[Review] Generic Freescale IMX515 8″ Android Tablet

Note: If you’re looking for the product teardown, head on over to here.

If you were in the market for a tablet of some kind, but didn’t want to get an iPad for whatever reason, then there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news first: There are an absolute bucketload of Android tablet choices are there. So many in fact, that it’s no longer a good point, it now works against you. If you thought the choice of Android handsets was confusing, now this is even worse – and it’s hard to distinguish them. The good news is that with all the competition occurring, the pace at which these tablets are progressing is astounding, so much so that you can in fact pickup something half decent for cheap right now, today. But just how half decent, and just how cheap? Read on to find out how much one can get away with.

A tablet?

OK, at this point you might be asking, what is a tablet good for? I used to be of the mind that everything could be covered in between a smartphone and a laptop. But it turns out, there’s just a little bit too small of an overlap in that Venn diagram. Maybe you don’t want to lug a laptop around just to do menial tasks, and maybe you’re tired of squinting to read text on a phone. I’ve begun to become accustomed to browsing web pages, reading slabs of text and even watching some media on my 4″ Samsung Galaxy S, so this was more of an exercise of convenience rather than necessity, but a bit of extra screen space never hurts.

Background!

First: A primer – We already know that Android runs on a ton of different devices. We also know that the OS is free (without the proprietary Google apps like Market/GMail/Maps/GTalk – which require signing a Google partnership agreement). This means that any manufacturer can create a piece of hardware, make slight adjustments to the readily-available Android OS and slap it on. As you can imagine, the flood of products coming from China (many of which are iPad knockoffs, such as this) can be confusing, as there are so many hardware configurations -with substantial performance differences, mind you-, at various price points, and somehow they all look like mutated iPads, so it can be unnerving, even to the seasoned.

Of course, there are alternatives now: there are companies out there creating genuinely unique and innovative products based on cutting edge hardware. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab (around $700), Notion Ink’s Adam (around $450), Archos’s 70 and 101 (around $400) all deploy original concepts and are currently in production. Apart from economies of scale, they do offer a solution to consumers that rises above the cheap and nasty end of the tablet market. Unfortunately, some of them also exceed the iPad’s price (around $600 for the 16GB model), although motivations may lie outside of cost.

Speaking of the low end of the tablet market, if you wanted to get your hands dirty, have a look through Merimobiles. The choice is staggering, with some recognisable names (Herotab / Zenithink / Witstech / Gome) buried amongst the more generic brands. The trends do emerge however, where there are common platforms on which these tablets are built. Long-gone are the scaled down bulky notebooks with a poor touchscreen tacked on, the burgeoning tablet market is ruled by scaled up smartphone components.

The earlier models (circa late 2009/early 2010) were generally based on ARM9 (ARMv5) processors, such as the VIA WM8505 (350mhz) and Rockchip RK2808 (600mhz), these offered poor performance which was more frustrating than anything else (think G1). Examples include Archos 7/8 and the Flytouch. Then the next wave arrived on the back of ARM11 (ARMv6) processors such as the Telechips TCC8902 and IMAPX210. These generally ran from 600mhz-1ghz, offering basic GPU acceleration and the ability for devices to run Android 2.1 onwards. Examples include the Barnes and Noble Nook, Gentouch, Wiipad and Zenithink ZT-180 (of which there is a huge community).

The more recent models are based around Cortex A8 (ARMv7) core’s, such as the Freescale IMX515 (of which this review is centered around), and the TI OMAP 35/34/36 range. Examples of devices based on ARMv7’s are iPhone 3GS, Huawei S7 amd Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 devices (such as the Nexus One / Evo 4G / Desire HD). The next trend appears to Cortex A9 devices, such as those based on the dual-core Tegra 2 (such as the Adam), although availability is still scarce.

Specifications:

OK so now we know where this tablet fits in. It’s performance, CPU-wise is somewhere around a Nexus One / iPhone 3GS, which is well within ‘usable’ bounds. This particular example is based on the Freescale IMX515 chip, a low-power 800mhz Cortex A8-based processor with OpenGL ES2.0 acceleration and 720p decoding. It’s used in a variety of other low-power devices and offers decent performance for the price/power use.

