Santa Just Brought Me an iSlate… I Mean Camangi WebStation

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It might not be an Apple iSlate tablet, but the Camangi WebStation will keep me occupied until I can get my gadget greedy hands on one. The Camangi is a 7 inch Android powered internet tablet that caught my eye a couple of months ago when I placed my pre-order. I’ve been looking forward to using it as an eBook reader and gaming device.

It’s currently charging, but I wanted to give you all a heads-up that a review will be coming soon! More pix after the jump.

Hardware Specifications

OS: Google Android 1.5
CPU: Marvell PXA303 624MHz
System memory: 128MB Mobile DDR
Flash memory: 265MB NAND (system)
Display: 7-inch TFT LCD resistive, 16M True Color, 800×480 pixels
Size: 4.72 x 7.87 x 0.57 inches
Weight: 13.75 ounces

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There are 3 hard buttons on the face along with power / charge status LEDs, and a microphone.

You can also see the AC adapter port, USB connector, mini USB connector, reset switch and earphone jack along the right side.

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The opposite side has the volume adjustment buttons.

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The power button and microSD card slot are located on the top edge of the tablet.

The device has a nice weight to it. It does not feel at all like a toy. The white plastic case has a pearly sparkle to it. The chrome edging makes you think of Apple products.

I can’t wait to start playing with it as soon as it finishes charging.

16 thoughts on “Santa Just Brought Me an iSlate… I Mean Camangi WebStation”

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  2. just for old times,julie you should give it your famous “gatgeteer creek and rattle test” an dsee how well it does. I’m saying that as it sorta’ reminds me of a PDA

  3. Very nice looking unit. The screen might be a bit on the small side but the resolution at that size is pretty good. I currently read magazines from Zinio on a 12.1″ tablet PC and it is perfectly serviceable at 1024×768 but I would like to see much higher res in the future. I can say from 2 or 3 years experience that buying and reading magazines electronically is a great alternative.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your impressions!

  4. Read some really negative reviews of it on Engadget….and I quote “My suspicion is that the unit is basically a digital picture frame loaded with a cell phone version Google Android with a touch screen.”

  5. Will it run 3rd party apps designed for other Android devices ? For example, Olivetree has this great Bible Reader that is now in beta for the Android platform ? Will this run such applications or do you need to get something designed specifically for it ?

    Julie, you want to use it as an ebook reader – what formats are required ? ePub or pdf, or is there an Android reader ?

    Looking forward to your review – envy, envy.

  6. Formats are txt and EPUB – just researched the website. There is an Android Bible reader already on the Camangi Market Place website. So, it’s just a matter of whether any android app will run on it, or whether it has to be specifically designed for this slate. More research, or wait for Julie’s review.

    1. @Neo Wellllllllllll…. Here’s the deal… I hated it. I don’t know if it was just my lack of experience Android (I’ve not used an Android device since the G1) or what. I didn’t want to completely slam the device if that was the case, so I sent it to our resident Android guy Bryan Sherman to review. 🙂

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