Thought I`d share my impressions / findings after meeting the andypad team today....
Upon being greeted with a lovely cup of coffee... the focus quickly shifted to.. "this is how it looks"... and I`m presented with a little white tab On first impressions, it is small compared to the likes of your transformers, xooms etc. But it feels 'rugged' and of good quality build. I get the impression the build quality was important in the design and I think it shows.
And my first glimpse of it all powered up, is in bright sunlight coming from the window, so I`m a little worried about the screen. Which is quickly the subject of conversation.. how do I feel about the screen?? Well we all like a bright / colourful screen, but what can you expect for this low price?! (£129.99!!) People figure their own 'nack' of using their own touchscreen so I cant see it being a massive problem. (maybe ship with a stylus?) The biggest issue will be the lack of multi-touch, that is itself quite a big feature of many apps on android. (I suspect people may try a hack for it tho )
The processor amazes me the most... 1.2 ghz dual core! In a tablet that cheap! This screen may become an issue here again though.. because although the OS being AOSP, it should feel quite snappy.. the screen makes it feel lots less so. You really have to get the 'nack' here!
The team say they have tested lots of games on the device.. and have not had any problems. So for a mid-range device.. 256mb of ram might be enough. I cant imagine its very good with lots of multi-tasking though.
The andypad comes with all the right ports etc on it.. micro-usb for charging, mini-hdmi out and a 3.5mm jack. I know lots of people rave about charging with micro-usb, that it should be the standard, so good to see here. I would be a bit dubious of the HD playback functionality though.. would the 256mb of ram slow this down?? Would it make for jumpy video??? I never saw any video on it so who knows?!
I was asked about what apps etc I run.. or should be on there.. and in my opinion, they should be talking to some devs about that. It would be cool to see a better launcher included on it.. like ADW Ex, or LauncherPro.. whichever tickles their fancy most! With the device using the standard launcher it looked very plain and 'bog-standard'.
I did keep re-iterating to them that they should be getting in touch with some devs about getting apps / little touches pre-installed on it.. it seems for this tablet to make its mark in the market.. it needs to have some unique enticing points about it.
What kind of market do I think it is aimed at?? Your casual android user.. maybe has an android phone.. wants an ipad.. cant afford / justify it. Wants something to play youtube and music etc on and browse the web. Or your hardcore fan boy, that wants a tablet, cant afford it.. but at this price.. with an un-lockable boot-loader "Hey, it`s a steal!"
I would like personally to have one of these, and then see Paul, or cyanogen do a release for it. I would gladly have one sitting around in my living room if it happened!
All-in-all, its a very good device.. the only let downs would be the screen and the ram. For your everyday usage... or even for taking to work / school etc ...the andypad is great.
But if your after something a little higher spec.. I would wait for the next pad they release. Apparently it will have more ram, and a capacative screen with 5 finger multi-touch! .... and possibly £160!
It should also have ice cream sandwich installed too! (Cherry with that sir!)
What struck me most.. is the team behind this are young and eager to do well... but they are new to the scene.. and are looking for constructive feedback. I hope this makes for a better andypad on release!
Thats my two pennies anyway! Thanks to the guys for having me!
Would love to have a demo unit to play on! (Hint Hint )