Shiny thing: SmartQ V7

It’s shiny thing day again!

With my tax refund burning a hole in my pocket, I couldn’t resist buying one of these. It’s a 7″ tablet which triple-boots Android, Ubuntu and Windows CE. All for less than the cost of my Sony reader.

If you read reviews of this thing, they’re fairly negative, based on the fact it’s a crazy-ass hackjob thrown together in the back streets of China, with odd hardware and more quirks than you can shake a stick at, that doesn’t know what the hell OS it wants to run when it grows up. It in absolutely no way resembles a smooth, polished product.

Anyone who’s ever paid any attention to this blog should already have figured out that’s why I bought it. =) Crazy hack job which requires forum-researched tweaks, firmware flashes and Linux knowledge to do anything useful with? Sounds right up my street.

If the thing actually turns out to be practically useful it’s great, but if not, hey, I’ll probably have $250 worth of what I consider ‘fun’ before I send it off to someone as Fedora ARM research material. It’s win-win, baby.

Good thing I figured out how to un-DRM my ebooks…

9 Responses

  1. Amir Hedayaty
    Amir Hedayaty April 10, 2010 at 11:20 am | | Reply

    Hi, that looks like a good piece of hardware, but I will not be able to afford buying and not using it!

    So how is it in general, does Fedora work well on it? What about graphics card? (nothing mentioned on graphic card on the specification)

    And what is there 3G system? (This maybe optional for me)

  2. yungchin
    yungchin April 11, 2010 at 4:10 am | | Reply

    Heh, awesome. After all the doom and gloom (“tinkerers’ sunset” and all that) people have been posting about the iPad, I’m glad our collective winter-depression is over. Yay for crazy hack jobs!

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  4. Sergei
    Sergei June 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm | | Reply

    Hi! so did you get this toy?
    I’m looking for an inexpensive touch-screen tablet to use to take orders in a restaurant. Is it possible to install Java on this little thing?

  5. steve
    steve July 26, 2010 at 4:45 am | | Reply

    i got mine at, which is an authorized online reseller.

  6. JOe
    JOe August 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm | | Reply

    Okay…so you’re going to go ahead and spout pointless opinions of the device before you’ve even received it and had time to play with it?

    You’re kind of an idiot, dude.

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