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In my few hours with it last night, I downloaded and installed several apps on it from GetJar, including Facebook and Kindle. I also downloaded several apps from my PC onto a thumb drive and installed them onto the tablet from that, which was very cool. I visited several websites that had flash banners and they worked flawlessly. I was also able to play embedded videos on sites including youtube.com and my facebook news stream.
- USB port – I plugged an 8GB flash drive in and installed apps from it.
- Micro SD slot – Haven’t used it yet but plan to soon
- HDMI port – Haven’t used this yet either but it’s a great option
- Video looks great
- Very responsive when touching links or rotating display
- Browser is quick and displays flash
- Great price for the specs
- Lack of good, working apps. For the A7, you get your apps from GetJar, instead of the Android marketplace. Some apps refused to install for me, like Angry Birds. Others installed but clearly weren’t made to work on this size tablet. There isn’t a netflix or skype app available (I was hoping to use the webcam with skype).
- Pinch-to-zoom doesn’t work particularly well. Seemed to always go way too far in or out. You’re better off just double-tapping.
- Scrolling – scrolling by sliding my finger seems to cause a lot of unintended clicks along the way. I think there’s just a bit of a learning curve, being used to my ipod touch. It seemed to happen less as the night went on.
- The fixed buttons aren’t backlit so at first it’s difficult to use in the dark. You quickly figure out where they are and it’s not that big a deal
- So far it’s been hard to find any cases or accessories built for the A7
- I wasn’t able to set up my yahoo mail in the default mail client. Instead, I installed the yahoo mail app, which is basically a shortcut to the mobile yahoo mail site, which works fine.
This purchase was for my wife, who wanted something like an iPad but at a size that fit in her purse. This is almost the exact same size as my 2nd generation Kindle (a little thicker). So far she’s used it to quickly check and respond to things on Facebook, check emails and surf the web. Because of the speed and ease of use, it should supplant most of her laptop use, with the exception of sending long emails and working on speadsheets.
I trust there will be more and better apps for android tablets in the near future. It looks like there are A LOT of similar tablets hitting the market now. For me, this tablet looked like the best specs for the best price right now and I imagine it will be even more fun to use as new apps are made for it.
-Fast, fast, fast
-Screen res is great for the specs
-HDMI out is awesome
-USB and SD card media (Bite me Apple)
-rooted out of the box
- Jetflicks streaming on 7 inch screen!
-Flash player rocks (Bite me Apple)
-No Market (hopefully XDA developers will help with this)
-Wi-fi fails to wake from sleep (workaround available and patch coming 12-24-10)
-Nvidia drivers not up to date (patch coming 12-24-10)
-Not true multi-touch ( not an issue for me, I have no plans on making this into a gaming rig)
-Proprietary connector for dock (not a big issue since there is USB/SD card support)
-Menu buttons have no back lighting
Build quality is very sturdy – some have commented on its being plasticky – but it’s a rubberized, non-slip plastic. Perfectly respectable.
We are certain that XDA will do Honeycomb in due course.
First off – we should say we are an Apple shop – iMacs, MacBook Airs, Minis and iPads – so when we say the a7 blows the iPad away on speed – we are not coming from an anti-Apple perspective. Quite the opposite. Example – loading cnn.com on the a7 fully rendered in about a half a second – the iPad 6 seconds.
1080p playback is super fast and very smooth.
Updated Review – 01/17
Just applied new firmware rev Version 2.0121 and then Version 2.0124.
Fixes all outstanding issues – improved pinch and zoom, better battery.
Awesome tablet – almost twice the Quadrant benchmark score of the Archos A70.
I think that the screen is awesome. Sure multi-touch is nice and if they said it has it then it should but I see that mentioned no where so I do not know what people were reading.
From a techy users experience though certainly no expert or geek the product works very well. I was able to connect the wifi from a home or business next door from where I work. Through our huge building to the signal. I have tried other devices including laptops and was never able to get a signal strong enough to use and I was able to download and install angry birds. Pretty cool! I have not had this unit very long but I know the Android interface and have had a few tabs in the past and this one is simply awesome.
Are there features to be improved on, will this be an ipad killer, I do not know but as it is now it is a great machine.
I think for the price they did this unit right. If you are a hardcore Android user and want all the bells and whistles then maybe you need to wait for Honeycomb but if you want a tab now and have seen what is available I think price vs value this is about as good as it is going to get.
I have just scratched the surface of what this tab can do and so far I am very impressed. Don’t let the negative reviews fool you.
This tablet works well right out of the box and with a few enhancements will be pretty awesome. Go to the XDA developers forum and find out the Stream TV is talking with forum members to make it a better device and not leave it out in the cold as far as updates go and you have in my opinion the best tab available.
Galaxy is nice, Ipad is nice, Elocity is just as nice in my opinion and a few hundred less!!
I got mine at another tv networks website with 6 value pays! I am paying $50 a month for the next six months!! A god price and flexible payments with no interest!! So far I am a happy camper. I will update after a while but just wanted to give another positive review after reading so many not so positive.
I love this unit – but it doesn’t come this way out of the box. If I could have given 4.5 stars this would be the reason for it.
Elocity, the manufacturer has a new ROM download at their website that fixes the major disturbances with this – namely a poorly responsive screen and a WiFi with Alzheimer’s disease. The multi touch is attempted but you may as well just double tap. The larger 7″ screen minimizes the need for it anyway.
After the Elocity download you get the dexter one mentioned here in the reviews and it will open the marketplace for you. Don’t forget to change any ROM file to “update.zip” or it won’t work. And you must use the micro SD chip – you can’t use a USB drive for this. You should have one on hand when you first get it or you will be disappointed that you cannot use it right away. Get two – on at 32GB for regular storage that stays there, and a smaller, cheaper one for flashing.
You will want to put your apps on the chip when possible since flashing the ROM erases everything on the device. You cannot synch this device with your computer to restore it later so the back up is nice there too.
After the two flashes this is a marvelous little device. 7″ might not be ideal for viewing – the 10″ might be a little better, but, it will fit better in handbags AND the tactile touch keyboard is perfect with this size screen. You can hold both sides and type with you thumbs without strain. Any bigger and typing, while holding the device, would be less pleasant.
Video playback is excellent on the screen. Haven’t used the HDMI output – and won’t. I have a WDTV live for that purpose (which I love). The speakers are adequate for a device this size but the volume is insufficient. Ok for minor stuff but if you were going to watch a movie you are going to want to pull out your headphones.
The screen is not as responsive as an Ipod – no doubt about it. But it works well and I consider it adequate as well.
The android market is great, although not as big as apple – give it time. I paid for angry birds on my ipod but it was FREE on Android market. A nice surprise.
There are some wonderful radio apps! All my local stations are there with easier reception than the radio (I live rural). Some of the apps are meant for smartphones and don’t work quite the same way here. For some of you that may be questioning the lack of a GPS, it appears that the wifi is often good enough. I suppose it uses you IP address to know your location. I wouldn’t be using this in a car since I have a GPS already – so I haven’t needed it.
I bought this with some trepidation – but am more than pleased. Don’t expect an iPad – but darn if this isn’t close! My ipod is slicker, but I will enjoy this more just because it is a little bigger and is easily as user friendly. Play with it for a bit. My learning curve was about an hour. You can’t be afraid to push buttons.
With the 10″ version due, there may still be some deals to come with this one – but at $299 I think it is a great deal.
Just don’t judge it out of the box!
March 4, 2011
This product seems to change its price twice a week. I purchased for $299 and it has fluctuated between $319 and $349 since. You might not want to take the first price you see!