liliputing: first look at wiipad Slim plus 7" tablet pc android 2.1

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  1. hiandroid

    hiandroid Member

    Jul 21, 2010
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    The WiiPad Slim Plus is a 7 inch Android tablet running Google Android 2.1. It has a 720MHz ARM11-based processor, 256MB of RAM, and an 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen display.
    The folks at WiiPad sent me a demo unit to review, and I have to say, I’m kind of impressed. Now, to be fair, my expectations were pretty low. But while this little $190 tablet isn’t exactly as user friendly as an Apple iPad, it has a lot of things going for it which make the WiiPad Slim Plus a step up from the Augen GenTouch78 I’ve been playing with for the past few weeks.
    For instance, the WiiPad Plus has an accelerometer, which means you can use the tablet in portrait and landscape mode just by tilting the screen. You can also play games that use the accelerometer as a controller. While the resistive touchscreen display can be a little tricky to use — since you have to either use your fingernail or press quite firmly with your fingertip — it’s much more accurate than the GenTouch78 keyboard. And it also seems to support multitouch gestures, including pinch-to-zoom in the Android web browser.
    The thing that probably surprised me most is that while the tablet ships with a third party app store installed, it also comes with a functional version of the Google Android Market. You can download and install apps with ease — although many signed apps aren’t available. I was able to install the Kobo and Aldiko eBook apps, for example, but I couldn’t find the Amazon Kindle application.
    Not every third party app works perfectly. I tried to get two different internet radio apps to run today, and neither would play any audio. But YouTube videos look great and there’s no problem with the audio.
    There are a few quirky things about this tablet. First, the big iPhone-like Home button on the front basically turns the display on and off. There’s a power switch below it on the bottom of the tablet. On the right side there’s a Back and Menu button, but they’re labeled as Menu and Home buttons, respectively. There is no Home button on this tablet, which means that the only way to get back to the home screen is to keep hitting back repeatedly. If you’re in the web browser, that means you’ll have to exit out of every open window before you can get to the home screen.
    It’s also interesting that the tablet is being marketed as the WiiPad Slim US, but the box says wiipad Slim plus while the splash screen and user manual refer to it as the wiipad slim plus — a device which is being sold at a slightly lower price by some other retailers. My guess is that the tablet is designed by a Chinese OEM and sold under several different brand names around the world.
    The user manual also says that the tablet should have HDMI output — and in fact, there are HDMI options in the Settings menu. But there’s no visible HDMI port. That said, I didn’t read anything about a camera in the manual, but when I fired up the Camera and Camcorder apps, lo and behold, I discovered a lo quality (I’m guessing VGA) front-facing camera which I had previously mistaken for an LED on the front of the tablet.
    It’s a bit too early to say whether this machine lives up to its full potential as a cheap Android tablet, but my first impression is that it’s not half bad — especially when compared with some other devices in its class. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if someone at Google HQ pulled a switch one day that turned off access to the Android Market, which I suspect the makers of this device may have installed without permission.
    Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:
    • 720MHz Telechips TCC8902 ARM11 CPU
    • 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen display
    • Google Android 2.1 with Google apps including Gmail, Maps, Market
    • 256MB DDR2 memory
    • 2GB Flash storage
    • microSD card slot
    • 802.11b/g WiFi
    • 2 mini-USB ports
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Built-in speaker and microphone
    • Camera
    • Accelerometer
    • Battery (The web site says it’s 2600mAh, while the user manual says 3000mAh)
    The WiiPad Slim Plus is available for purchase from for $189.60, plus shipping from China.
    It has rumous that it will upgrate to Android 2.2 and HDMI ,let’s wait and see.
    You can check out my hands-on video with the tablet below:
  2. xaueious

    xaueious Administrator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2010
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    Asus Transformer TF300, Huwaei Ideos S7-104, HSG X5A, (Past APAD IMX515, APAD RK2808, RK2818 RT7)
    Thanks for sharing the review.

    The button config can be changed.

    The concern I have about the TCC8902 Apad isn't in the features, but in the build quality. This review doesn't comment a lot on this.
  3. trevorwl

    trevorwl Member

    Aug 27, 2010
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    the build quality on mine seems very solid, much more so than the A81E i just revived. The only build problem ive seen is the home button on mine seems loose, but i did get it to work as intended on the #370 software, takes 3 or 4 seconds to take you home but it does work now. The only big problem i have is that the Kindle app crashes all the time, well not the app but the book i was reading crashes and takes you back to the main kindle screen. I need to test it with other books.

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