[clug] DreamBook?

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Thu Dec 2 17:06:27 MST 2010

On 03/12/10 10:34, Angus Gratton wrote:
> 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"
> http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/reviews/2010/11/worst-gadget-ever-ars-reviews-a-99-android-tablet.ars

Yep, the Maylong M150 reviewed by Ars Technica looks identical to the
DreamBook for sale in Big W. I'll stay away...

Congrats on getting Froyo going on the Eken M001. I still have my
SmartQ R7 running Ubuntu - clunky but does the job. I might be able
to make it to Dickson College next Tuesday. What time are you all
going to be there?


Bob Edwards.

> 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
> less:
> http://projectgus.com/2010/11/open-letter-to-wondermedia-technologies/
> 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.
> Regards,
> Angus
> 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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