Because this device impressed me at Computex. Itâ€™s the first 7â€ Android tablet to ship with a complete Google-certified Android build on it. That means Marketplace and Google-app-goodness unlike the disappointing experiences I’ve seen with the Archos 5 and 7, the SmartQ7, the Compaq Airlife and the tens of others tested at various trade expos over the last year. Iâ€™m not 100% sure that what I saw in Taipei is what I’m going to see after the unboxing (the ultimate shock will be come if it doesnâ€™t have the Marketplace) but I’m fairly confident that I’m getting a capacitive 7â€ 3G/voice-enabled Google-approved Android device. Itâ€™s the finer points that I’m not sure about like GPS, upgrade to 2.2, battery life etc. Still, on a business purchase I’ve just paid about 270 pounds which I think is great value for this hardware.
Did I buy it for me? Not really although this could seriously become the coffee-table PC that the iPad was for a week when I had it. With SD cards that you can write to it will be the perfect image viewer. Itâ€™s no retina screen but will do a great job of showing a web page without having to zoom. It doesn’t have the book content that the has yet but when Amazonâ€™s Kindle application comes along, this will make a better reader than the . How about that one-handedness? Only 500gm too! I really want to see if thereâ€™s a docking port/cable/accessory and if it has an electronic compass and GPS, Google Sky Map will be incredible. The main reason I bought it is to continue my testing with mobile operating systems on larger form factor devices. Weâ€™ve been through the Airlife 100 and the Dell Streak so now itâ€™s time for something in the middle.
Do you remember Origami? The 7â€ devices were initially marketed at the young social user and were said to have a price of $500. When they appeared on the market they were $1000 and lasted for 3 hrs maximum before needing a charge. The UI was productivity and pen focused and there was no such thing as Twitter. The Huawei S7 is the Origami device done rightâ€¦.i think!
Delivery is due in just over a week but donâ€™t hold your breath. Expansys have a habit of slipping dates so it could be a few weeks! Whatever happens, when it turns up youâ€™ll find an unboxing here within hours. Weâ€™ll also run a live Q&A session for you too so you can come and see the device and ask questions.
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