Generic Tablet Specs and Availability – Link CPU – Freescale IMX515 Cortex A8 800mhz LCD – 8″ LCD Touchscreen (Resistive Single-Touch) – 800×600 (4:3) RAM – 512MB DDR2 Storage – 4GB NAND Flash OS – Android 2.2 3G – Optional via USB Wifi – Wireless 802.11b/g Battery – 4000mah Audio – 2 x 0.5w Speakers / Microphone Weight – 450g Dimensions – 209mmx161mmx14mm Keyboard – Optional via USB Mouse – Optional via USB Ports & Switches – Multifunction (charging/USB), Volume rocker, Power On/off, Home, Reset, Headphone out, MicroSD Slot

So far it looks promising: Decent CPU, backed up with substantial amount of RAM, adequate storage and supporting the latest version of Android. Notable exceptions include Bluetooth of any kind, any cameras, multiple USB ports (there is only a single port), and a proper array of Android buttons (which would later turn out to be a big problem) as well as multi-touch. Apart from that, it’s got a chunky battery (on paper at least), is lightweight, compact and supports optional MicroSD card. These devices can be found as Herotab M802 or Apad IMX515 on eBay around the $240 mark. I was lucky enough to find a brand new one for $200 that also had a local warranty. Note that due to the odd size, cases may be hard to find, as with screen protectors (although it’s easy enough to cut iPad ones down to size). For such a bargain price, it’s tempting to crack it open to have a look inside, but will write on that later.

At the time I picked this unit up, the seller also two other Android tablets nearby so I was able to compare them all head to head quickly. The X220 (based on ARM11/ARMv6) is a 10″ based device, it has things which this tablet misses, such as GPS, and the screen was vibrant and colorful although the screen sensitivity was poorer than the IMX515. The Zenithink ZT-180 10″ was also handy, and both the screen sensitivity and the picture quality was poor.

Initial Impressions:

The first thing that should be pointed out, and this is probably the biggest drawback of the device is the touch sensor on the screen is of the resistive kind. Resistive screens are cheaper but less sensitive than the now common capacitive screens as seen in many touch phones. There’s a reason why even the champion of resistive screens, Nokia, has since began to move to capacitive screens: even though they are cheap and can be pressed with inanimate objects (ie. pens and stylii), they do require more force to register a touch and are generally less precise. Having said that, resistive technology has advanced, and the screen we see here is one of the later models which is actually not terrible to use with fingers (no stylus is supplied), although it’s highly unlikely you’ll be hammering out your next novel on this beast. The brunt of it is the screen is still finicky and imprecise, as most resistive screens are, though for button pressing it’s fine, just don’t attempt to do any precision drawings on it. However, I did try plugging a USB Keyboard and  USB Mouse into this device and they worked fine. So maybe carry a roll up flexible USB keyboard around with you for typing long e-mails.

The unit itself is also fairly compact, I can hold it in one hand without much issue, though I question the stated 450g weight: it feels heavier. One trend that tablets are been moving towards is a fairly wide aspect ratio (16:10), to conform with the defacto Android standard WVGA resolutions (800×480 or 1024×600). This is great for watching movies, but for landscape browsing or e-book reading, it can seem a bit too ‘tall’. This is possibly the reason why the iPad employs a 4:3 (1024×768) resolution, creating a more ‘squarish/A4’ appearance more suitable to TV shows or books/magazines. This tablet also does the same, with a 800×600 resolution, spread over an 8″ viewable display. The screen itself is nothing spectacular, displaying adequate brightness and mediocre contrast ratio. There is also a distinct lack of an ambient light sensor. All in all though, the extra screen space is a luxury, making the transition back to a small phone screen somewhat comical. It’s interesting to note the choice of an 8″ screen, addressing concerns that 10″ screens are too unwieldy for extended use and 7″ screens are not much bigger than some phones these days. After some use, I believe that 8″ presents a viable alternative (especially if your laptop is quite large). The bad news is with 8″ and a 4:3 ratio, this thing is definitely not pocketable (like the Galaxy Tab).

