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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RE: tool or gadget
by kaiwai on Tue 27th Jul 2010 01:22 UTC in reply to "tool or gadget"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

If the tablet is a tool for you, Android 1.6 is fine.
If you wear it as a gadget, Android 1.6 is old.


1.6 is still useless - none of these devices can access the marketplace so one can download Kindle app, Flash is only for Android 2.2, the support is non-existant once you purchase it so don't expect any updates of any form from these vendors and so on. If they really used their brains they would use standard components and a 'off the tree' version of Android which allow the community to take over and offer Android builds as to reduce their costs in the long run.

I was going to purchase one of these el-cheapo pads until I did some reading up on them - sorry, unless you have hours to waste on these pads of pain I suggest you save up a few extra dollars and purchase them from vendors who give a crap about supporting their customers beyond the initial purchase.

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RE[2]: tool or gadget
by vivainio on Tue 27th Jul 2010 06:33 in reply to "RE: tool or gadget"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

If they really used their brains they would use standard components and a 'off the tree' version of Android which allow the community to take over and offer Android builds as to reduce their costs in the long run.


Are you sure off-the-tree new Android versions support these cheap devices? Would it run at halfway decent speed?

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RE[3]: tool or gadget
by kaiwai on Tue 27th Jul 2010 06:45 in reply to "RE[2]: tool or gadget"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Are you sure off-the-tree new Android versions support these cheap devices? Would it run at halfway decent speed?


They're not doing anything special right now - they need to submit the hardware support (modules) to Google for inclusion in the tree - even if that involves telling Google not to provide the source (Google keep the source in house and provide the binary version to the public). As for the speed, they might need to trim it down but tis the sacrifice if one purchases a cheap device.

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