The Android Toys R Us tablet PC - the cheap gets even cheaper
So you're loving your Next tablet PC, but you're thinking to yourself:
"£180 just doesn't seem cheap enough for this jalopy of a machine - how can I pay even less and still regret spending so little?"
Well, wonder no more, folks - Toys R Us are the latest high street brand to unleash the power of the mediocre 10" tablet PC on the unsuspecting public. This time it's an eTouch product, with a similar spec to the Elonex tablet flogged by Next - you'll remember the reviews if you read them.
Despite the fact that resistive screens are only suitable for a stylus (iPads and most touchscreen mobiles use capacitive screens), that hasn't stopped Toys R Us marketing their tablet to the contrary:
"Navigation is done simply through a flick of your fingers... resistive touch panel for fingertip navigation."
No. Wrong. At best it's confusing - consumers will expect touchscreen interface that requires only a light tap and slide of the finger, whereas what they'll experience is the trauma that Rory Cellan-Jones went through with his Next tablet PC. At worst, it's a misleading description of the device.
Unless there's something very unexpected housed behind that 10" screen, Toys R Us are going to be flooded with complaints and returns after Christmas, unimpressed by the yawning gap between personal expectations and promises made, and reality.