ePad the Chinese Tablet computer (iPad clone)

15. July 2010 22:47 by Ron in   //  Tags:   //   Comments

When Microsoft announced the tablet pc a couple of years ago I must say that I was impressed. The tablet has internet access, email, simple “light version” of office applications etc..

Last year Apple announced the iPad, a handy wireless 10” tablet computer, it sounds great but what I do not like about Apple is that you must use the Apple store to get applications and you are not allowed to use your own applications. There are no usb slots and you can not insert your own memory cards.

For all those limitations you pay something like 500 USD. I could do that but I like my freedom and I can think for myself so I went in another direction.

In China they build everything they can sell and now that tablets are hot, they build tablets.

it looks like an Apple, it works like an Apple… but it isn’t an Apple..

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I bought a simple Android tablet with no fancy shit, 7” screen with wifi. For my freedom it has 2 usb slots, a microSD slot for memory cards up to 32GB.

I will not bother you with the cpu and memory specifications, it is more important how it works.

I was surprised with the look and feel when I first unpacked it. It looks solid and it feels nice when holding it.

As you see on the photo there is a button like the “Home” button on an Apple iPad only here it is a “Power” button.
Keep in mind the way you see it now;

On the right side there is from bottom to top: Power supply connector, mini usb connector, power switch, mini usb connector, earphones connector, microSD slot, microphone.
On the right top there is a button with 2 functions; 1 is Home and the other is Menu for entering the apps menu.

To turn it on I switched the power switch to “on” and hold the power button for 5 seconds. When the Linux penguin shows the system is booting up.

When it is started it is surprisingly quick, the menus and programs pop-up quickly and the screens scrolls smoothly.
The best way to see if the specifications are good enough for its purpose is viewing a blue ray movie. It looks nice, no strange hiccups. Watching the movie I noticed that the build in speaker does not give the sound you would want to hear but with earplugs the sound is great, even better than expected.

The tablet has also a 1.3Mpix camera but that is useless, it is dark and just bad quality.

My version has no Bluetooth or 3G build in but I use wifi to connect to the internet and that works fine, without any problems I can download apps from the Android market and installing apps from other locations is no problem, first download them to the sd-card and run them from there.

What could be better is the battery life, after 3 hours it is dead empty and charging takes about the same time.

Conclusion:

+ Cheap, about 100 USD
+ Software freedom
+ Weight (335 grams)

- Battery life
- Charging time
- Camera  

Would I buy it again?
Yes, the price is so low that when after a year I would buy the newest model and throw this one in the trash I am still better of than buying an iPad for 5 times the price and keep that for more than 3 years.

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