Nice $35 Android Tablet

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  • K2K2 Posts: 518
    edited January 27 Vote Up0Vote Down
    erco wrote: »
    How does that keyboard attach, are there POGO pins?

    Exactly. Four gold-plated POGO pins on kbd frame that match four circular gold-plated discs on side of tablet.

  • PublisonPublison Posts: 9,668
    edited January 27 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Probably the one on page 6. I scored one also back them.

    http://forums.parallax.com/discussion/162525/new-cheap-windows-tablet/p6

    Edit: Never mind. That's a Cabrio Win 10.
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  • Uh oh, prices are rising. You snooze, you loose. When erco says buy, you say "how many?"

    Tablet was $35, or $40 with keyboard on Jan 23. Why the increase? Global warming? Fake news? Meygn Kelly? Solar flares?

    Tablet now $38.48

    Tablet & keyboard $47.17
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • zappmanzappman Posts: 356
    edited January 31 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Just picked up one of these at my local Walmart for $37.00 plus state sales tax. I made this post using the new tablet. So far it seems to be well worth the $37.00.
  • zappman wrote: »
    Just picked up one of these at my local Walmart for $37.00 plus state sales tax. I made this post using the new tablet. So far it seems to be well worth the $37.00.


    How can the manufacturer afford to make these? Are they subsidized by the makers of the OS(Google). Google hasn't made a dime off of me since I have had my tablet.
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,327
    edited February 1 Vote Up0Vote Down
    erco wrote: »

    Now showing at $42.13 and $53.22... "Confusion fall!" cried Lavinia.
    MikeDYur wrote: »
    How can the manufacturer afford to make these?

    Mike, they heard you loud and clear and raised their prices!

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi) Posts: 21,134
    edited February 1 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Yikes, this is like a reverse Dutch auction! I better hie me to WM before the price goes up to $50. I "need" one of these to access Chromecast on my TV from from my easy chair, rather than from my laptop (okay, I'm lazy. :) ), and without Google's tentacles in my Android phone.

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • erco wrote: »
    Mike, they heard you loud and clear and raised their prices!

    Sorry, I'll shut up.

    But if it has anything to do with supply and demand, maybe your the one. :lol:
  • I've yet to cast, but heading thither. The Chromemagnun Man Cometh!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Gotta love WM, prices fluctuate hourly. Now they're back down to 35 and 42. I forget, is it buy high sell low or verse visa?
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • I guess I can't get one of those from Japan.. I need a new one for my father.
  • Price fluctuations caused by "Erco effect"! ;)
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  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering Posts: 14,406
    I opened mine yesterday and was surprised by two things...

    1) The chargers didn't match. While both tablets were purchased at the same time, inside the box was a Intron(?) charger and on the other some generic charger.

    2) The chargers didn't connect to the USB port, but instead were micro-barrel plugs. Interesting. First thing everyone here (Parallax) noticed too.
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  • PublisonPublison Posts: 9,668
    edited February 1 Vote Up0Vote Down
    I opened mine yesterday and was surprised by two things...

    1) The chargers didn't match. While both tablets were purchased at the same time, inside the box was a Intron(?) charger and on the other some generic charger.

    2) The chargers didn't connect to the USB port, but instead were micro-barrel plugs. Interesting. First thing everyone here (Parallax) noticed too.

    I don't like the small barrel chargers if they have to be used exclusively, but you can charge these through the USB also.

    I got an Intertek with mine. Worked fine.
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  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering Posts: 14,406
    edited February 1 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Publison wrote: »
    I got an Intertek with mine. Worked fine.

    Intertek...that was it. I remember it made me think of "Office Space". :nerd:

    But the other one was generic. Didn't have a brand name and was just marked, "Made in China".

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  • As for why these are low priced to begin with: These carry the "RCA" brand, which Technicolor licenses to various companies around the world. While "RCA" is considered a US-brand (even though Technicolor is owned by a French firm), it's strictly imported. The tablets are made by a Chinese firm (Alco Electronics) and sold into various markets, including ones we'd call emerging. They make money on sheer volume, and I believe they get a payment from preinstalling apps. The hardware isn't the latest inside these things -- there's no compass that I recall. Still, they get the job done.

    Why the price is going up is clear: Wal Mart is monitoring all of Erco's posts, and jacking up prices to take advantaging of the sales trends!
  • Just got mine. Posting with it now. Really a nice unit for $37! Works perfectly with Chromecast.

    I wish I could find someone to subsidize my stuff like this so I could sell it so cheap!

