Taiwanese company Camangi claims that they where the first to sell a 7″ tablet device based on Android called the Camangi Webstation.
They started to sell it in December 2009. As far as I know, it was really the first Android tablet device of that size that was available, except for the prototypes that where around. So Camangi deserves a medal for that first place in the Android tablet race.
In this last picture we see the connectors. There’s a headphone jack, a mini USB, another connector standard USB connector and the DC connector. In general, the design is really smooth and classy. I like the chrome frame and the flatness, but I doubt, if that glossy screen is useable outdoors on a sunny day.
Let’s have a look unter the hood:
|Specs||Camangi Webstation 7″|
|Processor||Marvell PXA303 624MHz|
|RAM||128MB Mobile DDR|
|Screen||7-inch TFT LCD / 800 x 480 /16 Mio. True Color / Single Resistive touchscreen|
|Storage||256MB NAND Flash (system) / microSD card (8GB included)|
|A/V Input||Built-in microphone /|
|A/V Output||Built-in speaker (80hm 2x 1W) / 3.5mm stereo headphone jack /|
|Network||WLAN (802.11 b/g) / 3G with USB Dongle|
|Connectors||Type A & mini-B USB port / AC Adaptor, 4mm DC in|
|Battery||Built-in Lithium Polymer battery / 3.7V 4000mAh / Standby: up to 4 days, Internet and media use: up to 4-5 hours|
|Extras||GPS / Micro SD card slot / Stylus / Different Colors / Customized Android with Camangi Marketplace|
|Price Range||275$ – 399$ (depending on the discount offer they have sometimes)|
I noticed, that this device has only 128MB RAM – my HTC Magic phone has 288MB which is more than twice as much. The processor also makes me believe that this device might be a beauty, but is not a beast at the same time. I doubt if it is fast enough to have a good user experience without lags. The other negative point seems to be the resistive touchscreen. I don’t think that it will ever support multitouch (although that’s also possible with resistive screens) and it’s not the same magic feeling as with capactive screens. Positive points in my eyes are the USB connectors that offer flexibility and the clever Android customizations and apps they created.
Again Charbax from armdevices.net has the best and most recent video of the Camangi webstation:
Charbax’ video shows clearly the weak points of this tablet. It’s not snappy at all. That’s not only caused by the weak central components, it’s also a due to the resistive touchscreen, which seems not to register every third interaction he does. According to the Camangi website it does not support Flash in this version. On the other hand, the video shows very nice software features and the case seems to be respectibly solid and well made.
I hope that Camangi sells enough of these devices to be able to produce the next version. If they pack a faster processor, more RAM, a capacitive touchscreen into it and include the 3G into the case, a price of 400$ will be justified. Then also the customized software features will have the home they deserve.
UPDATE: One of the best articles about the user experience with a Camangi Webstation I found comes from Judie Lipsett and Dan Cohen on geardiary.com. Read it before buying one of these!