[clug] DreamBook?

Angus Gratton gus at projectgus.com
Thu Dec 2 16:34:56 MST 2010

On Thu, 2010-12-02 at 17:20 +1100, Robert Edwards wrote:
> Anyone on the list seen or have any opinions of the DreamBook Android
> tablet currently being sold in Big-W for $188? 7" touchscreen, 256MB
> RAM, 2GB SSD etc. etc.
> Worth buying?

Not really.

It appears to be the same WonderMedia WM8505 chipset as the Eken M001
$99 tablet and a few of the others, just with more RAM.

If that's the case, I've spent a lot of time messing with these things
(I got Froyo to mostly run on mine last week) and they're not a
particularly good device at $99, let alone $188.

In fact, Ars Technica reviewed a similar (possibly same) model sold in
the US @ $99US as the "worst gadget ever"

Funnily enough, many of the problems are software related (missing
kernel support in particular.) I actually wrote an open letter
encouraging Wondermedia to release their docs/code so the current
community efforts can be more successful, and the products can suck

I'm told the letter has apparently been forwarded on to them by someone
with contacts at the company, but I'm not exactly holding high hopes.

Someone mentioned the Tegra-based tablets, and I think these will be
really interesting - looking forward to seeing reviews when they come
out. The Viewsonic Viewpad 7 that was announced for Australia yesterday
also sounds good, if only because it has a capacitive touch screen
instead of resistive.



PS If anyone is interested in messing with these things for general
hacking's sake, I was going to bring mine (I have two tablets and a
netbook, related chipsets) to the MHV meeting next Tuesday at Dickson
College, and show what I've been doing to mess around with them. Plug
plug. ;)

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