Anyone interested in these dirt cheap Chinese 7" Android Tablets?

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Mark Vergeer
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No way

Perspnally I would not consider getting one of these devices as it is unclear if you can get your apps running and it is also unclear if you have an English menu available to you. Battery life seems appaling and the screens too, so why spend any money on this?

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Bill Loguidice
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It's a bit of a stretch to

It's a bit of a stretch to say that Apple is slipping. They are a single provider on a single carrier with single product lines with only a few minor variations within those lines, which means big profit margins. All Apple has to do is go to a second carrier (say, Verizon in 2011) in the US, and they'll immediately increase sales and market share dramatically if/when they deem it necessary.

With that said, it will be interesting to see if the Windows approach to mobile phones - which is what Android is - will win out over the MacOS approach to mobile phones - which is what the iPhone is. More closed, tightly controlled systems *may* make more sense in the mobile space than it does in the computing space, sort of like how closed consoles are the norm rather than the exception in the world of videogames.

I'm looking forward to cheap, feature-rich Android tablets, though I'd prefer a minimum 7 - 10"+ screen for my particular needs. I'd certainly consider that over a next gen iPad, particularly if I can save hundreds of dollars.

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Well one comment on the

Well one comment on the ability to access the app store. Pretty much every app i have used has a webpage and you can get the app on it with Paypal or even google checkout. there are a few PREVIEWS of the tablets comming for Android, the one I looked at had a slightly larger screen, longer battery life (and battery you can change so you can take a spare along) and faster CPU then the Ipad. Unless Apple does something to be "freindly" again its going to be the next IBM, have the world in its pocket (it basicly owns the MP3 market, and the "percieved" cool phone market). But right now Android phone use is growing in the 4-5% range MONTHLY, while APPLE is stagnet, no new growth even with the New Iphone (guess if you own an old one you upgrade, as stagnet growth means its not new users). Android has grown faster then the Iphone did (by quite a bit) of course the Iphone was first and the market was uknown then, they basicly blazed the trail and the new guys are following. And of course when you talk tablets first thing you say Is "its like an Ipad" that brand recognition is HUGE. But apple is slipping ...

Oh well off track. I think for $100 its pretty cheap for a tablet. but if battery life is an hour... thats kinda a deal breaker form me. As for upgradeing and apps.. if you can connect to it, there will alwasy be a way.

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No problem! Thanks for

No problem! Thanks for posting this in the first place. The Android OS could definitely use a good tablet device, though I suspect Google isn't really pushing for it. They are working on their Chrome OS for this purpose & have reputable manufacturers working with it.

Bill Loguidice
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Hmm, that has convinced me...
Catatonic wrote:

Dealextreme link with better photos & reviews:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.39169
Personally no, I wouldn't buy that, but I'm not looking for any sort of tablet computer at the moment.

I'm still getting thrown by the slight difference in specs (more memory, but a .1 less revision Android version): http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350372237197&ssPageNa...

This review from your link is perhaps most telling for my particular needs:

"Bottomline: It's cheap. I bought it to read books and comics. But if you have magazines in PDF format, forget it. It displays comics and images, but you need to resize them before, because it takes forever to load a 3Mpixel image. Great for text books."

I suppose that has made up my mind for me. If I get it at $75, so be it (can't cancel my bid anyway at this point), but I won't be pressing to get it for slightly more.

Thanks for the help!

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Dealextreme link with better

Dealextreme link with better photos & reviews:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.39169

Personally no, I wouldn't buy that, but I'm not looking for any sort of tablet computer at the moment.

Bill Loguidice
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Reviews like that are always a help
Catatonic wrote:

Reviews from Amazon.com

Very interesting, thanks. So let me ask you, for sub-$100, do YOU personally think it might be worth it, keeping in mind that better (but costlier) devices are on the horizon?

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Reviews from Amazon.com
Bill Loguidice
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I guess our comments crossed,

I guess our comments crossed, but we had the same idea... :-)

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Bill Loguidice
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I don't care about upgrading

I don't care about upgrading Android if it works for what I need out of the box, but this comment from your link is VERY interesting:

"Terrible, terrible product. I thought I was getting a deal for $215 including shipping to the USA. Instead, I got a crippled Android 1.6 OS device that had no access to the Android Apps Market, the battery life is less than a single hour, the charger adapters isn’t the standard micro USB, the screen is non-responsive, it comes with almost no apps, the document is completely lacking, … and did I mention it only lasts for less than a single hour?!? To make matters worse, the distributor wanted to charge me a 30% restocking fee after I had to pay for shipping to return it to him! Avoid the this M001/Eken/Shanzhai tablet! IT IS A TOTAL DISASTER!!!"

Makes me think sticking to $75 is about right.

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