Here is one more tablet pc that would like to be seen as an iPad killer, the venerable tagline that any tablet looking to compete with the Apple’s iPad would like to adopt before anything else. So can the iiView M1Touch from the Hong Kong based manufacturer live up to what it is being touted as? Let’s find out.
To begin with, the iiView M1Touch does have an impressive spec sheet to boast of. Like it’s got an Intel Atom N450 processor at its core with a clock speed of 1.66GHz. It has 2GB of RAM though there’s also a version that has 1GB of memory. Storage space options include a 160 or a 250GB HDD and comes pre loaded with the Windows 7 Home Premium. Company sources revealed there will actually be four versions of the tablet.
A 10.1 inch multitouch screen with a resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels makes up the front of the iiView M1Touch. The tablet also comes loaded with other goodies like an accelerometer, a 4-in-1 card reader and a USB port. Then there’s an in-built camera as well. Also, if it is about killer looks, the iiView M1Touch is right there with good build quality and a sleek design. In fact, it does sport a striking similarity to an iPod Touch, iPhone or the iPad.
However, at 11.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches, it isn’t exactly a compact device. And tipping the scales at quite a huge 2.65 pounds, it definitely is on the heavier side. Another area where the iiView M1Touch is let down is on the battery department since just with 3 hours of back up time, the iiView is no where near iPad territory that has a backup time of over 10 hours. Battery life happens to be one of the key aspects of a tablet and anything less than at least 8 hours is quite rue some.
But then, there is one aspect where the iiView M1Touch betters the iPad clearly and it is its price. The base versions of the tablet is going to cost in the vicinity of around $510 and as per reports currently available, the tablet is going to hit stores during the end of May.
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