Over the last few weeks i have been looking for a budget tablet device, My first consideration was the blackberry playbook 16 gig (£170) or 32 gig (£200). As luck would have it there was none to be found in my city nearest place where they was in stock was Dundee which is 30+ miles away , i say luck because my good friend @liquidtv had purchased one of the playbooks and he found it wanting so that kinda put me off the idea of the playbook as i trust @liquidtv ‘s judgement (he has been in I.T for many years so he knows the script). Anyways yesterday my friend @seanbarr1988 came with me to get some “stuff”. I got another 22″ LG TV / Monitor to twin with current one (LG Flatron M2262D) new one is (LG Flatron M2262D P ). i have always wanted my dual monitors to be same size & same res (desktop mode in VLC is tremendous).
While in the store for TV i asked the assistant about budget tablet devices , he said they have the Archos Arnova 10 for like £140 , i asked him to let me see it so i could get an idea of response ect , to my suprise he said no , was not shops policy, (apparently it was the only boxed model left in store , there was none of these on display) my partner in crime @seanbarr1988 works with electronics and has came across these tablets on many occasions , he told me they was decent for that price , i trust his judgement too , so i bought it , after a quick trip to subway for some well needed grub it was back to the base to see how my purchases measured up.
To my (wont say dissapointment) new gadgets detrament i had forgotten all about the fact i had promised my boy and my young niece a trip to the irn bru carnival at Glasgow SECC so my honeymoon period came to an abrupt end. I left the tablet charging and we all set off for a great night at the SECC, i got home around 11 pm and was time to get down to buisiness and find out how this cheap tablet performed, i found it to be very responsive and fluid and i could watch any page with flash content , to my suprise though it has no Android market, it has its own market named applib it does have 30.000 apps in there so i was sure i could find what i needed therein , TBH i only want the tablet for irc and generic browsing so i wasnt looking for much, i quickly found androirc in the applib market and logged into my irc channel , (i had to change the sleep settings from 30 seconds to 10 minutes because screen would dim frquently , on changing the device settings it was fine. now i know this device has only 4 gig native storage BUT it can take a 32 gig sdhcmicro (already purchased last night on ebay) it also has a usb to go 2.0 port AND a usb micro port, so the storage factor should not be a problem, screen res is 1024 x 600 pixels its enough to view webpages in full width, it connected to my wi-fi off the bat,i have been using it for only a short time and so far it has done what i have asked , (which aint too much) for the price id say its decent. for full specs click the image above.
the new Rockchip RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 processor that can run at up to 1.2Ghz. It’s more powerful than the Apple A4 in the iPad1 and iPhone4, it’s more powerful than the Samsung Hummingbird processor in the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Samsung Galaxy S.