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Reviews => X10 Hardware => AirPad Reviews => Topic started by: Chowder on September 24, 2011, 01:08:27 AM

Title: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: Chowder on September 24, 2011, 01:08:27 AM
No manual in box.  A paper stating to go to the link for the manual.  There was a small instruction booklet in half chinese, other english with general tips on it, but nothing at all about charging it first thing, etc. Go to the wiki link they mention.

Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO):

Pros:

-All apps I downloaded from Market are working quite well (Pandora, Netflix, Fandango, Kindle App, etc)

-easy to use, nice sized screen, with good to great quality on playback, etc.  Some actually very nice (like youtube videos in HD).

-Wireless works like a charm.  Easy to setup on my home network with key, etc..

Cons:

-Straight out of the box, I noticed after pealing off protective membrane.. screen has 1 dead pixel AND some type of dust particles (tiny to size of a flea) in middle of screen.
(this is starting to bug me some.  You don't notice the dust under the screen much when playing videos, etc.. but the dead pixel is a problem, lucky its in the upper left corner)

-No exterior volume button (this is a big problem when playing back videos, etc..)

-Camera is so-so.  Not the best quality and so far, Skype video DOES NOT WORK.

-Battery life drains fast when using on the web.  Also it gets very hot on bottom during charging.  :(

-Not as "fast" as they make it out to be... decent, very decent but I still notice lags and delays on changing some screen, etc.

-Many apps from the market that use onboard camera fail to work (fatbooth, zombiebooth, etc). All crash out.

Would I buy again: yes
Will I buy another: no
(not when it takes weeks to get)

Overall:

Decent little pad with all the same stuff you know with Android OS.   HDMI is a plus... works fine...  Battery life is too low and gets too hot.   Quality of build is decent to good.. not near Apple Ipad quality at all.  But for $200 plus change, it's worth getting.  Email, Youtube, google, netflix, craigslist and more all work fine.   

Hope this helps.  I'm still trying to get around to posting a youtube on this.  Overall like I mentioned, nice little pad to have around the house... Wife likes it and it's great for messing around with while hanging around the couch, etc.  I'm glad I got it, just not the massive delay on poor customer service from X10.   I hope they have this thing figured out by now.
Title: Video Chat Does Not Work
Post by: tony.freeman on September 27, 2011, 09:27:57 PM
I agree with the review but I also want to echo that VIDEO CHAT DOES NOT WORK for some reason!  Video calls with Google Talk and Skype simply do not work at all.  Why?  The camera is a front facing camera ... the only reason for a front facing camera is to do video calls ... but this is not possible with the x10 Airpad at this time.

It is inconceivable to me that video calls do not work with the x10 airpad. 

My sister-in-law will be returning her two purchases of the x10 airpad because of this issue.  I'm hoping that the x10 airpad people can make whatever changes are needed to get video chat enabled before she starts the process of returning these things.


Title: Re: Video Chat Does Not Work
Post by: YB on September 28, 2011, 07:51:34 PM
I agree with the review but I also want to echo that VIDEO CHAT DOES NOT WORK for some reason!  Video calls with Google Talk and Skype simply do not work at all.  Why?  The camera is a front facing camera ... the only reason for a front facing camera is to do video calls ... but this is not possible with the x10 Airpad at this time.

It is inconceivable to me that video calls do not work with the x10 airpad. 

My sister-in-law will be returning her two purchases of the x10 airpad because of this issue.  I'm hoping that the x10 airpad people can make whatever changes are needed to get video chat enabled before she starts the process of returning these things.



we are in fact looking into what we can do to fix this. The part that causes the problem is actually the programs themselves though. They are looking for a rear facing camera instead of the front facing. We are hoping to find a fix for this very soon.
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: Heavy Duty on October 07, 2011, 07:50:03 PM
Looking for a rear facing camera doesn't make sense to me.  Skype works great on both my laptops and they don't have rear facing cameras.
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: q711179 on October 07, 2011, 09:55:16 PM
Skype for pc and Skype for android are two totally different programs, in fact Skype did not work as video option until android 2.3.5 was released, so am wondering if this could be the problem since AP running 2.3.1?
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: YB on October 10, 2011, 06:15:32 PM
Skype for pc and Skype for android are two totally different programs, in fact Skype did not work as video option until android 2.3.5 was released, so am wondering if this could be the problem since AP running 2.3.1?

