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MSI Tablets Are A Mixed Bag

David Gilbert


Just like seemingly everyone else at CES this year, MSI unveiled two new tablets and we got a first-hand look at them. While the Android WinPad 100A looked impressive the Windows-powered 100W left a lot to be desired.

Ok, so since the WinPad 100W will be heading directly to the business and education sectors and not entering the retail market, styling is less important but we were amazed at just how ugly the thing looked when compared to the WinPad 100A. The Android version, especially when it is running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), looks like it could be a contender, though it did look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Inbuilt card readers in both devices is a nice touch and using Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor should also entice a lot of users. No shipping date or price for the 100A has been released yet but we expect it to hit shelves by Q2 of 2011.

CES 2011 Index


January 17, 2011, 5:50 pm

I seriously question the sanity of brand name's tablet designers. It looks like they are doing their best to piss people off.

Mini-USB. Why, oh why. Don't tell me that you didn't have enough room for full size USB connector. Maybe I want to plug in USB Flsh stick or MP3 player to recharge and download some music. You need adapter cable.

Locking down of Android. I know you want to sell more devices but I don't want to buy a device where I must wait for some corporate comity to decide that their users are worthy of an FREE UPGRADE! Do your own interface if you think you need it but make it and overlay, not a lock down mechanism. Most upgraded interfaces are less usable then default one anyway.

They mention access to Android market like its something special. It's like, during the house presentation, salesman telling you that you can even leave it! FCS!

And, again, I don't see why is there so much appeal in capacitive touchscreen. Yes, it's more resistive to scratches but sensitivity of resistive screens today is not bad and they have the advantage of having pixel perfect precision when done right.

I have Chinese 200 euro tablet with android 2.2 and it has everything i need. Its sluggish sometimes and few times a day it will not recognize a command but otherwise it works perfectly. I charge my MP3 player with it, use USB memory sticks on it and even 3G USB modems. Oddly I even make a sketch or two when i need. Cheap Chinese tablet beats most name brands hands down.

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