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Hi,I've just posted a review of the M003 in the blog section of the website. But thought it worthwhile to post here too.I'd welcome any opinions, or whether I've missed anything important.Taken from our website, I'm reposting a quick review of the Eken M003.We are a small online retailer based in Ireland who are stocking this, but have written an impartial and honest opinion of the device."We received our new Android tablets during the week, and have spent several days testing them. We?ll try to be unbiased on this blog, and give a proper, ?warts-and-all? perspective ? it is our philosophy that anyone buying from our store should be happy with their purchase, and for this we will need to be completely honest.OK, on to the actual opinion.The brand of the tablets we are stocking is the EKen M003. To summarise it, it is an 8? tablet with a resistive touchscreen running Google?s Android Operating System (version 1.6).So then, what can this tablet do? To list its strengths:- It is great for watching YouTube videos using the YouTube app provided- There are ?push? email applications included that can be used for Gmail and Yahoo/other webmail accounts; we?ve got both Yahoo and Gmail set up, and the emails arrive simultaneously on the tablet and on a PC- It is an excellent device for casual web browsing over a wireless network- Full access is provided to the Android Marketplace, so anything on there can be installed ? games, productivity applications etc.; there are currently approximately 70,000 apps and counting.- The screen is pretty good for watching movies, although the quality can be patchy- It is truly excellent as an eBook reader, especially given the high price of standalone eBook readers; the Kindle app (pre-installed on all tablets we supply) provides full access to Amazon?s online store of eBooks- Skype and Fring apps can be used for Instant Messaging etc.- The Facebook app is fully functional for keeping in touch with all of your Facebook friendsOn the other hand, it is not a perfect device (what is?!). It has a few important weaknesses:- The tablet occasionally responds sluggishly; patience is required at times- As mentioned above, video playback can be hit-and-miss. AVI videos are basically unsupported and will need to be converted to mp4 using an application like Handbrake- Web browsing functionality does not include flash ? only Android versions 2.2 and above can support this, and the iPad cannot support it at all, so it?s not the end of the world, but it is a part of the web that is missing- Wireless connectivity is limited to b & g; there is no support for the faster 802.11n standard if that is something that you need. It?s not something that was particularly apparent in testing, however- Android Marketplace occasionally didn?t download applications. This is a well-known issue with these tablets, and a solution is outlined belowWhen we got the device initially, a couple of key applications didn?t work particularly well, namely the YouTube app and the Android Marketplace.However, after installing the latest firmware from the manufacturer ? something that will be done in advance for every tablet before we ship them out ? YouTube worked perfectly, and the Marketplace worked almost perfectly.It does still have one irritating bug, however. Sometimes an App won?t download, and the only solution is to go into Settings / Applications / Manage Applications, and ?Clear Cache?, or ?Clear Data? from each of the following apps: Download Manager, Google Apps and Market. This will require you to log into the Marketplace again next time you open it, but the Downloads should then work fine.All of this information ? and a lot more besides ? can be found on the forums and websites of the vast and ever-growing Android community, at websites such as slatedroid.com.The best points of this tablet, for our needs, are the access to instantaneous ?push? email, the excellent Kindle app (it is hard to overstate how useful this is, when Amazon?s Kindle store has books such as the complete works of Jane Austen for ?1, or access to pretty much every newspaper in the world for a monthly subscription that is often less than the price of the paper at a newsagent), and the YouTube app.Basically, if you?re looking for the slickness and power of an iPad, buy an iPad!On the other hand, if you want something for roughly a third of the price to sit on your lap for casual web browsing, occasional YouTube video-watching, eBook or newspaper/magazine reading at home, on a train or airplane, to keep in touch via email, Facebook and Skype, this is a really useful all-in-one device."
 
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