£100 for an always on web device.
This sort of thing could be just what I need to display stills from my webcam and weather data from my station.
Could definitely get in to Android programming at this price and it'll be faster than the emulator!
If 2010 was the year of the Apple iPad, this year will, if Motorola, HTC, HP and others have their way, be when everyone else gets in on the touchscreen computer act. Binatone has made an early strike with its super-low priced machine that’s powered by Google’s Android operating system. Binatone Homesurf 7 Donut anyone? …
Well in that case it's a no-brainer. I'll not be buying one.
All these ultra-cheap tablets with no upgrade path to at least Android v2.2 are already dinosaurs.
Sadly, it is these very cheap tablets which will seriously harm the Android market as Joe Blogs tries out their first tablet and end up hating it.
...then they might produce something worthwhile. Sure it'd be made out of cheap, creaky (but nearly unbreakable) plastic. It'd also be likely to some with extras that cost very little but added functionality, perhaps TV tuner (with telescopic aerial), HDMI *in*, fold out stand. Maybe even twin SD slots for card-to-card copies :)
Amstrad on a bad day though - oh dear...
Looks like the kind of cheap and cheerful device Binatone seem to make for those who really don't care much about a product other than to get basic functionality (my only home phone is by them and still going strong after about 7 years).
My only query is, is it possible to upgrade the OS to a later Android version or is it totally locked down?
You can just see it now, someone buys one of these, hates it and then dismisses all tablet computers as rubbish.
These cheapo tablets are just oversized PDAs since PDAs had resistive screens as well. Nobody wants to have to push down on a screen and then move their finger.
A capacitive screen just requires you to touch the screen, not press it down as well.
These are cheap not because the parts are cheap, not because they are a bargain.
“Amstrad on a good day...”
They did have them. I’ve just acquired a client who was using a 1985 Amstrad PC with twin floppies until last year. She’s finding her new Win7 laptop hard going - and slower...
WRT the tablet, I try to avoid anything with a brand name ending in ‘tone’. Couple that to ‘homesurf’ and it’s really worrying!
Last year, i gave my (Still working!) Amstrad 1640 to the RCM.
Also, Amstrad CPC's were fantastic machines!. Also, i remember my Amstrad stereo system to be pretty reasonable as well (that died sometime in the 90')
Of course. That stupid phone thing... try again.....
to rip apar and place in a tile in the bathroom as a radio/audiobook reader/video player.
Which will only work if I can root the beatie and install a recent AD release.
However, I think CPW are in trouble with thier description of this product.
"internet browser, so whether you're a YouTube fan, a music buff or you want to get engrossed in the latest bestselling title from your favourite author, you can do it all with just one device."
I wonder how many returns they will get because youtube "don't work".
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