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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tablets You Have Never Heard of

Tablets have been booming since its entry into the market. Many companies have been recognized by their well built featured tablets. As the market is flooded with enormous tablets, only few have reached the users, many other fail to compete with strong rivals and are fade away with no identity.


Though the prices of these tablets are cheap and affordable, the users make their choice through brand names though they much costlier than these tablets.


Here are 10 Tablets that have faded without identity before reaching the hands of users, and are vanished from the sight in the market too.


1. Maylong M-150

The Maylong M-150 TabletPC is an Android-based device sold by Walgreens for a mere 5, 161. It has a 7" screen, but is limited to a resolution of 800x480. It has a resistive touchscreen instead of a capacitive one like the iPad or Galaxy Tab, a 400MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and 2GB of built-in storage.


It comes with 802.11b/g for Wi-Fi and no 3G support, though it claims to be able to use USB-based 3G cards via the extra dongle that comes in the box. It weighs less than a pound and comes with Android 1.6. The M-150's built-in apps have trouble functioning correctly most of the time.


It's hard when you are trying to achieve a simple task like entering a Wi-Fi password or searching for an app on the "App Market", takes minutes per task. In the App market, it's a slimmed-down version of the regular Android Market, though any apps could not be worked properly, largely because they would not connect to the Internet.


The built in e-mail application had the same problem as the Kindle app. And the camera application, for instance, makes use of the built-in camera and slaps a number of ugly frames on top.

2. Augen GenTouch 78

Augen's 7, 820 Gentouch Android tablet is the Android 2.1 version tablet. The Augen tablet is satisfactorily light and it's easy to hold up to read a website or e-book. The 7 inch tablet is an ideal size for holding in one hand and Augen throws in a faux leather case. Surrounding the tablet is a micro-USB port, a 2.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.


The display is resistive and only has an 800x480 resolution. In the video, the application panel jiggers across the screen, scrolling is quite delayed and launching applications takes a noticeable few seconds. Still the tablet is capable of doing things like loading and watching YouTube videos as well as surfing the web.


There is 2GB of onboard memory, but the microSD slot should support up to 16GB cards. The Gentouch does come preloaded with the Google Market, but the applications would not install.

3. Blackberry Playbook

Running on a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP processor that's expertly massaged and manipulated by the QNX OS. QNX is an efficient and bulletproof operating system that powers everything including tablets. It is packed by 1GB of RAM and 16, 32, or 64GB of storage, with the smallest costing 26, 104.


The light weight certainly makes it easier for reading and the more hand-friendly size makes it feel more comfortable to carry. Graphics are handled by a PowerVR design, which quite handily offloads video decoding and gaming acceleration from the processor, enabling this thing to decode and display 1080p video over HDMI working quite smoothly and running productivity apps on the seven-inch display.


The device doesn't support simple USB mass storage and a user cannot just plug it in to the laptop and dump a bunch of files on it.

4. Coby Kyros

The Coby Kyros tablet offers a large screen for relatively little money, 10, 427 that runs on Android 2.2 OS. It has an 8” display which is weak to operate as the Kyro’s resistive screen requires a forceful touch (a plastic stylus is included) and is covered in a sheet of plastic that is easy to scratch.


The worse is that the LCD panel and the resistive plastic covering are spaced so far apart that the screen appears as though it is underwater. As a result, viewing angles are problematic, e-book text is washed out, and outdoor viewing is nearly impossible. Users get the open-sourced Android experience that is common to most of the low-end tablets and e-book readers.

5. Kobo Vox

At 10,427, the Kobo Vox is lacking the video/music downloads and streaming options that distinguish its competitors, the Vox should notice for coupling e-reading capabilities with the multimedia functions of a basic Android tablet. The Vox is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet which is both good and bad.


The good part is that a user gets many of the stock Android apps that come with Gingerbread (email, calculator, contacts, calendar, clock, browser, gallery, YouTube), minus Google apps such as those for Gmail and the Android Market, since this is not a Google device