Note that the diagonal distance of screens can be misleading. Take for example the Galaxy S phone (4″ screen), vs this tablet’s 8″ screen. Some might think it would barely be more than double the size, however you actually get more than 4.3x the screen area! (192 square cm vs. 44.5 square cm). This, as you can imagine, leads to more screen real estate to use. Unfortunately the resolution barely increases, though the in-built anti-aliasing does allay this somewhat.

The good news is that there is a 3-way accelerometer implemented (as well as two speakers and a microphone), allowing nearly all apps to rotate 3 ways. For some obscure reason, the 4th side is not supported, plus there are a small number of apps (Laputa and Paperdroid for example), which do not properly support the relatively unusual 800×600 resolution. As a result about 1/3 of the screen is filler area as the app scales up to suit. Nearly all of the other apps work fine without issues, and there were no crashes or instability as the price tag might imply. As you can imagine, with a shiny black plastic finish (also available in silver and white), fingerprints are a big issue.

Usage and Performance:

The tablet is pre-loaded with a customised version of Android 2.2 (FRF85B), running version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel. It appears that the build is suitable to all devices running the IMX515 chipset, so there’s a possibility that there will be community development on this unit. The unit also has a built-in 3E recovery environment, which can be accessed by holding rocker down + home + power.

Speaking of buttons, here’s where things get confusing. In their relentless pursuit of making look-alike iPads, the chinese manufacturers (in this case by Shanzai) have nearly always stuck to the single ‘Home’ button in the middle, ala iPad style. Unfortunately, Android generally requires at least 3 buttons to access the main functions (home/menu/back – the search is optional). In this case, and the case of many similar units, they then have to find alternatives to squeeze these buttons in. As a result, the home button is mapped to BACK, the volume up is mapped to MENU and the volume down is mapped to HOME. The power switch still acts like a power switch, although if you switch it into the OFF position, then cancel the ‘shutdown’ dialog that appears, the unit still keeps on functioning like normal. Which brings me to believe that this power switch may have been better served as a button instead of a toggle.

So what does that mean? Most of the time you’ll be pressing back anyway to go back one step, so having the main button mapped that way is fine. However, it does take some getting used to. To control the volume, they have implemented soft volume up/down buttons in the notification area, as can be seen in screenshots. It’s less than ideal and a floating button system as seen on the Archos units would have been a more elegant solution. This also means that during full-screen games if you want to change the volume, you have to jump back out, since the volume rocker .. is actually not a volume rocker. In addition, there is actually no ‘sleep’ button as you would expect on a smartphone, the device just stays on constantly and then eventually activates the screen saver after 30 seconds like normal (or as specified). This means that week-long instant-on standby times are not possible, it would be better to power the unit off when not in use (then wait around 20 seconds for it to power back on). Quite an oversight, although I’m sure this is a button limitation, rather than software.

The obsession with ripping off iPad’s continues, as this device also employs an Apple style proprietary connector on the bottom. This single port is where it gets charged (via the supplied 1500ma 9V adapter – USB charging is not available), as well as where the USB is connector (via the supplied convertor cable). This may have been done either in the name of mimicry, or to conserve space, but either way it’s a silly decision, as charging AND copying files to the unit is impossible to do at the same time, unless you employ the wifi network. I would have much preferred multiple USB ports and a separate charging port (or even better dual USB ports for charging via a Y-cable).

Now onto the good news, which is that as a tablet, it works quite well. Browsing web pages is a joy with the added screen space, and the independent customisability of the 2.2 browser means that you can tweak the size of the fonts / page to your liking, plus there is also flash support in webpages, providing a very rich web experience. Performance of these embedded objects was good, although slight stuttering occurred playing embedded 720p Youtube videos. The unit also had a file explorer, e-book reader, QuickOffice, Skype and some other generic software. As mentioned above, it does NOT include official Google applications, though these can be loaded via installing the APK’s located here. An alternative market -AndAppStore- was also pre-loaded, though it did not have the same selection as the official market. Screen rotation happens quickly and flawlessly, and the unit even scored well in the Quadrant benchmark, despite the slow DDR2 RAM. Reading PDF magazines and e-books is much more pleasant on this than a small phone screen or bulky laptop.

