Maylong's $99 M-150 Tablet Reviewed - HotHardware

Maylong's $99 M-150 Tablet Reviewed

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About a month ago, we ran a story on how Walgreens was selling the Maylong M-150 tablet for $99, $30 below the regular price. While the M-150 is an obvious iPad knock-off that would never pass muster in the US, we were curious to see what sort of product $99 could buy.


This is the M-150's default program layout. The display is decent for a $99 product but the touchscreen capabilities leave much to be desired.
 
Maylong M-150 Table
Specifications & Features
 
 CPU  VIA VM8505+ ARM9
 Platform  Android 1.6 (Donut)
 Memory  256MB system memory, 2GB Internal Flash
 Dimensions  7.5 x 4.6 x 0.75 inches
 Weight  5.47 ounces
 Display  7" Resistive Touchscreen 800x480 Resolution
 Network  802.11 b/g Wireless
 Connectivity  802.11 b/g, RJ-45 via dongle, 2x USB (via dongle), 1x MicroSD Slot
 Cameras  0.3MP Front Camera
 Music  3.5mm headset jack, Music Player (WMA, WAV)
 Video  WMV, AVI, FLV
 Battery  Undisclosed Li-polymer
 Additional Features  None.

Virtually the only thing we know about the processor is that its a VIA VM8505+ ARM9 core that runs at 533MHz. The ARM9 architecture is still used in a number of products, including the Nintendo Wii, DS and DSi. It's not nearly as powerful as ARM's current lineup of Cortex processors, however, we weren't certain it would be enough for typical tablet tasks.

Our initial impression of the tablet was quite positive. The screen resolution of 800x480 suits the 7" screen quite well; we had no trouble reading text or navigating around the tablet's various functions and menus. The touchscreen is resistive rather than capacitive; the only way to accurately control the device was by using the included stylus. Even finger-typing was troublesome; the M-150 had a tendency to interpret keystrokes as though the keyboard was slightly off-center. Tap "H" on the left side of the button, and the system typically printed "G," tap to the right and you'd likely get "J". We tried running the M-150's screen calibration utility in an effort to have our inputs more accurately captured, but to no avail.

Android 1.6 worked well enough, but it seems odd to use a year-old build when later, faster versions of the OS are already available. It's reportedly possible to upgrade the M-150 to FroYo, but that's not a project we tackled here.

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And it goes down in a blaze of glory,....smoking flames. Crying

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Ahhhhhhhhhh..... I just had 5 paragraphs on this written, and the page auto reset!

Ok; this device may be bottom of the barrel. The fact it exists at this price point speaks a lot. I think this next year is going to be an explosion. I also think it is going to hurt Apple.

There phones have been out of the top spot a couple months now with Android, Win7 phone, nipping at there heals as well as taking them over market wise in some cases. Not to mention RIM, and then Nokia is upping there charges legally as well against them.

They do have the iMarket of course, and have gotten into the search engine game as well. Will it be enough to prevent the same thing that happened to the after the Apple IIE though. If the rest of the market players are nipping at there heals, then the smaller players such as this $99 device are hitting certain product points of theirs, then I personally wonder how comfortable I would be holding there stock personally.

I think that this year the barrel will start leaking. At the speed of which current markets move, then it may well be well drained in a year or two at most. SO a device like this one actually can speak volumes. Not to mention the LG tegra2 smart phone that was just released, which is dual core, and all kinds other goodies on board as well.

The only reason I can see LG dropping it like they did in China is that there trying to beat the CES drop of there competitions products in 2 weeks. Other than that why not just wait for the conference?

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AUTHOR, you need to load the new 2.1 ROM to the device to significantly increase performance and battery efficiency; In addition to gaining access to the Android Marketplace.

GOOGLE: “tipstir M-150 Rooted” or simply go here: http://tipstir.the-talk.net/rooted-non-rooted-rom-mod-f40/

The developer is a genius.

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Nick,

I appreciate the information, but we review products as shipped by the manufacturer. Mods of the sort you describe are only an option for a very small number of readers. Furthermore, a significant number of the problems we had, such as the USB dongle falling out,  the MicroSD slot not working properly, and the screen scuffing are not issues any Android update will fix.

If anyone has a Maylong M-150 and updates it in the manner described we'd certainly want to hear about it but it's not something we'd review unless Maylong ships a new version of the tablet with the physical issues solved and the OS update officially installed.

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