Not Just Another Tablet:
When it comes to Android tablets it seems that just about everyone offers one. Features tend to blur together and you get lost in the confusion. So which one is a good model, and what do you buy? Stick to name brands only or venture out into the lesser known brands? I have played with a number of tablets and am surprised by the lack of quality of the bigger name brands. Many of these are manufactured with a high ratio of plastic to metal, with poor build quality and few features that stand out. I personally judge a lot on the look and feel of a tablet as it is first and foremost a handheld device. If it doesn’t feel or look right the rest of the experience doesn’t matter because you won’t want to pick it up. The device by its nature is designed to be used and held often. Lets take for example the Toshiba Thrive. It is overly thick and large for a tablet and its built primarily of plastic with a rubber coating. Personal choice here comes into play and mine is for metal. It feels much more solid, looks better, and resists scratches better. On first impressions the Le Pan II gets high marks. Le Pan who you say? Pay attention to this brand as if they continue the trend this will be a company to watch.
While at CES I met with several reps from the Matsunichi company, the makers of the Le Pan series. I got to play with several of their tablets including the first Le Pan, the new Le Pan II, and their as yet unreleased Explorer series. I was immediately impressed with the build quality, look and feel of the device, and especially the performance. The Le Pan II TC979 has a feel that is comfortable and I was impressed with the responsiveness of the interface and the quality of graphics. Nvidia has done a great job filling the internet with just how great and superior their product is, but if you actually play with a non Tegra enabled tablet you may be surprised by its power.