Santa Just Brought Me an iSlate… I Mean Camangi WebStation

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.

The opposite side has the volume adjustment buttons.

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”

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.”

  4. 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.

  5. 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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