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Dec. 29th, 2011 @ 10:16 pm Android tablet
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I have been looking at tablets lately. I don't want an iPad for obvious reasons, and the alternative is Android, which serves us really well on our phone. However, I would want a 10" tablet, and something that at least runs Honeycomb (that's version 3.x of Android, which is optimised for tablets). And since this would be a non-essential gadget, I don't want to spend a lot of money on it.

All that meant that we didn't have a tablet, until today.

I've found a description of a tablet that cost EUR 200 at the Blokker (of all places!) and a description on how to update it to Android Ice Cream Sandwich -- which is the newest Android version, which unifies the phones and tablets into one core.
Updating the tablet was painless and worked totally as advertised. So now we have a 10" tablet running Android 4.0.1, and it cost way, way less than many, many competing tablets.

It does seem that ICS is still bleeding edge at the moment, though -- a lot of applications are not available for tablets running ICS. But the things that do run, work quite smooth. The tablet even plays 720p MKV videos smoothly, which offers interesting entertainment opportunities.
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From:andrewducker
Date:December 29th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
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That looks pretty neat. I'm in the market for something similar, and I'll definitely keep an eye out for an equivalent hitting the UK. Closest I've found is the Archos 101, for £150, and that's not a capacitive screen.
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From:fub
Date:December 30th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
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It was a coincidence that I ran into the description of how to update it to Ice Cream Sandwich, otherwise I would have passed this one up as well.
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From:andrewducker
Date:December 30th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
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Oh, I can live with older versions of Android, so that wouldn't have bothered me in the same way. A bad quality screen would annoy me far more.

I can't understand details of the one you have - I'm wondering if it's a local rebadge of a different one. As a reader of the language, anything like that?
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From:fub
Date:December 30th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
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The OEM is the Chinese company Newsmy, and the name they use for that particular model is K97.
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From:andrewducker
Date:December 30th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much, I shall try and see if there's an equivalent in the UK!
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From:nathreee
Date:December 29th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Interesting... so you have a tablet that can browse internet and use android apps for just 200?
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From:fub
Date:December 30th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
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Yes. But if you just want Android and don't care much about the version, there's the Yarvik 10" tablet that does just that. It doesn't have a capacitive multitouch screen, though -- but it's EUR 50 cheaper.

Out of the box, the tablet I got is pretty nice anyway, but the cool thing is that I easily updated it to the latest version of Android.
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From:babarage
Date:December 30th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
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interesting. tho we love our iPad I'm curious how this looks and feels. any chance you are taking it with you tomorrow?
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From:fub
Date:December 31st, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
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Of course I can take it with me. I 'downgraded' to a 2.3 kernel though, because that was less bleeding edge (meaning that more things worked as I expected) -- it's less smooth though.
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From:vleeg
Date:December 31st, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm still waiting for a great entourage-edge like device, unfortunately the original edge was not all i hoped it to be :(
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