Android 2.1 aPad Review
The iPad “knockoffs” from China, the aPad’s are actually doing quite well at some outlets and we thought it might be a good idea to include a review – since the latest one seems to be flying off the shelves at a few places.
The aPad has actually gone through about 7 iterations since first launching last Spring, not too long after the iPad’s initial launch. The design and performance has improved a great deal in the last 6 months to put the latest aPads on par with the other “budget” tablet pc’s on the market.
The aPad MID 7″ Tablet PC is also being marketed as just an “Android 2.1 Tablet PC“. Compare the specs, however, and you’ll find that it’s the Chinese aPad. Not a bad thing if you like what you see. This model comes with a 7″ TFT touch resistive screen, max 800×480 resolution. It runs on a Telechips ARM11 8902B Processor 720MHz with 256MB RAM. There is 2GB internal memory but it is expandable t 32GB with the SDcard slot.
The aPad operates on the Android 2.1 operating system and is not upgradable to 2.2 at this time. It is compatible with most video, audio and image formats as well as Microsoft office file formats. It has ethernet and WiFi for internet and usb and HDMI as additional ports. Other extras include a microphone and camera.
So, again, for someone looking for a device suited to casual internet browsing, ebook reading and mutimedia entertainment, at a budget price, this may be idea. In fact, it may be a great gift for the kids at these prices! The hope is that these devices will become upgradeable to Android 2.2 so that Flash will be supported. However, if you’re looking for the iPad “killer”, this certainly isn’t it. If you require multi-tasking, multi-touch, flash, long battery life, and lightning fast speed – This one isn’t for you.
|Model||Android 2.1 MID|
|Display||7″ TFT Touch 800×480
|Battery Life||Approx 2.5 hrs video playback
3 hours audio
Expandable to 32GB with SDcard
TF Card Slot
|Processor||Telechips 8902B 720MHz