I have been throwing around the idea of buying a low-end android tablet to play with as a toy. To go so far as to think that I might take a cheap android tablet, strap some sticky magnets to the back of it and mount it to my refrigerator.
The idea of having a android tablet mounted on my refrigerator was to be able to maintain to do lists, grocery lists, event calendars, look up information and possibly make Skype calls. Smartphones can do all this, but I was actually looking for something with a little bit bigger screen, it was easier to read and more comfortable to work with.
I went onto eBay and looked for android tablets that were 10 inch. I found one that I thought would be a good purchase and I waited for it to arrive.
iRulu was the brand name of android tablets I purchased. I thought it was a good purchase because it had a stylus, Ethernet port, HDMI, headphones, Webcam, USB ports, an SD slot, a 10“ screen, it came with a case & 10” keyboard and it seemed to have a decent amount of storage. I wasn’t so much concerned about the speed processor because I didn’t see myself using it for intensive purposes.
When I received the tablet, it was in fairly good shape. The packaging was good and the construction of the tablet seem to be in pretty good order.
When I powered on the tablet for the first time, it was fully charged and I was able to use it right away. I didn’t have a problems with the display of the tablet.
I entered in my Google account information and I was into sync up to my Gmail and Google calendar information. I was able to download several applications from the Google market [Google Play].
Over the first couple of minutes of using the tablet, one of the first things I started noticing was that the user interface was kind of clunky. The responsiveness of the touchscreen was off at times, and other times the touchscreen was completely unresponsive. The tablet was supposed to have a five-point capacitive touch screen. It worked, but not very well. This quickly became a point of frustration.
I did try to use Google calendar with it and some other applications. As long as the applications were not too intensive, the tablet seem to work fine, but when I try to use the iRulu tablet with Skype, I noticed that the tablet was having some severe problems with lag. The tablet had a built-in .3 megapixel video camera, but I think the processor for the tablet simply couldn’t handle the intensive use.
In certain situations of using the keyboard that came with the tablet, I found that I was actually able to type faster than the tablet could handle. I was typing so fast that letters/words were being stored in the keyboard buffer and would show up about a second or so later. This was also unacceptable.
The android tablet I purchased was a low end performance device. For the purposes of surfing the web, general use, doing to do lists and managing events, this tablet should have been fine, but the problem with this device was the touchscreen. It was so inaccurate that made the device almost too infuriating to use. If the touchscreen had been more accurate, I could’ve handled the latency in the user interface, but leaning to the side of sanity, I decided to return the android tablet.
Luckily, I didn’t seem to have any problems with working with the vendor who I purchased the android tablet from and it’s already on its way back.
I’m still looking for a low-end android tablet, but this has shown me that while android is the dominant market operating system for tablets, it’s also shown me that there are wide ranging levels of quality as well.
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5
Techie Review: iRulu 10” Android tablet
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