In the past few months, the tablet market
has exploded. Among the models based on Android, with all equipments from the
$100 basic machine to 4G tablet, dual boot (Windows), wide angle screen,
quad-core in the premium segment. Le Pan II lies somewhere in between, but its
best feature is the price under $300.
Pan II, Android 2.2, TC970
Because of your experience with the tablet
is the difference between Android and iOS, we will not say much about the
operating system on Le Pan II, in addition to mentioned that it comes with
Android 3.2 Honeycomb and, according to Le Pan, will received an upgrade to
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Le Pan II seems to use similar shell to
tablet based on Android 2.2, TC970 of Le Pan - it is the real strong point of
this unit. The bezel around the screen is black piano, and the left and right
(when viewed in landscape mode) is made of chrome. A dim aluminum panel covers
the back of the tablet, and there are few physical buttons on the unit,
including the power button, volume switch and hold switch. MicroSD slot, 3.5mm
headphone jack, pre-installed mic, reset button recessed into, charging port
and proprietary data port can be found along the top edge of the unit. Two
speakers located behind the right side gate, it is pretty reasonable if you
intend to use tablets primarily in vertical mode. Opposite the speaker is a
hook for attaching the wrist strap.
According to the signal from the iPad,
9.7-inch screen, 1024x768 of Le Pan II has the image contrast ratio 4:3.
Multitouch screen, bright capacitive and colorful, touch sensitivity seems to
be exact. The screen transitions are smooth and fast. We have installed Grand
Theft Auto III 10th Anniversary Year game, the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
processor has solved with an admirable way. We examined the tilt sensitivity by
using Trial Xtreme, and whether we prefer mechanical buttons, we like to tilt
the screen to control the dirty bike game over a dozen of periods. One small
glitch with this game is as part of the screen is cut. We did not encounter
this problem on any other applications we tested.
About software, you'll find Le Pan II does
not include any changes to custom applications, utilities or any home screen as
you'll see on Samsung, Motorola and ASUS tablets. A successful Android tablet
computer needs full access to Android Market, and Le Pan II has it all. We have
also succeeded in loading a few more applications, including Amazon Appstore.
The whole web experience is stable with
browser and web videos. Video Netflix also runs well, but the action revolves
locked into landscape mode when viewing, so the two built-in speakers of Le Pan
II will end on one side, like the iPad or Kindle Fire. However, you can connect
the headsets with Le Pan II and get stereo sound whether you use the tablet in
straight or horizontal mode. Front 2MP Camera is enough to use the webcam, but
like most tablets we've evaluated, let’s use a camcorder and digital cameras to
record your high quality images.
Although you will fill 8GB of built-in
storage quickly, microSD card slot supports 32GB will allow you to install many
applications that you can use regularly.
In short, Le Pan II seems sturdy and
durable, and it looks beautiful. If you want an Android tablet but do not want
to spend all your savings, Le Pan II is the best path to follow.
Le Pan II
Specifications: CPU: 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060; screen: 9.7 inch
(1024x768); OS: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb); Memory: 1GB DDR2; storage: 8GB;
battery life: 7 hours; 2MP front camera; gyroscope; digital compass;
801.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; microSD slot (up to 32GB)