About a month ago I was hanging out with two friends of mine who were helping me work on two ThinkPad’s I bought at FOSSCON 2015, and decided it’d be fun to dissect a crappy tablet that someone gave me. All the pictures are posted on imgur and linked down below. I’m working up a post on the ThinkPad work, but decided to post about this first.
This isnt a new tablet by any means. As you can see by the information inside Android, it’s rocking a Android 2.2 and a 2.6 Kernel. But it came with its own USB keyboard in the cover and could do a nifty cubed desktop like us Linux guys used to do with compiz fusion back in the day. The unit came with a crappy thick plastic cover over the screen which made the LCD very unresponsive to touch; which is kinda moronic for a tablet. It was quite interesting how much better the system responded once it was removed. Once that cover was removed, the LCD was easy to pop out with a plastic pry tool and then remove entirely.
And here we arrive at the first reason this tablet sucked. In a word, Battery life, ok so that was actually two words but you’ll get my exasperation when you see how small of a battery was put into the unit. There was absolutely zero reason that a larger battery could have not been included. Its not that they were sacrificing a battery for a thinner unit, since the unit actually comes with a full size LAN port. I think it just falls into the realm that manufactures dont care one bit about giving us a device that actually will last all day. Battery life should be a much higher priority when designing a piece of hardware, but instead the only thing people care about is it being thin… so that’s what manufactures design for.
Anyway the rest of the inside is pretty non spectacular, but there’s no reason not to show you. The Wireless card and GPS antenna can be seen north of the battery. The ports on the device is actually pretty impressive with two usb ports, micro SD card, HDMI, and 100gbit LAN. The heart of the unit complete with a 8gb SD card for the OS and internal storage.