Playback of 720p movies worked well, although some strange file formats required either VPlayer or Rockplayer to playback correctly. Even streaming movies over Wifi worked faultlessly, there is no shortage of grunt here. Interestingly enough, the spec sheet states HDMI output, although I cannot see how this is possible, unless there is a special proprietary cable which is purchased separately. Full screen video via Youtube and map browsing via Google Maps also worked smoothly and efficiently.

First things first, I loaded the Google Apps onto the device, a quick sign-in and GMail, Contacts, GTalk and Calendar were all working as they should be. Market implementation was still flaky (though it still worked). Gaining root access to the device is very straightforward, either by installing root.apk (located on Merimobiles site), or by using RyanZA’s Z4Root one-click root application (which is the method I successfully used). Removal of non-essential applications was then easy, as was installing alternative keyboards and launchers. For reference, ADW and LauncherPro are excellent on tablets, as they allow customisation of the number of rows/columns on the home screen, so you can squeeze more apps into a single page. I also found Smart Keyboard Pro to be the best option for a pecking keyboard (although the HTC and Motorola Droid X keyboards are also very good). Swype failed to install correctly, although I suspect the imprecision of the resistive screen and scale of the tablet would lead to less than desirable results with Swype.

As for performance, Angry Birds played smoothly and without any anomalies, as did Speed Forge, albeit not as smoothly as the Galaxy S (to be expected). There were no noticeable slowdowns or bugs with performance, leading me to believe the IMX515 is a solid contender for this task. Battery life of the device is stated at 6 hours, but I would say with maximum brightness and multimedia playback, you could use it up in around 4 hours. With low brightness and network connections off, I would estimate no less than 8-10 hours of use.

There are also quirks, for example at times the Home button just drops out completely while the unit runs fine. The clock also seems to have a mind of it’s own. At other times, random bursts of sound continue to play for a short time even when games are exited. In addition, the wireless network always starts in the off position when you boot the unit, it doesn’t remember the last state so you need to switch it on. They are annoyances, rather than show-stopped, I would guess these are early software issues, as the IMX515 has only been in use in Android tablets for a very short time, and in such early revisions and firmware, there are bound to be issues which are later worked out, either by the manufacturer or by the community (see Zenithink ZT-180).

Conclusion:

If you’re after a device that just works, with a responsive interface that your fingers can dance on, then you should save up and look for an iPad, it truly is a joy to use. If, on the other hand, you want a device which you would take much less seriously, or you have your own reasons, and want the easy media consumption and alleviation of the problems of a small screen, then take an adventurous look at one of these tablets. It does a staggering amount of tasks thanks to the flexible nature of Android, many of them quite well, but marred with a few drawbacks, they could be quite a viable option. At $200, or roughly 1/4 the cost of a Galaxy S, and grunty performance, it’s a unit that will also most likely see some use on the road, but one that you won’t be too fussed gets damaged or thrown around.

*All prices are in $AUD

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52 thoughts on “[Review] Generic Freescale IMX515 8″ Android Tablet

  1. Awesome post. I believe I have this exact tablet. The touch-screen SUUUCKS. I actually returned it complaining about the horrendous jitter with touch and hold, but they said that they ALL do that. It would be way cool if there was a way to adjust the touch-screen driver to average the samples coming in from the hardware to smooth the data out. Anybody know if there is a .conf file or something that can be edited after rooting the device?

  2. Thanks Roman. Fancy you mention that, I also have a WDTV (though it’s the Live, not the Hub). Quite a bit of information and third-party firmware available it seems.

    I’m not a professional reviewer by any means, just a guy with a hobby, so I can only review what I have. I’ve since gotten rid of this tablet (it actually broke) and moved onto the B&N Nook Color (there’s a review on this site). So I apologise to those who have asked questions about whether specific things work, I no longer have this to play around with.

