The Register has a review of a tablet distributed by Dixon’s a chain in the UK.
The tablet is a bit unusual:
- 16:9 screen is best used in landscape, and
- Android 2.2 instead of 3.0.
Price is good at 250 pounds.
What interests me though is a chart of battery life v some netbooks. The netbooks such as the MSI Wind have twice the size of battery but much less lifetime on constant video playback.
The Dixonian tablet lasted 380 minutes with a 24 W-h battery and the netbooks lasted about 300 minutes with a 48 W-h battery. Power consumption ratio is 48/24 X 380/300 = 9.6W/3.8W, better than 2:1. I am surprised the ratio is not larger but we don’t know what the software was doing for each and how cores were managed.
That’s what ARM Tegra2 does for small, cheap, and portable computers. It makes them smaller, cheaper, lighter, longer lasting but still powerful.