Update: Remember when I mentioned you sometimes don’t get the product as advertised? Well this is true in this case. It shows 800mhz in the description, but it’s actually 200mhz. How did I figure this out? Using SystemInfoPro. So, as a word of caution, don’t purchase this unless you know what you’re getting into.
I ordered a few iXSOON Tablets here. It arrived in only three days. Yes, only three days from the day of shipping, Tuesday. I’ll post the link, unboxing, and first reviews soon! This is the same one I posted about here. In the box, it comes with a USB adapter (I don’t know if it’s only for charging, yet), and a power adapter.
Only 144mb of internal storage is available when you turn on the unit – I inserted 16gb with no issues, so far.
Android 1.6 is installed, which is too bad, but I will try to upgrade to 2.1 soon.
Specs (that were listed):
2GB Built-in storage
More pictures and impressions after the break.
The device is, in a word, cheap. It’s slower than I expected (at 800mhz, it should be as snappy as any phone out there), but the size of the screen and feel of the device more than makes up for it. I’ve been using it with a stylus, but even that is unnecessary. I set up my mail on it (simple), so shoot me an email here if you feel that way inclined!
Turns out the USB cable just turns the device into a usb drive in windows – assuming you have an SD card plugged in. Handy enough as a feature, especially getting that elusive YouTube app on-board. It comes with a useful app loader, and is unlocked to allow apps from outside the marketplace, which is good, because the marketplace isn’t included. I ran the app loader, installed the YouTube app in about 5 seconds, and it automatically detected when I clicked links on youtube. Good stuff.
It says that it supports external keyboards, but surprise! There isn’t anywhere to plug it into.
There is a built in accelerometer/g-sensor, so it does detect when you change orientation. Good for reading ebooks, on the included app. The farm game on it is hilarious.
I’ll be honest though, one of the devices was problematic, the other seemed to have no issues. I’m not sure if it was the SD cards I was using, or what exactly it was, but it kept freezing and rebooting, not letting me view certain webpages, and just overall was a pain in the ass. Good thing I bought two, I’m pursuing a refund for the one (or a replacement, whichever).
You basically get what you pay for. It feels great, it’s a good size for your hand. The device has a very nice screen for viewing videos and playing games (better than a phone, not quite as good as a laptop, of course), and the features are just enough for the average user. If I were to buy another, which I will, I’ll get one with a usb host device built in, hopefully a 3G connection, and probably with Android 2.1, if available.