Posts Tagged ‘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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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 R7 unboxing video

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

After my good experiences with the other SmartQ devices, I decided to get the SmartQ R7 from AllPMP for $258.99/€207.32. First impressions are decent. The SmartQ R7 is a more accessible device for the average user, but loses some functionality in the process. Anyway, enjoy the unboxing video until the full written review is up.


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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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Finally, a cheap palm sized media keyboard

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

For some reason, cheap ultra small Bluetooth keyboard are just non-existent. Sure, DealExtreme was already selling another mini keyboard for practically the same price, but that one has horrible squishy tv remote like rubber keys. While the Mini Palm Size Wireless Bluetooth Media Keyboard for $24.73/€17.02 isn’t as sexy as the Logitech diNovo Mini and doesn’t have a touchpad, it’s at least reasonably priced and seems comfortable enough for some thumb typing. It uses the regular Bluetooth HID protocol, so it should work with most Bluetooth devices. I ordered mine already, so expect a review within a few weeks. Hopefully it will work with the SmartQ devices. That two button space bar looks quite awkward though.

SmartQ V5, it’s alive!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Finally, the SmartQ V5 is available at AllPMP for $178.99/€124.73. I ordered mine immediately so you can expect videos and a full review within a few weeks. The SmartQ V5 is the successor to the SmartQ 5 (full SmartQ 5 review here) mobile internet device with a 800×480 touchscreen, wifi, bluetooth etc. The SmartQ V5 version is capable has HD video playback with HDMI output, more memory, a new design and Linux, Windows CE and Android pre-installed with multiboot.