aPad iRobot Review

So I’ve had the opportunity to play with an iRobot for a week or so now, and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. Compared to some of the other tablets I’ve tried, this is much improved. Battery life is not bad, it fits nicely in your hand, and it has the Android Marketplace. The downside is that it does not do very well in direct sunlight (but what LCD really does), and it has no GPS.

I’ve used it as a media player in my car, it seems to fit quite nicely in my existing cellphone mount. Talk about a great addition! Since it only supports external 3G usb sticks (and I don’t even know what ones work, at that), it won’t have any data, and since there’s no GPS, it can’t be used for much else than a media player when not on wifi, but it’s still pretty cool.

Reliability is great. It has Android 1.5, which is not the latest and greatest, but I’ll give the manufacturer one thing: they polished it to the point of being extremely usable. No wireless issues, and only minor quirks with the keyboard (the enter key is in Chinese). They are even still releasing bug fixes, even if there will be no real update to a newer version of Android. I read some forums that were working on getting 1.6 to boot on the device, and it looks like things are coming along slowly.

Most of the apps that I downloaded from the marketplace worked great – Youtube has a funny quirk that only lets it play on half of the screen, but Facebook works like a charm, the Gmail app is stellar, and the keyboard is responsive enough to take the place of my smartphone – which, by the way, has packed it in. Most of the games I downloaded are great, and the g-sensor works on ones like aTilt 3D Labyrinth.

The browser needs no introduction, it’s fairly quick and nice to have the larger screen instead of a smartphone-sized screen. The touch screen is also better than I expected, it has a thick solid glass backing that performs very admirably. The speaker isn’t the loudest, but the headphone jack more than makes up for it. For movies, it won’t play .avi files, but that’s a limitation of Android, not the tablet itself. I used Handbrake to transcode any video files I have, and it plays without any issues whatsoever.

That being said, I think I’ve found a winner that is cheap enough to be another cool gadget, but functional enough to be useful. I’ve also been lucky enough to find a reliable supplier, and have decided to sell them directly from this site. More details will follow soon!

By | 2010-07-13T19:08:22+00:00 July 13th, 2010|Android Related, Feature, Just the Tablets|15 Comments

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  • DL

    Does the iRobot come with a camera built in? Watchout for imposters that look like this unit but use the VIA processor which is much smaller.

  • Hi DL,

    The iRobots that we sell have cameras. Please check out the pictures here: http://www.androidtablets.ca/irobot

    Specifically, picture 18. It shows the webcam in action and the red charging light – do not buy a tablet with a blue light.

    The plastic one that I received does not have a webcam, as it is from the first batch released.


  • Chr

    Can one print form these devices? Either using a USB port or bluetooth dongle?

  • http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-10272545-251.html

    It is possible to print from an Android device, but it may be network only, I haven’t tried.

  • vic

    I know this site is for Android…but, you think I can change the OS for a more simple one like Symbian S60? or well, any other OS that could run on this device?

    ALso, do you think I can upgrade the RAM memory from 256 to 512 or something?

    Thanks 🙂

  • Larry

    Can the iRobot play Adobe Flash videos?

  • dominic mcneill

    does this unit preform well as an e-reader

  • iRobot man

    where can i buy one they seem to be out of stock everywhere?

  • marilou naval

    does it has ebook reader???

  • Tdl

    What all is in the box with it? Can you use Microsoft office?

  • crystal

    I’ve had mine less than a week and it great..except that it seems to have overheating issues. It gets really hot in a fairly short amount of time [two or three chapters on the kindle app, and i can read a 400 pg(paper) book in about 8 hours give or take.]
    anyway when this happens the screen fizzles and blanks out and i have to force it to shut down..

    Also it always says my sd card has been unexpectedly removed when it is, in fact, still in its little slot, untouched.

  • callcenterguy

    Just one of these bad boys. and it works great! I bought it as a gift to my wife and she’s very satisfied with it.

  • yuki

    is it possible to install dreamweaver in this device?

  • Warren Brown


    I am seeing supposed iRobot tablets in places like eBay that have Via chipsets. What processor is used in the genuine iRobot?


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