The Curtis Klu touch screen tablet is a new Android powered device that can download the latest apps, play music and video, and hook up to the internet through wi-fi. It's sports as fast of a speed as the latest tablets on the market, but costs only $150. We check out the item for ourselves to see if this is a true competitor.
The Curtis LT7208 and LT8028 provide a 7 inch TFT LCD (Resistive Touch Panel) : Resolution - 800 x 480 (16 - 9) : that is very responsive and easy to the touch. It runs on Android of course, and is currently outdated with Android 2.1. However the maker provides an update to their software, and doing that is as easy as connecting to the internet.
They are a little deceptive about the CPU Speed - 1GHZ. They advertise 1 ghz processor which is excellent especially for the price but in reality it is an ARM 600MHZ basic frequency + DSP 400MHZ decode which is better than just a 600MHZ but not as good as a real 1 ghz processor. Most games play fine, but graphic intensive ones get choppy every once in a while.
Memory is sufficient but not excellent at DDR2 256MB. Plenty to multitask on a tablet, but don't be surprised if you get bogged down after a while, or have to restart it or manually close apps after extended use.
We would like to see more from the Hard Drive - 4GB Built-in Flash. That's alright but in this competitive market makers need to be offering at least 16gb if they want to rule the tablet world. However 4gb will get you all the books you could need, quite a ton of photos and mp3s, but only a couple of videos, so weight this out with how you plan to use it. Of course you can use the External Memory slot for optional Micro SD Card up to 32GB. Expect to pay up to $60 - 100 for this added convenience.
We had a tough time tinkering with Wi-Fi and have heard similar complaints. If you have this issue, return it and get a new device. However, when it does work, internet is great at speeds of up to Transmission Speed - Max 54Mbps, Transmission Distance - Max. 100m, : Frequency - 2.4G
There are plenty of hookups with this thin pad. It's a little thicker than an iPad, but just thick enough to justify with a USB Port - USB 2.0 + USB 2.0 (Mini). Instead of a button you have Trackball Navigation availability.
Video playback is okay but at only 720p Video Playback - Max. 1280 x 720 MKV(H.264 HP), AVI, RM/RMVB, FLV, MP4 and Online Video, the memory and lack of visual processor can leak on the performance but for most users this is not normal. It is pretty good.
Image files can be viewed including JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG and the intuitive graphic viewing app makes this easy as slices of pie.
Built-in Lithium Rechargeable Battery (3.7V, 4000mAh) works great and lasts for many many hours.
Other features include the Multi Languages operating system so you can use it no matter your native language, a built-in 1-Watt Loudspeaker, External Microphone, 3.5mm Earphone Jack : Built-in Monophonic Recording, Calculator, Automatic date and time setting and even TV-out via HDMI, so hooking up your favorite movie and watching it in 720p full high definition is possible.
This device is not for everyone but at the same price as Kindles and Nooks you are getting a very competitive device that does all that they do and more. With E-Book (Supports PDF (DRM), EPUB (DRM), FB2, TXT, HTML) : Setting Menu - Wi-Fi Manager / OSD Setup, it is sure to be a product to allow you hours of eBook reading with easy to use eBook reader apps in Google's App Marketplace.