Freelander PD20 Review

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  1. didobuy

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    Our initial impressions of the Freelander PD20...

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    Really bad screen resolution 800 x 400px, hard to believe the tablet can actually output in full HD.

    Apart from this the tablet feels fairly solid and the software runs smoothly. Considering the first thing you’ll notice is the appalling resolution, especially the lock screen which almost doesn’t fit on the display, the rest of the tablets functionality and performance will probably impress.

    Reported specs seem meaningless these days, with equally high spec’d tablets all performing at varying levels. The PD20 is an example of a tablet performing above average for its spec, it never crashed or failed to load anything and you’ll struggle to freeze it or slow it down.

    A couple of niggles; the volume and sleep buttons are located in possibly the worst place for portrait use and sometimes you can push them by accident, also the stylus provided in the box is almost completely un-responsive against the screen. It’s a struggle to get an app to open with it, in fact we’re not really convinced it is a stylus.

    Other than this and the fact that ours didn’t come with the suction cup for car-windscreens we were pleasantly surprised by this tablet. The combination of low res screen and Mali-400 means fluid processing and display, which is a nice idea considering you’d rarely want to watch serious media on a 7inch screen.
    Fantastically modest and discrete 7inch tablet. Here’s the spec...

    Spec
    ModelFreelander
    Operating System4.0.3
    Display7 Inch, Capacitive Screen, TFT
    Resolution800 x 400 px
    CPUTelechips TCC8923, 1.2GHz, Cortex-A5
    GPUMali 400
    RAM1GB DDR3
    ROM8GB
    Cameradual cameras, front 0.3, back 2.0
    WiFi802.11 b/g/n
    3Gvia Dongle
    MicrophoneYes
    G-sensorYes
    BluetoothNo
    HDMIYes
    GPSYes
    FlashFlash 11
    Android MarketYes
    3D GamingYes
    Connectivity
    To PCvia USB (Micro Type B)
    To 3G Donglevia USB OTG
    To HD Devicevia HDMI Mini Cable
    To External Storagevia USB (Micro Type B)
    Power
    Battery3000 Mah
    Working Time5 Hours
    Power DeviceAC Adapter
    Appearance
    ColorBlack
    Dimensions185 x 122 x 9.5mm
    Net Weight325g
    Aditional Info
    Ports1 x DC Jack
    1 x Micro USB (Type B)
    1 x Earphone Jack
    1 x Micro SD Card Slot
    1 x HDMI Mini
    What's in the box1 x Tablet PC
    1 x AC Charger
    1 x Micro USB Cable (Type B)
    1 x User Manual
    1 x USB OTG Cable
    1 x Earphones
    1 x Stylus


    We also tested the following apps for compatibility. We are in the UK so we only tested UK TV apps. Please can someone tell us the apps for US TV like abc or fox and we'll test them too.
    App
    Google Play storeINSTALLED
    Google MapsINSTALLED
    YoutubeYES
    FacebookYES
    SkypeYES
    TwitterYES
    WhatsappNO
    MSNYES
    ViberNO
    TangoYES
    iPlayer/BBC MediaYES
    SkyGoNO
    ITV PlayerYES
    4odWEBSITE
    NetflixYES
    TV CatchupNO
    Angry BirdsYES
    eBayYES
     
  2. sccian

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    No Bluetooth?
     
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    I purchased one (from a different supplier) and the battery in it is actually 2800mAh not 3000. I don't know if this is an anomaly, or if the manufacturer figures we'll never actually check.
     
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    This problem?So unreliable.
     
  6. didobuy

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    How did you check your battery?? I'm curious now to see what our pd20's have got inside them. Theres no mention in the user manual we have and i cant find it in the settings menu?...
     
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    I have a Freelander pd20 7-inch tablet since July 2012 and I am generally pretty happy with it, but I have some specific problems with it that I would like to discuss. Since there does not appear to be a Freelander subforum I will start here and then see what happens.

    Problem 1 (software problem): There are several apps that seem confused about the screen size, or rather how much screen or pixel size is available for the app after status lines, system bar, soft buttons ort similar adornments steal some of the screen. Does anyone have ideas on this? For example, the Copilot Live GPS app has this problem, and also it appears that the SSHDroid app does not show some of the settings/help buttons because they are hidden or off-screen.

    Problem 2 (hardware problem): The rightmost 5mm vertical strip of the screen (portrait mode) does not respond to touch. The app called "Multitouch Tester" clearly demonstrates that there is no reaction to touch in this region. Is this a hardware fault or a fixable calibration problem?

    I'm looking for insights into the above problems. I'm also interested in hearing success stories of installing Bluetooth kernel drivers for a bluetooth usb-based dongle.
     
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    Where did you find a user manual please ? I need to do a hard reset and what I thought was the reset hole doesn't appear to do anything. Thanks
     
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    What could be the price of the tablet?
     
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    It is kind of strange, the PD20 model has some better specs than the PD60 which has less RAM.
     
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    The PD20 TV version with 3G and GPS is great value for the price aswell.. Freelander got this PD20 7 inch versions just right :)
     
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    I have just purchased my PD20, it was a 2nd hand one from China with a problem with the /etc/hosts file (had a line in it which stopped the Store from working, common recent issue). Once I rooted it and got that working I put my registered version of Sygic (sat nav) on there. Works a treat, nice big display, the car mounting and charger work well.

    As I am sure most people are aware navfree works well with this unit, but there is another free satellite navigation program that I am very impressed with. Route 66, I used to have this on my phone about six years ago, and it was great. Graphically its ok, functionally it blows the socks off the other two by finding routes locally I would take which is a great indication of its strengths.

    For what I paid for this item (£45 it was 2nd hand), I am impressed, its worth that just for the satellite navigation which is the main reason I bought it. I can also use it as a normal tablet, read the news, watch films whilst I wait for the kids all that kind of stuff.
     
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    My freelander got stuck on a screen marked android. Plss can anybody help me? Thks.
     
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    Help! I recently purchased this tablet and it was working fine, Yesterday it did a 'reset' and i lost all the programs loaded. It seemed to be working ok last night, and when i turned it on this morning, I clicked on the GPS icon and it went and showed the GPS screen and now I am getting the 'freelander logo' in a loop and the tablet will not go any further into boot up, I go on vacation tomorrow and was planning to use this tablet instead of my heavier 10 inch tablet.... now I'm not sure it's a good idea!
     

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