    Feel free to contact me either via email or shout out to me on Twitter (@SenK9).

  3. Hey Senk,

    I came across this site today and I wanted to tell you what a fantastic job you are doing. This is the kind of blog I wanted to create (based around the WDTV community, focused primarily on that device). I wanted to branch out into tablet reviews but obviously that takes a bit more $$ :)… I don’t think there is a need for me to mess with tablet reviews though because you seem to cover the whole glut of devices very nicely.

    Anyhow, relating to this article I just wanted to say THANK YOU! I have NEVER ran across someone that so nicely and easily laid out the different processors/history for all of these devices. I always get so frustrated because it seems like there is a myriad of processors out there, especially in the sub $200 market and I am informed enough to know that processor speed alone doesn’t mean a whole lot…. Especially in the mobile arena.

    I would love to email back and forth sometime regarding your blog, when you started it and how it has grown etc…

    Cheers,

    Roman

  4. OK, so I read your report and bought one (from China). Windows 7 64 bit will not recognize it. The Tablet will see an SD card for a couple of times and then it says it is empty. I tried two Kingston 8 BG cards and one PNY 4GB card. All the same. Now I have to pay to ship it back to China – $52.00 US, and all they will give me is a replacement. Also, the screen saver had so many bubbles in it I couldn’t even see the screen. This is the second time I have been scammed by Chinese knock-offs. Never again.

  5. I’m interested in the black version of the Freescale IMX515 8″ Android Tablet as seen on this page. Where can I buy it? I can’t find it at Merimobiles.

  6. Actually love this thing, and have managed to sort out most of the annoyances.
    2 things outstanding..

    1)cant get it to wake from sleep mode (goes into white screen and i have to reset)
    2)despite exhausting every possible google search, tethering it off of my android phone.

    If anyone has manged to do this.. please post your working wpa_suplicant file PLEASE!

  7. My 8″ Freescale IMX515 Android 2.2 device will not go past the calibration screen. It stuck

    there the screen is not responding. I tried everything, I need help can you are anyone

    help?.

    Thanks.

  8. Once you have root access, use something like Titanium Backup to remove the apps you don’t want. Just be careful to not remove vital applications. Best to freeze them first and see if anything strange happens, then only uninstall them later.

    You can also do it via pm (package manager) in ADB console, as well as the ‘uninstall’ command and then deleting the apk in /system/app.

    Haven’t done a speed test on SD card, and doesn’t seem to get laggy over time.

  9. oh, one other important thing i wanted to ask is how fast is the transfer rate of your tab?
    mine is incredibly SLOW. the tab’s own storage SD is maxed@ ~3MB/s. the microSD (kingston, class 4) i put in via the external slot averages 200kb/s – 2MB/s THANKS!

  10. hi senk9, just wondering if you’ve tried the firmware update from digibite (posted sometime around december, and also mentioned in one of the comments here)? i hesitated because i wasn’t sure how to do it, then i saw some youtube video showing that it doesn’t upgrade properly =S

    also, do you find that your tab gets laggy over time? where could i find the older firmware versions to reinstall the android system.
    and how do you remove those system apps that came with the tab? cuz i want to remove some of those ‘junk’, which might resolve the lagging.

    still trying to make the best out of this tab XD
    thanks for the help!

  11. The problem is solved using the short cable usb otg, that I have misplaced it.
    Thank you again and congratulations for your fine work.
    Where could I learn about android 2.2?; do you know of any good manual or guidelines?

  12. Thank you for the quick reply. I did not explain myself well. I am not regretting my buy, because at the price that I paid is almost worthwile even if I can use only the case. I intend, anyway, to find more information about the physical keyboard; I have to investigate about it. Till now I found that I can connect the keyboard to the tablet using an adapter usb female to female, but I have to learn the model of the keyboard and if possible, get a manual and/or tutorial.

