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5.0 out of 5 stars
Unless you need a fruit logo, buy it already!, Sept. 25 2011
Being a geek, I checked a lot of tech reviews for this pad. They raved cautiously, and it seemed too good to be true for under $250.
I bought it. It works as written, which means splendidly. If you don't insist on paying twice the price to get an iPad, I have one word: BUY.
If you are the least bit paranoid, you're asking yourself, how come I can't find a link to the product site on Google? W-e-l-l, Le Pan IS a little coy about their URL, but it DOES exist:
The goodies there includes:
The user manual (also on your pad if you know where to find it)
3 short training videos: key info done visually without redundant voiceover. Fast paced, but actually hits all the high spots for an android novice.
There's a useful faq, and a short list of accessories, too.
Most important: there IS a warranty service number: 1-855-LePanPC.
- yes, the screen matches the iPad. Superb.
- android apps abound at Android Market and most run on this tablet
- good battery life ... 6-7 hours used flat out
- wifi works flawlessly
- there's a USB connector which makes back-and-forth with your desktop easy
- gps not only works, it talks. Makes this competitive with a lot of dedicated GPS units ...)
The negatives (all can be dealt with):
- The system runs Froyo (Android 2.2). Android 3 would have been better. Since there are lots of apps for 2.2, this is not a deal breaker.
- there's no back facing camera. Which I wouldn't care about, except
- Skype (which chokes on Android 2.2 apparently on purpose), won't work as written. As you read above, there is a hacked version of skype that solves this.
- the speakers are a bit tinny when held in the hand. Play on a flat surface, use portable speakers or headphones
- it does not have a fruit logo on it. You could maybe get a sticker.
...further on January 13, 2012 (Friday the 13th!)
Still loving the tablet. Disappointed that the tantalizers about Ice Cream Sandwich on this tablet turned out to be pickle smoke, and that to get that, I'd have to buy a newer tablet.
Some must have apps from Android Market turn this into a useful interface to my clients:
Kingston Office lets me view/edit Word documents and Excel Sheets
Dropbox lets me save and retrieve files
A full featured file manager is a must (for example Astro)
Good ePub reader software (for example Moon +) lets me take my shelf of manuals with me
Advanced Task Killer lets me shut down applications fast and easily