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Enso launches $155 Android tablet, zenPad

By Matthew
Mar 22, 2010
  1. Most tablets introduced in recent months have been relatively powerful and inherently expensive, but Enso has rolled out wallet-friendly alternative. The Android 1.6-based zenPad starts at a paltry $155, and has modest but seemingly adequate specs for basic use.

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  2. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    only $25 extra for GPS? Man, does anyone know if there is a good GPS enabled mapping/directions application for Android that doesn't rely on an internet connection? Most standalone GPS devices are more then this, and seem to offer much less flexibility. This really fits the bill of what i have been looking for!
     
  3. flukeh

    flukeh TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Slap an Apple logo on this and they could raise the price by more then double, AND sell probably twice more units.
     
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,517   +317

    wow! that really is an impressive price if you add the 3G dongle and GPS!!! very very impressive! I've this funny feeling that apple may have won a big market share in smart phones and portable music but i don't think they're going to get the same for tablets.
     
  5. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Well at least other manufactures are not going to let them stand unchallenged for any length of time. Apple really needs to bring their A game for the their OS 4.0 update or i would agree that they are going to face some issues.
     
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Maniac Posts: 904   +54

    Might have found myself a nice tablet for service manuals, I'm curious how well it handles pdf's and how well the gps works.
     
  7. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Enthusiast Posts: 129   +23

    I'd buy this over an ipad. Only thing it's missing is a camera.
     
  8. sounds good except for usb?!?
     
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,085   +106

    This is the type of tablet i was looking for. And the GPS is a nice extra for only 25$. When available in my country i'll buy one. (that's if no other better alternatives exist at that price point)
     
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I still don't understand why they call everything larger than a phone a tablet. I've always associated the word tablet with something about the size of a clipboard. This is pretty small. I have a smartphone, so I'm not going to take this out on the town with me, and when I'm at home, i'm never that far away from a computer.

    This form factor will be most useful when using it for media, either video or reading. And a 5 inch screen is just too small for it. Seems like most of the 2010 crop of 'tablets' will be relegated to the same drawer where all our palm pilots sit.
     
  11. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Would it be Pad Generation in the future... Seems there is battle of the Pads (or tablets)....
     
     
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 984   +31

    800x480 is just too low res. It's not really good enough for browsing or reading.
     
  13. mkennedy823

    mkennedy823 TS Rookie

    double the size, the resolution (and even the price) and you have a winner
     
  14. The one time I might be able to use a netbook or tablet is while I'm on the elliptical machine at the gym. At work and home I'll have the PC, and the rest of the time my smartphone.
     
  15. enso-now*com
    No longer a registered user
    Positive feedback: 88.9%
    Feedback score: 25

    Can only buy from their website now.
     
  16. I ordered one but have not been able to communicate with Enso-Now. I got a payment confirmation but my email's concerning shipping, etc. have gone unanswered. Is this a real company with a product or am I out $240?
     
  17. I emailed their info@enso-now.com email account, with a reply for my purchase. They said it would ship within a week or two from the day i purchased it so i have about one week left till i get my tracking number, until then i am sitting and waiting. It took them about 36 hours to email me back since the time zone difference being i am in the states. I hope this is not a front...
     
  18. Please read here:

    http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1182322

    http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1182464

    I think it is better NOT to send 240$ ?

    C from europe
     
  19. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Enso/105510366145066
     
  20. It has one
     
  21. lexorcanada

    lexorcanada TS Rookie

    Zenpad scam! Rip off! Dont order! I ordered i never received it! I read about it nobody received it! They collect the money only!
    I sent my complain to paypal.
    Beware!
     
  22. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    I'm sorry did i just read "stylus."
     
  23. Anyone seen these on ebay now?
    Google Android 7" Tablet being sold by lifeng sihai
    looks like they were selling them before with WinCE5 (blah) but now have them with Android 1.6

    going for around $200
     
  24. Here are the specs for the 7" Android tablet from ebay

    Description

    Hardware configuration
    Performance Description

    Processor
    CPU600MHz DSP550MHZ

    Processor frequency
    600MHz

    Memory
    FAST EPC DDR 128MB

    Built-NandFlash
    2G NAND FLASH

    Expansion of storage devices
    TF card, Flash Drives

    LCD display
    7 "TFT touch screen, 800 × 480

    Internet support
    WIFI wireless Internet access to support

    USB
    2XUSB

    HDMI
    1XHDMI (Optional)

    Audio
    Built-in stereo speakers 0.5W × 2;Built-in

    Battery
    1800mAH, 7.4V Li-ion batteries

    Power adapter
    110 or 240V Input, 9V DC Output, 2A

    Product Size
    199mm × 127mm × 18mm

    Operating system
    Google Android 1.6

    Games\Applications
    Download large quantity of applications and games

    Editing tools
    QUICKOFFICE

    The feature of Google Android:
    Browser comes with Flash Lite version 3.1 and supports playback of SWF contents up to Flash 9 and ActionScript 2.0.

    Applications:

    Attention:If the above mentioned applications are not built-in, they can be downloaded in the Market for free.
    As long as you have registered or have a gmail account, by using the Market of Android, you can download large quantity of applications and games without paying.
     
  25. They say there will be an upgrade to Android 2.1 available for a small fee too....
    I just bought one for $198 including shipping....
     
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