As is, below you can see what the Google Market looks like: Yes, cheap hardware can only do so much. The main circuit board is small and simple. A tablet, for sure, and a nicely sized one at that. The problem was always the underlying complexity of the Linux operating system, and the lack of a good user interface.

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Hard Reset AUGEN Gentouch 78

No beating around the bush on this one: Below you can see the tablet’s desktop after Gentouch7 replaced the somewhat resource-intensive galaxy wallpaper with a static picture: You also have icons of the major apps, and you notice that the display is much better than expected.

Either way, resistive is, well, resistive.

You can place widgets, shortcuts, folders or wallpaper on those extensions. You operate it with a stylus, like a PDA, and Android really wants touch. Like it or not, but Apple’s iPad has changed the world. Opening it up is simple: But it’s not so easy.

In practice, it doesn’t last nearly as long as the iPad on a charge, but that’s likely a configuration issue. If you’re new to Android, at this point it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with Android basics. The GenTouch is one of the first Android-based tablets and as such can provide clues as to where Android stands as a potential platform of choice for future tablet computers.

Below you can see what that looks like: For the price, we expected nothing more really, though gemtouch78 use it wasn’t as bad as we’d imagined.

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In some instances, there are also context menus that come up by touching and holding an item, like on the iPad.


The main circuit board is small and simple. Quickly dismissed by many upon its initial announcement earlythe iPad gained almost universal respect and millions have been sold. As is, below you can see what the Google Market looks like: The large blue battery is glued to the back of the LCD.

It took me a bit to figure out that you have to drag down on the status bar like a blind to see what the notifications are, and to manage them.

The screen shots shown here didn’t come easy, by the way.

I know both of these office suites from other platforms and they work very well, so this was another case of growing pains in getting a new platform to work. Back Menu Search Home Those buttons are ever-important in operating an Android device, and having them in the back where you cannot see them or even feel them very well because of their small size is perhaps not the best idea. It’s very bright, has very good contrast, has a perfect degree horizontal viewing angle, and also a very wide vertical viewing angle.

In addition, it provides a tantalizing peek at a potential future of tablet computers, a post-Microsoft future where the Android platform may dominate auhen mobile market.

Android is based on a Linux kernel which is well suited for mobile systems due to its modest hardware requirements. To do that you simply hold the Home button to make a small window appear that shows the icons of recently used, and still running, apps.

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Their lineup includes an eBook reader similar to the Amazon Kindle, a couple of Android-powered netbooks with 7 and We’re assuming you’re just as eager to find out the answers to those questions, so hit that read more button for some early impressions as well as a hands-on video.


Oh, and as you will see in the gallery, Augen throws in a faux leather case — probably to hide the 78’s cheap aesthetic. Versions of Linux were available, on a hacker basis, for the old Compaq iPaq.

Problem is, it’s running a potentially very important OS on a tablet at a time where that OS is still mostly implemented only on phones, it’s doing so with apparently a cold attitude from Google, and the inexpensive hardware, while not inelegant, cannot possibly be as polished as what comes out of Apple.

However, considering most Kmart’s have been selling out of these within hours of receiving new inventory, this just may be the answer all you cheap tablet seekers have been looking for — just be prepared to put up with more than a few annoyances along the way. Anyone who views it as a less expensive iPad alternative needs to insantly forget about that notion.

I also had to figure out that Android has both a home screen with icons on it and a launcher that opens like a drawer and contains all the rest of your app icons.