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Is a DiGix 730 a keeper?


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#1 WanderingOak

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:50 PM

So, I just picked up a DiGiX Tab-730 tablet at Radio Shack today. The box says it's running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) on a 1.2 Ghz processor, and the price was right at only eighty bux. Then again, you get what you pay for. Anyhow, the brand is an unknown to me. I've heard a few people saying bad things about the architecture of the DiGiX Tab-720 (Imap210), but it looks like this is running a Cortex A8. The box says it only has 512 MB of ram, so I'm not sure if it has enough snot to run 4.0. So far, netflix seems to be stillborn (when I first ran netflix, I was told that there was a newer version available. I upgraded and now any attempt to launch goes right back to the 'widget' screen), the Amazon store froze up the first time I tried to use it, but after a reboot it works fine, and Kindle quit on me the first half dozen times I tried to open a book, but now it seems to be working. Pandora works, but of course the internal speakers suck, and I managed to install Dolphin browser, and while it is slow (it takes a second or so to focus after I zoom in on a non-mobile website), it works well enough.

Is there a trick to get Netflix running (I don't plan on watching videos on it that much, just updating my queue)? Does anybody else have one that they can share success and/or horror stories or hints/tips/tricks about this beast, or is it so obscure that nobody else has even heard of it?

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

Well, I was able to fix Netflix, by going into 'Settings', 'Apps', then removing the Netflix upgrade. The quality of the streaming video wasn't that good at first, but once a buffer was built up, it actually looked pretty good. There doesn't seem to be an easy way of getting to my queue, but that is more of an app issue than a problem with the tablet itself. There are probably better queue managing apps out there anyway. The tilt sensor is a little bit slow in rotating the screen, but I suppose I can live with that. I suppose if I was a gamer, that would probably be an issue. Aside from that, and the initial setup issues that I mentioned earlier, it actually does appear to be work well enough, considering the bargain basement price that I paid for it. Unless it actually up and dies on me, I don't think I will be returning it any time soon.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

I bought one of those, too.
Was pretty happy with that price!
NetFlix worked OK for me - sorry I don't remember any setup trick.
I may regret it, but I took it back before the 30 day Radio Shack money back guarantee.
Actually, I took it back once for an exchange at 14 days, then for money back at 21 days.
Two problems -
Clock loses time by about an hour each day. It has network time sync, but that isn't working right. Tech support at Digix says "they're working on it."
The procedure and software for firmware update doesn't work. Tried on two different tablets, using two different Windows XP PCs and trying every variation I could think of.
So, in the end, the fact that the clock was way off could never be fixed, because they don't have an update process that works.

I liked the size and weight and price of the tablet, but it didn't appeal to the geek in me that wants to get everything running just right.