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FAQS for Tablet PC

Q: What is a good size for the Android tablet today?
A: The most common form factor for the average Android 1.x-2.x tablet iswas a 7"-8" TFT LCD display at 800x480. However, there has been a significant increase in the number of users with larger screens, especially after the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which currently is exclusive to 10" devices with a resolution of 1280x800.
Android 2.3 officially supports larger screen sizes, up to 10". Previous Android versions will not be able to use applications optimized for tablet use, specifically with regards to high-resolution graphics. However, the experience of Android on previous versions is generally favorable for devices with at least Android 1.6 and a 800x480 (more recently 854x480 for Sony Ericsson devices) resolution, and a 7" screen. Another popularized screen resolution since Android 2.2 is 1024x600, for both 7" and 10" devices. Getting a device with a non-standard screen resolution results in application incompatibility and breakage.
Q: Can I install Microsoft Windows on my tablet?
A: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 usually has no support for the type of hardware used by most Android tablets. As such, you generally cannot install Windows onto an Android tablet.
There are some rare exceptions to this, specifically if the processor has an x86 architecture. There are some Android tablets that dual boot Windows based on x86 Intel Atom processor. Android typically runs on processors with ARM architectures, which is not natively supported by Windows.
Q: What are the requirements for Adobe Flash on Android?
A: The official requirements for Adobe Flash on Android include Android 2.2 AND a CPU better or equal to the Cortex A8 CPU. The Cortex A5 and A7 processors also are expected to be supported.

Q: Can I view animated GIF in Android?
A: The feature of animated GIF files for the web browser was added between Android 2.1 and Android 2.2. All devices Android 2.1 can be configured to run animated GIF files after modifications to system files. However, as GIF files in the browser are demanding on the CPU and memory, it is usually a disabled feature even on Android devices shipping with Android 2.2. There are still issues with viewing GIF files as individual files.

Q: Can I view my calendar and email offline with my Android device?
A: Yes. The easiest way to do so is via the included Google applications on your device. You will need to sync your data to the device periodically by connecting to the internet, where your device your retrieve your data from the Google cloud. Supported Google services include but are not limited to Gmail and Google Calendar.
There are also third-party applications to perform such tasks.

Q: Can I watch videos on my Android device?
A: Video support for Android devices vary, depending on the chipset and associated video decoder employed on the device. Flash video depends on support for Adobe flash. However, some web services such as Youtube have videos formatted for mobile devices and does not require Adobe flash to view.
With more recent products with Cortex A8 or better, the device may contain a technology called NEON, which allows you to run apps that can do the decoding for you efficiently. Examples of these applications include MoboPlayer, QQPlayer, RockPlayer, and VPlayer.

Q: Can I rotate the screen on my Android device?
A: Many Android devices have built in G-sensors (accelerometers) that detect the orientation of the device and rotates the screen. However, this may not always be implemented correctly, or disabled altogether.

Q: Can I upgrade the RAM in my tablet?
A: Typical tablets are embedded platforms, and do not have replaceable RAM modules. They are closer to the smartphone than a netbook.

Q: Can I charge my Android tablet with the USB port?
A: Not with most Android tablets on the market today. They usually have a charger supplied for a separate jack on the device itself. USB ports are usually not enough for charging Android tablets due to the electrical design of the tablet itself and the amount of current a USB port typically supplies.

Q: Who makes my tablet?
A: Just as with any other electronics product you buy today, an Android tablet is made up of different components and is a joint effort by multiple companies.
If you bought a generic shanzhai tablet, the manufacturers usually like to hide their manufacturing chain. It is usually a multi-company effort to produce a tablet. Involved parties typically include: the chipset manufacturer, the assembly factory, the original design manufacturer (product design and conceptualization), and the electronics developer (also in charge of firmware, sometimes whose function is replaced by the chipset manufacturer).

Q: My tablet looks the same as another tablet? Is it safe to assume that this is the tablet I have, and that I can go ahead and use the firmware designated for that device?
A: Not necessarily.
Going by outer appearances alone for unbranded tablets is not wise, because some manufacturers are known to swap the internals of devices without any changes to the outer appearance. This practice is confusing for consumers, but saves money from a manufacturer's point of view. As such, this practice is not going to stop any time soon. This happens less often with branded devices. But if the brand is just rebranding existing generic devices rather than developing them, they cannot control this behavior.
Do not flash a firmware that was not intended for your device.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 26 June, 2012.