Daily Archives: July 30, 2014
Yesterday I had the chance to do another Google Books PDF test on the iPad Mini as well as the iPad Air.
All other tablets have a lot of work to do to match the performance I experienced.
Videos after the break.
You said the tablet had “crashed.” Do you believe it’s going away?
Yeah, “crashed” is a strong word. So, the tablets have been an unbelievable phenomenon. I don’t think there’s a category that ever took off so quickly and so big in the history of tech.
The issue has then been that, once you have a tablet of a certain generation, it’s not clear that you have to move on to the next generation.
It’s not even clear at Best Buy that you should buy a tablet.
The Onda forum is filling up with complaints of dissatisfied owners [Google Translate].
The biggest complaints:
1) CPU utilization when no software is running is too high: 30%
2) Tablet crashes after 40 minutes of gameplay (sometimes video watching too)
3) Pressing the Volume buttons at different times will cause a crash
4) There’s a memory leak causing many crashes
Here they are, already being manufactured:
They’re based on the lower-priced Z3735F/G CPUs.
From an interview with an Intel China rep at PadNews, a manufacturer (with a company name that Google Translate renders nonsensically) states [Google Translate]:
This is a European customer orders, the first single is 16K, the 28th has been shipped 1.5K. There are 10K 3G version of the follow-up orders. Besides Russia, Turkey and South Africa’s orders. Polaroid is also the first in South America with our program, and why our 8 inches 3G package? Because we are using a Huawei MU739 module supports five band 3G, 2G is four bands of South America is concerned, the basic requirement is 4 +2 band. We 8 inches Z3735F / G program also supports 5GHz/2.4GHz dual-band WiFi, which in North America and Europe are very popular. So there are a lot of foreign customers directly to us, asked to use our program. Just because we go faster, so we do a lot of foreign customers find products, but also allows them to take the lead in foreign countries do first. In addition, we also support Intel’s Design house, Intel will introduce us to some customers. We will be fully fit.
It’s unclear if he’s talking of two tablet models, one with 3G and one only with WiFi. But it’s interesting to see the next wave will offer 3G.
I wonder how much these inexpensive Windows tablets will cut into iPad Mini sales in those markets? A US$99 Windows tablet is one-fourth the price of an iPad Mini in America. In these other markets, the price could be as low as one-tenth that of the base iPad Mini.
Normally I’d wait until he’s finished doing the damn thing, but I have a keen interest in this tablet and I think others do too.
So he’s teasing his upcoming evaluation and for those who want to see it as soon as it’s published, monitor this IMP3Net forum thread [Google Translate].
He says he bought it with his own money, so I guess his past listing of it in his prior evaluation of the Xiaomi MiPad was just a placeholder to indicate he was going to buy it and didn’t already have it.