  13. @Florencio – You should probably check these things before buying. I don’t sell these nor the pads, I just happened to buy one. You will notice it uses a proprietary connector, so standard micro-usb won’t work. Furthermore, iPad/iPhone charging docks won’t work either. You will need to either do some re-wiring, or use the included charger.

  14. I bought from Hog Kong a “Case + Keyboard for 8” Android 2.2 epad Tablet A8 apad” for my epad and when the item arrived I see that for connection purposes it has only a usb cable and my epad have only a port of the apple type.
    Could you, please, help me in finding a hardware solution?

    1. thanks for the tip! i dl’d the youtube.apk (814K) and it works now!

      and thank you for the very detailed review & teardown, wish i read it before i bought it. i complained about the tab when i first got it (much like the minor drawbacks your mentioned), but by finding the right apps to put on it, can’t complain for the price =)

      1. No problem at all, glad I can help. You’re right, it’s certainly on the low-end of devices, but some use can be gained using the right tools :)

  15. Another question ..
    I believe I have the exact same device as yours. However, mine doesn’t play youtube videos (which you stated yours does). The website loads, but when i click a video, it just says “sorry, cannot be played”. I tried installing different browsers (like Opera mini), still the same problem. Any insight on this? thanks again!

  16. I just pressed the home button and it woke it up (of course the power switch has to be in the on position). If yours doesn’t, might be an issue with it.

  17. Yes, watching videos will use more battery up. That sounds about right compared to mine. I did manage to squeeze out a bit more when not watching videos. Not a huge battery by any means :P

    You can put it into standby mode by quickly flicking the power switch on and off. It seems to have some issues after resuming though (like wifi connection). The normal screen blanking doesn’t actually turn the screen off fully (look really close and you can see the screen is still on), which is why standby is required.

    1. Question.. how do you resume it after putting it on standby? I tried the flickering on/off button, it did “sleep”, but it wouldn’t wake up after I tried pushing all the buttons. I then had to poke the reset button to get it booted up again =S much thanks!

  18. Hi, thnks for this review. I also have one of these at home, but i’m a bit nervous because of battery that is inside. I haven’t had time to test the battery yet, but from what i have seen my battery is able to recharge to 95% only and when i watch online movies on the internet, battery power goes rapidly down, lasts only about 3 hours, is it the same with your apad?

    Thanks, Viktor

  19. Thank you ..

    This device does not have a web cam of any kind. Check out the Tegra, Adam, Galaxy Tab for devices with a camera.

  20. Great review, any idea on how to use web cam with this device or a device with inbuilt web cam and similar specs

  21. Hallo,

    Today I received this message, but when I boot up, pressing the menu/home button,
    I don’t see the “upgrade menu”…. :(
    Am I doing something wrong ?

    I paste the message beneath:

    ===============================================

    We would like to inform you that there is firmware availible to download
    for the device you have purchased recently from digibite.co.uk.

    Your 8” Freescale IMX515 Android 2.2 G-sensor – 4GB – 512MB can be upgraded
    to the latest firmware released on the 18th December 2010
    RELEASE NOTES:
    1. add google market
    2. add google map 5.0
    3. Renaming of internal tf card : DISK
    4. Renaming of external TF card :SDCARD
    5. improved g-sensor

    Read the guide Carefully – email me if you need some advise.

    Please download the PDF firmware guide from this link:

    http://www.digibite.co.uk/downloads/8imx515/APAD%20IMX515%20A8%201218%20Firmware%20Digibite.pdf

    Downalod the firmware from the following link:

    http://www.digibite.co.uk/downloads/8imx515/2010-12-19-fimware.zip

  22. The touch screen calibration item is in the settings menu. On selecting it, it will launch the calibration on the next reboot. However, for some reason it becomes greyed out after some use of the device. A factory reset will re-enable this function. I found calibration did increase accuracy significantly.

    As for apps from SD card, depends how you saved it … If it’s an APK, follow my guide on how to install APKs, if it’s via Titanium backup or Mybackup, then use those applications.

    Good luck!

