Currently, tablets have stolen the tech world’s heart. Almost every major computer or cell phone company is busy pumping out their own version of the tablet. Many are knock-offs of the iPad, while others have gone different routes, in an attempt to beat Apple at what many concede is Apple’s own game. One of the strangest stories in this field is the story of theGenTouch78.
The GenTouch78 is the “red headed stepchild” of Android, if you will pardon the expression. Marketed throughK-mart, the GenTouch78 runs Android 2.1 when you remove it from the box, and can be upgraded to 2.2. Google has currently shown little love for the device, which actually came out in the summer, when the first rush of tablets came out. Admittedly, it is plastic and seems cheap physically when compared to the iPad’s nice shiny body. Another big problem for the GT is, that like several Android based tablets, it has a problem connecting with the full Android apps store. Now, whether or not this will ever be fixed seems to be up in the air, but it does have access to another apps store, which has a good many apps to choose from. Finally, the screen has a few problems also. Like many Android tablets, the GT has a 7 inch screen. Some may feel this is too small for a tablet, but many will feel perfectly fine with this. It is also not as sensitive as the iPad screen, which means more force is needed to use the touch screen. The resolution is also not as high as most tablets, which decreases the “wow” factor when you see the GT in action.
However, if you are willing to look at the GT on its own, it is actually an impressive device. For one thing, it is a “tablet,” in the broad sense of the word. In other words, it is small, portable, and touch sensitive. It has a decent browser that most reviewers feel is quite capable for surfing the web. It plays video adequately on a portable screen. Although it currently doesn’t have access to any of the mainstream e-book apps, it can function as an e-reader for open source books or books that free online. This leads one to believe that it won’t be long before someone comes up with a Kindle or Nook app for the GT, making it a decent e-reader, with access to a wider range of apps than your standard e-reader. It also has a micro-SD slot for expandable memory, in addition to its 2 GB memory built in.
The biggest selling point though for the GT is its price. As previously mentioned, it is marketed through K-mart and is incredibly cheap for a tablet, due to its shortcomings compared to the big name tablets. Currently, it is easily located for $155 online. K-mart currently has it for $175. And although it only comes in Wi-Fi models, this means you don’t have to worry about cellular service for it. As long as you go into the purchase realizing you are not buying the most advanced computer technology on the market, this might be a good starting point into the tablet field.