- Aug 6, 2010
Good news: Another large company is trying the market with a low cost tablet
Bad news: Another large company with no support model is trying the market with a low cost tablet
Good news: It is only $99.00 and is available for pickup at any Walgreens
Bad news: The statement of 4 delivery days may not be met.
Good news: It is an indicator there is market interest in low cost IPad competitors
Bad news: The lack of support or sophistication will mean a similar event potentially to the K-Mart tablet fiasco.
Good news: There are specs available. See Below
Bad news: It is another low power VIA8505 tablet. This means it will work as an E-Reader, Web Browser, and LOW-Res video capable solution. It also means the YouTube install will be iffy at best and low resolution.
Good news: It uses supposedly a regular SD card and not Micro SD for external storage
Bad news: The 1500MA battery will not be a long life unit
Unknown and Doubtful:
1. Market is likely NOT installed. All additional apps will need to be sideloaded via SD card or direct download
2. Firmware is either fixed or limited in upgrade potential.
Bottom Line: Want a low price tablet to learn and prepare for a higher quality unit or just a basic tablet which can be used as a web browser/e-reader?
Best Part: You can easily return it to your closest Walgreens for exchange or replacement. You cannot do that with a unit from E-Bay or even other online vendors
MID M-150 Specs:
Operating System: Android 1.6 version
M-150 Universe Tablet PC Specifications: CPU ARM9(VM8505+)
Memory RAM 128MB DDR Flash Built-in Flash
Display Touch Panel 7" TFT LCD Resolution 800 X 480 Pixels
Input/Output Touch Panel - Resistive type touch panel
Speaker Built-in loud speaker, 1W
SD/MMC card slot USB USB 2.0 high speed
Buttons/Switches Power On/Off, Reset Charger Input AC 100-240V, 0.5A
Battery Built-in Li-Polymer battery Output 9V, 1500MA
Physical Characteristics Dimension 7.5" X 4.6" X 0.3" Weight 12 OZ