[Review Draft] IMX515 APAD 8" Experiences

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  1. xaueious

    xaueious Administrator Staff Member

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    Video I made was a draft for a review, but the touchscreen broke soon afterwards, so this is all the material I have:



    Regarding the APAD IMX515 (UTOPIA or otherwise) 8" Android 2.2 tablet.

    Commoner recommendation: 0 of 5 stars
    Android fan recommendation: 1 of 5 stars
    Electronics enthusiast recommendation: 3 of 5 stars


    Cons:
    touchscreen shake (fixable for those with skill with soldering iron)
    lack of suspend mode
    fragile, with difficult to locate replacement parts
    pathetic external speaker volume
    g-sensor does not work properly in most games
    low game compatibility
    poorly put together firmware and no promise of ongoing future updates
    no GPL compliance expected

    Pros:
    PDF and other reading
    Quick websurfing or other web app
    decent range on wifi
    Casual videos
    price vs performance ratio
    potentially a powerful device
    partial source (from Freescale), lots to try
    firmware easy to flash
    difficult to brick (flashes via onboard microSD)

    Hardware
    30-pin connector was a bad idea. You cannot transfer files and charge at the same time. You can't buy another connector easily. You can't get your own charger tip easily.
    microSD sticks out 1 mm or so from the slot
    Buttons require more force to press than desired, and have some wiggle. Toggle style soft power switch has bad tolerance, and does not feel sturdy
    Some give between the front panel and the shell assembly
    You can feel the touchscreen glass panel under the plastic film. Front is not completely even
    Looks a lot better in black, even better when in the leather case
    Leather case stands upright, adjustable, is nice. Inexplicable camera hole.
    Viewing angles are decent for portrait and landscape views
    Touchscreen shakes in a left-right pattern (relative to landscape mode). Responds to finger touches well. Shakes do not affect keyboard or other tap input, mainly only long-presses and scrolling actions.
    Feels extremely fragile overall.

    Software Performance
    Can install multiple apps from market at same time
    Rarely feels like it is slowing down, everything feels instant. Task killers simply unnecessary.
    Tap typing feels great in both portrait and landscape modes
    Linpack score of around 11

    Android
    Items of Note
    Do not force screen to turn off. You may end up with a white screen and a frozen device.
    Reset button is the hole close to the 30pin adapter
    Recovery mode cannot be entered via reboot recovery or adb reboot recovery, but can be accessed from fully off via holding menu+home buttons and toggling the power switch
    Unless you apply the hardware fix for touchscreen accuracy, apps that require dragging are not very fun to use.

    General Tweaks

    Go into Spareparts and disable Compatibility mode
    Install a custom launcher of your choice
    Alarm and notification sounds can be copied from any existing ROM or pack such as [AUDIO] Most of Android ringtones, notification & ui sounds and alarms - xda-developers
    Use AnyCut to create shortcuts to Calendar and Contacts applications (Phone) as necessary
    Google Calendar and Contacts sync can be enabled with flashing the files from the latest Google pack for Froyo

    Root Applications

    SetCPU - set to conservative governor on boot, up threshold 65% on boot
    ADBWireless Widget - ADB access while charging

    Some Applications
    Pulse News Reader - very nice looking news reader
    ADW Launcher - set to single screen with launcher shortcut
    Rockplayer/Vplayer/ArcMediaplayer/QQPlayer - video playback supplement
    QuickSettings - quick access to important settings
    DroidIris - visual image search
    Dolphin Mini (enable fullscreencontrols, user agent to Desktop)
    AnyRadio (中文)
    VivaReader (中文)
    Douban Radio (Chinese)
    Pixiv (日本語)
    AndroidTablets.net Forum

    Working with Bugs
    Engadget (not fullscreen if compatibily mode is checked)
    Google Reader (not fullscreen)

    Applications that Do not Work
    Shoutcast apps Winamp, StreamFurious, XiiaLive
     
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    nice summary!
     
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    Hi,

    I had changed wifi files and after that my apad 8 single speaker one could not scan WIFI. it gives error "unable to scan network"

    I did the 3 button reset and recovered the apad but I think it used the new wifi files only and could not get back fully to its original firmware files.

    I am still unable to scan wifi networks....

    is there a possibility that you have the original firmware files? if yes, can u zip and provide for download?

    if not, can u confirm me what is working and what is not working in ur firmware?
     
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    HI I am a new user, and will lake to now how to install the sound, lake where they go, what folder etc. Just what to install some not really a pack. Thanks
     
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    good nice I want to have
     
  9. dcfit1

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    nice review, does anyone know how to get into a locked apad, I forgot my pattern and now too many attempts, i'm locked out I can't use my gmail address to get back in!!!
    any help would be appreciated.
     

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