Today the second EKEN Android tablet arrived.  The first one was officially adopted by Chris pretty early on, so that meant I was free to do what I wanted with this second one.  The first thing I did? Installed a custom ROM.

The original tablet arrived with Android 1.6, firmware version 1.7.1.  I snagged a copy of ECOTOX's custom ROM and upgrade to firmware 1.7.2.  It doesn't seem like much, but is an improvement.
It came with the youtube player already installed, and a ton of extra crap the original Chinese version had removed.  I have more internal storage now, should I choose to put files on that as opposed to the SD card I'm using now.

Overall, I'm just happy to have it to play with and test.  Chris has his official comic viewer and I now have the luxury of taking subbed animes and watching them where ever (this plays them very well once converted to mp4) and to flash ever few weeks or so.

It's not an iPad, and it won't react like one. It has a resistive touch screen as opposed to capacitive, but that's ok. It doesn't have all the thousand of apps that apple offers.

It's running Android, which is open, and I can do what I want when I want to the device when I want AND it has access to applications that run on Android.  And there are a lot. This is in stark contrast to apple products in general, and the iPhone OS specifically.  So for me, and my uses - that is reading an ebook or comic book or watching an anime - this is sufficient.  It has wi-fi so I'm able to use a web browser, gmail, youtube, twitter and so on. 

And we have two, all for less than 1/2 the price of the wi-fi 16GB iPad.

If you're interested in a more in-depth review of the tablet, Chris has one here.


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