Being in the market for a tablet in an attempt to lighten the weight on my back when I travel and too cheap to pay a few thousand bucks for an Apple iPad, I am so excited to discover that CSL, a Malaysian company that deals in mobile phones and other electronic devices, including netbooks, has brought to us a budget 7in tablet that is powered by Android Froyo 2.2. It was launched on Friday, 8th October, 2010 in Malaysia.
I have been to the shops to have a look at this Spice Mi700 DroidPad a.k.a. Spice CSL DroidPad twice; it has been in the market for about two weeks already, prior to its official launch date, and is selling at MYR1599 (approx. USD513) in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. A sales guy told me that it’s selling at MYR1699 (approx. USD545) in Kuala Lumpur though I don’t know how true this is.
Specification-wise, I am not very familiar since I am not a technical person but function-wise, it can make out-going calls, video calls and capture photos and videos. Camera is only 3.0 megapixel with auto focus. Although the photos looked good, I didn’t have the chance to see how they would look on a computer.
The sales guy told me that the box set would include a pouch, Bluetooth headset, charger, screen cloth cleaner and protector and some other accessories that he may have failed to mention. Memory card included with each unit is only 4GB microSD but the Spice Mi700 DroidPad can support up to 32GB. When it comes to internet connectivity, it supports both wi-fi and 3G and I was told that I could just slot in a 3G SIM card or wireless broadband SIM card to access the internet. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring along my Maxis wireless broadband SIM card to test.
Anyway, with this post, I have included a scanned copy of its brochure with specifications. The problem is that CSL has failed to mentioned its weight both on its brochure and website http://www.csl.my/ though it should be less than 500g, despite its solid feel and handling. Now, if only I get to give this a run for a few days…..
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