That is very true and a big part of the problem.
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: BeanerECMO on October 11, 2011, 01:35:47 PM
How about an over-the-air upgrade to the OS.
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: YB on October 11, 2011, 04:05:25 PM
How about an over-the-air upgrade to the OS.

OTA Updates are not available at this time.
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: Dannykirk on October 14, 2011, 11:37:34 AM
First I disagree with the first reviewer on the comment about the lack of volume controls. You can download the free MX video player and control the Airpad volume and brightness just by running your finger up and down on the screen while the video is playing. Left side swipe is brightness and right side is volume. Very Cool! and the MX video player plays every video I load into it. You can easily change the codec in the top right of the screen.

About Skype, yes the present Skype android software is looking for a rear camera and  does not give the user the ability to switch to front camera in the controls menu. Hopefully skype  will change this.

This is my third tablet, previously I was using the Wintec 7 inch tablet and I sold it on Ebay. So far the Airpad is the best android tablet I have ever used for the price I paid. The airpad processor and memory blows away many of the 7 inch cheap tablets that are presently selling. I would say the only con's on the airpad for me is the lack of blue-tooth.
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: everydayflyer on October 15, 2011, 07:24:37 AM
"I disagree with the first reviewer on the comment about the lack of volume controls. You can download the free MX video player and control the Airpad volume and brightness just by running your finger up and down on the screen while the video is playing. Left side swipe is brightness and right side is volume. Very Cool "

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Well yes and no. I use MX player and it is very good but on screen touch controls of volume and brightness is not avaiable during game play,NetFlix viewing web surfing etc.

As a side note MX does not play WMA audio streamed from my media server worth a hoot but then neither do most other players.
Problem is not the server ,Wi Fi  or files as my laptops play them just fine .
 
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Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: pseeker on October 15, 2011, 03:11:10 PM
From market, get "volume control" by Rubberbigpepper.   This puts a graphic volume control overlay on side of screen so you can control volume in any app. This what I use for my 8" clone android tablet without a volume control.
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: everydayflyer on October 15, 2011, 05:02:57 PM
From market, get "volume control" by Rubberbigpepper.   This puts a graphic volume control overlay on side of screen so you can control volume in any app. This what I use for my 8" clone android tablet without a volume control.

Thanks for the recomendation,seems to work great.
Title: Re: Video Chat Does Not Work
Post by: PaulTran on November 17, 2011, 04:56:14 PM
I agree with the review but I also want to echo that VIDEO CHAT DOES NOT WORK for some reason!  Video calls with Google Talk and Skype simply do not work at all.  Why?  The camera is a front facing camera ... the only reason for a front facing camera is to do video calls ... but this is not possible with the x10 Airpad at this time.

It is inconceivable to me that video calls do not work with the x10 airpad.  

My sister-in-law will be returning her two purchases of the x10 airpad because of this issue.  I'm hoping that the x10 airpad people can make whatever changes are needed to get video chat enabled before she starts the process of returning these things.

we are in fact looking into what we can do to fix this. The part that causes the problem is actually the programs themselves though. They are looking for a rear facing camera instead of the front facing. We are hoping to find a fix for this very soon.


If I buy an airpad now, these feature would be already fixed? or I can do the software update when X10 release new updated software>
Thanks,

Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: daldude on March 17, 2012, 02:15:28 PM
Which Tablet is this review for? The one of the older X10 Tablets or the New Airpad7P or the Airpad XL?
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: dave w on March 18, 2012, 04:43:58 PM
Which Tablet is this review for? The one of the older X10 Tablets or the New Airpad7P or the Airpad XL?
Based on date of the OP, and the fact it is non specific, I would guess it is about the original AirPad 7".
Title: Re: Here is a small breakdown on this thing (IMO)
Post by: daldude on May 10, 2012, 10:12:23 AM
From market, get "volume control" by Rubberbigpepper.   This puts a graphic volume control overlay on side of screen so you can control volume in any app. This what I use for my 8" clone android tablet without a volume control.

I was going to post a message about this exact App but you did that already, Thanks.
It's a great App and does the job just fine.