“The Maylong M-150 TabletPC is an Android-based device sold by Walgreens for a mere $99 a pop,” Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Technica. “Unfortunately, the Maylong M-150 is the very epitome of ‘race to the bottom,’ and anyone looking to buy one would get more bang for the buck by setting it on fire for warmth.”
“The tablet itself is made entirely out of plastic and, upon first glance, is practically an exact (but shrunken) replica of the iPad,” Cheng reports. “If you press hard enough with just one hand, you can make the entire thing flex—yes, including the screen.”
Cheng reports, “The atrocious screen, which is not only flimsy and ugly to look at, [also] sucks as a touchscreen… Really, it’s hard to determine when you’re successfully doing anything, and trying to achieve a simple task like entering a WiFi password or searching for an app on the “App Market” takes minutes per task. It got to the point where using the device for simple things became such a chore that I would rather just not do it at all than battle the M-150 for the next 15 minutes.”
“We ‘used’ the device as best we could for as long as possible, and the battery usually only gave us an hour or less before dying out,” Cheng reports. “We can’t imagine getting too much more than an hour during anyone’s regular usage patterns. (Then again, it’s so infuriating to use, you probably would never find yourself using it for more than an hour at a time anyway.)”
Oh, yes, there’s much more in the full review here.
MacDailyNews Take: Nice review (smirk). When you cede control, you forgo quality control, too. Whatever reputation Google’s iOS wannabe has dies a little bit each and every day. Death by a thousand crappy products.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “cptnkirk” for the heads up.]