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Topic # 65643 5-Aug-2010 00:03
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I've made a wee video of how my M001 Android tablet performs configured with: 

ECOTOX v1.1.1 (based on Eken official v1.7.4 / Android v1.6) custom firmware (comes pre-rooted) 
Home++ launcher / home app
96MB Linux swap partition on sdcard

The intention here is to show you what it looks like.  To me, this is much faster and more responsive than the software that comes pre-loaded (v1.7.2) or the official v1.7.4 update. 

I didn't make a video of the official software as i didn't have enough battery. I left the charger at work tonight. Oops. In any case, I leave it to you to decide whether or not what you're seeing is fast enough.....whether you've seen any other flavour or not. 

Bear in mind this is a very cheap, low spec device. I got it on TradeMe for $156. It can be had for less. 

I was looking at the M001 through the viewfinder on my SONY camera, so had a little finger trouble with fine movements on the keyboard as i couldn't see it very well. 
 












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  Reply # 371062 22-Aug-2010 16:29
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Looks really good with that firmware going. I'll have to start watching a few TM auctions see if I can pick one up on the cheap. I would use it mainly as an ebook reader, how is it for reading ebooks? format support? eye strain at all?

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  Reply # 371081 22-Aug-2010 17:06
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thats cool :)

considering one now. Whats the battery life like?



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  Reply # 371185 22-Aug-2010 20:07
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aim: thats cool :)

considering one now. Whats the battery life like?


Battery life is more than 2 hours, less than 4 hours.

With wifi off and screen brightness turned down as much as is comfortable, you can get about 3.5 hours out of it. With wifi on, you're more like just under 3 hours.

With the device booted and screen dark and wifi on (like it was a server), then you can get about 4 hours...may be more. 

These can be extremely cheap wee server. They take a 32GB SDHC card (or MicroSD in SDHC adaptor). 

You can also run WinCE on them ("Hopelessness v0.4")....but it's a hack and some stuff doesn't work. 



 




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  Reply # 371187 22-Aug-2010 20:10
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lookout: Looks really good with that firmware going. I'll have to start watching a few TM auctions see if I can pick one up on the cheap. I would use it mainly as an ebook reader, how is it for reading ebooks? format support? eye strain at all?


I find it easy as an ebook reader. I have Kobo and Kindle Android apps on it as well as the Aldika reader. They are all good as readers.

I'm reading James Bamsford "The Secrets Factory". I bought it via Kobo for NZ$13.99

I have Kobo on two M001's and also on my Nexus One. If you have Wifi on, it seems to save your bookmark to the cloud. If I read 20 more pages on the M001, when I go to my Nexus One, the bookmark (where I stopped reading) is at the same place i stopped reading on the tablet.

I like that.




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  Reply # 371192 22-Aug-2010 20:28
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I already have a server. I also have a small notebook, I probably don't need it, can you install smaller linux distros on it?



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  Reply # 371396 23-Aug-2010 10:51
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aim: I already have a server. I also have a small notebook, I probably don't need it, can you install smaller linux distros on it?


There is a Debian firmware for it, but you have to launch it from a WinCE install (also a firmware for that) and then hack around miserably for ages to almost get some stuff to work. :-)  

Check out slatedroid.com

There are currently 3-4 sets of custom Android firmware, plus 1 for WinCE and 1 for Debian. 

As the source code for these devices isn't yet out, people have mainly been hacking 'blobs' of already compiled system pieces. 

The source for the Android kernel for the VIA WM8505 processor came out last week and the source for the device drivers are supposed to be released very soon. From that point, if there are any competent devs around who are interested, we may see magic happen. 






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