Android Tablets

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Mon Feb 28 16:27:45 EST 2011


Well I have an iPad, but I kind of like the look and feel of some of the larger pads that are coming out with Android. I listen to the Leo LaPorte show on Sundays, and he seems to be pretty up on the Android devices, but he was saying this weekend that there are a lot of flavors, and issues with upgrading from certain versions of Android, that is there is no upgrade path for certain ones. Ahhh the joys of open source!

Bob


On Feb 28, 2011, at 12:24 PM, J. Landman Gay wrote:

> On 2/28/11 2:04 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
>> I don't think China wants them back, what with all the hidden malware
>> and all. Can't risk giving themselves the worm. ;-)
> 
> I know you're joking, but to be fair, that was never one of the issues. Mainly, the cheapest way to return a unit is to declare it as something it isn't (I've forgotten what now) so that the lowest shipping fee is $50. For some of these units, that's about a third of the original cost. Then it takes weeks to get it back, again because of shipping issues. The company seems reliable and responsive, it's just that they are so far away.
> 
> Other issues included minor problems with synching, cell phone support, that sort of thing. Probably some of these are universal across all Android devices depending on what other hardware you have. But I didn't see as many reports of that for the Archos.
> 
> Negatives for Archos are that they won't connect to Android marketplace by themselves, but a 1-minute fix enables that. Also, they allow very little RAM for installed apps on the device so you need an SD card to expand storage. They allow tethering to your cell phone for 3G internet access but some phones won't work. I don't care about that part, the device is wi-fi enabled and for my use that's enough. Wi-fi is reported to work flawlessly.
> 
> The positives outweighed the negatives for me, especially since I'm getting it primarily as a developer device for LiveCode.
> 
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