Tablets are now a dime a dozen, and we really mean a “dime a dozen”. Ever since the launch of the Apple iPad Tablet there have been a surplus of tablets emerging onto the market, with some going for as low as $60 per unit. We must admit that they do make good gifts for your kids and young teenager, but if you are tech savvy you will definitely need the iPad 1 or 2 or an high-end Android tablet like B&N NOOK HD+ or the upcoming Kupa UltraNote with Windows 8 OS pre-installed.
If you want to gift your young children their own tablet you might want to get the Ematic eGlide 2 Tablet that runs the Android 2.2 Froyo OS, although it has been outdated for the past year or so. If you are an adult, it could come in handy if your only for a tablet is to read your favorite books, listen music and play free Android Games such as Cut The Rope, Bad Piggies or Angry Birds. According to the specs sheet, it has a 7-inch multi-touch display with an 800×480 resolution, there’s a 1GHz processor with two cores (600MHz + 550MHz), 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that will support cards up to 32GB.
The tablet supports 3G network using a 3G network card which is sold separately, the tablet comes bundled with an adapter that enables the user to connect an Ethernet cable to gain internet access, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and it also supports popular eBooks format such as .DOC, .PDF, .PPT, and even edit .XLS files. Thanks to its Android 2.2 Froyo OS users get access to Android Apps such as Amazon Kindle enabling you to read free books, as well as support for MP3, WMA, WMV and AVI, so you can also enjoy free audio books.
The Body Case, Construction and Display:
Removing the tablet from the box you will realize that it has a relatively cheap plastic casing that could easily shatter on accidentally drops, a home button located below the screen similar to the iPad from Apple, a pink back panel hinting that it was aimed specially at the young female population and at the bottom you will find a charging port, 3.5mm audio jack port, microSD card slot, integrated microphone and a port for the adapter with a Ethernet port and two USB 2.0 ports.
To the right side of the tablet there’s a volume rocker, menu button above that and the power button at the extreme top. The screen support multi-touch gestures and from testing the device we can verify that it does support gestures such as pinch to zoom and tap to zoom as well.
The eGlide weighs approximately one and a half pounds, it’s not a slim tablet but it is definitely the cheapest. I would only recommend the eGlide 2 to first time Android users who only want a tablet to read books and play games. It is not supported by Google Play Store but you can download apps from the SlideMe Market but you will first have to install it using the pre-loaded shortcut on your home-screen right out the box.
My Conclusion on the eGlide 2 Tablet:
If you are strap for cash and would like to be apart of the trend of owning an Android tablet then you could buy the eGlide 2 Tablet, it’s available on Amazon for only $93.48. However, if you have been using the Android platform for a while now and have the latest version of the operating system on your device, then we recommend not getting this tablet.
I have a strong feeling that this tablet will eventually burn out because after charging it for two hours it was excessively hot, and this was way too hot from just being on the charger. What are your thoughts on this tablet if you currently own one?