players out the door such as Asus.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:37 PM   #2
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This sounds excellent. Should be a real rival for the iPad, which is good for everyone.
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Well, at least at ebay if you do a search "10 android 2.1 tablet". These babies look a lot like the 7" MID devices that were selling for $140ish six weeks ago (they're as low as $49 now).
SWEET find! It does look awfully impressive for that price...

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It looks like an iPad (or what it should have been ). There's even a whole gallery of images of it here.

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Not bad looking device and under $300 including US / Canada shipping. Yes, the devices are under-powered but it's the right operating system (2.1 Android, not 1.5) and fully touch enabled, etc, with a screen size that's big enough to make sense upgrading from a phone or netbook.

There appear to be two or three different models and a variety of vendors, some with pretty good track records.

I came pretty close to buying the 7" model (ended up springing for a Kobo instead -- different need but same budget) in May but both the OS revision and screen size held me back. I'd expect by the end of August the market will start looking very sweet -- perhaps with some real players out the door such as Asus.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:57 PM   #4
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Is that the fabled A-Pad? http://www.fonearena.com/blog/16519/...hina-ipad.html
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:13 PM   #5
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There appear to be two or three different models and a variety of vendors, some with pretty good track records.
There's even a Windows 7 model featuring: Intel Atom450 160GB Web Cam.
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Wow, this thing is very versatile, but can it cut the grass (for those with lawns )

p.s. do you think they make an iOS4 model
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Hi all,

the device looks great, and if I was looking for an iPad for a reader, then this may be my preferred device.

While at the moment I much prefer a reader with e-ink and smaller size, I can envision many uses for such a device. The specifications though, do not indicate (unless I have missed it) that it has GPRS, nor an accelerometer for auto-rotate.

Battery life also seems less than an iPad, and I am unsure what is meant by the term, "2.2” touch board,USB standard mouse". No mention of weight either.

For around AUD$340 delivered, it has a lot to commend it. I would love to hear some feedback on it.

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Old 07-15-2010, 08:02 PM   #7
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I suggest everyone take a deep breath and reconsider my comment: "the devices are under-powered ... by the end of August the market will start looking very sweet -- perhaps with some real players out the door such as Asus."

The fact that there are real live units for sale in this screen size is impressive. Three weeks from now they'll look better still. Once brand names start to appear things will really heat up. iPad is designed and manufactured by a 1st Tier company and works really well as is; none of these units will be an "iPad killer" in 2010. However this does set the stage for an imminent wave of credible Android tablets in time for end 2010 holiday buying season.

Woo-hoo!
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The real key is not Android 2.1 - but Android 2.2

Once that's out they really will be able to take on iPad.
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The real key is not Android 2.1 - but Android 2.2

Once that's out they really will be able to take on iPad.
Will that bring the Market to non-smartphone devices?
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I suggest everyone take a deep breath and reconsider my comment: "the devices are under-powered ... by the end of August the market will start looking very sweet -- perhaps with some real players out the door such as Asus."

The fact that there are real live units for sale in this screen size is impressive. Three weeks from now they'll look better still. Once brand names start to appear things will really heat up. iPad is designed and manufactured by a 1st Tier company and works really well as is; none of these units will be an "iPad killer" in 2010. However this does set the stage for an imminent wave of credible Android tablets in time for end 2010 holiday buying season.

Woo-hoo!
Agreed - anyone who drops 459 on one of these devices when a proven iPad is just $41 more is insane. Give it some time and slates and tablets will be available.
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Will that bring the Market to non-smartphone devices?
It may not bring the Market - though that is VITAL - but it will bring Flash, and that's something the iPad doesn't have and isn't getting.
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The real key is not Android 2.1 - but Android 2.2

Once that's out they really will be able to take on iPad.
Actually, the real key will be Android 3, which will revamp Android's UI and will make it more palatable to a wider range of users.

I personally have fairly high expectations from Duarte, the Palm UI guy who was snatched by Google recently.
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Agreed - anyone who drops 459 on one of these devices when a proven iPad is just $41 more is insane. Give it some time and slates and tablets will be available.
Wait for samsung they will bring Ipad copies with android.
Their phones are rumored use a newer version of the processors used in Iphone 4.

Sadly their new Amoled manufacturing plant is not coming online till 2011
so we wont see any Amoled tablets till end of 2011. Now a 10inch Samoled
screen would be the thing to have.
I own a samsung galaxy s and its shocking how lite it is I expected it to be alot heavier
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I held off buying the Droid X for the Samsung Fascinate. The specs are close but the Super AOMLED and graphic processor sold me on the device. I did hear it was light but the review made it sound like it was a bad thing. He said it made it feel cheep.
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I held off buying the Droid X for the Samsung Fascinate. The specs are close but the Super AOMLED and graphic processor sold me on the device. I did hear it was light but the review made it sound like it was a bad thing. He said it made it feel cheep.
I like the Samsung Galaxy S. The screen is impressive, to my eyes.

I wouldn't say the body feels cheap - it looks like the iPhone 3Gs, which is a good thing. IMO. TouchWiz is garish, but installing LauncherPro remedies this easily.

I feel it's probably the best phone overall on the market (because of the screen, mainly).

P.S. Samsung seems to be coming out with a 7" tablet version in a couple of months.

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