SmartQ

SmartQ V3 Review

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

A bit late, but here is the full review of the SmartQ V3, another 4.3″ SmartQ tablet with Linux and Android. The SmartQ V3 is very similar to the SmartQ V5, but costs only $109.99/€78.39.

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SmartQ V3 unboxing

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The SmartQ V3 arrived today, a MID that shares most of it’s features with the SmartQ V5, but with a lower price tag (only $109.99/€82.55 at AllPMP). SmartQ dropped the Bluetooth and horrible Windows CE on this device, but you still get a neat little MID with a 4.3″ 800×480 touchscreen, USB On-The-Go, full SD-card slot, HDMI output, 1080p video decoding and ofcourse both Linux and Android as operating systems. Expect a review within a few days. Until then, enjoy the unboxing video:

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SmartQ V3 Android/Linux MID shows up for $119.99

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The SmartQ V3 just showed up at AllPMP for $119.99/€94.15, which is $30 less than the very similair SmartQ V5 (SmartQ V5 review). So what are the differences? It seems like the V3 doesn’t have Bluetooth, lacks a microphone and comes without the useless Windows CE. Other than that, it’s still a nice little tablet with a 4.3″ 800×480 touchscreen, 600MHz ARM processor, 256MB RAM, WiFi, 2GB flash memory, HDMI output, 1080p video playback, SD card slot, USB On-The-Go and both Android and Linux as operating systems. The color has also been changed, from champagne gold to silver and it seems like this one comes with a pair of earbuds. AllPMP expects to ship the devices next Monday.

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SmartQ V5 and V7 tablet prices drop to $149.99 and $209.99

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The SmartQ V5 is still the most ambitious gadget to come out of China. It’s a small tablet(pictured on the bottom left) with a 4.3″ 800×480 touchscreen, HDMI output, full SD card slot, wifi and three operating systems installed (Linux, Android and Windows CE). It’s even capable of playing 1080p videos. Since our SmartQ V5 review, there have been quite some updates which vastly improved the device. Even better is that AllPMP dropped the price to a sweet $149.99/€116.06. The SmartQ V7 is basically the same device with a 7″ screen and a larger battery. It’s now selling for $209.99/€165.29.

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SmartQ T7 7″ Android tablet available now

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The SmartQ T7 is basically a SmartQ R7 with a faster processor and Android 2.1 installed instead of Linux. The clockspeed of the processor has been increased to 720MHz, up from 667MHz on the R7, but besides that it’s technically the same device. Unlike all other Android tablets from China (except the Ramos W7), the SmartQ devices are actually very decent products. Battery life is good, the 7″ touchscreen is decent with a resolution of 800×600 and the devices are well built. So the Android junkies who were waiting for a decent 7″ tablet might consider the SmartQ T7. The only downside is that it uses one of those old-fashioned resistive touchscreens. Even though the processor speed has been increased, the price stayed the same at $233.99/€177.58 for the Wifi version. There is also a 3G version priced at $283.99/€215.53.

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Letcool N350JP handheld comes with two gamepads

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Letcool N350JP

Ever since the day the Dingoo A320 was released, the Chinese market is flooded with portable game consoles.  Most of them are able to emulate games from classic game consoles and do some media playback, but weren’t able to gain the popularity of the A320. However, the Letcool N350JP seems to be a pretty decent contender. It basically looks like a single screen Nintendo DS and comes with two small gamepads. This might seem silly for a portable device, but it also features a TV-out port and what’s more awesome than a two player game of Contra, Bubble Bobble or Street Fighter II on a boring flight? It’s also quite cheap, costing only $71.25/€58.39 at ChinaVasion. Peep the device running Doom after the break.
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SmartQ R7 review

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The SmartQ R7 is the latest mobile internet device in the popular SmartQ series. While still called a MID, it’s obvious that Smart Devices put their focus more on eBook reading with the SmartQ R7. The R7 both adds and loses some functionality compared to the other (cheaper) SmartQ devices. Read on to find out if they still stepped up their game of if you should stick to the older MIDs.
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SmartQ V5 Review

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Here it is, the world’s first review of the SmartQ V5, the so called HDMID, a high definition mobile internet device. The SmartQ V5 is the successor to the SmartQ 5, a nice and affordable gadget that gained a modest, but active following of tech and Linux enthusiasts. China-based Smart Devices tried to address the shortcomings of the SmartQ 5 and added new features to the SmartQ V5, like 1080p video playback and three pre-installed operating systems. Read on to find out if they succeeded.

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SmartQ 7 review

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

For those who don’t know: the SmartQ devices are cheap MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices), capable of running Linux and a slew of other operating systems, like Windows CE and Android. They’re used as internet tablets, eBook/comic book readers and much more. After my good experiences with the SmartQ 5, I was curious if it’s bigger brother would be worth the $211.02/€145.72. Would it just be a bigger SmartQ 5 or does it bring anything new to the table? With the SmartQ V7 already being available, the review might be a bit late, but the two devices are mostly similar. So read to see if the SmartQ 7 is worth your hard earned pennies.

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SmartQ V5 available at DealExtreme

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The SmartQ V5 is now also available at DealExtreme for $195.66/€134.67, which is quite a bit more than at AllPMP, but includes worldwide shipping. AllPMP is out of stock until January 20, but you never know how long it will take for DealExtreme to ship out.