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MooPi
August 9th, 2010, 09:46 AM
Well I've done it and bought a Android tablet. Kmart sale here in the USA, for 169$ Augen 7" Android. I don't realy need it but it's more a toy to explore. I'll let everyone know how it functions with a forum review. Has anyone else purchased something similar. I here they are all the rage in China. I'll probably end up giving it to my mom who has a phobia of the internet and this device will make it seem more fun. It's running Android 2.1
http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_020W023705190001P?sid=comm_kmart_pro ductpg

aeiah
August 9th, 2010, 09:59 AM
ive seen the really cheap ones on ebay that seem to be for the chinese market. apparently they're a bit too slow, but this one is more expensive so is probably up to scratch. id get one myself, except, much like with the ipad, i cant actually think of any use for it.

kerry_s
August 9th, 2010, 10:33 AM
i seen the reviews on youtube, so i think i'll wait for something better.

MooPi
August 9th, 2010, 01:19 PM
i seen the reviews on youtube, so i think i'll wait for something better.
Likewise, but I think it's a work in progress and I've more money than sense. Should be good for casual web surfing and reading the news on the back patio with a hot cup of java :-)

pwnst*r
August 9th, 2010, 01:39 PM
So did you get one that is unlicensed by Google (http://goo.gl/BWty)?

ubunterooster
August 9th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Well, it looks like it can take on the archos7 tablet which I have had eyes on. It looks good on paper.

samalex
August 9th, 2010, 04:08 PM
So did you get one that is unlicensed by Google (http://goo.gl/BWty)?

I thought the tablets were a pretty good deal as well until I read a similar article earlier. I didn't realize Google required some registration for Android devices to connect to their App Store, but I can see the benefit in it.

So without the app support this tablet is a fail in my book.

Sam

cblah001
August 9th, 2010, 06:42 PM
I got one of the ones with the unlicensed Google software. It doesn't seem like it is much of an issue since I think you can just hack into the device and put in the software of your choosing anyways (i.e. the App Store, Gmail, etc.). There is a temporary app store that you can get from their website right now that seems to have most of the stuff I want.

The next patch is coming out tomorrow which should clean up a lot more stuff. I don't think that the YouTube videos do it service. It was released very quickly and like any new product, there are going to be software bugs. Right out of the box, in the first week it came out? Of course it's going to be buggy.

My opinion, worth the money. You can't find anything out there that is going to give you the same capabilities for the money.

earthpigg
August 9th, 2010, 08:30 PM
re: the unlicensed google software

does Google have a method for consumers to acquare a license after the fact?

MooPi
August 10th, 2010, 12:40 AM
I'll have to wait and see what version I'm being shipped. Regardless it should fill a niche for me.

drawkcab
August 11th, 2010, 06:10 AM
Can't wait to hear your review. Seems like a fun little toy.

Can you install another OS?

MooPi
August 11th, 2010, 08:42 AM
Can't wait to hear your review. Seems like a fun little toy.

Can you install another OS?
Don't know if you can hack it out or if there is a terminal interface. Not a priority but maybe an option if it bores me.

ubunterooster
August 11th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Don't know if you can hack it out or if there is a terminal interface. Not a priority but maybe an option if it bores me.
http://androidcommunity.com/forums/f23/google-terminal-emulator-6638/

and

http://www.gadgetsdna.com/android-terminal-adb-shell-command-list/1168/

pwnst*r
August 11th, 2010, 03:09 PM
Well, it looks like it can take on the archos7 tablet which I have had eyes on. It looks good on paper.

It can't. Check the reviews for both.

MooPi
August 11th, 2010, 07:52 PM
Looks like not having the Android Market working is not an end game situation. The needed .apk files are easily obtained and installed. Still haven't received my tablet and am eager to test it out.

rotwang888
August 11th, 2010, 11:03 PM
i cant actually think of any use for it.

Web browsing on the toilet. Let's be honest.

MooPi
August 12th, 2010, 02:54 AM
Web browsing on the toilet. Let's be honest.

That could be one use, but I can think of others. ebook reader, web browsing on the back patio, vacation computer, vacation entertainment (mp3's and video files) for kids in the back seat, simple games , just to name a few. Not to mention pron.

kerry_s
August 12th, 2010, 03:13 AM
Web browsing on the toilet. Let's be honest.

that's what i would do. :lolflag:

i was going to take a look at the pandigital novel tomorrow, just got the grand opening paper today for bed bath & beyound, in the gadget section it shows the pandigital for $149, i can get 20% off for email sign up, i have $5 off coupon & the device has a $20 mail in rebate.

http://www.pandigital.net/search.asp?productid=392

MooPi
August 19th, 2010, 02:41 AM
As promised here is my review of the Augen Gentouch78. I'm using it to write this. Actually writing text on it is not that easy but it is doing other things well. I have installed Kindle and have started reading "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Kindle works great as does the map application. Plays .avi file great and I'm listening to a small collection of mp3's. All in all it is worth the 180$ I've spent on it. I will test the battery for charge as well as WiFi signal distance. I'm not having any difficulties using or manipulating things on it. The email client is not letting me set up my gmail account though. Hmm. I like it and will get back here later with more details

drawkcab
August 19th, 2010, 05:24 AM
Thanks for getting back to us.

It looks like Kmart has some crazy tech offerings. I just noticed the two cheapie ebook readers.

Also Augen has brought back the 7" netbook for $99! Although it does not have as much snort as the old celeron-powered 7" eeepc, it is probably more energy efficient. If you stuck Lubuntu, Crunchbang or even Puppy on it, you'd probably have a nice travel device.

Nick_Jinn
August 19th, 2010, 08:05 PM
I would love to figure out how to boot Ubuntu from SD card in my 'Edge' Android tablet, especially when the new release supports multi-touch.

