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  • 7" Android tablet at Kmart for $150

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/26/a...ming-to-store/


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  • #2
    I saw this yesterday. Nice price point, just hope it isn't built like a piece of junk.

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    • #3
      You mean less junk than most $150.00 7" lcd only?

      I'd use this in my headrests, maybe via wifi? Not clear how, but maybe mirroring via vnc should be an option? And, the passenger could always pick it up and play some games with it.
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      • #4
        Video review here:

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        • #5
          800Ghz Processor.. lol.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Custommx3 View Post
            800Ghz Processor.. lol.

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            i will pair this with my nexus one, and i will have 9ghz!!!
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            • #7
              Endgaget review:

              http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/30/a...ch-78-preview/

              • Hardware: Just like some of the early videos indicated, the tablet is made entirely of black plastic. For $150 we can't really knock the build quality of this thing, but we do have to say the $199 Archos 7 Home Tablet feels a lot sturdier and is also a bit thinner. Still, the Augen tablet is satisfactorily light and it's easy to hold up to read a website or e-book. As we've said before, 7-inch tablets are an ideal size for holding in one hand. Oh, and as you will see in the gallery, Augen throws in a faux leather case -- probably to hide the 78's cheap aesthetic. Surrounding the tablet is a micro-USB port, a 2.5mm headphone jack (yeah, it's a bummer!) and a microSD card slot. As for that headphone jack, Augen has told us that if you email them at [email protected], they'll send you a pair of 2.5mm headphones or some sort of adapter -- cheers to that!
              • Screen: Come on, you're not really shocked that the display is resistive and only has an 800 x 480 resolution, are you? For the price, we expected nothing more really, though in use it wasn't as bad as we'd imagined. Obviously, you have to press pretty hard on the 7-inch display to make selections, but there's also a stylus that pops out on the top of the tablet. We've actually defaulted to using the stylus, but a fingernail certainly gets the job done as well. Either way, resistive is, well, resistive. Also, you may notice in the pictures that there's a slight gap between the glass of the screen and the actual display. There's also no accelerometer or software for adjusting the screen orientation. No beating around the bush on this one: this screen is cheap, but then again so is the tablet.
              • Performance / Android experience: We actually have to give Augen some credit for shipping the Gentouch 78 with Android 2.1. It's not 2.2 -- though Augen says it may be upgradeable sometime -- but at first boot we were greeted by a live wallpaper and shortcuts to the browser, YouTube, the Market, iReader, Skype and others. Basically, if you're an Android user, you'll feel quite at home. However, we cannot tell you how badly we wish there was a home and back button on the front of the device -- there are a few cheap, very clicky buttons on the back, but it's incredibly annoying to guess what each one does when you're looking at the screen. The good news is that the GenTouch tablet is nowhere near as slow as the GenBook, but its 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM makes Android smartphones, like the Droid X, Incredible and Evo 4G, look like Usain Bolt. As you see in the video, the application panel jiggers across the screen, scrolling is quite delayed and launching applications takes a noticeable few seconds. Still the tablet is capable of doing things like loading and watching YouTube videos as well as surfing the web, albeit on Hawaiian time. There's 2GB of onboard memory, but the microSD slot should support up to 16GB cards.
              • Apps / Market access: So, yes, the Gentouch does come preloaded with the Google Market, but just as we experienced with the smartbook, applications won't install. When we chatted with Augen, we were told that an update should restore access, though they also mentioned they'd be chatting with Google soon about the access. (We can't imagine Google is all that happy that this company is shipping tablets with the Market preloaded.) However, Gmail and YouTube are both pre-installed on the device, and we have had no issues with either one. Skype, on the other hand, doesn't work at all. We'll be burning through our weekend trying to sideload some .apks, so stay tuned on how that all turns out. Augen tells us the updates for the store will appear on its support site.
              I wonder what they would think of the resistive touch screen on low end Xenarc and Lillis...
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              • #8
                So....for $350 less than the iPad you get a lower quality screen, a sluggish processor, an app store that doesn't work, a resistive touch screen that requires a stylus and minimal internal memory. Does that cover it?
                Originally posted by ghettocruzer
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                • #9
                  Can somebody explain to me why the Market store doesn't work and why it needs google authorization? I thought you could install anything on Android devices and that was something that differentiates it from the iPhone?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                    So....for $350 less than the iPad you get a lower quality screen, a sluggish processor, an app store that doesn't work, a resistive touch screen that requires a stylus and minimal internal memory. Does that cover it?


                    And yet, it seems a much more attractive price point for what it does in comparison. Im planning on picking one up, out would make a great all around general use household tablet for me.
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                    • #11
                      It appears to browse the web and do youtube. The app store doesn't even work on it. How is that an attractive price point?

                      [I hope you realize I'm trolling now.]
                      Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                      I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                        [I hope you realize I'm trolling now.]
                        You're an apple guy, that's assumed :P
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                        • #13
                          India recently announced an ipad clone developed with help of the government that will be sold for the equivalent of $10USD worste case scenario. They are thinking they may be able to get it to $5USD each.

                          So one burger, or a tablet PC? Im going to go hungry and die in my mountain of tablets!!!
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                          • #14
                            Sluggish processor? Its running a mobile OS 800mhz is just fine
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
                              Sluggish processor? Its running a mobile OS 800mhz is just fine
                              "As you see in the video, the application panel jiggers across the screen, scrolling is quite delayed and launching applications takes a noticeable few seconds."

                              Just going by what they said in the review.
                              Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                              I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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