This thread should serve as the community FAQ about the device and provide a port-of-call for those having difficulties. Please help us to improve it by submitting/answering any questions you may have.I have heard mixed reviews about the SlateDroid (Eken M001) and can't decide whether I should buy it or not. Help?
- So long as you understand you're paying $100 and that you're not going to get the world's most amazing tablet PC then you shouldn't be disappointed with what you get. We have a thread of user experiences which you can check out and see what others have to say about the device.
- Probably due to the fact the device has been rushed to service, the connector that is supplied with the Eken is not very well designed at all. It has been confirmed that using a standard iPod connector ensures that a decent link is made between the device and the computer.
- The touch screen is of a type which is more suitable and responsive to use with a pen or stylus. Using either of these will help considerably with scrolling speed and accuracy, but it's not the end of the world if you have to make-do without. If it's really bugging you then using the tip of your fingernail will make it slightly better.
- Yes, there are many other market-type applications out there that will allow you to easily download and install apps. Check out the Android Market Alternatives list here for more info. One of the possibilities for a future ROM release is getting Android Market and the official Google Apps installed.
- Again, as a result of being rushed into service, the original firmware is quite inefficient and bloated - hence the slowdowns. Fortunately, one of our community members (thanks go out to ikanos) has provided us with an early firmware update (which we believe hasn't been released publicly yet). This update vastly improves the responsiveness of the device and also fixes some of the earlier issues such as screen-orientation. Check the thread here on how to download + update the firmware.
- [Until the custom SlateDroid ROM is released we suggest you should use the official firmware. For instructions on how to do this check the thread here.
- For some reason the device does not like updating from large SD cards, trying using a smaller one (around 256MB).
- Truth be told we're not actually sure (for the moment). The processor is the WM8505 which according to the data sheets runs at 300MHz , and the memory is actually DDR2 @ 677MHz. We're hoping there is some overclocking potential in this thing, perhaps an increase to 450MHz might be possible - but don't count on it. If you want some more in-depth information on the device we suggest you take a look in our Technical Documents Section.
- Matt has found a means of being able to add/remove packages to the firmware updates after they have been downloaded. This will allow you to add your own applications and remove any Chinese crapware before it is installed to the device. Follow the guide here.