WooW! Digital i-7U
Pads, or tablets, are all the rage these days. Since Apple first introduced the iPad, many companies have released similar devices based on Google's Android operating system.
The latest of these is the i-7U from WooW! Digital, a sleek, seven-inch touch pad that runs on the Android 2.1 operating system.
Like many of its predecessors in the Android-pad space, the i-7U will give you a lot more options than the iPad, such as HDMI output, so you can connect it to your television and a USB port for connecting to your computer.
It also has a built-in SDHC card slot so you don't have to worry about running out of memory. On its own, the the model comes with 4GB of internal memory.
That being said, it is also similar to many of its predecessors in falling short of Apple's pad in a few categories. First and foremost, it doesn't have a 3G option - although it does come with built-in Wi-fi.
The screen on the i-7U, besides being smaller than iPad's 10-inch slate, offers less resolution at 480x800 pixels. It also features a slightly slower processor, the Telechips ARM1176jZ running at 800MHz, instead of Apple's 1GH chip.
The product does, however, have 256MB of DDR2 RAM, which should help its performance.
On the other hand, being based on Google's platform means the i-7U will support more audio, photo and video formats.
It is also considerably cheaper than the iPad. The i-7U is listed at HK$1,880.
Pros: input and output slots for connecting the i-7U to other devices, memory expansion slot.
Cons: no 3G option.
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