Linked by David Adams on Mon 26th Jul 2010 01:10 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While browsing through dealextreme.com, a popular online shop for electronic products here in Asia, I was really surprised to see several iPad-like tablet computers that are sold for as low as $99 (US). Another surprising thing is that they are all powered by Android.
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I'm still waiting...
by Zifre on Mon 26th Jul 2010 14:30 UTC
Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

I would buy one of these tablets if it had multi-touch and a hackable OS with open source drivers.

Unfortunately, I don't think any of those tablets satisfy the requirements yet.

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RE: I'm still waiting...
by daev on Mon 26th Jul 2010 17:16 in reply to "I'm still waiting..."
daev Member since:
2009-01-24

For me, the lack of hackability and the non-conformance to FOSS principles is the dealbreaker here. There's some very wrong about running an open source OS like Android or Ubuntu, but then only being able to update it by downloading firmware from the vendor.

I found a great blog post describing the current situation of GPL compliance for these cheap tablets: <a ref="http://projectgus.com/2010/07/open-source-in-android-tablets/">...

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RE[2]: I'm still waiting...
by merkoth on Mon 26th Jul 2010 21:18 in reply to "RE: I'm still waiting..."
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

The non-hackability is debatable. The guys at slatedroid.com have been messing with this things for some time now.

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RE: I'm still waiting...
by JAlexoid on Wed 28th Jul 2010 15:28 in reply to "I'm still waiting..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I would buy one of these tablets if it had multi-touch and a hackable OS with open source drivers.

Unfortunately, I don't think any of those tablets satisfy the requirements yet.


Depends on if Slatedroid has them...

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