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Android ePad Tablet Reviewed. Verdict: Junk
What about the rest of the hardware, the 1GHz ARM A8 that powers the ePad?[url=http://www.laptopspark.com/products /102-Epad-Android-22-1GHz-4GB-WIFI-Tablet-zt- 180-New-laptop-72.html]10.2" Epad Android 2.2 1GHz 4GB WIFI Tablet zt 180 New[/url] It managed to surf the web but after that it would â€œplay choppy video clips and crash when we attempted to open a racing game that looked like it had come from a Commodore 64!! It then refused to do anything before it had had been given a complete hard reset!â€
Oh dear. It seems that throwing a tablet together isnâ€™t quite as easy as it might seem. Like a million tiny netbooks before it, the ePad might seem like a cheap bargain on paper, but when you use one, you find you have just wasted a few hundred dollars.
From the top; The tablet was delivered in 8 business days, which I would say for standard shipping, is decent, but not impressive.[url=http://www.laptopspark.com/pr oducts/8-inch-Freescale-A8-Google-Android-22- Tablet-512MB-4GB-HDD-External-3G-With-WiFi-la ptop-259.html]8 inch Freescale A8 Google Android 2.2 Tablet 512MB 4GB HDD External 3G With WiFi[/url] Once received, a quick inspection revealed the speaker cover was damaged. Other than that, no functionality issues. I've had the pad for a little over a week now, and still no issues so far. The battery life is ok, averaging about 2-3 hours of continuous use. Also, you have to re-enable WI-FI every time you restart the tablet. Note. This tablet does not come equipped with the Android Marketplace. Now, don't let this be a turn off, because there is a simple work around for this issue. This tablet is equipped with a MicroSD card slot. If you save .apk files on the memory card from your computer, the tablet will be able to recognize and open/install them. A quick Google search will reveal many websites in which one can acquire such apps ".apk" files. In this sense, you don't really need the marketplace. [url=http://www.laptopspark.com/products/Andr oid-23-8-inch-Google-1080P-HDMI-Support-Flash -101-Gravity-Sensor-Tablet-PC-laptop-387.html ]Android 2.3 8 inch Google 1080P HDMI Support Flash 10.1 Gravity Sensor Tablet PC [/url]I would also highly recommend installing Astro File Manager, to expedite the process. Another issue I ran into was getting the WI-FI to work.