Open, rooted, warranty included—we take ZaReason’s new
open tablet, the ZaTab, for a spin. KEVIN BUSH
Quite a few options exist as
far as Android tablets go. Some
of them are great choices for
personal entertainment and media
consumption. Google’s new Nexus 7
is a powerful little beast designed
to serve up media from Google Play.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a great device
for tapping Amazon’s extensive
content offerings. Undoubtedly, these
tablets were designed to direct more
of your money to the tablet-maker’s
on-line content marketplaces. The
glaring lack of SD card expansion
on these devices confirms this. The
ZaReason team designed a tablet
that can be what the user wants it
to be—one that supports users’ own
content, that is not necessarily tied
to a particular content store and
that can be used as far more than a
simple consumption device. Have they
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succeeded in creating the world’s first
open tablet? Let’s find out.
■ CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.04.
■ Allwinner A10 SoC.
■ 9. 7" IPS 1024x768 display.
■ Five-point capacitive touchscreen.
■ 16GB internal storage + microSD for
■ 1GB of RAM.
■ Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n).
■ Front-facing and back cameras.
■ Sturdy metal back.
■ High-capacity 8000 mAh battery.
■ Ultra-light (630 grams).
■ MicroSD card slot.
■ Micro-HDMI video out.
■ 2x micro-USB ports.