[FoRK] first impressions
Gregory Alan Bolcer
greg at bolcer.org
Fri Sep 23 07:21:43 PDT 2011
Galaxy Tab 10.1
It's like an ipad except with flash support, but don't try playing zynga
facebook games like empires and allies or frontierville on it as despite
having a dual core 1Ghz Tegra2 processor, flash is slow as snot.
The screen is gorgeous, though they have a default set of Samsung apps
that get in the way. They want you to add a bunch of buddies and do all
your social networking through their own proprietary app. The have one
help notice that comes up about shaking the screen to resize.
Wifi keeps getting turned off after any period of time and takes up to
30 seconds from when you grab the tablet to when you can actually get a
The browser is some stripped down version of Chrome it looks like. The
address bar is hidden and likes to stay hidden. Putting in a
non-standard address to download a file: http://xx.xx/y/myapp.apk it
decides to do a google search instead of actually take you to the
address. I figure out that it is doing the download, but also doing the
google search that I don't want. I find the download along the bottom
of the screen as a little grey down arrow. I click on it, see the
download, click on the download and the only thing I can do with the
file is email it to someone as the action.
I decide to plug it into the computer and install my apk app using the
USB. I turn on usb debugging and developer options. Nothing happens
when I plug in the USB. I try a different port, nothing. I plug my
iphone usb into the same slot to make sure it's working, it is. I go to
the samsung support site and after trying to figure out the exact model
number and id of the device, I can download a USB driver for windows 7.
It loads, I install android sdk, android explorer, install my app and
it works, but I'm a little upset that something as simple as a USB
driver isn't in windows update or windows 7 x64.
The little tab of utility apps that pop up from the bottom seem random
and not that useful. The display overlaps with the default set of
initial screen icons along the bottom.
I went to the android market, looked through the games. They have all
three angry birds, but only the free versions which I don't want as I
can't stand the ads. It says that there's only 667,000 downloads for
the free version which seems kind of low given the 20 million players
worldwide. I decided to buy Fruit Ninja THD (Tegra HD). First try,
asks to use Google Checkout. I go through a complicated process of
putting all the credit card and address information in including having
the keyboard overlap and not quite show what field you are supposed to
be typing. After all that, I get a greyed out credit card field on the
final purchase screen with only a cancel button or the ability to add a
I quit and try again, still greyed out. I do add another card, go
through the process again, now I have 3 greyed out cards and no purchases.
I try again on the 4th time, it crashes with a google.android
marketplace error and asks me if I want to send the error in. They
really, really don't want me to buy this game or any other paid app in
While the hardware is neat, it's not quite ready for primetime.
greg at bolcer.org, http://bolcer.org, c: +1.714.928.5476
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