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Went the way of the smartphone, for anyone that runs into this thread.

So my iPod Touch has lately been hitting the bricks. While trying to disassemble it, I accidentally scratched (and disabled) the bottom left half of the screen. lol.

So, I'm looking for a replacement.

I bought a lens hood for my camcorder from DinoDirect lately; one of their flyers eventually lead me to this deal:

Google Android 2.2 7 inch HD Tablet PC AMLogic A9-800MHZ-512MB-4GB-HD-Flash 10.1-3D Game

That is so cheap it is stupid cheap. Even better, I know a 10% off Coupon Code I can use that brings the cost for me down to under $100, shipped, no tax.

Wow. I think it's time to replace my iPod Touch.

Now, I have a couple questions about this tablet. I'm pretty much aware what this is capable of performance wise, but I do want to know this:
  1. Does a 7" tablet fit in the normal-sized pocket?
  2. Could be updated to the latest Android version (whatever it is)?
  3. Overclockable? (like the HP Touchpad)

This'll accompany the HP Touchpad (which is bigger, and used by most everyone in the family) and my laptop (used when I need office & keyboard functionality) very well.

Thanks.
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/29/11 at 10:01pm
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I am guessing you know of its existence, but have you considered the Amazon Kindle Fire? It is indeed 7 inches and will have loads of support ( though not Android ).


What is it that you want to be using it for?
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I've certainly heard of the Kindle Fire and it seems like a great option. However, at twice the cost and adding only features I feel I won't necessary need.... I think I would rather take this route.

Will be using this in place of my iPod Touch as the primary mobile web browsing device. Mostly internet browsing will be the use; I'm very interested in the 1080p playback support of this tablet as well (and will probably use it).

I realize the touch screen is not a multi touch screen but I'm willing to deal with that. Great performance, full 1080p playback, and Flash support in a <$100 tablet that fits in a pocket, I like it.
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/17/11 at 7:46pm
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Unless you wear cargo pants, I'd say a 7" tablet is not very pocket sized. I personally wouldn't risk 100 bucks on something that A) could arrive in 6 pieces from the factory B) yields many Chinese wholesale websites upon googling or C) uses a resistive touchscreen (never again...) You really can't be 100% about you'll be getting what's advertised, either.

(I'm actually a similar situation to you, as my first gen ipod touch just died so my only media device currently is a Touchpad. I think I'm going the smartphone route, though)
Edited by Infinite Jest - 10/17/11 at 8:36pm
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Well, I found more details. It is made by Anku. Exact name is "Apad A9". Review here: http://micdigi.com/2011/04/anku-cort...ds-on-reviews/ performance is epic for the price. At 120MM wide it's close to the width of two iPod Touches, which just about fit in my pocket side-by-side, but it is rather tall.

Certainly can't be denied for under $100, but the fact that this is not a pocket-sized device makes it certainly worth reconsidering the purchase; however, the fact that it's smaller than a TouchPad (much thinner and lighter) means I will be able to carry it more places and be able to make better use of it.

Thanks for the tip.

EDIT: Oh my, I found it on another site for just $70$86.82 shipped (DinoDirect's price is just under $100 shipped). Don't think the shipping is free but oh well, at this point it's worth taking the risk. A lot of other times I've taken risks, it's worked out pretty well
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/17/11 at 11:07pm
post #6 of 20
7" does not fit into my large pockets easily, and I'm 6'2".

At least the nook color and kindle fire 7" won't (they are almost identical in size ).

I'd get a very large smartphone, personally Something like the Galaxy Note or the HTC Titan (WP7)/Sensation XL (Android)
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^ Well, I wonder where it would be possible to get smartphones without a plan. I certainly won't be able to get one with a plan... aside from the priciness, I've already got another cellphone (non-smartphone) with a plan.
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Yeah I am not sure where the 7 inches can fit into my pocket thing is coming from. Unless of course you wear large cargo pants!
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Check out cowboom.com. If you're willing to spend about 200 you can get a 7" Galaxy Tab that is 3G capable, or 5 or 7" Dell Streak
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WOAH.
Smartphone it is then... maybe
It may involve giving up HD playback capability and media centre possibility though

EDIT: This actually has a better screen resolution! I just wonder about the media playback support.


Of course, they don't seem to ship to Canada...
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/17/11 at 11:26pm
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