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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Take it as you will.June 6 2012
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This tablet isn't actually made by eMatic, it is produced by XO Vision for eMatic.
The build quality of the tablet is pretty good. The device is nice and thin, everything fits together properly and isn't loose or easily damaged. Using the keyboard is somewhat troublesome; you can't type fast on it or some of the keys might not type out. The track pad works beautifully, you just need to make sure the pad of your thumb isn't sweaty or it'll stick somewhat when you're sliding it on the track pad. The screen is bright and clear, but IT IS NOT TOUCH SCREEN. (Some of the other online stores selling this tablet state that, but they are incorrect.) The battery life is not so great and unfortunately there is no option of a swappable battery. I don't know exactly how many hours the battery lasts from a full charge, but I've seen another review on a different website state it doesn't last as advertised.
The tablet comes with a black slip case that the tablet fits snuggly into. You will most likely lose or tear the rubber micro USB port cover plug from regularly putting the tablet in its case. It also comes with a wall charger, cheap black earbuds and a USB cord. The device already has a packaging screen protector on it that you can just use as an actual screen protector.
The tablet is best used in landscape mode as the keyboard and track pad are set up in that configuration. On the bottom of the tablet, from left to right, are the micro USB port, headphones jack, charging port, LED charging light, SD card slot and power button. On the right side of the the tablet is a small hole for the built-in microphone. On the back of the tablet are a small pinhole reset button on the left, a kickstand in the middle, and holes for the speaker and letting out heat. The way all the ports are set up at the bottom makes for some annoyances if you want to stand the device up while it is plugged into speakers or charging.
This tablet does not come with Google Play (or "Google Market" as it used to be called) pre-installed, but it does come with Appoke Market and links on the main "desktop" to install the SlideME and Amazon Market applications. If you try to install any version of Google Play that you can find online you will receive the "Parse Error: There is a problem parsing the package." error message. There is currently an (most likely never to be resolved) issue with playing videos off YouTube's mobile website (The YouTube application does not come pre-installed on the tablet and I believe the mobile website tries to redirect the video to the app.) The same happens for the spin-off website VEVO in that no videos will show up. (The VEVO application crashes when you try to watch videos.) Other video websites seem to work; you are given a pop-up to select either the "Movies" or "Video Player" applications and both work.
True to the specifications, the tablet DOES read up to 16GB SD cards, but it seems to have two issues:
1. Sometimes it won't mount the SD card at start up. 2. Sometimes it mistakens its own internal memory for the SD card's memory.
I am currently using a Kingston 16GB SDHC Class 4. When I originally put the card in, the tablet could not read it. I put a Sandisk 2GB microSD card in it and looked through the contents of the card then unmounted the card and put the 16GB card in and the tablet could read it. I've noticed that sometimes the device will even unmount the SD card by itself even after I have used a file off the card a couple seconds ago.
As the other reviewer stated, the tablet is a little glitchy. It does not seem to have enough CPU power to handle even one application running. Applications sometimes stop working (Though they'll start working after a couple of seconds if you select the "Wait" option.) or crash and the tablet has froze on me once while trying to view eMatic's website (Possibly from the flash used on the website?).
I would not encourage impatient individuals to purchase this tablet because of the above-mentioned issues. If you're a techie or you love gadgets like me and have the money to buy it then go ahead and buy it once it's around $80-70.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful shiny paperweight!Feb. 5 2012
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Doesn't download applications from the Android Market!
Is very temperamental - works when it wants to, which isn't very often. The rest of the time freezes, crashes and generally stinks. Calling the manufacturer leads you in circles.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Better than my last readerAug. 16 2013
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I like the way the text is big enough for my poor eyesight, BUT, it dosn't like to scroll pages evenly or to the3 bottom of the page. The next page tab is too large and covers the first 2 to 5 words of the last few sentences so you have to guess what's going on, and you can't move the tab to see.