I got to test out a number of Tablet PCs at one of the education projects I’m helping out. My opinion is that they are complete crap and even worse than I expected at the 81 USD price mark, for several reasons:
Of 6 units I tested, 2 were obviously defective (one would not charge past 12% and one constantly emitted a high-pitch squeal)
Overall build quality is poor
Devices show deep scratches, bubbles under the protective film, and other physical damage as delivered
Most of the cases I saw (I only checked a dozen or so out of 40 units delivered) were black or white, with some hot pink thrown in. This is a horrible thing for distributing to a group of kids.
Battery life is the worst I’ve ever heard of for any tablet PC – under 30 minutes of normal use
The touch screen is unresponsive and frustrating (removing the protective film made it a bit better, but resulted in really bad smudging)
Even though the battery capacity is so limited, charging time from near empty is around 80 minutes
Even the power adapters are crap; they get very hot and the cords are too short
This tablet is the second slowest I’ve ever used – the first being a very similar Chinese unit I tested two years ago
The small size of this thumbnail hides the poor quality of the image at its true resolution. You can click the image above to see that, too, but just in case you’re too lazy:
I was actually going to post a comparison photo from my HTC Desire HD, but I didn’t realize that the whole world already knows about this issue. The sad thing is, this is the higher spec camera of the two on the iPad2. And the best response I saw from a fanboy on an Apple forum said something about this device not being made for taking photos. It has two cameras that takes stills, yo — it is made for taking photos.
On the other hand, the camera on the iPhone seems very good — I’ll see a friend who has one tomorrow, so maybe I’ll test it out against my Desire HD.
It’s been a while since I wrote about Dropbox vs. Google Docs (for MS Office document backup), and there have been new developments since then that really make this software interesting. So how do you get started?
First, create a Dropbox account (clicking this link gives you and I both 250MB extra storage space on top of your initial 2GB)
After you sign up, you will be presented with a list of basic tasks that teach you the basics of the service. As an incentive, you are awarded extra storage space (250MB) upon completion of all the tasks.
Next, complete simple tasks (like linking your Twitter/Facebook accounts to Dropbox) on this page to further boost your Dropbox space (128MB x 6). Note: You may not want to connect Dropbox to your social networking accounts due to privacy concerns.
Finally, make links for your friends/visitors with your referral code (like this) to boost space for both of you.