  23. Hi!! Great review :) I have the same unit as yours. I just got it last night (gift from my husband). Just like what you just said… the menu button (should have been used to return to menu but instead it just like a back button) and the buttons on top should have been a volume button instead coz it’s really hard to esc from what you are doing just to change the volume (i.e., gaming, watching video and listening to music) :(

    I have a problem though with typing, it seems that its not aligned. I always get the wrong letter. Can you help me how to calibrate my screen? I can’t seem to find how.. :( Even the apps from the menu… It doesn’t response easily.

    How can I also install the apps I saved from an SD Card?

    I hope you could help me with this… Thanks in advance!!

    More power to you!

    Lei
    leivictorio@gmail.com

  24. Hallo,

    Thx for the reply.
    Here is the link of the device that I bought.
    If posting a link is not allowed, you may delete it, but I give yoy the link so you can exactly see what I have bought.

    http://cgi.benl.ebay.be/8-Freescale-IMX515-Android-2-2-G-sensor-4GB-512MB-/140477480933?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item20b51c3fe5

    Meanwhile I have found the Youtube application and it is working great !!!!

    For this price ( I paid 236 euro including shipping and a leather pocket ) this is a GREAT device.

    The only “minus” that I see is the very very narrow viewing angle of the screen.
    The iPad has a GREAT screen, but the cheapest Ipad costs 499 euro.

    I have one more question ( if you don’t mind ;)

    I have a Xtreamer Pro mediaplayer that I can see on my computer through my wireless network at home. Can I see movies of the Xtreamer on my APad ?

    Or can I see movies that are on my desktopcomputer, on my Apad ?

    In fact, I must get my Apad into my home-network….. but I can’t see how that is done…..

    Best regards,

    Marc

  25. @Marc – I’m not sure what model that seller is selling but for this one:

    * I have factory reset the unit without any issue (it just restores stock apps)
    * Calibrated screen many times (it improves the accuracy)
    * Used Z4root to gain root access to alter system files (just for fun)

    All of which work without issue, so I think they might be mistaken. I’m still running the standard Android 2.2 firmware, and it runs without issue. No real need to update at this point.

    As for unmounting the SD card, I didn’t even realise that was possible, unless you are talking about physically removing it from the device, in which case that’s a bad idea, because it’s where the ROM is.

  26. Hallo,

    Thanks for your quik and helpfull feedback.
    One other issue:

    The seller mentioned in his ebay-article:

    NOT to calibrate the screen, because the divice wont’ go past the calibration screen ????

    DO NOT FACTORY RESET the device, for the same reason ( get stuck in the calibration screen )

    DO NOT UNMOUNT THE internal SD card ( also for that reason )

    AND there is no fimware out yet ????

    Sounds even more “horrible” tha a closes Apple-system… ????

    One of the great advantages of Android is imho the open-source and all the possibilities to experiment.

    For the moment I haven no resaon to reset tge device or calibrate the screen, but I can imagine that that day once will come…

    PS: I noticed that the viewing angele of the LCD resistive touch-screen is much better ( wider ) in PORTRAIT mode.

    In landscape mode the viewing angel is very very narrow.

    Best regards ( from a snowy Belgium ;)

    Marc

  27. Hallo,

    Great review – I just received mine, but I can’t see Youtube on it. ( When I am in the normal browser ) Do I need a “special” Youtube-application please ?

    2nd question: Does it have “haptic” feedback ? I installed the KOI-wallpaper, but the fish don’t do “brrrrrrrr” when I touch him ;)

    Thanks !

    Marc

  28. It’s very robust, the plastic is thick and sturdy, probably less susceptible to damage than most smartphones. I’d check ebay, there is a local seller that sells them (or the X220) for around that price. Alternatively, I’m most likely selling this unit I have, e-mail me if you’re interested – senk9z@gmail.com

  29. Great review.
    How robust does it appear – your thoughts on having younger kids use one?
    Where to buy one in Oz for ~$200?
    Cheers

  30. Great review, agree with you at all points, but i do not need wifi turn on after boot on my device.
    Your device is imo not exact the same as mine from merimobiles.

    Thanks and regards

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