Hands on Augen 7" Android Tablet Review
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Uploaded on Jul 28, 2010
(Just to note, software updates will not fix hardware issues, but overall somewhat decent for the price)
$150 Android 2.1 Augen 7" Tablet. Seems like a Rebranded Chinese tablet.
Resistive touch screen, not very responsive, but works a bit better with included stylus.
No vibration, haptick feedback or orientation (accelerometer, even though the instruction manual says it has)
2.5mm headphone jack (not the standard 3.5mm)
no dedicated volume controls on outside of device. Any volume adjustments must be done in settings.
YOU CAN'T REMOVE YOUR GOOGLE INFO ONCE YOU PUT IT ON THIS DEVICE. Factory reset does not work and it will not remove your account without factory reseting.
Not a custom android interface for this tablet, device thinks it's a phone.
Heats up VERY quickly and quite hot.
Though the box says 2gbs internal memory, instruction manual says 1gb available, tablet says only around 280mbs are available.
Micro SD gets stuck in device.
Build quality is decent. Built in stylus feels like plastic toothpick, wire sticking out from side of screen.
Battery last for 2 hours on highest brightness settings and using WIFI throughout. Putting the device on standby will drain the battery very quickly.
No touch screen calibration option found in device.
Lots of broken links in settings.
Otherwise a good device for light internet usage/browsing or developers who don't mind bricking it.
Seeing the confusion with typing, the only sure way to type is to use the stylus the device comes with. However, even using the stylus and pressure, it still does not register 40% of the time. Having owned other resistive touch screen devices as the LG Dare before, which was a small resistive touch screen phone yet by far easier to type on, this device at the moment is cumbersome to type on.
*What seems to be a rocking surface is actually me pushing down on the device enough to register a key. Being light, it will tilt. This was filmed on a solid surface to show the entirety of the device. Making a conscious effort to type with just fingernails DOES IMPROVE typing, but this is only about 20-30%. For people with short nails like myself, it is still a very slow and rather precise task to type on this device. Seeing as the thumb is meaty, it is still rather difficult to get an accurate press, even when consciously attempting to use only the thumb nail. So in all, USING YOUR FINGERNAIL WILL SLIGHTLY IMPROVE typing. The only left would be a screen calibration which is not an available option yet. Holding a camera and trying to type doesn't help in the device's defense, as you can see in the video that I switch hands in order get a better position, so sorry for that discrepancy in the review. Thanks to the comments below so that I could clarify these parts. Happy browsing!
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