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Topic # 64332 13-Jul-2010 13:59
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I've tried 3 different sets of firmware for my M001. They are all Android v1.6. I don't think the M001 would be capable of running anything later as it doesn't really have the grunt to drive it. 

The official Eken firmware v1.7.4 is pretty good. This is the baseline for any comparison. It's much better than the v1.7.2 that comes pre-loaded. This is an unrooted system. 

Slatedroid v1.3 is also very good. This is also an unrooted system. It has a different app launcher than the base system and it's better for it. 

Ecotox v1.1.1 is much lighter than either of the other two. It's more like flashing a phone ROM...you get the android you must touch in order to set up, but you don't have access to 3G data, so you must skip the initial setup or you won't be able to configure the wifi....and therefore won't be able to get anywhere. That aside, this is probably the best ROM of the three....given that none of them is perfect. The key benefit of this ROM is the M001 is noticeably more responsive. Ecotox also gives you the choice of the default launcher, the Helix Launcher or the Home++ alternate UI. Nice. 

slatedroid.com is the place to go (as far as I know) for a community based around the device. 

The firmware updates are very easy. You unzip (with 7zip - not rar, as rar can mess up symbolic links in the zip file) the folder inside and copy the \script folder into the root of an sdcard, insert the card into the device and reboot. The firmware sees "script" and runs whatever is in there. The update takes about 2 minutes. 

You can either use full size SDHC sdcards or microSDs in a full-size SDHC adaptor. 





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  Reply # 350677 13-Jul-2010 14:26
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I'm still waiting on mine to arrive from Dealextreme *sigh*

The prices on Trademe are far too pricey.




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  Reply # 350737 13-Jul-2010 15:00
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Update! 

I've had a chance to play further with firmware "Ecotox v1.1.1" with the Home++ UI set as the default. 

This is easily the fastever EVER configuration on my M001. With the soft keyboard properly calibrated with a very precise pointing device and the Home ++ UI, the combination is positively snappy. 

I can type at near natural speeds with two hands if I lay the M001 down on the desk. It helps to prop it up slightly. I've done this before with some success, but in Ecotox, the effect is even more pronounced. 

If you're running an M001 tablet, you want to get ECOTOX v1.1.1 on there as soon as you can, calibrate the keyboard and set the Home to Home++. 

You won't be disappointed. 

ECOTOX v1.1.1 from www.slatedroid.com




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  Reply # 350745 13-Jul-2010 15:01
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ZollyMonsta: I'm still waiting on mine to arrive from Dealextreme *sigh*

The prices on Trademe are far too pricey.


One went for $149 on Saturday night. Another for $167.

I put low bids in early on most of them so I'm notified of the outcomes.  




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  Reply # 350886 13-Jul-2010 16:27
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I'll agree 100% the EcoTex firmware seems to be the best. Seems to run alot smoother and faster than the other 2 (original & slatedroid).. All in all Im really happy with mine. Running Home++ as my desktop.. Great for my e-books - no more using my phone to read!!

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  Reply # 350938 13-Jul-2010 17:22
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Linuxluver:
ZollyMonsta: I'm still waiting on mine to arrive from Dealextreme *sigh*

The prices on Trademe are far too pricey.


One went for $149 on Saturday night. Another for $167.

I put low bids in early on most of them so I'm notified of the outcomes.  


Might be the one I bid on.. lol

Something fishy going on with those auctions....  My bid was beaten, and reserve was something like $1.
Another bidder had the winning bid and won the auction, however immediately after the auction got a 'price offer' email for it.

Couldn't email trademe about the auction direct after it closed so put it down to some stupid price-hike trick going on...

Still, it's weird...




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  Reply # 350962 13-Jul-2010 17:37
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I asked trademe about that same issue a year or soo back when I was outbid at the end but then offered the item afterwards.

Their reply went along the lines that if the seller was a dealer and had more than 1 item the same then it was acceptable that they be able to offer the underbidder one of the identical items at the the closing bid price.... all sounded like a way for the seller to jack his own price up (by bidding against genuine bidders) yet ensuring he still got the sale, and all being sanctioned by Trademe. In a nut shell they weren't interested as they could justify it as acceptable.....

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  Reply # 350976 13-Jul-2010 17:57
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ZollyMonsta: I'm still waiting on mine to arrive from Dealextreme *sigh*

The prices on Trademe are far too pricey.


those guys are pretty slow..  i'm having second thoughts buying an android mid from them..  still keen to hear from you once you got your android device..

sorry for hijacking the thread

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  Reply # 351084 13-Jul-2010 20:47
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oxnsox: I asked trademe about that same issue a year or soo back when I was outbid at the end but then offered the item afterwards.

Their reply went along the lines that if the seller was a dealer and had more than 1 item the same then it was acceptable that they be able to offer the underbidder one of the identical items at the the closing bid price.... all sounded like a way for the seller to jack his own price up (by bidding against genuine bidders) yet ensuring he still got the sale, and all being sanctioned by Trademe. In a nut shell they weren't interested as they could justify it as acceptable.....


+1  Yup... just had another one... $1 reserve.. winning bidder @ $195.. offered to me at $245.

Far too expensive on Trademe now.. Will need to sit and wait for DealExtreme.

Anyhow.. back to the original topic :)
 




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  Reply # 351116 13-Jul-2010 21:42
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Thanks for letting us know about this linuxluver. The speed improvements make this device much more usable.

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  Reply # 351302 14-Jul-2010 11:10
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Noticed a link on the Notebookcity.co.nz website to this "one day" only deal:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/daily-deals/deal/54/7-touch-screen-tablet

$189 'special' - ships in 3 days according to the blurb.




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  Reply # 351339 14-Jul-2010 12:00
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c71931f:
ZollyMonsta: I'm still waiting on mine to arrive from Dealextreme *sigh*

The prices on Trademe are far too pricey.

Has your Eken M001 been sent by DX yet?the site says
In Stock: ships in 2 to 4 days "
 


Nah not in stock.. can't get a straight answer out of them.  Pretty much gonna just be patient and wait I think.  Got your tweet about the deal above, but thats a large markup!  So I just need to breathe in and out and be patient for my one on order.  Been waiting since order was placed on July 1st.




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