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Net Xpress: Columnist explores Craig Wireless Touch Screen Tablet

March 22, 2011|By SHEILA CLARK | sheila@amnews.com

This week, I want to share with you my hands on experience with the Craig Wireless Touch Screen Tablet powered by Android. This tablet currently is being sold at CVS for only $99.99 plus tax. The tablet is kept at the front of the store behind the counter so you must ask a clerk for assistance if you wish to purchase one.
On the outside of the box, there are two Android icons at the top of the left and right corners. In the middle of the box, there are 12 icons surrounding a photo of the tablet. These icons represent the functions that the tablet is capable of supporting. They include WiFi, browser, e-Mail, photos, eBook Reader, maps, video, social networking, calendar, music, SlideMe Apps Marketplace and clock.
Included in the box are the tablet with stylus, manual, USB cable and a power adapter.
Now on to some technical specs. This tablet features a seven inch, resistive, digital touch screen with resolution of 800?480. It weighs about 13 ounces and runs at 700MHz on the Android 2.1 operating system.
The Craig tablet comes with 4GB of built-in flash memory for storage and 256MB of DDR2 RAM. It has built-in 802.11 b/g WiFi, a mini HDMI AV out jack, a full-sized USB Port, built-in speaker and microphone, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and a micro SD card slot that supports up to 32GB.
The tablet includes a built-in rechargeable battery that can last up to six hours on a charge and it is 3G ready.
As for software, the tablet comes with apps for each of the aforementioned icons. It also has apps for popular sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
The Craig Android tablet does not play Flash in the Web browser. However, it can play some flash in its internal player.
The tablet seemed a bit slow to boot, but it was able to perform all the functions that its box displayed. During research of this tablet, I read many complaints about the SlideMe Apps Marketplace. But, I had no troubles installing any of the apps I tried to install.
Everything was going smoothly with the tablet and just as I was starting to enjoy the tablet, my troubles began. This started only five days after getting the tablet.
I started getting the same error message whenever the tablet was turned on. It was the dreaded “the process android.process.acore has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again” error. With this comes a continuous loop of the error and nothing can be done except turn off the tablet. The tablet doesn’t have an external reset button or pinhole and reboots don’t solve the problem either.
After research on various Android boards, it seems the error is a common annoyance among Android users. I finally located the needed files and instructions on how to get the tablet back in working order. Visit Slatedroid.com and search for CMP 738a.
Once the tablet was back in working order, things were good again. Custom firmware specifically designed for the Craig tablet are available that include Google’s Android Market which greatly enhances a Craig tablet experience. Visit http://code.google.com/p/cmp738a/downloads/list for firmware.
While I’m not a fan of birds — thanks to Hitchcock — I made it my challenge to get the popular Angry Birds app to run on the tablet.
The app successfully installed from the Android Market. However, I must admit that while the graphics, music and sound effects were great, gameplay is a bit slow.
Overall, the tablet is cheap, fun to play with and easy to navigate. It’s a good eBook reader, audio and video player, mobile e-mail, socializing and light Web surfing device.

E-mail me at sheila@amnews.com; fax me at (859) 236-9566; or write me snail mail at The Advocate-Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Danville, KY 40423-0149.

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