Nick_Jinn
August 21st, 2010, 08:27 AM
I thought the tablets were a pretty good deal as well until I read a similar article earlier. I didn't realize Google required some registration for Android devices to connect to their App Store, but I can see the benefit in it.

So without the app support this tablet is a fail in my book.

Sam


There are torrents (Legal ones for FREE apps, dont infract me!) that have hundreds or even thousands of android apps on them. I just skim the SD card and install whatever looks good.

My Tablet is better than those cheap Chinese ones though....some of the tablets are decent though, even without the Adnroid store.

Rondonjin
August 21st, 2010, 08:33 AM
I got this thing a couple of month's ago. Played with it for a while then gave it to my brother when I went back to London recently. He doesn't have internet at home but can now mail me over the free Wi-Fi in the pub :lolflag:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.39169~r.34715613

MooPi
August 22nd, 2010, 02:51 AM
Back with some details on the review in action. Plays full length video great and battery life is still suspect. When wifi is enabled it chews through the battery. So if I'm just read an ebook I disable the wifi temporarily. The battery life is getting better after a couple cycles. Ebook functions great and will probably leave the tablet with my mom so she can read some new novels. Regular book print is to small and ebooks can enlarge the print to massive size. It's not a top of the line computer and I don't think we should judge it so.

Chame_Wizard
August 22nd, 2010, 01:29 PM
official site (http://www.witstech.com.cn/product_en.html):lolflag:


Mailed MP4nation with questions about this tablet (http://mp4nation.net/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_36_66&products_id=430).

androidtablet review (http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/specific-tablets/469-wits-a81e-mid-power-driven-600mhz-arm-cortex-a8-cpu.html)

http://www.merimobiles.com/Witstech_A81E_Android_2_2_Flash_10_1_App_Market_p/meri0306.htm<---------You can also check the prices in Canadian dollars and Euro.

:guitar:

Too bad no Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz yet:sad:

Where is a special thread for tablets?

LMP900
August 22nd, 2010, 02:22 PM
Back with some details on the review in action. Plays full length video great and battery life is still suspect. When wifi is enabled it chews through the battery. So if I'm just read an ebook I disable the wifi temporarily. The battery life is getting better after a couple cycles. Ebook functions great and will probably leave the tablet with my mom so she can read some new novels. Regular book print is to small and ebooks can enlarge the print to massive size. It's not a top of the line computer and I don't think we should judge it so.

I suspect battery life will be the factor that Android tablets will have difficulty with when going head-to-head with the iPad. Even the Super AMOLED offering from Samsung will have difficulty since most website backgrounds are not black. Otherwise, it seems we will be bombarded with decent Android tablets, a webOS tablet, and perhaps the new iPad by the holiday season. I can't wait.

Thanks for keeping us up to date with the Augen.

Chame_Wizard
August 22nd, 2010, 08:37 PM
How's the Augen?

MooPi
August 23rd, 2010, 12:25 AM
How's the Augen?

It is fine, not great just fine. This is not a knock as it is an inexpensive device. I have loaded some nice apps from two locations. I get apk files from http://www.freewarelovers.com/android
The App Store supplied by Augen has some usefull apps as well.
So far I have meebo, Kindle, Battery snap, and a nice Free Cell game. The unit plays ogg files and mp3's. I've encoded several movies and scaled them to fit the screen in the avi container. Plays a full movie on about 1/3 of battery charge. Kindle works great. Music is meeeeh as it only comes out mono. Not a killer if your just using it for some background music. So far it is doing exactly what I wanted and that is an ultra mobile medai web browsing device. Kmart has dropped the price on their web sight by 20$ from what I purchased it for.

Chame_Wizard
August 23rd, 2010, 08:39 AM
Aha.:lolflag:

Vakman
August 23rd, 2010, 09:02 AM
It is fine, not great just fine. This is not a knock as it is an inexpensive device. I have loaded some nice apps from two locations. I get apk files from http://www.freewarelovers.com/android
The App Store supplied by Augen has some usefull apps as well.
So far I have meebo, Kindle, Battery snap, and a nice Free Cell game. The unit plays ogg files and mp3's. I've encoded several movies and scaled them to fit the screen in the avi container. Plays a full movie on about 1/3 of battery charge. Kindle works great. Music is meeeeh as it only comes out mono. Not a killer if your just using it for some background music. So far it is doing exactly what I wanted and that is an ultra mobile medai web browsing device. Kmart has dropped the price on their web sight by 20$ from what I purchased it for.

You may be interested in this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=739504
That is the development thread for this tablet. There is already a custom recovery and they have gained market access.

MooPi
August 24th, 2010, 05:23 AM
Wow thanks for the link. I will watch for useful tid-bits. At the moment just getting the new on screen -back -home -search controls is a problem. Previous attempts to update via the Augen patches has locked something down on my unit. Just the same I'm really liking the small tablet by Augen.

MooPi
August 26th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Update: Looks like Kmart has discontinued the Gentouch. Sorry to see this happen as I'm really liking mine and was going to buy one as a gift for a family member. Really a shame but I'll keep an eye out for the product elsewhere. Something about not having the Android Market Place as a determining factor in it's demise.

Vakman
August 29th, 2010, 03:41 AM
Update: Looks like Kmart has discontinued the Gentouch. Sorry to see this happen as I'm really liking mine and was going to buy one as a gift for a family member. Really a shame but I'll keep an eye out for the product elsewhere. Something about not having the Android Market Place as a determining factor in it's demise.

Well Augen should be bringing it back. Because of the whole ordeal with Google about GMail and Market applications they are going to change some stuff and then they hope to re-release it and thus KMart lists it is "Temporarily out of stock for Shipping". Soon is good though for those that want a really cheap tablet like this.