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,327
    edited February 2 Vote Up0Vote Down
    PhiPi, welcome to the Parallax/RCA Voyager tribe, We Know the Way!

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • I just got one of the keyboard types for the kids. Per K2, very nice & solid. The tablet mechanically snaps into a rectangular surround to attach to the keyboard via POGO pins, so they are locked together very well. The splash screen is different from the tablet only version, says "Voyager Pro". Will advise if I find other differences.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    My 6.0 unit works OK, but it sure seems like the older 5.0 tablet had finer touchscreen response. Maybe it just takes some getting used to.

    Now that I have new keyboard and non-keyboard Android 6.0 units for side by side comparison, I'm convinced that the touchscreen response of the keyboard unit (Voyager Pro) is superior, matching my older Android 5.0 unit. I recommend spending the extra $5-7 for the keyboard/Pro version. The keyboard works quite well and adds functionality as a stand, and offers the protection of a case.


    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • @erco:
    "The tablet mechanically snaps into a rectangular surround to attach to the keyboard via POGO pins..."
    It's almost like you're a mechanical engineer or something. :)
    Your concise description is excellent.

    "The keyboard works quite well and adds functionality as a stand, and offers the protection of a case."
    Exactly. The stand aspect is uncommonly handy, and the protection the keyboard provides the fragile display is fairly dramatic.

    As handy as smart phones and tablets are, the lack of a real keyboard is a significant detriment.
    As someone mentioned here before, a contest on Letterman between a telegrapher and the world's fastest texter showed that even Morse code is significantly faster than texting.
    With a 7" keyboard I could write a multi-page essay for school if I had to. Without a keyboard, forget it!
  • Don't trust anything you see on Letterman. Jump to 3:40 for our seven minutes of fame.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Time to get you on Jimmy Fallon's show.

    Actually, your shenanigans are more in line with James Corden, Conan, or Chris Hardwick. Hardwick's ring bearer for his wedding last year was an R2-D2 provided by my friend John "Lord Hotwing" Boisvert (those are his robots in my avatar).

    http://www.10news.com/entertainment/san-diego-man-builds-replica-r2-d2-gains-fame
  • "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,327
    I received both of those cases today. Both are listed as 7" tablet cases but G210 is bigger and fits my 8" Nextbook perfectly. Lots of rattle space for a 7" tablet, room for plenty more stuff in there. All neoprene, very nicely made. The "magenta" is well, PINK. My twin girls like it more than I do. :)

    The G230 is a much better fit for this RCA 7" tablet, plenty of room even for the keyboard version. The burgundy color (only color left!) is nice and certainly more macho than the big pink G10. The case is nylon material inside & out with foam in between.

    Both cases have an outside pocket big enough for charger or powerbank, earbuds & a small folding stand. Both erco-approved!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,327
    I just got the big-brother 11.5" Galileo 2-in-1 Android tablet for a project. Really nice for $88! Solid feel, big beautiful (detachable) keyboard & touchpad. Feels like a laptop with a touchscreen. Multi-configuration, nice screen quality, good battery life and great reviews: https://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-Galileo-Pro-11-5-32GB-2-in-1-Tablet-with-Keyboard-Case-Android-6-0-Marshmallow/53990867?variantFieldId=actual_color

    I don't have a Chromebook for comparison, but won't this do everything a Chromebook does? Reviews generally say yes, even that there are more Android apps than Chromebook apps. http://www.techradar.com/news/why-new-chromebooks-make-android-tablets-completely-irrelevant

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    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,327
    edited September 3 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Here's a useful teardown report on this RCA Voyager 2 tablet: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/RCA+Voyager+II+RCT6773W22+Disassembly/56082 My oldest unit is getting shorter battery life, so I looked into replacing the battery. As suspected, new batteries are pricey, starting at $19 (half the cost of a new tablet): http://www.ebay.com/itm/4200mAh-battery-for-RCA-RCT6203W46-10-RCT6272W23-p-n-MH49370-7in1-Toolset-/301697719041 Used batteries are ~$10, but they might be no better than my old one. What a wonderful disposable world we live in.

    Edit: $10 OBO from China: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Polymer-Li-ion-battery-3-7V-2000mah-fr-RCA-Voyager-II-7-RCT6773W22B-RCT6873W42-/172803283528

    And wow, FIVE huge 3000 mAH batteries (non-RCA) for $16? http://www.ebay.com/itm/5PCS-3000mAh-Li-Polymer-Battery-PCM-Rechargeable-For-PDA-ipod-Tablet-PC-357095/201758899688


    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
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