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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Android ePad 10" ZT-180 mini Review

Had the opportunity to pick up an Android ePad and Play with it for a week. Here are my impressions of the ePad / ZT-180.







First off the ePad did not come with much in the box. What was included with the ePad was a Power cord, Stylus, and a network cable (USB to RJ-45). No Documentation or disks. It also did not come with a USB cable to connect to a computer (That was ok with me I have multiple cables hanging around)

Straight out of the Box the ePad

is actually very usable but with some hacks the ePad is a much more powerful device.





The touch screen all though a resistive type touch pad "not a capacitive screen" like the iPad is very accurate on the ePad. There is a stylus included to use, but I found that a finger nail and usually even the pad of my index finger worked great on the screen.

All of the applications on the ePad were quite quick and loading times were very fast with the Android tablet powered by the 1GHz ZT-180 ARM11 Processor (there is some debate on which classification this processor really is be it ARM11 or ARM6) but I could tell that it was relatively fast none the less.

Internal memory is only 256MB DDR ram with 192MB dedicated for the system and 64MB for the video processor.




The ePad had no problems running Angry Birds straight from the Android Market.




From right to left:
Menu Toggle buttons this is a rocker switch that looks like it would control the volume but they are for context menus.
Power Button
SD slot that will take up to 32GB micro SD (or TF)





The bottom has
Head Phone Jack for listing to music watching movies in private.
USB port full size 2.0 I think. I have used it with memory sticks or flash drives.. Pretty sure it would not power a hard drive though. Also would be good for 3G or soon to be 4G card as long as Android would have the driver for it..
Mini USB which for the life of me I can't get this damned thing to go in to Mass Storage mode.. to see it on the computer... The only thing I can see it good for is Flashing the ePad's firmware.. I also tried for a bout a half hour to get Android SDK and ADB to work on it .. and promptly gave up.

On the front is just the home button ..

All in all its is a very usable device for what it is... It is larger than the iPad first gen. And not exactly well made .. The case dos not flex from side to side .. but you can tell its a China made device and is very light and feels like a toy... (that is really what it is a Toy) ..

Will be posting about the Archos 7 HT and the Archos 5 Internet Tablet they both look and feel like they were built much better..

The ePad IMO is a nice little Tablet but too big and bulky for my tastes..

Later I will Post on how to Hack (Very simple way to ROOT the ePad / Zenithink ZT-180) the ePad a bit for the Wi-Fi Hack on the ZT-180 or ePad Wi-Fi Hack..

But for now

Here are the spec's for the pad.
DISPLAY

10.2-inches (diagonal) LED-backlit high quality resistive touchscreen display

1024-by-576 or 1024-by-600 pixel resolution 16:9 aspect ratio


WIRELESS AND NETWORKING

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g via RT3070 or RT2070 chipset)

Ethernet (via micro USB port and USB to Ethernet adapter)


OPERATING SYSTEMS

WinCE 6.0 or Google Android 2.1


STORAGE CAPACITY

256MB DDR RAM (192 System/64 Video)

2GB onboard (split among Userdata, System, and U-boot Partitions)

microSD expandable (up to 32 GB)


PROCESSOR

ZT-180 - ARM11 - Clock speed 1.0 Ghz


SENSORS

Built-in 2-axis accelerometer

Automatic screen rotation from landscape mode to portrait and vice versa. (Where applicable)


AUDIO PLAYBACK

Audio formats supported: MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG


VIDEO PLAYBACK

Video formats supported: MP4, AVI, WMV, DIVX, Flash


MAIL ATTACHMENT SUPPORT

Viewable document types: jpg, bmp, png, gif, txt, pdf, xls, doc, zip


BATTERY AND POWER

2400mAh, 7.4V Li-Ion Battery

Up to 4 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

Up to 4.5 hours with WiFi off

Charging via power adapter


INPUT AND OUTPUT

1 x micro network and 1 x mini OTG USB port

1 x Full USB port

Built-in stereo speakers

microSD card dock

3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

microphone


EXTERNAL BUTTONS AND CONTROLS

On/Off Button; Menu/Recent Application (should have been Volume) Buttons; Home/Back Round Button


IN THE BOX

ZT-180 Tablet

USB to ethernet adapter

Power Adapter

User manual


LANGUAGES

Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian


DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

270mm x 180 mm x 15mm

804g




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