[ubuntu-uk] Android Slates/Tablets......

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Thu Mar 24 14:20:20 UTC 2011

On 24 March 2011 13:50, John MM <scoundrel50a at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have been given some money and I have been thinking about getting an
> Android Tablet, but just have no idea what would be worth getting. Anybody
> any idea.

What would you use the tablet for?

I recently (December) had a chat with Matthew Garrett who maintains a
list of Android tablets [0]. His goal is to ensure that companies stay
compliant with the GPL but in his work he's learned a lot about
tablets. He told me that the current best one on the market is the
"Advent Vega"  though right now it's in violation of the GPL. Its
pretty much identical to the "Viewsonic gtab", which he does have
source for, so the Advent issue should be solved soon.

Two things he did alert me to was that most of them have a flaw in
that they don't actually have a suspend mode, so when they "power
save" they actually just switch the screen off... and then die 3 hours
later. Most also claim to have multi-touch but don't. They just have
single finger touch with pinch-recognition, although the Vega is
apparently okay in this regard.

> I have about £300 to spend. I dont like Apple at all.

I don't like Apple either, but I bought an iPad and love it.


[0] - http://www.codon.org.uk/~mjg59/android_tablets/

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