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Old 07-28-2012, 12:18 AM   #23
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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Alabama
Device: ASUS EeeNote
Hi Jmirko,

There's also another way to get handwritten notes out of the EeeNote. Using TheTwo's "Free PDF Annotation Merger for Eee Note":
http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/asus...-eee-note.html

You can create a multi-page PDF document that contains a number of blank pages and use it as a notebook instead of the built-in notebook app, since the EA-800 allows you to freehand draw and write on PDFs. Then use the Windows based merger application to export the annotated PDF with the markup intact. The merger application will also export user created bookmarks, and can export the EeeNote notebooks as PDF files as well.

There's also a fair number of open-source applications that have been created or ported to work on the EeeNote to increase the functionality.

That said, I do wish that the EA-800 had a faster processor, touch screen, and more open code base.

Lately, I've been looking at a number of Chinese made Android based tablets that have been showing up. One that looks very promising appears to have capacitive multi-touch and an active digitizer of some sort with a pressure sensitive stylus that requires a AAAA battery, isn't from Wacom and doesn't appear to be from N-Trig.

The names it appears to be going under are:
HKC S81 - http://www.szhk.com.cn/product_detail.asp?id=537
Inote A8 - http://www.ibnote.com/products_detai...051956894.html
CooPad A9 - http://www.coopad.net/product_detail-2.aspx
Aishuo T5 - http://www.aishuomid.com/product_det...186&topnav=177
(note that Google Translate is your friend)

The specifications are all very similar, but there are some claimed differences:
The HKC S81 claims to have Android 4.0 and 1GB ram, while the others claim Android 2.3 and 512MB ram. That said, I haven't seen a single screenshot that confirms the HKC claims. I suspect that all of the above are made by a single manufacturer and everyone is just re-branding them under their own name.

Also, there appear to be two different models that look exactly alike. One has stylus input only, while the other has both stylus and capacitive multi-touch and it seems to be impossible to tell which is which. This is especially true since I don't trust any of the vendors I've found to give me a straight answer or post accurate specs.

Prices also appear to range wildly between approximately $275 and $470. All differences and vendor lies aside, I think either model would probably be a better new purchase choice than the EA-800 at this point. Over a year ago, the EA-800 was the only game in town for a tablet with low-cost, long battery life, pressure sensitive active-digitizer input, and a portable, but not tiny, screen size. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore, and with WinRT coming out in the fall, the tablet market will probably have a few more players with good stylus input.

[UPDATE]
The HKC S81 has a firmware available for download here:
http://www.szhk.com.cn/download.asp

The firmware is listed on the site as being Android 4.0.3, but I have extracted the firmware and can confirm that it is actually 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). I can also validate that the kernel and drivers are the same between the iNote A8 and the HKC S81 firmwares, and that the HKC firmware appears to be a re-branded, older version of the iNote firmware.

pb

Last edited by pbarrette; 08-27-2012 at 09:18 AM. Reason: Updated information
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