Lately it seems that we have been attacked by Android tablets from all angles and with rocketing sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it’s quite easy to understand why everyone wants a piece of the action. Out of the large pool of Android tablets one of my favorites was the Viewsonic gTablet with its 10 inch display and very good specs overall (I mean it was powered by a Tegra 2 and I’m a sucker for Nvidia products so it’s quite understandable why I enjoyed it so much) but with poor software support. There is also the upcoming Motorola Tablet which will be boasting Android 3.0 Honeycomb, or apparently Android 2.4 Honeycomb according to different sources, the luxury edition of the Galaxy Tab by Samsung and dozens more.
This time around it’s time to check out the latest product from a rather unknown manufacturer, the tPAD-780 made by Polish manufacturer Trak Electronics. I do apologize if the manufacturer is known or anything like that, but considering I stay indoors and read newsletters and write articles I don’t go out much J. Either way, the tablet got a first hands-on by the guys over at www.tablet-online.com which unfortunately didn’t give us more to work with than the manufacturer released on their webpage.
First things first, the tablet is equipped with a 7 inch resistive touchscreen which I can’t say I enjoy, this being also the main reason I’m not too excited about Creative’s Ziio tablet series but which does boast a 10 inch display. The screen has a resolution of 800 x 400 WVGA and the tablet comes equipped with a stylus. Under the well designed exterior, because in my opinion the device does look very clean and stylish, we have an 800 MHz Telechips TCC8902 ARM11 processor, 256 MB of RAM and 4G of flash memory.
Storage can be extended via a micro SD/SDHC card up to 32 GB of storage. It can playback 1080p videos via HDMI and comes equipped with a micro USB/OTG adapter. On the “holes in my device” chapter we find a 3.5 mm audio jack and that pretty much ends it. Connectivity is achieved by WiFi, Bluetooth and the tablet also supports external USB 3G modems for GPRS/3G. Running on it we have Android 2.1 while all of this is kept alive and moving by a Lithium-polymer battery which can offer up to 50 hours of battery life in stand-by, 4 hours of movie playback or 6 hours of Internet browsing, according to the manufacturer.
The tPad-780 weighs in at 372 grams or 13.1 ounces. It’s measurements are 192 x 121 x 11 mm (7.6 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches roughly) so it isn’t as small as one would expect, yet considering the weight and the reduced thickness I do consider that it will fit even in larger pocket. But until I don’t get some hands-on myself I won’t be able to give you a sure answer on this one. By comparison the Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs in at 380 grams and measures 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98 mm, so you can get a rough idea that size-wise these two tablets are pretty similar. The big selling point would be the really low price of this device which will have an approximate retail price of 299 US dollars. Until next time, I’ll be moving to Poland to see for myself.
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